Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on Friday instituted a N60 billion go well with towards the Minister of Particular Duties and Inter Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, on the Makurdi Excessive Courtroom.
The go well with No. MHC/268/2021 was filed by Okon N. Efut, SAN and 4 different legal professionals.
Governor Ortom is looking for N50 billion as common damages for libel and N10 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages.
The writ of summons was backed by 17-paragraph assertion of declare.
Within the assertion of declare, Governor Ortom is looking for a declaration that the textual content of Senator Akume’s press convention on thirtieth August, 2021, in Abuja and the reviews in numerous nationwide dailies is scandalous, malicious and injurious to his particular person.
He complained that the press convention was supposed to decrease his estimation earlier than right-thinking members of the society and to reveal him to hatred, contempt and mock.
The Governor is looking for perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by himself or by any agent, servants or privies from comparable or additional publication of any defamatory assertion towards him.
Addressing a press convention on behalf of different leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State on Monday, Akume had referred to as on the Federal Authorities to declare a state of emergency in Benue State, saying that Ortom had misplaced management of the safety state of affairs within the state.
He additionally condemned what it referred to as the governor’s “penchant for verbally attacking” President Muhammadu Buhari with out regard for his age and workplace.
No date has but been mounted for the case