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Facebook Post Lands Man In Court: Hajj Commission Boss Demands N100 Million For Defamation

Abdullahi Mukhtar
Abdullahi Mukhtar

A Facebook post has landed one Ibrahim Garba Wala of Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) in court as Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad is claiming the sum of N100 Million for alleged defamation of character.
Abdullahi Mukhtar, in his statement of claim, asks a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to award the amount as general damages suffered by him arising from the said defamation of character and reputation by the defendant.
In the suit filed by his lawyer, Professor Yusuf Dankofa, the complainant alleged that Wala accused him of stealing and converting the sum of N3 billion for himself as an aftermath of the 2017 Hajj operations.
Wala allegedly wrote on Facebook: “Corruption in Hajj Commission! Official documents made available to CATBAN reveals that the chairman of NAHCON, after the 2017 Hajj operations, made not less than N3 billion for himself.”
Mukhtar, himself a lawter, said that the post on Facebook which was widely circulated has defamed and injured his reputation and lowered his integrity in the eyes of the public because it has portrayed him as someone who is inordinate and untrustworthy.”
He is also seeking for an order of the court directing the defendant to tender an unequivocal apology to him and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant” from further publication of any other defamatory statements against him.