The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has been granted leave to issue a writ of summons on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Federal Government by a State High Court in Rivers State.
Justice A. I. Iyayi-Lamikanra who presided over the case also granted that the defendants be served by substituted means, all the originating processes together with accompanying processes in a national newspaper.
The National Chairman of the PDP made this know through his media aide Mr. Ike Abonyi in Abuja on Friday, adding that the hat the case, which was heard on Friday, was adjourned to Monday, April 23, 2018.
Secondus, who was fingered by the Federal Government in the list of alleged looters of the National Treasury for collecting N200m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.). dragged the Federal Government and the Information Minister Lai Mohammad to Court and also asked for the payment of N1.5bn in damages and a public apology within 48 hours.
The letter to the Information Minister through his lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN),, told Mohammed to note that if he failed to meet the demand after 48 hours, “we shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client’s right under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you.”
Punch Reports that having failed to respond and meet his demands, Secondus on Friday, April 6, 2018, made good his threat and filed a suit at a Rivers State High Court, asking among other things, that the court should award to him the sum of N1.5bn in damages for humiliation, castigation, vilification of his person and integrity, as a result of the publication.
Secondus in the suit with number /PHC/1013/2018, is asking that the retraction and apology be published in national newspapers, including The Nation, This Day, The Sun, The Guardian and The PUNCH as well as television stations such as Channels TV and NTA, where the story was published.
Secondus is also asking the court to put a restraining order on the Minister from further publishing his names among the alleged looters.