Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Demands N500M, Apology From Buhari’s Aide Over Alleged Defamation  

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has demanded 500 million naira as well as an apology from Buhari’s aide.     

Funsho Akinwale

Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, has decried the claim of being on the watch list of security agents in the United Kingdom.

The former vice president, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), attributed the claim to the Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie.

Atiku, in his argument, said the claim was not only false but has also maligned his person in and outside the country.

He, however, demanded a retraction of the report with a payment of 500 million damages, threatening that failure to adhere to the request would attract N2billion law suit.

Also commenting on the issue, Mike Ozekhome, the lawyer to Atiku, has vowed to tackle the issue to a logical conclusion.

He stated, “Our client states most emphatically that the entire opprobrious and denigrating story above referred to is most misleading, baseless, false, malicious and totally bereft of any foundation howsoever.

“Contrary to your derogatory, disparaging, mendacious and unrestrained defamatory statement, as published in various print, electronic and online media platforms, of and concerning our client, our client is not and has never been on the watch list of the UAE, or any other country, for that matter.

“He has neither ever been denied entry into, interrogated, nor been declared wanted by the UAE Authorities, or any of its security agencies.

“It is quite revealing that even as we write this letter, our client is present in the UAE and has not been accosted by any security agencies over the said frivolous and baseless allegations.

“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism.

“Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by his family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by your false publication.”

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