The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has instituted a authorized motion in opposition to a web-based writer, Mr. Jackson Ude over alleged libelous publication.
Within the swimsuit, filed by his counsel, Taofeek Yahaya, at a Excessive Courtroom of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the minister joined the editor of the publication, Pointbanknews, Mr. Uduma Mba as 2nd defendant within the matter. Within the writ of summon dated January 21, 2022, and signed by his counsel, the plaintiff hunted for N50 billion damages.
Based on the minister, the defendants within the publication, Pointblanknews, alleged that the he was concerned in a N10 billion fraud, including that the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and different associated offences Fee (ICPC), was already investigating him.
The minister mentioned the report, printed on August 3, 2022, on pointblanknews.com was circulated worldwide and has triggered harm to his popularity.
He prayed the courtroom to restrain the defendants from additional publishing defamatory new objects in opposition to him.
He additionally prayed the courtroom for a perpetual injunction, restraining the defendants from writing or triggered to be written, publishing or triggered to be printed and usually circulating or triggered to be circulated by themselves or their brokers or servants or in any other case any of such libel or comparable phrases or any phrase to the like impact in regards to the claimant.
Based on the writ of summons, one of many witnesses listed to offer proof within the matter was the minister, who was anticipated to guide proof and present to the courtroom that opposite to the mission assertion as contained within the web site, the publication was a purveyor of false, untruth, malicious libel in opposition to anybody and deliberately sensationalises its report back to defame harmless folks as they’ve performed in his case.
He mentioned the publication made by the defendants was unfaithful, malicious, unfounded and depraved.
The minister would additionally lead proof to point out that he has all the time been on the forefront of the event of the ministry of data and tradition the place he’s at the moment serving as minister and won’t do something to deliver his title and the title of the ministry to disrepute. Supply: ThisDay