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Published On: Fri, Jun 6th, 2014

Defamation: FCT minister to sue online newspaper

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By Stanley Onyekwere.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed is set to sue an online media organization (Pointblanknews.com), for allegedly publishing false and libelous reports against the minister, his children and the FCT Administration.

“The media organization had in recent weeks alleged that two children of the minister whose names it gave as Ibrahim and Shamushdeen had stashed away a staggering N35billion in the Unity Bank and UBA Plc as well as an unnamed offshore account.

“But the minister in a strong-worded petition to the Inspector-General of Police is calling for an investigation of the allegations which he dismissed as nothing but criminal fabrications by the authors”, said a statement by the SA Media to the FCT minister, Nosike Ogbuenyi.

It added that the minister said that contrary to the claim of the said online publication, he has no son called Ibrahim

Also, it noted that the minister’s children had no domestic or offshore account with Unity Bank or UBA contrary to the claims of the online newspaper. He added that even the name of his first son, Shamsudeen was wrongly spelt as ‘Shamushdeen’ in the hatchet stories.

“Against the backdrop of untruths and contradictions in the stories, he appealed to the Inspector–General to interrogate the publisher.

“The minister urged the Police boss to prevail on the media organization to disclose the full identities of the ‘Ibrahim’ and ‘Shamushdeen’ it referred to in its reports so that the people would be better informed.

“They should also be made to provide credible evidence of the bank account numbers to enable you carry out your investigation”, the statement stressed.

However, it added that appeals to the said online media to desist from publishing further negative reports against him and his children were rudely ignored, adding that the publisher has not only failed to heed wise counsel by retracting the malicious story but has continued to do more false reports against him and his children.

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