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PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus Sues Lai Mohammed to Court over Looters' List | CNR

National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, yesterday dragged Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to court over alleged defamation of character.

The minister had few days mentioned Mr. Secondus on the list of officials of the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan who he claimed, looted the nation's treasury, alleging that Mr. Secondus collected N200 million from the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

But Mr. Secondus, who spoke through his attorney, Emeka Etiaba SAN denied collecting any money from the former NSA and wrote a letter to the Minister seeking immediate retraction of his name from the list, payment of N1.5 billion in damages and public apology within 48 hours.

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In the letter, Lai Mohammed was advised to note that should he fail to meet the 48 hours deadline, "we shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client's rights under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you".

But having failed to meet the demand, Mr. Secondus yesterday made good his threat and filled a suit at a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, seeking the court to among other things, award to him the sum of N1.5 billion being damages for humiliation, castigation, vilification, and attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication.

In a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, The PDP National Chairman in the suit also claimed that Lai Mohammed's publication is defamatory and prayed the court to make him retract the publication and apologize in writing.

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It also demanded that Lai Mohammed should be made to publish the retraction and apology in all social media including but not limited to the following newspapers, the Nation, Vanguard, ThisDay, The Sun, Guardian and Punch as well as in NTA and Channels television among others where the defamatory statement was published.

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