Court adjourns Dokpesi’s N5bn libel suit until September 23


An FCT High Court, Apo, on Tuesday adjourned until September 23 the defamation suit filed by Raymond Dokpesi against immediate past Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and former Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Mr Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, filed the suit on April 30, seeking N5 billion in damages from Messrs Mohammed and Malami.

He alleged that Messrs Mohammed and Malami defamed his character by the inclusion of his name on the treasury looters’ list.

At the continuation of trial, counsel to the claimant, Ngige Kasiemobi, informed the court that the defence counsel served him with a statement of defence and a motion for extension of time on Monday.

Mr Kasiemobi prayed for a short adjournment to enable him respond to the statement of defence.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi adjourned the case until September 23 for the continuation of hearing, at the instance of Mr Kasiemobi, who stood in for Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and counsel to Mr Dokpesi.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Mr Dokpesi filed a suit on April 30, seeking N5 billion damages from Messrs Mohammed and Malami.

NAN reports that Mr Dokpesi, besides the N5 billion damages, is also asking the court to order the defendants to publish a full retraction of the said publication.

He further asked the court to order the defendants to tender an unreserved apology to him, in all the major electronic and print media outlets in the country.

He also urged the court to grant a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their servants, agents, partners, representatives, from further writing, publishing defamatory words about the plaintiff.


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