A human rights activist, Segun Awosanya, has nullify the demand for an apology and N3 billion in damages from him by a former member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over some of his tweets.
Mr Jibrin, representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, had on October 31 through his lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, given Mr Awosanya popularly known as Segalink 14 days to pay him N3 billion for damages over libellous and defamatory tweets.
He also demanded that Mr Awosanya publish a public apology on his Twitter handle for seven days to serve as atonement for the tweets published on October 17.
Mr Jibrin said that the accusation were untrue, unfounded and meant to tarnish his image.
Mr Jibrin’s demand comes on the heels of Mr Awosanya’s call on his Twitter handle for an investigation into 17 local and foreign bank accounts allegedly operated by the lawmaker in spite his contrary position at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Mr Olanipekun in his letter of demand had noted that Mr Awosanya’s action could be traced to his client’s refusal to compare notes with him because according to him (Awosanya), “the masses will believe effectively the system than from an internal whistle blower”.
“Even the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which is the body statutorily imbued with the powers to investigate and prosecute matters in the character of your allegations would still have afforded our client a fair hearing after a petition is duly presented to it.
“Your approach therefore smacks of utter bad faith; you made these allegations without recourse to their veracity or our client’s reputation.
”In other words, you did not care at all about any negative repercussion generated by your intentional and deliberately mischievous allegations against our client.
”Specifically, you set out to destroy him,” Mr Olanipekun said.
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