A former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, has sued Australian negotiator, Stephen Davies, who accused him of being one of the sponsors of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East Nigeria. Ihejirika is seeking N100 billion in damages, claiming that the offending statement taken out of an interview Davies granted AriseTv and published by newspapers impugned his character, among other things.
He is also asking the court to compel Davies to retract the statement and publish same in THISDAY newspapers.
In the said interview, Davies was quoted to have said: “There is the former Chief of Army Staff, retired January, or actually sacked by the President he is another sponsor. I could give you the names if you like but I have no fear that these were very confident and it is in fact Boko Haram senior commanders who have been naming them.”
Ihijirika denied being sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan and declared he served the country meritoriously
The former soldier has sought the leave of court to serve the court papers on Davies, who lives in Perth, Australia, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and more so as Nigeria and Australia are Commonwealth countries.