Court stops FG from including Secondus’ name in looters list

Rivers State High Court Holden in Port Harcourt, yesterday restrained the Federal Government from further mention of Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party [PDP] in the looters list released by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

 According to Vanguard, Trial Judge and Chief Judge of River state, Justice I. A. Iyayi-Lamikanta, granted the order for one of two prayers in a motion by Prince Secondus seeking interlocutory injunction in restraining the defendants from further publishing the libelous content.

Secondus, in Suit PHC/1013/2018, is suing Lai Mohammed along with Federal Government and Vintage Press, for N1.5Billion, as damages for alleged libel of the PDP chairman when his name was listed as a looter to the extent that he collected N200Million on 19 February 2015 from the office of then National Security Adviser.

Neither the defendants nor their counsels were present in the opening hearing yesterday before the Judge adjourned till April 28, but Plaintiff’s counsel Emeka Etiaba (SAN) hoped all parties show up on the next date so the court can hear the merits of the case.

Etiaba told newsmen shortly after the court session that, “There is no truth in what they (defendants) published, so I can understand why they are not in court, but by the time the restraining order comes, maybe they will take us more seriously.

“But we have told Nigerians this is one case of executive recklessness which comes up once in a why.

We hope at the end of the day, we prove to Nigerians that this is nothing but a gimmick, a ploy to destroy the PDP and its leadership because of the 2019.”

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