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Nnamdi Kanu slams N20b libel suit against AGF Malami

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has dragged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN, over alleged defamatory publication and demanded N20 billion in damages.

Kanu’s lawyer, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, disclosed this on Tuesday via his Twitter handle.

Barrister Ejimakor alleged that Malami defamed the IPOB leader when he told the world that the latter jumped bail.

Sharing copies of the suit on his Twitter page on Tuesday, he noted that Malami’s defamatory publication was injurious to Kanu’s pending cases.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami addressing newsmen

The lawyer tweeted:

“Last week, I filed a Suit against AGF Malami to stop him from making any further defamatory publication that Onyendu #MNK jumped bail. Such publication is highly prejudicial & injurious to MNK’s other cases pending in various courts. It has to stop!”

In the suit, dated January 13, Kanu demanded compensation following alleged defamatory and libelous claims against him.

Kanu, in the suit, demanded “a declaration of this Honorable Court that, in view of the said Judgment of Abia State High Court, the Defendant’s published statements or utterances to the effect that Claimant jumped bail, as published in the said Vanguard newspaper publication, are libelous and defamatory;

“An order of this Honourable Court directing the Defendant to retract the said Vanguard newspaper publication through another press statement to the Vanguard newspaper;

“An order of this Honorable Court directing the Defendant to write and deliver to the Claimant, an unreserved letter of apology. The letter of apology shall be prominently and boldly published full-page in two Nigerian Newspapers of national circulation, namely: Guardian Newspaper and Sun Newspaper.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant from further and forever uttering the said defamatory and libelous words about or concerning the Claimant;

“An order of this Honorable Court directing the Defendant to pay to the Claimant the sum of N20,000,000,000.00 (Twenty Billion Naira only) being general and exemplary damages.”

Ejimakor had on behalf of Kanu, in September 2022, served a Legal Notice to Malami, notifying him of his intention to take legal action against him for his statements that Kanu jumped bail. Read more.

 

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