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Ortom’s N150m Suit: Court orders substituted service on Sowore

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A Makurdi High Court has ordered that court processes be served on the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore through substituted means in the N150 million libel suit instituted by Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom against the publisher.

Also joined in the suit is one Sesugh Akume.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

The presiding judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman gave the order while ruling on an ex parte motion which was argued by Governor Ortom’s counsel, Richard Ayila.

Justice Ityonyiman ordered that the originating summons and other processes in the matter be served on the publisher of Sahara Reporters by posting the same on the e-mail address and website of Sahara Reporters.

Ortom in the suit among other things, averred that the publisher of Sahara Reporters and Sesugh Akume defamed his reputation, lowered his integrity and engendered hatred on him in an online publication on September 8th, 2020 published by Sahara Reporters, Opera news and a press release on August 28, 2020 which was circulated on Facebook alleged that the governor of Benue State illegally deducts local government funds in the state.

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