*Over Publication That He Fled Nigeria To Avoid EFCC ProbeFormer Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Kingsley Kuku, has slammed a libel suit against an Abuja based newspaper over report it published that he fled Nigeria for fear of probe.
Kuku is demanding the sum of N500 million from the management of the newspaper which it said published false information about him as a ploy to exposing him to public ridicle.
He said his trip outside Nigeria had noting to do with claims that he fled to evade investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).
He made this known in a statement of claim he filed against the newspaper before an Abuja High Court.
He said contrary to media reports he travelled to the USA for a scheduled medical procedure at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center (LLC) Alabama en route London almost two months after the May 29 handover date.
Kuku through his lawyer Mr. Karina Tunyan, SAN, prayed the court to award the sum of N500 million general damages against an Abuja based media outfit, (The Abuja Inquirer) and its publishers, Gazetta Communications Ltd, for publishing what he described as a “highly libelous story”,
He said the motive of the report was intended to paint him as a fugitive so as to expose him to public hatred and ridicule.
In his suit marked CV/2634/15, and dated August 19, the plaintiff, is among other things, seeking for, “a declaration that the publication in pages 1 and 3 of the July 27-August 2, 2015 edition of The Abuja Inquirer, Vol. 11 No 7 ISSN. 1597, captioned ‘Kingsley Kuku Flees Nigeria’, written of and concerning the plaintiff is libelous, false and defamatory.
”An order of the honourable court compelling the defendants to render an unreserved apology to the plaintiff, retract the defamatory publication contained in pages 1 and 3 of the July 27-August 2, 2015 edition of The Abuja Inquirer, Vol. 11 No 7 ISSN. 1597, captioned ‘Kingsley Kuku Flees Nigeria’, written of and concerning the plaintiff and publish the apology/retraction in at least three national dailies including the Abuja Inquirer.
As well as, “An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants and privies howsoever called, from further publishing any defamatory words or the same defamation against the plaintiff forthwith”.