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Atiku Fulfils Threat, Files N2.5bn Libel Suit Against Buhari’s Aide

Atiku Abubakar. the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, has effected his threat of suing Lauretta Onochie, a Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, to court over an alleged libellous post concerning him on Twitter.

Atiku had in a letter addressed to Onochie in May accused her of “tweeting lies” about him, particularly in respect of a tweet which purportedly mentioned that “Atiku on UAE (United Arab Emirates) watch list- Security Sources.”

Read Also: Atiku Demands N500m, Apology Letter From Buhari’s Aide Over ‘Twitter Lies’

The former vice president demanded that the presidential aide tender a written retraction and apology for the tweet and pay N500 million as damages or he would institute a suit against her before the law court.

Following the failure of Onochie to accede to the “modest demands”, Atiku through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has filed a N2.5 billion suit against the presidential aide before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

Read Also: Atiku To Sue Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie, Over Alleged Defamation

The suit, it was learnt, was instituted on Wednesday, June 26.

Atiku in his statement of claim accompanying the suit said: “To say that the claimant is shopping for terrorists knowing same to be untrue and without any foundation is not only dishonest and reckless, but is calculated and politically designed to instigate security agents against him not only in the UAE, but across the world.”

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