Following the expiration of the 48 hours that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democrstic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, gave the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on the released looters’ list, Secondus has taken Mohammed to court for defamation of character.
It would be recalled that after the release of the list, Secondus had asked for the payment of N1.5bn as damages and a public apology within 48 hours.
Secondus had in the letter he wrote to Mohammed said, “We shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client’s rights under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you.”
After the expiration of the ultimatum, Secondus filed a law suit at the High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, asking the court to award the sum of N1.5bn to him as damages for humiliation, castigation, vilification attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication.
According to a statement by the PDP National Chairman’s Media Office, which was signed by his spokesperson, Ike Abonyi, the suit numbered: /PHC/1013/2018, also asked the court to direct Mohammed to retract the said publication and apologise to him in writing.
He prayed the court to order Mohammed to publish the retraction and apology in the Nation, This Day, The Sun, The Guardian and The PUNCH as well as on television stations like Nigerian Television Authority and Channels TV, among others, where the “defamatory” report was published.
Secondus is also praying the court for a perpetual injunction preventing the Minister from further publishing defamatory materials against him.
Secondus joined the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Attorney General of the Federation and the Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation Newspapers in the suit.