Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has appeared at the federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Maitama to sign his witness deposition in support of the N2.5 billion libel suit filed against Lauretta Onochie, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku was accompanied by Mike Ozekhome, his legal counsel, and other members of his legal team.
In the suit which was filed in June 2019, Atiku is seeking the sum of N2.5bn from the presidential aide as ”general, aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages”.
“Atiku is claiming this sum from her for her defamatory story published on her twitter handle and facebook page, in which she stated that Atiku was on the UAE watch list,” Ozekhome said.
The reliefs sought by the former vice-president are: “An order of this honourable court compelling the defendant to make a retraction of, and apology to, the claimant, for the said offensive twitter and facebook publications on the same platforms, also to be published in three national newspapers with wide circulation within the country and also broadcast on AIT, Channels and NTA television stations, consequent upon the untold embarrassment, public ridicule, odium, obloquy, derision, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the defendant’s said defamatory twitter and facebook publications have caused the claimant.
“An order of this honourable court compelling the defendant to write to the claimant, a letter of unreserved apology for the said offensive twitter and facebook publications which were widely circulated vide the defendant’s twitter/facebook handles and also published globally online on the social and other print media, consequent upon the embarrassment, ridicule, derision, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the Defendant’s said defamatory twitter and facebook publications have caused the claimant.
“An order directing the defendant to pay to the claimant, the sum of N2,500,000,000,000.00 (two billion, five hundred million naira) only, representing general, aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages over the untold embarrassment, derision, public ridicule, odium, obloquy, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the Defendant’s publications have caused the claimant.
S/Court Judgement: Mysterious Owl Attacks Gov Ortom Inside Church
Shortly after the Supreme Court of Nigeria affirmed the election of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, he was unexpectedly attacked at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Makurdi, by a mysterious owl.
According to Daily Post, Ortom was in the church for a special thanksgiving service, when the strange bird attacked.
An eyewitness, Prince Tordue Abe, narrated how the bird, on Tuesday night, found its way into the Church, the exact time the Governor was giving his testimonies and went straight to the altar where Ortom was kneeling down for his testimonies.
But for the prompt efforts of some youths, the night bird, which is superstitiously believed to be a witchcraft bird, would have landed on the Governor’s head.
“It happened few minutes ago while the Governor was on his kneels praying at the Redeemed Christian Church Makurdi.
“An Owl flew in and headed right towards the direction of the Governor. On sighting the Governor the owl bowed before the Governor and together we rushed and killed it.
“Whatever it was they planned against the Governor, the Holy Spirit brought it to a halt.
“Indeed Governor Ortom is not just a man of God but a powerful man of God,” Abe said.
The apex court had on Tuesday delivered judgement in an appeal brought before it by Barr. Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressive Congress (APC), challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal to have upheld the election of Ortom, who contested under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9, 2019 guber election in Benue.
In a 30-second judgement delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuata, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the victory of Governor Ortom, saying, “The judgement of the Tribunal and Court of Appeal need not to be disturbed”.
Supreme Court Verdict On Imo: Jonathan, Wike Challenged For Keeping Mum
A group, PDP Renaissance, has challenged former President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, to speak up against the recent Supreme Court’s judgment that sacked the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state, declaring Hope Uzodinma of the ruling All Progressive Congress Governor of Imo state.
The group, in a statement on Wednesday, said the continued silence of the two party leaders is unacceptable.
According to the group, the two party leaders must speak up against injustice meted on a fellow party member as silence would pass for patting the unjust doer on the back.
According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to the grave silence from former President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers Governor Barr. Nyesom Wike on the controversial Supreme Court ruling that sacked the Imo state Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha for the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Hope Uzodinma.
As leaders of political thought, we had expected former president Goodluck Jonathan and governor Nyesom Wike to condemn the judicial usurper that took place in Imo state that made our great party to lose a governor.
It is worthy of note that former President Jonathan has often been described as the true reflection of democracy in Nigeria and as such, we expected him to voice out his opinion on matters, such as this, which make mockery of our judiciary system.
Governor Nyesom Wike, we understand, is a supposed friend of the ousted governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Wike and Former President Jonathan’s silence in condemning this anti-democratic move by the APC through a well-orchestrated judicial manipulation to gift the APC candidate, Hope Uzodinma, votes that were never cast for him is not a welcome development.
It was Martin Luther King who once said: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
This is no time to play political correctness when we are faced with people that are determined to destroy our very sacred institution.
The Judiciary plays a very important role in every democratic society. The Judiciary ought to provide impartial adjudications of disputes between the state and individuals, between individuals, and between different levels of government within the state. If the Judiciary which serves as a foundation for the rule of law and democracy is destroyed and men of good conscience stay silent, then there is trouble.
Imo Deputy Speaker, Okey Onyekanma Resigns
Imo State Deputy speaker, Okey Onyekanma, has resigned, days after Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress assumes office.
Imo State Speaker of the House, Cyprain Akaolisa, yesterday, January 21, 2020, read the letter of resignation from the Deputy Speaker to the house during the plenary of the Assembly.
It was also gathered that Onyekanma equally resigned as the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business.