Masari demands N10b from journalists for alleged defamation
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has demanded N10 billion from two journalists over a report in which they allegedly defamed him.
Masari, through his counsel, also asked the journalists to tender an apology in eight national dailies in the next seven days, or risk “criminal and civil proceedings.”
Counsel to Masari, Chief Ernest Obunadike, stated at a press conference, yesterday, that his client decided to take such action to redeem his “character and reputation painstakingly built over decades.”
Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche; and the Secretary, Ochaika Ugwu, had issued a statement on January 2, 2022 alleging that Masari had ordered arrest of another journalist, Nelson Omonu, who works with the Summit Post Newspaper, Abuja, following allegation of character assassination by Nelson, and detained him in Katsina.
However, Ogbeche and Ugwu later issued another statement in which they apologised to Masari, as they had mistaken him for the person that initiated the arrest.
Obunadike said the apology was inadequate and that the journalists should write a formal apology in eight national dailies, in addition to paying N10 billion damages.
He said that both the monies and compensation should be made in the next one week, or his client would take necessary action in a court of law.