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Alleged libel: Court grants Magu’s request for substituted service on Sun newspaper

Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja High Court has ordered that a motion exparte  filed by Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu be served on three journalists working with the Sun Newspaper.

The EFCC boss had earlier this year sued the Sun Newspaper before the Lagos High Court over what he claims were false and malicious publications against his person.

Joined in the suit as co-defendants are the Editor, Saturday Sun, Fred Itua, James Ojo and Lawrence Enyoghase.

Counsel to Magu, Mr Wahab Shittu Wednesday moved a motion exparte seeking to serve the originating processes on the three reporters who authored the publication by pasting it on their last known address given at No. 2 Coscharis Street, Off Happy Home Avenue, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos.

The court granted the request of the EFCC counsel for substituted service.

The EFCC boss  is seeking N5billion compensation for the alleged  libellous imputations and statements made against him in a story published  March 25, 2017 edition of the Saturday Sun.

The report had alleged that the EFCC Boss purchased for himself  two mansions on different streets in the highbrow Maitama area of Abuja.

Magu is however contending that the publication captioned “Magu under Fresh Probe over 2 Abuja Mansions” and authored by Fred Itua, James Ojo and Lawrene Enyoghasu, “willfully and maliciously made false, destructive, and defamatory statements against him

Magu however maintained that neither himself nor his wife owned any property in Maitama.

In addition to the demand for N5 billion compensation, Magu demanded that the publishers  issue a public apology and immediate retraction in writing of these false libelous statements, within seven days of the publication.

Sun Newspapers refused to published a retraction prompting Magu to eventually file the suit.

Justice Oyefeso has adjourned the matter to November 15, 2017 for trial.

Source: The Nation

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