An Ilorin High Court, presided over by Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye, has reportedly granted a garnishee order Nisi attaching the monies in the bank accounts of online newspaper, Sahara Reporters for the satisfaction of the judgment sum of N4b in favour of the Senate President Bukola Saraki. The garnished banks are Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and United Bank for Africa(UBA)
According reports, the court’s decision has sent the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore into panic. The publisher has reportedly not been able to access their bank accounts since the court’s decision as the accounts have been temporarily frozen.
It would be recalled that the Senate President had, through his lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, filed a case against Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters as joint defendants in the suit marked as KWS/23/2017 following a series of libelous stories published against Saraki on Sahara Reporters in 2015.
On Wednesday, June 28, the court had given judgment to Saraki and granted damages in the sum of N4 billion for the alleged libelous publications by Sahara Reporters.
The Senate President had in an interview earlier this month vowed that he will not spare any legal efforts and expenses, both in Nigeria and abroad, necessary to recover every kobo of the cost awarded in his favour from Sowore. “The money will also be used to support genuine publications whose owners are struggling to pay salaries of workers or meet their ever rising running cost. Part of the money will also be channeled to help lawyers who have been providing pro bono services to litigants, particularly, on cases bothering on enforcement of fundamental human rights,” a statement by the Senate President said.
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