Isa Yuguda, immediate past governor of Bauchi state, has sued All Progressives Congress leader in the state, Sani Shehu, for defaming him. The case is being held at the Bauchi State High and Yuguda is seeking N10 billion compensatory damages. His counsel, Okechukwu Nwaeze, told journalists on Friday that Shehu had defamed Yuguda on Ray power FM and Bauchi Radio Corporation as not only corrupt, but also his then administration. He “accused Yuguda of woeful performance, excessive looting of public treasury, name-calling such as election rigger and manipulator. All these statements tempered with the reputation and personality of the former governor.
“It is not right to persecute people in the media. If the man is guilty of any fraud, the defendant should provide the proof or otherwise focus on his political activities.
“Our prayers are that the court should issue an order for the defendant to tender an apology in two national dailies and two online papers. The defendant should also be banned from featuring on such political programmes in media houses and should pay the sum of N10bn damages to the plaintiff,” Nwaeze stated. The case was adjourned by trial judge, Muazu Abubakar, till October 6, 2015 for mention.