From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai has threatened to file a N10 billion libel suit against a Kaduna-based business man, Alhaji Mahdi Shehu over claims that Katsina State government had withdrawn some money in his name as welfare.
Private counsel to the Army Chief, Usuagwu Ogochukwu made his client’s position known at a press briefing in Katsina.
He described the allegation as “malicious, false, fabricated and factless” which he said Mahdi Shehu had failed to substantiate.
Ogochukwu also maintained that the allegations were broadcast with the intent of causing injury to the person of General Buratai noting that the claims contained in the text of the press conference constitute defamation of character.
He accused Mahdi Shehu of concocting the claims as no payment voucher was enclosed in the 15-page press release read by Mahdi Shehu before newsmen on 7th July 2020 in Kaduna.
On this basis he threatened that “I have the instructions of Lt General TY Buratai to demand the immediate retraction of the defamatory publication by Shehu Mahdi by way of an unequivocal apology published in at least three local newspapers in Katsina State within 48 hours.”
“Otherwise I shall commence a libel suit against him and I shall be claiming the sum of N10 billion as damages for defamation”, Ogochukwu maintained.