Sunday, 7 February 2016

A civil rights activist and member of the Buhari
Media Support Group, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, has
sued a blogger and US-based lawyer, Emeka
Ugwuoye, over a libellous publication on Facebook.
The plaintiff, who is a volunteer in Buhari’s Support
Organisation, is demanding N1bn as damages as a
result of the publication, which she said did
tremendous damage to her reputation.
According to her,if the defendant is not restrained,
he will further publish injurious articles against her.
Onochie in the suit filed by her counsel, Festus
Keyamo, at the High Court in Abuja, and obtained
by journalists on Sunday, also demanded a
retraction and an unreserved apology from the
defendant for the words he had used with her
photograph.
According to the court papers, no fewer than 163
persons have ‘Liked’ the post, while over 80 people
have ‘Shared’ it with 198 ‘Comments.”
Ugwuoye had in the post entitled, “A major break
in tracking of the Dubai Madams and their agents
– A key Madam revealed as a socialite with
apparent connections to (sic) Nigerian politicians,”
published on January 21 2016, in his Due Process
Advocates Facebook page, alleged that Onochie,
using names like Aunty Lolly, Madam or Aunty,
operates an international girls trafficking ring
across the United Arab Emirates, Italy and Greece
for prostitution.
The plaintiff, therefore,  asked the court for an
order of perpetual injunction restraining the
defendant, whether by himself, agents, privies or
servants from further publishing or causing to be
published any libellous, injurious or defamatory
words against her.
In her statement of claims, the plaintiff, who is a
grandmother and a member of the All Progressives
Congress, averred that the defendant falsely and
maliciously described her as “an international
human trafficker who belongs to a powerful
network of criminal gangs and racketeers.”
While describing the allegations as false and
untrue, she added that the defendant did not
conduct any investigation before publishing them.

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