El-Rufai sues Omokri, Odinkalu for defamation

El-Rufai sues Omokri, Odinkalu for defamation

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has filed defamation suits against Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commissi

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Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has filed defamation suits against Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and Reno Omokri, a former media aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

In the suits filed before a high court of the federal capital territory (FCT), the governor also joined THISDAY newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Joseph Onu and Auta Nyada as defendants.

In one of the suits, el-Rufai claimed said statements in a publication titled: “El Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corpers are seen as whores,” published by THISDAY on June 14, 2020, is injurious to his reputation. He is seeking N500 million in compensation and an apology to be published in the newspaper.

In another suit, he said “Litany of 25 critics who have suffered at El Rufai’s hands compiled by Chidi Odinkalu,” which was published on Elombah.com on September 2, 2020 is “malicious, unlawful and without any justification.”

He is also seekingN500million in damages and apology. In a letter to Jospen Onu, he also demanded an apology and N500 million in damages.

No date has been fixed for hearing.