Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has filed a N1.5 billion libel suit against the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, Politics over a list of treasury looters which the minister released yesterday, Friday, to the media.
Lai Mohammed released a list of looters under the Ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure mentioning, Secondus as one of them, alleging that he stole N200 million. Secondus quickly gave the minister 48 hours to withdraw his libelous statement against him the same day, or face litigation.
According to a statement from his media office, signed by his Spokesperson Ike Abonyi, said that Prince Secondus, through his lawyer, Emeka Etiaba SAN in a letter ref no. EESE&C/1/31/03/18 dated March 31st, 2018 addressed to the Minister titled Re: Publication of false and defamatory statement against Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party: Demand for retraction, Apology and Payment of damages is asking for N1.5b damages plus a public apology.
The lawyer said that the said publication has damaged the image of Prince Secondus as he has been ” humiliated, castigated and vilified by many as a result of the falsehood published by the Minister”
The letter told Alhaji Lai Mohammad to note that if he fails to meet their demand after 48 hours, ” We shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our clients right under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you.” [myad]