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MEND seeks out of court settlement with Jonathan in libel suit

05 September 2016, 11:21

Asaba - The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has endorsed efforts by Ijaw National Leader, Edwin Clark, to reconcile the Okah brothers (Henry and Charles) with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The brothers have threatened to file a N5 billion libel suit against the former President at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

MEND's endorsement of the reconcliation was contained in a statement issued by the group.

Jonathan according to News 24 had claimed that there is an ongoing plot to assassinate him by members of MEND, who according to him were seeking to end his life since since being the vice-president of Nigeria

Also read: Okah brothers vow to sue Jonathan

According to the statement, the group's endorsement was sequel to the exploratory meeting on an amicable resolution held by Clark with the former President  in Abuja last week. 

Clark, the statement disclosed, also invited and met separately with Timipa Okponipere, lawyer to the Okah brothers on 1 September in Abuja.

"The kernel of these meetings dwelt essentially on an out-of-court settlement of the N5 billion libel suit against the former President.                                                          
"The meetings also dwelt on efforts to find sustainable solutions to the current Niger Delta crisis," said the statement.

“We are indeed, sufficiently convinced that reconciliation between the Okah brothers, on the one hand and former President Goodluck Jonathan, on the other hand; is in the overall interest of the Niger Delta region. More especially at this critical point when the region and its key actors and stakeholders must speak in unison so as to attract peace and development.

“We therefore hope and believe that, in a few days’ time, Chief Edwin Clark shall formally summon a meeting of the former President and counsel to the Okah brothers to finalize and lay the issue(s) to rest,” the group stated.


- News 24


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