Diezane Sues AGF, EFCC N100b For Libel

Diezane Sues AGF, EFCC N100b For Libel
Ex Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke


A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has filed a libel suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

In the suit marked CV/6273/2023, Alison-Madueke is accusing the first and second defendants – the EFCC and the AGF – of writing and publishing “false and defamatory reports about her of being a corrupt, dishonest…degenerate, decadent public officer”.

In a writ of summons filed at the Federal High court, Abuja on 26th May, through her team of lawyers led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome, Madueke said her integrity and character which are of “paramount importance to the success of her political endeavours…” has been wantonly smeared as a result of the publications.

Citing many of such publications made on the website of the anti-graft agency and other news sites the ex-minister stated that the “websites …continue to host the libellous publications in permanent form …and are being accessed and read in every part of the world through the Google search engines.

She said: “The false and unfounded publications made against the claimant by the first and second defendants and contained in the first defendant’s online defamatory publications against the claimant were also circulated and disseminated to the whole world on internet website pages and in various links…”

She denied completely the allegations made by the defendants against her adding that they were born out of malice.

Among other negative impacts of the reports, she averred that upon reading the online and hard copy publications, she was gravely shocked and exasperated.

As a result, she is demanding that the court orders the EFCC and the AGF to retract the publications and tender an unreserved apology to her in three national newspapers “for the false, injurious, malicious and libellous publications” against her since 2015 when she left the country.

Furthermore, she is seeking a declaration by the court that the various publications on the EFCC website and other media houses are injurious to her personality and did as intended lower her reputation in the estimation of right-thinking members of the society within and outside Nigeria and also brought her “into public ridicule, odium, contempt, derision and obloquy”.

Consequently, she is praying for an order restraining the defendants from further distributing or in any form or manner, the same or similar offensive libellous materials or stories of or concerning her.

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