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Defamation: MKO Abiola’s widow sues Police, demands N100bn damages

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

Prof. Zainab Abiola, one of the wife of late MKO Abiola has dragged the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Alkali, Ibrahim Alkali and Teju Moses to court for alleged defamation.

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Prof. Abiola in suit no FHA/ABJ/CS/2370/202 filed by their lawyer, Mr.  Tawo Tawo, SAN, is challenging the police for violating her fundamental human rights to life, and dignity of human person.

Prof Abiola in her statement of claim averred that she was framed up on September 20, 2022 by one Ibrahim Alkali, the adopted son of the IGP, that she inflicted injury on her former orderly, Inspector Moses, a development she said has caused so much damage to her name and reputation.

Prof Abiola said that as a Chief Legal Consultant (CLC) of the force, Alkali’s son had sometime in 2021 requested for a bribe of N20million from her under the guise of greasing the palms of top officers to expand her office.

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She said, her refusal to offer the N20million bribe infuriated Ibrahim and he had been nursing evil plans and grudges against her adding that Ibrahim in his desperate bid to achieved his plans insisted that Moses remained her orderly even after she was declared unfit and withdrawn by the IGP.

“He conspired with my ex-orderly to lie that I inflicted bodily harm on her. We have CCTV camera’s around that will reveal what happened when the proceedings commenced”, she said.

Abiola’s widow further disclosed that ever since she was humilated, dragged to court and condemned by the court of public opinion, her personality and image had been irredeemably battered by the defamation, assassination of character thereby diminishing her status in society.

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The plaintiff further averred that the incident caused her so much damage, trauma, ill health and reduced her standing and recognition in the global society bearing in mind the fact that they had attained international reputation.

She said; “The aforementioned incident has caused me so much damage, trauma, ill health and reduced my standing and recognition in the global society bearing in mind that i have attained international reputation.

“The publication in print, electronic and social media as well national dailies by the police against my person had lowered her estimation in the eyes of right thinking members of society.

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” The acts of the defendants were libelous, scandalous , slanderous and defamatory by calling her unprintable names both in the conventional and social media.
I am therefore pleading and relying on all relevant material and documents pertaining to the suit”.

Meanwhile, Prof. Abiola in the writ of summons has prayed the court for a declaration that the act of the police against her and other plaintiffs caused her series of nightmares as she is in constant fear of her life.

The plaintiff therefore, asked the court to order the defendants to pay her the sum of N100 billion as damages for defamation, shame, ridicule, harassment, trauma, humiliation and public embarrasemet meted out to her by the police.

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She also prayed the court declare: “An order of the court directing the defendants to tender an unreserved public apology in all print and electronic media.

‘’An order of this honourable court directing the defendants to issue a press statement retracting the assertions they made earlier.

“An order of this court directing the defendants to pay the plaintiffs the sum of N100 billion as damages for the defamation, shame, ridicule, harassment, trauma, humiliation and public embarrassment suffered by the plaintiffs.

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“An order of this court directing the defendants to pay the sum of N100 million as the cost of this suit.

“An order of this court directing the defendants to pay the sum of N1 billion as general damages and an award of 10 per cent interest on the judgment sum from the date of judgment until final liquidation of the judgment.

The matter is yet to be assigned to a judge.

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Oyo Gov suspends campaign as protests rock Ibadan over new naira notes, fuel crisis

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Kayode Sanni Arewa

Protest in Ibadan over fuel, Naira scarcity
Some aggrieved residents of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Friday trooped to major roads protesting over the hardship imposed on them by the new naira notes and persistent fuel scarcity.

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The protesters, in their hundreds, blocked the Iwo Road Interchange, frontage of the State Secretariat at Agodi and other major roads in the city.

At the state secretariat, the fierce looking youths forcefully opened the gate and moved into the complex, heading straight to the Governor’s office situated within the complex.

At Iwo Road Interchange, suspected hoodlums have hijacked the protest.
They were, however, prevented from gaining entrance into the governor’s office due to quick response from the security personnel manning the gates.

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In the town, the protesters obstructed the major roads, thereby hindering free vehicular movement, which left many commuters stranded.

They were seen blocking all the adjoining roads, burning tyres and harassing motorists and the commuters.

At the Gate/Bus Stop and Idi- Ape axis, the protesters blocked the roads, diverting vehicles from the direction.

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A cross section of the protesters attributed their actions to the frustrations being faced in the banks and filling stations.

As at the time of filling this report, the protest was spreading to other parts of the city.

The patrol vehicles of security agencies, particularly the police were seen moving toward Iwo Road and Idiape areas of the city to restore normalcy.

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Commenting, Mr Olu Akindele, an Artisan, said he spent the whole day at the Automated Teller Machine point in one of the banks at Iwo Road on Thursday and was unable to get cash.

According to him, the ATM was not dispensing, but I waited for hours, hoping that the bank officials would load it.

“We Nigerians have been contending with fuel and new naira notes scarcity for weeks across the country.

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“I believe it is time for the government to take positive step to address the twins challenges we are battling with,” he said.

A POS operator, Miss Funmi Irewole, also expressed frustration as she could not withdraw either the old or new notes from her deposit before extension of the deadline.

Ojewole called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, review its policy on the new naira notes to alleviate the sufferings of the citizens.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has suspended his campaign activities until further notice over unending fuel and new naira-note crisis in the state.

Makinde, whose campaign trail had visited some parts of the state, announced the suspension of his campaign activities at the flag off of the Omi-Adio-Ido Road on Friday.

This is contained in a statement by Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.

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The governor said that the suspension was in solidarity with the people over the harrowing experiences in recent time over unending fuel and new naira note crisis in the state.

Makinde, who was in Ido to continue his campaign, directed that all campaign activities be suspended, noting that the people’s suffering was too much.

The governor said that the decision was taken because, he was elected to protect the interests and well beings of citizens of the state.(NAN)

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TRENDING! Watch moment protesters chased away Tinubu’s campaign train in Ijesha land

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A viral clip has emerged online showing protesters chasing away APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu campaign team when he visited the King of Ijesaland.

Echoes of go away we don’t want any party here and echoes of unprintable graffiti rented the air.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Kefas Agbu as Taraba PDP governorship candidate

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Supreme Court has affirmed the candidature of Agbu Kefas as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba state.

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Justice Emmanuel Agim on Friday
dismissed the appeal brought before it by Prof. Jerome Nyameh challenging the May 25, 2022 Taraba governorship primary election that produced Kefas as the flagbearer of the PDP.

The apex court dismissed the appeal by Nyameh on the grounds that he failed to explore the internal mechanism for peaceful resolution of primary election before rushing to court to institute the suit.

Justice Agim, while reading the unanimous judgment of the court held that Nyameh also failed to join other aspirants that participated in the primary election as defendants as required by law.

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The apex court also said that the law was clear on conditions precedent to be complied with before any aggrieved governorship aspirant can rush to court.

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