APC chieftain sues senate whip for defamation

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Mr Anamero Dekeri, has instituted a N10 billion suit against Senate deputy whip, Francis Alimikhena, over alleged defamatory publication.

The claimant also prayed the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, his agents, privies and/or servants from further publication or spreading of the said defamatory statement.

Senator Alimikhena represents Edo-north senatorial district in the National Assembly and won a re-election in the just concluded general polls.

The suit marked B/83/2019 was filed in a Benin City High Court by his solicitors, Olayiwola Afolabi & Co.

The appalant is seeking a declaration of the court that the defendant’s publication in Vanguard newspaper of 24th September, 2018, is misleading, malicious, defamatory and targeted at tarnishing his reputation.
According to him, he had earlier by way of pre-action notice written to the defendant with an appeal to retract the said statement, tender an unreserved public apology and save.

He stated that the defendant however ignored his demand and rather wrote back in a derogatory manner.

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