Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has dragged former presidential spokesperson Reno Omokri, Professor Chidi Odinkalu and others to court in a N1.5 billion defamation suit.
The governor also named Thisday Newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Barrister Joseph Onu and Auta Nyada in the defamation lawsuit filed by his lawyer A.U. Mustapha (SAN) before the FCT High Court.
In the lawsuit filed against Reno Omokri, the Kaduna state Governor said the statements contained in his publication titled: ‘El-Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corpers are seen as whores’ which was published by Thisday newspaper on Sunday 14th of June 2020 is injurious to his reputation and “malicious, unwarranted and defamatory”. He demanded the sum of N500 million in damages and an apology published in the newspaper.
In the lawsuit filed against against Odinkalu, Daniel Elombah and Elombah Communications, El-Rufai averred that the publication titled: ‘Litany of 25 critics who have suffered at El-Rufai’s hands compiled by Chidi Odinkalu’ which was published in Elombah.com on Wednesday September 2, 2020 is “malicious, unlawful and without any justification.” He demanded the sum of N500 million in damages and apology for the “defamatory and greatly injurious to his reputation.”
The Kaduna state Governor who also filed a lawsuit against Joseph Onu and Nyada, insisted that a letter that they wrote dated August 19, 2020 titled: ‘Request to withdraw the offer of platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Malam Nasir El Rufai’ addressed to Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, in his capacity as the Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) Nigerian Bar Association and copied to DR. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Chairman, Board of Trustee, Nigerian Bar Association and Mr. Olumide Akpata, the then President-Elect of the NBA and published in the media, is “defamatory and greatly injurious to the reputation of the claimant.” He also demanded an apology and the sum of N500 million in damages.
No date has been fixed for the lawsuits.
Still on legal tussles, popular On-Air Personality, Toke Makinwa, has lost the defamation suit filed against her by her ex-husband, Maje Ayida.
The Lagos State High Court at the Tafawa Balewa Square ordered Makinwa to pay N500,000 damages for defaming Ayida in her biography titled, ‘On Becoming’. The publisher was also ordered to pay N500,000 to Ayida.
Justice Olukayode Ogunjobi ordered Makinwa and Kachifo Limited to pay the money to “any charity organisation of the claimant’s choice.”
The judge added that the defendants must within 30 days of the judgment expunge from the unsold copies of “On Becoming” portions containing defamatory words against Ayida.