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Kalu Sues Omatseye For N2bn

Former governor of Abia State and publisher of the Sun Newspapers titles, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has sued the Chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers for alleged libel.

A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and the Sun Publishing Limited, yesterday dragged the Vintage Press limited, publishers of the Nation Newspaper and the Chairman of its editorial board, Mr. Sam Omatseye before a Lagos High Court over alleged defamation.

The claimants in a writ of summon marked LD/1276GCMW/15 filed through their counsel, Chief Charles Enwelunta at the registry of the court is seeking a declaration that the article by Omatseye at the back page of the Nation newspaper, edition of October 12, 2015 titled “KALU FOR FIFA PRESIDENT” and contained in Omatseye’s column style “IN TOUCH” was defamatory.

The claimants also pray the court to declare that the article published on October 19, 2015 tittled “SHADOWS OF SETTING SUN” and contained under the column called “HARD BALL” is defamatory of the claimants.

The claimants are therefore praying the court to order the defendant to pay N2 billion as being general damages jointly and severally. In addition, the claimants want the court to order the defendants to make unreserved apology to be published by the defendant in at least four edition of Nation Newspaper under the column maintained by the first claimant and which should also be posted in Nation newspaper.

The claimants also want the court to order the defendants to remove the offensive publication from the website www. thenationonline. net and other Internet portals belonging to the defendants.

In addition, the claimants want the court to make an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further writing, publishing, printing same or similar words of defamatory of the claimants in any manner whatsoever.

– Xavier Ndanyongmong

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