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El-Rufai files N1.5bn suit against Omokri, Odinkalu, others

Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State has sued former media aide to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, human rights activist, Chidi Odinkalu and other activists in a N2 billion defamation suit.

In the separate suits filed by his lawyer before the FCT High Court also joined as defendants Thisday Newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications,Joseph Onu, and Auta Nyada.

In the case against Omokri, governor El Rufai contends that 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, adding that it is “malicious, unwarranted and defamatory”.

The governor demanded the sum of N500 million in compensation and an apology published in the newspaper. 

In the suit against against Mr Odinkalu, Daniel Elombah and Elombah Communications, governor El Rufai contends 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.” 

He also argued that the letter written by Jospen Onu, dated August 19, 2020 titled:’ Tequest to withdraw the offer of platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Nasir El Rufai’addressed to Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, in his capacity as the Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) Nigerian Bar Association and copied to Olisa Agbakoba, Chairman, Board of Trustee, Nigerian Bar Association and 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 demands an apology and the sum of N500 million in damages.

No date has been fixed for the hearing.

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