Search Site: OnlineNigeria

Close






Nigeria vice president to sue magazine for libel

Posted by Reuters on 2005/09/17 | Views: 477 |

Nigeria vice president to sue magazine for libel


Nigeria's vice president has ordered his lawyers to sue a leading news magazine for libel over a story it published about an FBI raid on his house in the United States, his office said on Thursday.

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's vice president has ordered his lawyers to sue a leading news magazine for libel over a story it published about an FBI raid on his house in the United States, his office said on Thursday.
 
Atiku Abubakar accused Newswatch Magazine of publishing "specious and spurious allegations of wrongdoing and malfeasance" against him in its September 12 edition, which carried extensive coverage of the FBI raid.


"The vice president ... has instructed his lawyers to, forthwith, institute proceedings against Newswatch Magazine, its publishers and promoters, for substantial damages for severely libelous and defamatory statements," his office said in a statement.


Abubakar's office has said the raid on his house, in the affluent Potomac district outside Washington D.C., was part of an investigation into U.S. Congressman William Jefferson relating to a possible telecoms deal in Nigeria.


Abubakar has said the raid did not imply he was being accused of corruption.


The raid took place just as Abubakar was beginning to position himself for a bid to succeed President Olusegun Obasanjo after his second and final term ends in 2007.


In August, a U.S. newspaper quoted a source familiar with FBI investigations as saying subpoenas showed federal agents were looking for records indicating whether Jefferson paid, offered to pay or authorised payments to Nigerian or Ghanaian government officials.


The Times-Picayune newspaper quoted sources familiar with the deal as saying Jefferson had tried to smooth the way for iGate Corp., a small Kentucky-based firm, to offer its high-speed broadband technology to Nigeria's fast-growing telecoms market.


U.S. officials confirmed the raid but declined further comment. The vice president's office said Abubakar had received a letter from Nigeria's ambassador to the United States, asking him to look into why the deal had stalled.


Obasanjo has not publicly commented on the FBI raid, but hours after the story was picked up by Nigerian newspapers, he accused his deputy of "proven cases of dubious loyalty" on national television. He did not give details.


Analysts have attributed the public flaying to a struggle for political supremacy before general elections less than two years away. Obasanjo has made it clear he will not support his deputy's presidential ambition.


 

Read Full Story Here.... :
Leave Comment Here :



Add Comment

* Required information
1000
Captcha Image

Comments (5)

Gravatar
New
Sunday Mbe(Kaduna, Kaduna, Nigeria)says...

ULIMASI means' GOD,THANK YOU' not THANK GOD.

Gravatar
New
Sunday Mbe(Kaduna, Kaduna, Nigeria)says...

The name ULIMASI is from the UTUGWANG tribe in OBUDU local government area of CROSS RIVER STATE in Nigeria.

Gravatar
New
Okfold(Sobe, Edo, Nigeria)says...

I want the meaning of female owan name Ekeke (Edo state)

Gravatar
New
Toluwalase Samuel Olufemi(Ijebu, Ogun, Nigeria)says...

Authority belongs to God, once He decrees it is final and binding

Gravatar
New
Ikponmwosa Osamede(Edo, Nigeria)says...

Your meaning of Osamede is wrong. Osamede means God has given me a crown