Obasanjo slams N1bn libel suit on Journalist over Bola Ige - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Obasanjo slams N1bn libel suit on Journalist over Bola Ige

Jane Okafor

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has dragged Mr. Akanda Oro, an online journalist, to a High Court sitting at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for an alleged libel.

Obasanjo through his counsel, Kanu Agabi ( SAN ), sued Oro, a radio presenter and popularly called Awikonko, for N1bn.

The ex - President considered as false, claims by Oro that he is connected to the killing of the late Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige ( SAN ), and the Rivers State politician and National Vice -Chairman of the then All Nigeria Peoples Party, Marshall Harry who was gruesomely murdered by yet to be identified killers.

In the suit which is before Justice A. Adenyi and marked  FCT / HC / CV / 2920/ 18, Obasanjo asked Oro to retract the offensive publication.

It reads in part, “A declaration that the publication complained of are false , malicious, unjustified , injurious , scornful, distasteful , unsavoury and have exposed the claimant to public odium , ridicule and disdain both nationally and internationally.

“A declaration that the words complained of do not constitute a valid exercise by the defendant of his freedom of speech.

“The sum of one billion naira only against the defendant as general damages for the defamation of the claimant’s hard earned reputation."

On the malicious and libelous materials, the Radio presenter was quoted as saying on live radio programme  that Obasanjo allegedly killed Ige.

The Journalist also cited  President Muhammadu Buhari to have equally claimed during the burial of the late Harry that Obasanjo - led adminstration sponsored the killing of the ANPP chieftain.

“Obasanjo’s murder of Bola Ige , if not for the shortage of time , I would have listed the names of those murdered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his regime.

“Bloodshed during Obasanjo Aremu’s regime was too much," the Radio presenter was quoted to have alleged.

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