Boko Haram: Court hears El-rufai’s N1.5bn suit against PDP June 19

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ABUJA——An Abuja High Court sitting at Gudu,
yesterday, slated June 19 to commence hearing on
the suit that was filed against the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, by former Minister of the
Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
The former Minister who is a chieftain of the All
Progressive Congress, APC, dragged PDP to court
following allegation that he has links with the Boko
Haram terrorist sect.
He is praying the court to award the sum of
N1.5billion as exemplary and aggravated damages
against both the PDP and its National Publicity
Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, for using a false
allegation to tarnish his public image.
Besides, the plaintiff, told the court that Metuh had
in several publications that was sponsored by the
PDP, alleged that he (El-Rufai) collected N5bn as
consultancy fee from the suspended governor of
the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido
Sanusi.
Metuh was said to have made the claims in the
March 17 and 23 editions of This Day Newspaper.
In the suit dated April 2, 2014, El-Rufai, equally
joined the newspaper as the third defendant in the
matter.
The former minister insisted that the publications
greatly damaged his reputation and occassioned
an irreparable damage to his hard-earned public
image by portraying him as a corrupt, money
laundering, reckless, lawless, greedy and
unscrupulous public figure.
He maintained that the publications were “in
furtherance of the defendants’ campaign of
calumny” against him.
The court had on May 20 ordered service of the
court processes on all the defendants.
Consequently, the 1st and 2nd defendants, PDP
and Metuh, respectively, yesterday, secured leave
of the court to file a preliminary objection against
the suit before the next adjourned date.
Specifically, the plaintiff is seeking an order
awarding N1bn as general damages against Metuh
and PDP.
He is further asking for another order awarding
additional N500m as general damages jointly and
severally against all the three defendants.
Moreso, the ex-Minister, is urging the court to
award cost in his favour for “the injury,
embarrassment and distress suffered by the
plaintiff in respect of the loss of reputation and
goodwill as a result of the malicious, unwarranted
and defamatory utterance against the person of the
plaintiff.”
He prayed for an order declaring that he was
“deservingly entitled to a written apology from the
defendants, published with the same prominence
as the offending publications”.
El-Rufai, wants the court to give an order of
perpetual injunction restraining the defendants
from further defaming him.

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