Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has sued former media aide to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, human rights activist, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, and other activists in a two billion Naira defamation suit.
Also joined in the suit before the FCT High Court is Thisday Newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Joseph Onu, and Auta Nyada.
In the case against Omokri, El-Rufai contends that statements contained in his publication titled: ‘El-Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corps members are seen as whores’ which was published by Thisday Newspaper on Sunday, June 14, 2020, is injurious to his reputation, malicious, and defamatory.
El-Rufai demanded the sum of N500 million as compensation and an apology published in the newspaper.
While In the other suit against Odinkalu, Daniel Elombah, and Elombah Communications, the Governor contends that the publication titled: ‘Litany of 25 critics who have suffered at El Rufai’s hands compiled by Chidi Odinkalu’ which was published in Elombah.com on September 2, 2020, is malicious.
He also demanded for the sum of N500 million as damages.
El-Rufai also argued that the letter, which was written by Joseph Onu and dated August 19, 2020, titled:’ Request to withdraw the offer of the platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Nasir El Rufai’addressed Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, in his capacity as the Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning, TCCP, NBA, and copied to Olisa Agbakoba, Chairman, Board of Trustee, NBA, and Olumide Akpata, President of the NBA and published in the media, is also defamatory the sum of N500 million is also demanded as damages.
No date has been fixed for the hearing.