Sen. Sani Claims N5b from el-Rufai for Libel

Gov el-Rufai

Sen. Shehu Sani, has filed a counter claim at the Kaduna State High Court against Gov. Nasir El-Rufai claiming N5 billion for alleged libellous broadcast.

Gov. El-Rufai had in February sued Sani demanding N500 million for alleged defamatory statement contained in a publication.

Sani, who represents Kaduna Central senatorial district, filed the Statement of Defence and Counter-Claim on April 20.

The statement of defence and counter-claim was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

Sani, in his counter claim, is seeking compensation for an alleged libellous broadcast maliciously made against him by the governor during a live broadcast transmitted through a radio station in Kaduna.

He also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the plaintiff either by himself, agents, aides, privies or through any persons, from repeating the said “offensive and libellous broadcast or similar broadcast or publication’’.

The lawmaker further urged the court to make an order directing the governor to tender unreserved apology in writing.

Sani said the apology should be broadcast on seven consecutive days on same channel that the governor made “the offensive broadcast, and published in conspicuous pages of four national newspapers.”

He noted that the broadcast against him, which was in Hausa language, had affected his reputation, his political career and pitched his constituents against him.

He added that the loan request, which was rejected by the Senate on March 29 through a voice vote, was unanimous.

The lawmaker in the statement of defence denied knowing about or authorising the publication being complained of.

He prayed the court to dismiss the governor’s case as being “frivolous, reckless, lacking in merit and baseless altogether.’’ (NAN)