Alleged defamation: Abiola's widow seeks N100bn damages from IGP

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Professor Zainab-Duke Abiola, widow of late MKO Abiola has dragged the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba and Inspector Teju Moses to court for alleged defamation.

Professor Abiola, through her counsel, Tawo Tawo, claimed that she was framed on September 20, 2022, when she was arrested for allegedly assaulting MOSES, her former orderly, for refusing to carry out menial and domestic chores at her house.

She was charged to court for attempt to commit culpable homicide and the Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court released her on bail on October 5, 2022.

Abiola, in the suit, claimed that her personality and image had been irredeemably battered by the defamation and assassination of her character which had diminished her status in society.

The alleged defamation, she claimed, caused her damage, trauma and ill health, and also reduced her standing and recognition in the global society.

Professor Abiola, therefore, asked the court to order the defendants to pay her the sum of one hundred billion naira as damages.

 

She also asked the court for an order directing the defendants to issue a press statement retracting the assertions they made earlier and also tender an unreserved public apology in all print and electronic media.

The case has not been assigned to a judge.

 

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