- Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has been restrained from publishing Prince Uche Secondus' name again
- Secondus was alleged to have collected N200 million on February 19, 2015 from the office of then National Security Adviser
- Lai Mohammed and his lawyers were not in court at the opening hearing of the case
Alhaji Lai Mohammed has been restrained by a Rivers state high court in Port Harcourt from mentioning the name of Prince Uche Secondus, national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the minster's looters list.
Justice I. A. Iyayi-Lamikanta, the trial Judge and chief judge of River state, granted the order for one of two prayers in a motion by Prince Secondus urging the court to restrain the defendants from further publishing the libelous content, Vanguard reports.
The PDP national chairman in Suit PHC/1013/2018, is suing Lai Mohammed along with Federal Government and Vintage Press, for N1.5Billion, as damages for alleged libel when his name was listed as a looter.
Secondus was alleged to have collected N200 million on February 19, 2015 from the office of then National Security Adviser.
Lai Mohammed and his lawyers were not in court at the opening hearing before the Judge adjourned the case till April 28.
Uche Secondus lawyer, Emeka Etiaba (SAN) told newsmen shortly after the court session that:
“There is no truth in what they (defendants) published, so I can understand why they are not in court, but by the time the restraining order comes, maybe they will take us more seriously.
“But we have told Nigerians this is one case of executive recklessness which comes up once in a why. We hope at the end of the day, we prove to Nigerians that this is nothing but a gimmick, a ploy to destroy the PDP and its leadership because of the 2019.”
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On the second prayer denied by the Judge, Etiaba said: “The court was minded to believing that that prayer deals with publications that go beyond the ones that had our plaintiff’s name. The court felt no, it is at large and cannot be granted, but with are happy with the one granted. Justice is two ways”
NAIJ.com had reported that former governor of Delta state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will suffer for challenging the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government to produce looters’ list.
The former governor who is an aspirant for Delta South Senatorial District said the PDP put itself under unnecessary pressure by asking the government to produce the looters’ list.
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