*Also demands for retraction and apology
A high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, today, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, received a complaint against a Nigerian newspaper from Gov Nyesom Wike. The court is to determine if the complaint is worth N7Bn.
Gov Wike slammed the suit against ThisDay being alleged damages for libel said to be written and published in ThisDay’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020 edition.
In the publication captioned, “With Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’s Waterloo, Almost,” the governor complained that the defendants ‘maliciously and falsely’ portrayed the claimant as an unreliable friend/person.
In the suit filed at the Port Harcourt High Court by Gov Wike’s counsel, Emmanuel C. Ukala, SAN, the defendants were said to have further portrayed Gov Wike as a selfish politician and a person who meddled in and exerted subterranean influence in judicial matters in courts sitting in Port Harcourt to achieve selfish political interest and that he was not a true democrat.
A government house statement said Gov Wike is therefore seeking an order of mandatory injunction compelling the defendants to withdraw, retract and recant the said libelous publication.
It Gov Wike’s demand that the retraction is to be published at the front page (and to devote the whole full front page to the publication of the retraction).
ThisDay is also being asked to publish an apology in the terms acceptable to the claimant and with his prior approval at the back page (on the full back page) in the same edition on which the retraction is published, and two consecutive editions of ThisDay Newspapers.
The claimant is also seeking an order of injunction restraining the defendants by themselves or by their servants, agents, privies and associates from further publishing the said libel or any manner however and whatsoever continuing to circulate the said libelous publication concerning the claimant.