Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortim has been granted a leave to serve APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the party a N10Bn defamation suit.
Ortom claimed Oshiomhole and the party he defected from, alongside many others have been making slanderous and libellous statements against him.
He was accused of masterminding the murder of two Catholic priests in Benue, amongst other heavy allegations.
“A Makurdi High Court presided over by the Hon. Justice Theresa Igoche has granted leave to the Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom to serve the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and the All Progressives Congress (APC) with his writ of summons in Suit No. MHC/280/2018.
When the suit came up on Friday, 24th August, 2018, counsel to Gov. Samuel Ortom, Mr Samuel Irabor moved an ex-parte application seeking the leave of Court to serve the Defendants at Abuja outside the Benue State Judicial Division. The judge found merit in the application and granted leave for the Defendants to be served at the APC National Secretariat, No. 40, Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja. Once served with the writ of summons, the Defendants have 30 days to enter appearance and file their defence.
Gov. Samuel Ortom has among other things, averred that the Defendants assassinated his character and damaged his reputation when in an APC Sponsored Press Conference held on Friday, 27th July, 2018, Comrade Oshiomhole accused Gov. Ortom of having a hand in the death of 2 Catholic priests and their parishioners at Mbalom community on the ground that one of the priests had preached a ‘very critical sermon’ against Gov. Ortom. Ortom therefore prays the Honourable Court for the following reliefs:
(a) A DECLARATION by this Honourable Court that the Defendants’ allegations and publication of 27/07/2018 against the Plaintiff are false, mischievous, unsubstantiated, defamatory and libelous of the Plaintiff.
(b) AN ORDER directing the Defendants to publish simultaneous retractions/apologies in respect of the said defamatory and libelous publication against the Plaintiff in the Sunday editions of 10 National Dailies circulating within Benue State as well as paid advertorials to the same effect on the prime time beats of the Nigerian Television Authority, Channels Tv, TVC News, African Independent Television, Independent Television (ITV), Benin, Radio Nigeria, Radio Benue and Harvest FM.
(c) COST of the suit.
(d) AN ORDER of the Honourable Court awarding the sum of #10,000,000,000.00K (Ten Billion Naira) only as damages in favour of the Plaintiff and against the Defendants jointly and severally for the defamation and libel of the Plaintiff’s character and reputation by the Defendants.
(e) AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL INJUNCTION restraining the Defendants, their officers, privies, assigns, surrogates or agents howsoever called from further defaming and libeling the Plaintiff’s character and reputation.
ANY OTHER ORDER(S) that the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance.”