The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, Thursday, said that ‘robbers have stolen the gavel of lady justice, and that must also be recovered.’

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore reacting to an Ilorin High Court judge judgment which slammed a N4 billion against him and Sahara Reporters over series of stories published last year by the medium against Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said: ‘Folks: I was alerted to a jankara judgment from an Ilorin High Court judge today, and your guess is as good as mine.

‘Robbers have stolen the gavel of lady justice, and that must also be recovered!
Please do not fret!

‘Saraki started … since 1990 at Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria according to the police charge sheet HERE.

The depositors/ customers of SGBN were robbed of their life savings and later the people of Kwara state were robbed blind, lately, the people of Nigeria were robbed of their commonwealth and human dignity.

Saraki will pay for all these sooner than later’.

The Senate President had, through his lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, had asked for the intervention of the court following the publication of series of libellous stories against him by Sahara Reporters.

Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters were joined as defendants in the suit marked as KWS/23/2017. Olomu told newsmen that the defendants had refused to defend the case despite the service of the summons on them. He said the first series of service involved an arrangement between the office of the Nigerian ministry of Justice and their counterpart in New York, the operational base of the medium.

When that failed, the counsel said the claimant thereafter seized the opportunities of a visit to Nigeria by Sowore to serve him at his two properties in Ikeja area of Lagos state. Delivering the judgment, Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye of the court agreed with Olomou and granted all the reliefs sought by the claimant in the case.

The reliefs granted are as follows: “the sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of October 5, 2015 under the caption “Nigeria at 55: Bukola Saraki and 83 Inmates Are Running the Asylum”

“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of September 20, 2015 under the caption: “A polished Name for political immorality.

Time for Saraki to Go!” “The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of November 09, 2015 under the caption: “Bukola Saraki On a shopping Spree to Buy Judges…Stop Being a Clown And A Coward Man Up, face The Music”

“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of December 1, 2015 under the caption: “Arms Contract Scandal: Senator Saraki Blackmailed CBN Officials To Pay N250 Million Hush Funds”.

“An order for injunction restraining the defendants from further writing, printing or causing to be written, printed or circulated or otherwise published of the claimant the said, or similar libel.

“An order directing the defendants to remove the offending publications from its website on the internet within three days from the date of judgment and an order directing the defendants to publish an apology to the claimant on its online newspaper and in three other daily newspapers.” he said.

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