Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had named Dokpesi, among other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as those who looted public funds.
On Monday, Dokpesi sued Mohammed over the publication, and sought a payment of N5billion damages for “defamation of character”, after he had threatened the lawsuit if his name wasn’t removed from the list.
In the suit filed by Mike Ozekhome, Dokpesi’s counsel, the PDP chieftain said the US embassy in Nigeria informed him about the withdrawal on March 16, stating reasons that the federal government included his name on a ‘looters list’.
“The defendants’ defamatory publications are malicious and calculated to overreach and prejudice my fair trial and for purposes of stampeding and cowing the court to convict me at all cost by agreeing with the defendants’ skewed position,” Dokpesi said in the suit.
No date has been fixed for hearing on the suit.