The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, is being sued for defamatory publications by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Kanu alleged that the AGF defamed the IPOB leader when he claimed that the latter escaped bail and sought $20 billion in damages through his attorney, Aloy Ejimakor.
Ejimakor uploaded copies of the lawsuit on his Twitter page on Tuesday, stating that Malami’s slanderous article had harmed Kanu’s ongoing legal proceedings.
Last week, I filed a Suit against AGF Malami to stop him from making any further defamatory publication that Onyendu #MNK jumped bail. Such publication is highly prejudicial & injurious to MNK’s other cases pending in various courts. It has to stop! pic.twitter.com/UmGgCHKDEa
— aloy ejimakor (@AloyEjimakor) January 17, 2023
Ejimakor said “Last week, I filed a suit against AGF Malami to stop him from making any further defamatory publication that Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kalu jumped bail. Such publication is highly prejudicial and injurious to MNK’s other cases pending in various courts. It has to stop!
On January 13th, Kanu filed the lawsuit in an effort to recover damages for purported defamatory and libelous statements made about him.
In the lawsuit, the claimant (Kanu) asked the court to “declare that the Defendant’s published statements or utterances to the effect that Claimant jumped bail, as published in the said Vanguard newspaper publication, are libelous and defamatory in light of the said Judgment of Abia State High Court;
“An order of this Honourable Court directing the Defendant to retract the said Vanguard newspaper publication through another press statement to the Vanguard newspaper;
“An order of this Honourable Court directing the Defendant to write and deliver to the Claimant, an unreserved letter of apology. The letter of apology shall be prominently and boldly published full-page in two Nigerian Newspapers of national circulation, namely: Guardian Newspaper and Sun Newspaper.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant from further and forever uttering the said defamatory and libelous words about or concerning the Claimant;
“An order of this Honourable Court directing the Defendant to pay to the Claimant, the sum of N20,000,000,000.00 (Twenty Billion Naira only) being general and exemplary damages.”