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Court quashes N2b suit against SaharaReporters, others over alleged defamation of Malami

The Federal High Court sitting, in Abuja, has struck out a N2 billion suit instituted against SaharaReporters and others by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for alleged defamatory publication against the minister.  

A group, Incorporated Trustee of Global Integrity Crusade Network had, in the suit accused SaharaReporters, Vanguard Media Limited and two others of defamation against Malami.

Joined in the suit were Omoyele Sowore and Barr. Kabiru Akingbolu.

The group had prayed the court to compel the defendants to jointly pay Malami the N2 billion as compensation for the trauma, emotional stress, damage and or injury caused the AGF due to the alleged propaganda, fake news and blackmail published in the July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18, 2020 edition of their media organisation.

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But during the trial held, on Thursday, the court dismissed the case.

In her judgement, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, even awarded N100,000 against the litigants, saying they had no right to approach the Federal High Court to sue on behalf of the AGF.

The judge held that the AGF should be bold enough to go to court if he felt he was libelled by the publications.

The lawsuit was prosecuted by Marshal Abubakar of Femi Falana Chambers.