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Ex-President Obasanjo Sues Punch Newspaper And Columnist For Libel

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is suing The Punch newspaper for libel and is demanding 1 billion naira for damages.

Funsho Akinwale

Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has sued The Punch newspaper and its columnist, Sonala Olumhense, over an article the medium published on January 27, 2019.

The columnist, Olumhense, in the said article, “This is the best contribution Obasanjo can make,” explained that because of Obasanjo’s “persistent efforts to distort Nigeria’s history and colour it in his own image,” he occasionally writes to remind Nigerians “he is not the saint or patriot or doer he pretends to be.”

Describing the article as false, malicious and exposing him to public ridicule, Obasanjo is not only claiming one billion naira as general damages but is also seeking retraction of the already published complaint.

He insists that the retraction should be published in two national newspapers within three days of the judgement of the court. The former president is also set to obtain an order to restrain the defendants and others from publishing the same words.

The Punch will be represented by some of the best lawyers when the trial opens at the Federal High Court in Abuja, while Olumhense will be represented by Femi Falana (SAN).