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Lai Mohammed drags publisher to court, demands N50bn



Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has sued an online publisher, Jackson Ude, over alleged libellous publication.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Taofeek Yahaya, the minister joined the editor of the publication, Uduma Mba, as second defendant in the matter.

In the writ of summons dated January 21, 2022 and signed by his counsel, the plaintiff is seeking N50bn damages.

A copy of the court process was obtained by journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

According to the document, the defendants in the publication, Pointblanknews, alleged that Lai Mohammed was involved in a N10bn fraud, adding that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has commenced investigating the matter.

Mohammed said the report published on August 3, 2021 in was circulated worldwide and has caused damage to his reputation.

He prayed the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja to restrain the defendants from further publishing defamatory reports against him.

According to the writ of summons, one of the witnesses listed to give evidence in the matter is the minister, who is expected to lead evidence.

The case is yet to be assigned to a judge.

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