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Defamation: Okupe’s Lawyers Write Linda Ikeji; Demand Retraction And Published Apology Over False Story



by Chris Nomjov

Solicitors on behalf of the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, have written popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, to demand a retraction and published apology over a publication described as “defamatory” to the person of the presidential aide.

Isibor, a Barrister and Solictor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, was referring to a publication on Monday, February 9, 2015 where the Spokesman was reportedly booed out of a platform while addressing some Nigerians, and insisting that Gen. Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress was not electable.

In the video, Okupe was abruptly interrupted with the shout of APC when he attempted to disparage the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, when he was booed by the guests at the event.

Reacting to the report, Okupe’s lawyers said “the article contained a video which has been taken out in a manner designed to cause our client, embarrassment, humiliation and lowering of his assessment and standing in the eyes of his employers and the general public.”

Therefore, the Chamber demanded the immediate removal of the “very misleading post” within 48 hours and as well an apologise to Dr, Okupe.

However, a check on Linda Ikeji’s blog shows she has removed the post. But she is yet to write an apology as demanded by the letter.

An aide in the office of the presidential aide said that despite the post’s retraction, nothing short of apology will make Dr Okupe drop the matter.

Linda in her posts had alleged that Okupe was booed by Journalists at an event that held at the Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria, whereas the event held at Nicon Hiltton Abuja organised by Playforum with APC and PDP members in attendance.

Most Nigerian blog sites published the said report and claimed it was Nigerian Press men that booed the Presidential media aide while they all screamed ” sai Buhari”, a story which was actually false.


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