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EFCC Boss Sues PUNCH Newspapers for N1bn

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde on Wednesday filed a suit against The Punch Newspapers at a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly publishing a false story about him.

In the suit marked CV/23/15 which was filed on behalf of the EFCC chairman by Lagos-based lawyer, Festus Keyamo, it alleged that the newspaper in a story titled “Alleged N1trn diversion: FG orders EFCC to probe Lamorde,” published on October, 27, 2015, was malicious to the person of Larmode (Plaintiff).

The Plaintiff in his statement of claim avers that the alleged libelous publication by the defendant (The Punch) was widely circulated and read by millions of people in the world and particularly in Nigeria where the Plaintiff has several associates, friends, family and professional colleagues.

The plaintiff also avers that he has suffered tremendous damage to his reputation and if the defendant is not restrained, it will further publish injurious articles against him.

The plaintiff demanded the sum of N1billion as damages from the newspaper for the words published in the publication.

The suit also demanded a retraction and an unreserved apology by the paper for the words published concerning the plaintiff.

Lamorde also want the court to restrain the newspaper, whether by itself, its agents, privies or servants from further publishing or causing to be published any libelous, Injurious or defamatory words against him.

The EFCC chairman had earlier filed a similar suit against The Sun Newspaper.