BREAKING: Ortom files N60 billion libel suit against Akume
Posted by News Express | 3 September 2021 | 166 times
By CHARLES IWUOHA
Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday filed a N60 billion law suit against the Minister of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, before a Makurdi High Court.
The suit No. MHC/268/2021 was filed by Okon N. Efut, SAN and four other lawyers.
Governor Ortom is demanding N50 billion as general damages for libel and N10 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages.
The writ of summons was backed by a 17-paragraph statement of claim.
In the statement of claim, Governor Ortom is seeking a declaration that the text of Senator Akume’s press conference on August 30, 2021, in Abuja and the reports in various national dailies is scandalous, malicious and injurious to his person.
He complained that the press conference was intended to lower his estimation before right-thinking members of the society and to expose him to hatred, contempt and ridicule.
The Governor is seeking perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by himself or through any agent, servants or privies from similar or further publication of any defamatory statement against him.
No date has been fixed for the case yet.
Source: News Express
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