Atiku files N2.5bn libel suit against Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie

Ebun Francis| The flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last presidential election Atiku Abubakar has filed a N2.5bn libel against a Presidential aide, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie over an alleged libellous publication.

The former vice president personally went to the Registry of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama Abuja to deposed to his own witness statement on Oath before the Commissioner for Oaths to kick-start the libel suit against Onochie.

In the deposition, Atiku insisted that there is no iota of truth in the said publication which is beginning to affect public perception of his person, adding that, the publication since it was made has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment as well as incalculable damages.

The legal action was in connection to a publication in Onochie’s twitter handle where she alleged that Atiku, then on a visit to the UAE, is on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for alleged criminal activities.

She equally alleged in the tweet that Atiku was shopping for terrorists in the Middle East.

She had tweeted “Atiku on UAE watchlist – security sources; Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who has been in Middle East nation for several weeks now. What is he doing there? Me: shopping for terrorists?

It will be recalled that the former vice president earlier this year threatened legal action against Onochie, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media.

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