Libel: Buhari’s aide sues US blogger for N1bn

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FILE PHOTO – L-R: Engr Rotimi Fashakin, Paul Ibe, Mrs Gloria Adagbon, Ayobami Oyalowo, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari, Ms Lauretta Onochie and Alaba Yusuf during the presentation of a congratulatory card to Buhari at the Defence House, Abuja
Following a malicious publication that she runs an international human trafficking ring, a member of the Buhari Media Support Group, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, has dragged a blogger and US-based commentator, Emeka Ugwuoye, to court over a libellous publication on Facebook.
The plaintiff is therefore asking for N1 billion saying she has suffered tremendous damage to her reputation, insisting that if the defendant was not restrained, he would further publish injurious articles against her.
Ugwuonye has been facing criminal charges from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged theft.
Onochie in the suit filed by her counsel, Festus Keyamo, at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and obtained by journalists on Sunday in Abuja, also demanded a retraction and an unreserved apology from the defendant for the words he had used with her photograph.
According to the court papers, no fewer than 163 persons have ‘Liked’ the post, while over 80 people have ‘Shared’ it with 198 ‘Comments.”
Ugwuoye had in the post entitled: “A major break in tracking of the Dubai Madams and their agents – A key Madam revealed as a socialite with apparent connections to (sic) Nigerian politicians”, published on January 21 2016, in his Due Process Advocates Facebook page, alleged that Onochie, using names like Aunty Lolly, Madam or Aunty, operates an international girls trafficking ring across United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy and Greece for prostitution.
He had said, “Ms. Lauretta Onochie is clever as much as she could be cruel and mean-spirited her victims. As part of her cleverness, she has associated herself with the Abuja …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper