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Court adjourns Tinubu’s N150b libel suit against AIT till June 30

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has adjourned the N150 billion libel suit filed by former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against Daar Communications owners of African Independent Communication (AIT) till June 30.

The trial judge, Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe, adjourned the suit to enable Tinubu’s counsel respond to the counter-claim filed by AIT.

Tinubu, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, had instituted the N150 billion suit against AIT for allegedly peddling false accusations against his person in the documentary titled: “Lion of Bourdillon”.

According to him, the documentary was politically sponsored to tarnish his reputation in the eyes of the populace.

Justice Akinkugbe had on April 1 granted an interlocutory injunction restraining the AIT from further airing the documentary, pending the determination of the libel suit.

Counsel to AIT Jeffery Kadiri informed the court that the defendant had filed a counter-claim, which had been served on the claimant.

In his response, Tinubu’s counsel Ayodele Adesanmi said the process was served on the claimant only two days ago, adding that he needed time to respond.

Adesanmi, therefore, asked the court for an adjournment to enable him respond to the defendant’s counter-claim.

The trial judge Justice Akinkugbe granted his request and fixed a new date for hearing of the matter.

In its counter-claim filed before the court on Tuesday, AIT had listed its Chairman, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, and seven others as witnesses to testify against Tinubu.

Others listed to testify are Namure Edoimioya, Medan Tenke, Ajibola Adewusi, Olumide Idowu, Stanley Odidi, Nwabueze and Stanley Bassey.

The station had also denied every averment contained in the claimant’s amended statement of claim.

It stated for that the former governor of Lagos State founded his entire claims on a nonexistent ground or cause of action.

It stated, for instance, that contrary to the claims of the claimant, the documentary aired by its media outfit was not titled “The Lion of Bourdillon”, but “Unmasking the

Real Tinubu”.

The Daar Communication Chairman averred that the documentary, in his honest opinion, was not false and was not aired out of malice to the person of the claimant.

Dokpesi said AIT, as a member of the fourth estate of the realm, was empowered by Section 22 of the Constitution to at all times, hold those in government accountable and responsible to the people of Nigeria.

He further averred that the contents of the documentary were facts, which had been in the public domain for over two decades.

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