Defamation: Buratai sues The Peoples Gazette

Defamation: Buratai sues The Peoples Gazette

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Ambassador Tukur Buratai has sued popular online tabloid, The Peoples Gazette over false publication.

The Peoples Gazette had in June published that ICPC recovered multi-million naira cash, Rolex wristwatches and apartment from the Amb Buratai meanwhile, the ICPC official statement never reflected People Gazette’s position.

In a court document, People Gazette was given 42 days to appear before the court to answer some questions and provide evidences to back up their claims against the person of Ambassador Tukur Buratai.

The court summons stated that; “Let THE PEOPLES GAZETTE LTD within FORTY TWO (42) days after the service of this summons, inclusive of the day of such service cause an appearance to be entered for him to this summons which is issued upon the application of ISAH BELLO of No 64, Muhammadu Buhari Way, who claims to be entitled to the reliefs hereafter set out and for the determination of the following questions:

1. Whether the Refusał and/or Neglect of the Defendant to grant the application of the Plaintiff vide his letter dated June 28, 2022 does not amount to an infringement of the provision of Section 4 of the Freedom of Information Act 2011?

The Plaintiff claims against the Defendant aş follows:

(1) A Declaration that the refusal, failure and or neglect by the Defendant to release the information requested by the Plaintiff in his letter dated June 28 2022 amounts to a violation of Section 4(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 and therefore is wrongful and illegal.

(2) Did you check with corporate affairs commission as to who the Owners of the K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited are? And perhaps whether Buratai’s name appears as part of the company directorship?

(3) You claimed you called Buratai during the ICPC raid on the Wuse 2 House. At what time and day did you call Ambassador Buratai? What number did you use in calling him? And which of the Buratai lines did you call?

(4) But surprisingly and since the receipt of the request/application letter, and up till the filing of this suit, the Defendant has so far failed, refused and /or neglected to provide the Plaintiff with the details of the information requested for.

(5) That I know as a fact by being a PUBLISHER /JOURNALIST that:

(a) By virtue of Section 1 (1) of the FOI Act 2011, PLAINTIFF is entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information which is in the custody or possession of any public official, agency or institution.

(b) The information requested for by the Plaintiff relates to CORRUPTION allegations against the former Army Chief and facts supposedly held by the Defendant but has shied from giving truth to the allegations.

Defamation: Buratai sues The Peoples Gazette

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