Governor Ortom Sues Senator Akume for Libels, wants 60 Billion Naira Damages

Written by on September 4, 2021

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday instituted a 60 Billion Naira lawsuit against the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, at the Makurdi High Court.

Ortom’s suit followed Akume’s comment during a press conference in Abuja, where the minister accused the governor of ineptitude, disrespect for the President, Muhammadu Buhari, as well as massive corruption.

In the libel suit, Ortom is seeking 50 Billion Naira as general damages and another 10 Billion Naira as exemplary and aggravated damages.

Ortom complained that the press conference was intended to lower his estimation before right-thinking members of society and to expose him to hatred, contempt and ridicule.

He is seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by himself or through any agent, servants or privies from similar or further publication of any defamatory statement against him.

The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing of the case.

Credit: Punch

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