Ex-Ekiti State Gov, Fayemi Drags Arise TV For Defamation, Demands N500m

Kayode Fayemi, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, has launched a N500 million action against Arise Television and Kayode Otitoju, the state’s former Commissioner for Information, for alleged defamation and malicious airing of objectionable broadcasts against him.

The former governor is suing Arise TV for N250 million and Otitoju for N250 million for allegedly defamatory comments made by the commissioner as an analyst on the television station on November 22, 2022.

Fayemi is demanding a retraction of the defamatory statements made by the first defendant (Otitoju) while appearing as an analyst on Arise TV in the suit, HAD/10/2023, filed on January 25, 2023, before an Ekiti State High Court and made available to newsmen on Sunday through his lawyer, Babatunde Oke.

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Fayemi also demanded a public apology in at least three Nigerian national newspapers and on the internet/social media. He further requests that the court grant him a perpetual injunction prohibiting the defendants from making additional defamatory publications or remarks against him, as well as the sum of N20 million in legal fees. In addition to the 10% interest from the moment the judgment is delivered until the sum is completely liquidated.

Fayemi claimed that the defendants’ false and reckless, malicious statements had exposed him to “unwarranted embarrassment, public ridicule, opprobrium, odium, and unprecedented disrepute,” which he described as mere fabrication and falsehood orchestrated to taint his good record and image as an upright man and to destroy his future political career.

He said that during the abovementioned broadcast, Otitoju made various damaging and severe claims about him, referring to him (Fayemi) as “the problem we have in Ekiti.”

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He was accused of conspiring with a Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti Judicial Division judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi, to pervert justice in a petition filed by an All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant, Kayode Ojo, against Biodun Oyebanji’s governorship primary victory on January 27, 2022.


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