Masari Demands NUJ to Pay N10bn Compensation or Face Legal Actio
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has placed the sum of N10 billion to be paid as compensation for the defemetory declarations the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Abuja chapter against his person over the arrest of its member.
- Speaking through his lawyer, Chief E.O. Obunadike- Odenigbo, who also demanded the NUJ to apologise for their action, publishing it in eight popular newspapers or prepare for legal action, adding that her early apology wasn’t enough to comeserate with the kind of damages done to his person.
He said: The aforesaid press release of yours, in undated with malicious intents and falsehood, criminal defamation of character, has in no small measure, blisteringly defamed, injured the character and the hard earned reputation of our client which was painstakingly built and nurtured over decades thereby exposing him to a lot of embarrassment, public ridicule and condemnation.
“This has therefore reduced him to public odium and opprobrium. Hence, members of the public after reading the said offensive and obnoxious libelous material in several print and online Daily Newspapers, now regard our client as grossly incompetent in his administration and management of the affairs of Katsina State, an outcast, a gangster, a tyrant, a hater of journalists and a brute who does not believe in the rule of law and democratic principles.
“Know it that, notwithstanding your initial unsolicited flimsy, whimsical, half-hearted and watery purported retraction, be properly guided that in line with our client’s terms, we hereby now demand for the immediate and unconditional written retraction of the said defamatory statement and appropriate apology tendered forthwith.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, the aforementioned retraction and apology shall be publicized (both in print and online) in Eight (8) popular Nigerian Newspapers.”
The Counsel added that he has served the NUJ chapter with a letter which they are expected to respond to within seven days starting from the date of the notice.