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The Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has sued the aide to former President Ebele Jonathan, Reno Omokri, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, and four others over alleged defamation of character. Other defendants in the suit include Daniel Elombah the publisher of Elomba News a UK Online news outlet, Elombah Communications, Barrister Joseph Onu, and Auta Nyada.
el-Rufai in two separate suits filed by his lawyer, Mr. A.U. Mustapha, SAN, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, said the defendants on different occasions maligned him and made derogatory comments about him.
The governor, in a suit against Omokri, said the former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan authored a newspaper publication titled: ‘El Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corpers are seen as whores’, portrayed him in a bad light, was injurious to his reputation. el-Rufai said that the article which was carried by Thisday Newspaper on Sunday, June 14, was ‘malicious, unwarranted and defamatory’.
The governor asked Omokri to pay the sum of 500 million naira in compensation and issue an apology in the Newspaper. Omokri on the other hand, alleged that there have been attempts to hack his e-mail account since he made public the issue of the e-mail by El Rufai. The Email was said to be sent to him by El Rufai on Wednesday 27th of April 2011.
He is yet to react to the suit.
Then in the suit against Odinkalu, Elombah and Elombah Communications, El Rufai, told the court that a 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, was ‘malicious, unlawful and without any justification.’ He equally demanded the sum of ₦500m in damages, as well as an apology for the article he said was defamatory and greatly injurious to reputation. Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for hearing of the suits as of the time of filing this report and none of the defendants has reacted to the suit.
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