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Court adjourns Okonjo-Iweala libel suit to November 26

30 October 2013, 07:50

Abuja - An FCT High Court on Tuesday adjourned the N10 billion libel suit filed by Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala against an online publication to November 26.

The judge, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, adjourned the matter to enable Pointblank News Communication, the second defendant to enter memoranda of appearance in the matter.

At the resume hearing, Jackson  Ude’s Counsel, Mike Alaeto, urged the court to grant him an extension of time, to perfect his appearance in the matter.

Etigwe Uwa (SAN) Counsel to the Okonjo-Iweala, did not oppose the application.

Okonjo-Iweala, on March 5, 2012, sued a U.S-based online news medium, Pointblank News Communication and its directors, Jackson Ude and Churchill Umoren.

The minister is claiming N10 billion as general damages and the same amount as exemplary and aggravated damages for the alleged libel.

In Jan. 10 2012, the defendants published a report “Okonjo-Iweala buys N1.2 billion Abuja mansion” from Chief Fabian Nworah, owner of EFAB Properties Ltd., in November 2011.

-    NAN



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