*seeks probe by police.
From Kayode Lawal Abuja
The Attorney General of the Federation AGF and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, SAN has petitioned the Inspector General of Police IGP over the persistent malicious publications against him by SaharaReporters through its online medium.
Malami in the petition wants police to carry out comprehensive investigation into the motive behind the libelous and criminal defamation of his character, integrity and reputation by the medium.
In the petition written on his behalf by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, Mr Sunday Ibrahim Ameh, the AGF complained bitterly that his character and integrity as a senior lawyer had been malicious lowered and brought into disrepute by the on-line publication
In the same vein, the AGF also petitioned Omoyele Sowore, publisher of the offending publications, demanding apology and retraction of the alleged criminal defamatory publication’s.
A statement from Office of the AGF and
Minister of Justice signed by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations said that Malami’s lawyer Sunday Ibrahim
Ameh (SAN) & Co wrote the petition to the Inspector General of Police.
According to Dr Gwandu, the content of the petition reads in part: “We are the Solicitors to Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN (hereinafter referred to as Mr. Malami/our Client), a foremost and successful legal practitioner, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the current Chief Law Officer of the Federation cum Attorney General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
” For the records Sir, Mr. Malami is a second term Attorney General
of the Federation and Minister of Justice who has been returned due to his exemplary leadership of the anti-corruption program of the
administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Under the supervision of Mr. Malami as Attorney General, the extant National Anti Corruption Strategy was conceived, designed, approved by the Federal Executive Council and is currently being implemented.
“Mr. Malami’s re-appointment as Attorney General is first of its kind and to our mind, a testimony of his unparalleled performance in Office,
especially in driving the Anti-Corruption agenda of the Government
“Mr. Omoyele Sowore is the publisher of an online Media outfit- Sahara Reporters Inc., a company based in New York, USA but broadcasts news and other information on the internet via the facebook, twitter, whatsApp and other similar social media platforms where same could be viewed and assessed by the whole world and further shared and/or disseminated virally without restraint.
“On the 10th, 11th and 12th of July 2020, Mr. Sowore/Sahara Reporters, in what appears like a coordinated attack, viciously inter alia wrote and maliciously published.
“In sum, the libelous publications contained direct allegations and
inuendos … Notwithstanding that the stories untrue and false; Mr.
Sowore/Sahara Reporters published the defamatory articles in issue malafide, with intention to ridicule our client before the whole world.
“Our client has since the 10th of July 2020 when the malicious criminal libel were first published, received and still receives several telephone calls and visits from well meaning Nigerians, his
friends, well-wishers and associates from all over the world including
those he has dealt with/still dealing with in his official capacity as Nigeria’s Chief Law Officer many of whom have expressed serious concerns as to his alleged conducts as reported by Sahara Reporters.
“The criminal libel published against our client by Mr. Sowore/Sahara Reporters was calculated to disparage our client who is a responsible citizen, foremost legal practitioner, Senior Advocate of
Nigeria and the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, in order to bring him into hatred, ridicule, odium and contempt before a large number of Nigerian citizens in their millions and others worldwide and to lower his estimation in the eyes of right thinking persons.
“The Inspector General may also note that, as it is their custom, Mr. Sowore/Sahara Reporters are in the habit of publishing libelous articles against innocent Nigerians most of which has turned out to be false, and had published similar libelous article against our client in the past which led to the institution of a defamation suit
“Sample fake publications earlier published by Mr.Sowore/Sahara Reporters which can be assessed at saharareporters.com are attached herewith as Annexure for ease of reference.
“Sir, in the premise of the foregoing and given that the publication of malicious libel and criminal defamation published against our client by Mr. Sowore/Sahara Reporters was with a view to disparage him in the eyes of right thinking persons, contrary to Nigerian criminal and Penal Laws and a gross violation of our client’s Right to Dignity of Human Person as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended), we hereby humbly appeal that you use your good offices to investigate the criminal acts
perpetrated by Mr. Sowore/Sahara Reporters as implicated in this
petition so that the law can take its course against anyone found
“Our client deserves justice!
Similarly, the Attorney-General of the Federation has written the publishers of Sahara Reporters complaining on the same libelous and criminally defamatory publications.
The letter read in part “ In the premise of the foregoing and given that the publication of malicious libel and criminal defamation published against our client by Sahara Reporters was with a view to disparage him in the eyes of
right thinking persons, contrary to Nigerian Criminal and Penal Laws
and a gross violation of our client’s right to Dignity of Human Person
as guaranteed under the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria (As amended),
“Take notice that you are hereby issued a -7day ultimatum to retract all the libelous and criminally defamatory
publications, and cause to be issued a public apology to be published on your platform and on the front page of three newspapers with nationwide circulation for three consecutive days failing which we shall be left with no other option than to allow the law to take its
course against your organization”.