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AIT Gives Buhari ‘Technical Knockout’ Over Defamation

Buhari and AIT

President Muhammadu Buhari has lost out a defamation suit he instituted against DAAR Communications, operators of the African Independent Television.
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who struck out the case, held that the suit was struck out because it appeared abandoned.
According to him, no representations from the parties have been entered since the matter was assigned to the court.
“This is against the rules of court. All opportunities given for the plaintiff and the respondents to put life in the suit have failed. The suit is hereby struck out.”
Buahari had filed the suit in 2015 challenging the alleged documentary transmitted by the station aimed at defaming his character in the eyes of the public.
The President averred that the video documentary aired by the television station was aim at giving him away as a dictator and religious bigot.
He also averred that the documentary was also shown on the state-owned Nigerian Television Authority.
Before the action, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leadership had written to the two stations describing the video as fabricated and defamatory.
Subsequently, Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC, as he was then, approached the court with the suit.
DARR Communication is owned by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi. [myad]

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