Sahara Reporters may been in fresh troubles as the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has threatened to sue them over alleged libelous and defamatory publications against him.
A statement released today by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, Malami threatened that he would sue them if they do not take down publications about him on July 10, 11 and 12, 2020.
According to him, their reports have caused him considerable distress, psychological trauma and anxiety.
The statement read;
“Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, vowed to take legal action against Sahara Reporters on account of defamatory publications made against him.
“Malami said, the consequence of the criminal defamation published by Sahara Reporters, has subjected him to considerable distress, psychological trauma, anxiety and greatly injured his character and reputation, which is capable of lowering his estimation in the eyes of right-thinking persons in the society.
He noted that since the 10th of July 2020 when the defamatory articles was first published, a lot of calls have been coming in from well-meaning Nigerians, his friends, well-wishers and associates from all over the world.
He noted that they have all expressed serious concerns over the publication.
He went ahead to give a seven-day ultimatum to retract all the libellous and criminally defamatory publications against him.
Malami further called on them to issue a public apology to be published on the platform, adding that they must publish it also on the front pages of three national newspapers for three consecutive days.
“A senior lawyer has already been briefed to deal with the matter as may be appropriate, in the event of failure to retract the publication in question and offer the requested apology within the stipulated time.”