Court Stops Edo Govt From Defaming Capt Okunbo

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An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Suleiman Begore has granted orders of injunction restraining the Edo State government and  or any of its officers from making further defamatory publications about business magnate, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo.

A statement signed by Samuel Ajayi, Media Adviser to Captain Okunbo, said the order was given yesterday, in Abuja.

Quoting from the court order, Ajayi said the court granted, among others, orders “restraining the Edo State Government, whether acting through the first defendant and or 2nd defendant, its  agents, representatives, officers, servants, proxies, assigns, trustees or any  other person howsoever described, acting directly or indirectly for

the Edo State Government, from publishing, causing to be published,  circulating, further publishing, reporting or publicising the  publication captioned ‘Okunbo, Oshiomhole making plans to disrupt Edo  Governorship Elections,’ and or any other related defamatory  publication by any means whatsoever, including publications by/on  print, electronic and social media platforms.”

In a suit filed by counsel to Captain Okunbo, Dr. Adedapo Olamipekun, the business mogul and elder citizen of Edo State had sought an order  restraining the defendants, by themselves, agents, representatives,  officers, servants, proxies, assigns, trustees or any other person  howsoever described acting directly or indirectly for them from  publishing, causing to be published, circulating, further publishing,  reporting or publicising the publication captioned ‘Okunbo, Oshiomhole

making plans to disrupt Edo Governorship Elections,’ and or any other  related defamatory publication by any means whatsoever, including publications by/on print, electronic and social media platforms  including publications in The PUNCH and THISDAY newspapers.

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The senior advocate had also sought a declaration that the defendants’ publications of 20 July, 2020, captioned ‘Okunbo, Oshiomhole making plans to disrupt Edo Governorship Elections,’ which appeared on pages  26 and 53 respectively of The PUNCH and THISDAY newspapers, were  false, fabricated, misleading, malicious, unfair and defamatory.

He also sought an order compelling the defendants to wholly retract or withdraw the false, fabricated, misleading, malicious, unfair and  defamatory publications of 20 July, 2020, captioned ‘Okunbo,  Oshiomhole making plans to disrupt Edo Governorship Elections,’ which

appeared on pages 26 and 53 respectively of The PUNCH and THISDAY  newspapers, and any other platform/newspaper  same was published.

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