June 6, 2020

Alleged Libel: Osoba drags Okurounmu to court

Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a former governor of Ogun State has made good his threat to sue Afenifere chieftain, Senator Femi Okurounmu, over alleged libelous publications against him.

Osoba, through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), on Friday, dragged Okurounmu before the state High Court sitting in Abeokuta.

Apart from asking the defendant to retract the controversial publications in two national newspapers, the former governor is also demanding a sum N3billion as aggravated and exemplary damages.

The legal action was fallout of newspaper interviews published in July in which Okurounmu described Osoba as a “traitor and double-faced politician” who betrayed the acclaimed winner of June 13, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola.

Osoba had through his lawyer shortly after the publications, given Okurounmu a 14-day ultimatum to comply with his demands.

In a July 23 letter, Olanipekun had declared that the words employed by the Afenifere chieftain in defaming his client were weighty and far-reaching.

Olanipekun  claimed that his client’s “hard-earned reputation” has been seriously dented and damaged by the publications while “he has also suffered considerable distress and embarrassment.”

He, therefore, demanded a retraction of the said interviews and a public apology to be published on the front pages of seven consecutive editions of the concerned newspapers.

Osoba also asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing libelous publications against him.

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