Obasanjo Sue Nigerian Reporter for N1bn over Fake News
Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has sued a Nigerian Radio host for N1bn after accusing him of the murder of former attorney general of the federation, Late Chief Bola Ige.
The radio presenter identified as Akanda Oro, popularly known as Awikonko, had said on air that the former President had a hand in the assassination of the late Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige (SAN), as well as the slain National Vice-Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Marshall Harry who were murdered during Obasanjo’s tenure as President.
Awikonko during the live radio broadcast said Obasanjo killed Bola Ige and President Muhammadu Buhari had also claimed at the burial of the late Harry that the Obasanjo-led government sponsored the killing of the ANPP chieftain.
The radio host said;
“Obasanjo’s murder of Bola Ige, if not for the shortage of time, I would have listed the names of those murdered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his regime. Bloodshed during Obasanjo Aremu’s regime was too much (foolish old man).
There are repercussions for every evil deed done… In case you hear of my death, do not be sad. Perhaps this is the only mission I have been sent by God to accomplish.
The fellow that killed a whole minister of justice and attorney general of the federation went scot-free.
So, what will it cost him to kill me, a commoner? Let him go and commit suicide or take himself before Ogun shrine to swear that he does not know anything about the murder of Bola Ige and Marshall Harry or that all his children die in his lifetime.”
Reacting to the claim, former President Obasanjo, speaking through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN) had described the allegations as false and malicious.
The former President thereafter filed a suit FCT/HC/CV/2920/18 before Justice O.A. Adenyi of Apo Federal Capital Territory High Court asking Awikonko retract his statements on air and also demanded for the sum of one billion naira as general damages for the defamation of the claimant’s hard earned reputation.