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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai has sued former media aide to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri; ex-Chairman of the Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu and others, alleging defamation.

Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

In separate suits filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Teeritory (FCT) by his lawyer, Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), El-Rufai also named Thisday newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Joseph Onu and Auta Nyada as defendants.

In one of the suits, El-Rufai claimed that statements contained in certain publication titled: “El Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corpers are seen as whores,” by Omokri, which was published by Thisday newspaper on Sunday 14th of June 2020 is injurious to his reputation, adding that it is “malicious, unwarranted and defamatory”.

The governor is seeking N500 million in compensation and an apology to be published in the newspaper.

No date has been fixed for the hearing.

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