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Alleged Ekiti rigging: Obanikoro goes to court

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has gone to court to seek redress over a case of defa­mation of character by online media Sahara Reporters and Premium Times. Joined in the suit are Punch Newspapers Ltd., Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters and Festus Owete, General Editor at Premi­um Times.
The defendants had published an audio recording of Obanikoro in a purported conversation with other individuals, which alleg­edly linked them to rigging the Ekiti State gubernatorial elec­tion, an allegation Obanikoro and others disclaimed.
The suit, filed at the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja on Tues­day, 10th February 2015, Senator Obanikoro sued the defendants for damages to the tune of N1 bil­lion. According to the suit, filed on his behalf by Dr. Yemi Oke of MJS Partners, Senator Oban­ikoro is seeking

“1.) An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from publishing or causing to be published either directly or indirectly, defamatory, damaging, offensive or degrad­ing statements, articles and/or materials against the claimant;
2.) An order directing the de­fendant to jointly or severally pay to the claimant the sum of N1 billion being damages for harm caused to his political, pro­fessional, business, social and in­stitutional reputation as a result of the defamation by willful and scandalous publication of false statements by the defendants,
3.) An order directing the de­fendants to retract the false and damaging publication by a letter of apology directed to claimant and published on the same me­dia through which the defama­tory publication was circulated and

4.) An order of court for the cost of this suit against the defen­dants.”

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