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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Libel: Court orders Sahara Reporters to pay N4bn as damages to Senate president, Bukola Saraki

Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye of an Ilorin High Court in Kwara state, has ordered the publisher of online news platform, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, to pay the sum of N4 billion as damages to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over a series of libelous stories published on the news platform from September to December 2015.

Saraki through his lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, approached the court for an intervention following the publication of series of stories against him by Sahara Reporters.

Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters were joined as defendants in the suit marked as KWS/23/2017.

According to Saraki's counsel, the defendants had refused to defend the case despite the service of the summons on them. Olomu said the first series of service involved an arrangement between the office of the Nigerian ministry of Justice and their counterpart in New York, the operational base of the medium.

When that failed, the counsel said the claimant thereafter seized the opportunities of a visit to Nigeria by Sowore to serve him at his two properties in Ikeja area of Lagos state.

The relief granted to Saraki by the court include “the sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of October 5, 2015 under the caption “Nigeria at 55: Bukola Saraki and 83 Inmates Are Running the Asylum.

“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of September 20, 2015 under the caption: “A polished Name for political immorality. Time for Saraki to Go!.

“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of November 09, 2015 under the caption: “Bukola Saraki On a shopping Spree to Buy Judges…Stop Being a Clown And A Coward Man Up, face The Music”

“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of December 1, 2015 under the caption: “Arms Contract Scandal: Senator Saraki Blackmailed CBN Officials To Pay N250 Million Hush Funds.”

“An order for injunction restraining the defendants from further writing, printing or causing to be written, printed or circulated or otherwise published of the claimant the said, or similar libel.

“An order directing the defendants to remove the offending publications from its website on the internet within three days from the date of judgment and an order directing the defendants to publish an apology to the claimant on its online newspaper and in three other daily newspapers.”

13 comments:

tsalz said...

1 chance

Ifeanyi odu said...

When the tiger turns to have a bite ...I Ope the whole Sahara report is worth 4bn....lol

Neneh Diallo said...

lol they no serious what the want get that kind money from?

Me said...

judge my foot.....lol.....9ja still get judgement that works????.....i doubt it.

ogbonna nwabueze said...

I dey Ben Johnson for this one.🏃

U Sam said...

Some of these Judges don't have shame at all. The Judiciary is one of the biggest problems in this nation, followed closely by the legislative arm.

Anonymous said...

This country is a zoo,the judaiury is a flop.they have failed wooofuly.

Anonymous said...

Which kain kangaroo court be dis sef? Nawa...abegi, soufri, soufri-o NMTA

Vivian Reginalds said...

4BN From where?
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Sahara Reporters don buy market. Stop hate journalism. You guys published loads of fake stories against GEJ. #KAMA

prince said...

SARAKI TO BE PAID 4BN AS DAMAGES HA NIGERIA WILL YOU EVER RECOVER FROM THE CLUTCHES OF LOOTERS

Anonymous said...

This serve him right at least it will curb the excess use of media to attack people without investigation I hope Dinno Melaye will also follow up his suit against this man.

Unknown said...

Our Judiciary system is our problem, it is only those who are in power and the rich that get favourable justice. If Evans (ceo of kidnapper) can sue Nigeria police then what stop a looters from going scotfree.

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