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1.5m Pounds UK Account: Jibrin Sues Lawyers for Defamation, Demands N1billion Compensation

Following shocking accusations that embattled former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin stashed �1.5m in an account abroad, the lawmaker taken legal action…

Embattled former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin
Embattled former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has dragged two lawyers to High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over claims that the lawmaker has 1.5million pounds in his account in the United Kingdom.
Jibrin who denied the allegations, said it was the handwork of Speaker Dogara and his hatchet men. He has now sued the two individuals who propagated the report.
In the writ of summon served on the defendants, Mssers Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere and Ifeanyi Okonkwo, the lawmaker said “the statements in newspaper publications titled ‘Jibrin owns £1.558m in UK bank, NYCN alleges’ implicitly and/or expressly procured, authorized, and or caused to be published by the Defendants against the Plaintiff in page 11 of the PUNCH Newspaper of Monday the 19th day of September 2016 Vol.40 No.21,270 are false, malicious, without legal justification, and are defamatory/libelous of the reputation and character of the Plaintiff to the general public.”
Mr. Jibrin therefore sought the following orders:
“An order compelling the Defendants to publish in 5 National Dailies an unconditional, detailed apology, and full page retraction of, the statements in newspaper publications titled “Jibrin owns E1.558m in UK bank, NYCN alleges” implicitly and/or expressly procured, authorized, and or caused to be published by the Defendants against the Plaintiff in page 11 of the PUNCH Newspaper of Monday the 19th day of September 2016 Vol.40 No.21,270.
“An order compelling the Defendants, jointly and/or severally, to pay the Plaintiff the sum of N1,000,000,000 (One Billion Naira) as general damages for the Defendants defamation/libel of the Plaintiff under the circumstances of this Suit.
“An order compelling the Defendants, jointly and/or severally, to pay the Plaintiff the sum of N1,000,000,000 (One Billion Naira) only to the Plaintiff, as exemplary and/or aggravated damages under the circumstances of this Suit.
“An order compelling the Defendants, jointly and/or severally, to pay the Plaintiff post Judgment interest on Prayers 3 and 4 above at 10% from the day Judgment is delivered to the date the Judgment sums are fully and finally paid by the Defendants.
“An order compelling the Defendants, jointly and/or severally, to pay the Plaintiff cost of this Suit estimated at N20,000,000 (Twenty Million Naira),” the order said.

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