Musiliu Obanikoro sues Sahara Reporters & co. Full report from The Breaking Times

February 12, 2015 1:53 am

Full report from The Breaking Times below

Former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. has
gone to court to seek redress over a case of defamation of character by
online newspapers Sahara Reporters and Premium Times. Joined in the suit
are Punch Newspapers Ltd., Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara
Reporters and Festus Owete, General Editor at Premium Times.

The defendants had published an audio recording of Senator Musiliu
Obanikoro, purportedly in a conversation with other individuals to rig
the Ekiti State gubernatorial elections, an allegation Senator Obanikoro
and the others have since disclaimed.
In a suit filed at the Lagos State High Court Ikeja on Tuesday, 10th
February 2015, Senator Obanikoro is suing the defendants for damages to
the tune of N1 billion. According to the suit filed on his behalf by Dr.
Yemi Oke of MJS Partners, Senator Obanikoro is seeking “1.) An order of
perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from publishing or
causing to be published either directly or indirectly, defamatory,
damaging, offensive or degrading statements, articles and/or materials
against the claimant, 2.) An order directing the defendant to jointly or
severally pay to the claimant the sum of N1 billion being damages for
harm caused to his political, professional, business, social and
institutional reputation as a result of the defamation by willful and
scandalous publication of false statements by the defendants, 3.) An
order directing the defendants to retract the false and damaging
publication by a letter of apology directed to claimant and published on
the same media through which the defamatory publication was circulated
and 4.) An order of court for the cost of this suit against the
defendants.”

Meanwhile, in a similar development, Senator Obanikoro has hired
Tacopina & Seigel one of New York’s top law firms reputed for their
groundbreaking defense of celebrity baseball player, Alex Rodriguez in
his case against the 211-game doping suspension slammed on him by Major
League Baseball (MLB). Tacopina & Seigel is handling Senator
Obanikoro’s case against Sahara Reporters in New York, United States of
America.
The defendants have 42 days to prepare their defense and make an appearance in court to defend themselves in the Lagos suit. 

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