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Accused terrorism: Natasha sues Yahaya Bello and others for N10 billion once again

Jul 28, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in the 2023 Kogi general elections, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, has again sued the state governor, Yahaya Bello, over terrorist allegations.

The PDP chairman sued the Kogi State Government, Kingsley Fanwo, the state information and communications commissioner, and a prominent Nigerian daily in FCT/HC/CV/6529/2023 (not Tribune).

In November 2022, Natasha took Bello and the state commissioner to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyanya Judicial Division, on terrorist accusations.

On Friday, June 16, 2023, Judge Idris Mua’wiya dismissed the case for incompetence.

Natasha now wants N110 billion in damages and an injunction barring Bello from defaming her.

“An order of this Honourable Court against the Defendants jointly and severally to pay the sum of N10,000,000,000.00 (Ten Billion Naira) as damages for their libellous publication against the Claimant in the vanguard newspaper online publication at https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/10/terrorism-kogi-govt-asks-security-agencies-to-invite-uduaghan-for-questioning/amp/ dated October 31, 2022, captioned “Terrorism: Kogi Government requests security services to call Uduaghan for questioning,” since it defames the Claimant.

“An order of this Honourable Court directing the Defendants jointly and severally retract, remove from the internet, and publish a public apology to the Claimant in the Vanguard newspaper both in print and online retracting the libellous publication published in the vanguard newspaper online at https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/10/terrorism-kogi-govt-asks-security-agencies-to-invite-uduaghan-for-questioning/amp/ on October 31, 2022 titled “Terrorism: Kogi Gov.

“An injunction preventing the Defendants jointly and severally by themselves, agents or servants or otherwise from publishing or causing to be published the said comparable remarks defamatory against the Claimant,” the court filing said.

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