CSG slams N2b suit against online platform for libel.

21 July 2020 by VICTORIA ABAH

A Civil Society Group has slammed a N2 billion suit against an Online media platform and three others over alleged defamatory publications against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The Group, which cited Omoyele Sowore and Mr. Kabiru Akingbolu as other defendants, is praying the Federal High Court in Abuja, to compel the defendants to jointly pay Malami N2 billion as compensation for the trauma and emotional stress caused the AGF, due to the alleged fake news publications.

The Plaintiff, Mr. Edward Omaga, who instituted the court action on behalf of the AGF, is also praying for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, from further publishing articles or news items capable of causing damage to the person of Abubakar Malami.

The Group also applied for an order directing the four respondents to retract all the libelous publications made against the person of the AGF and tender a public apology for the unlawful violation of his fundamental rights.

The Group alleged that on 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 18th of July, 2020, Omoyele Sowore and Kabiru Akingbolu published series of prejudicial articles against Malami with the singular aim of discrediting his reputation before the right thinking members of the society.

No date has been fixed for hearing on the suit.

COV/VICTORIA

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