Kano state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has filed a N3 billion lawsuit against Jaafar Jaafar, publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper for alleged defamation over publications of videos clips purporting to show the governor collecting bribes in hard currency from a contractor.
In the suit, filed at a federal high court in Kano on November, 13, 2018, counsel to the defendant Nuruddeen A. Ayagi demanded the defendants to appear to before the court in 14 days.
The counsel prayed the court to declare that: “the act of publishing and circulating libelous statements, false and doctored video clips attacking and impugning the character and integrity of the plaintiff amounts to defamation of character of the character plaintiff by the defendants and thus wrongful.”
Ayagi also asked the court to further out-rightly declare that unqualified imputation of theft, fraud, corruption and dishonesty which are all criminal offenses by the defendant’s publication against the plaintiff without any conviction by a court of laws, is slanderous, libelous, injurious and wrongful.
The governor’s lawyer also prayed the court to further grant the following: “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further publishing the said defamatory story and sharing the said doctored video clips howsoever to whichever type of audience.”
“An order compelling the defendant to pay the plaintiff the sum of N3, 000,000,000 ( Three Billion Naira) as damages for the defamation of the plaintiff character and standing.
“An order compelling the defendants to write a public apology to the plaintiff and broadcast such apology through their online platforms and news media with global accessibility.”