by Steph Clems
Son of Abia state governor, Engr. Chinedum Orji has sued The Sun Newspaper for N5bn over a publication in the daily in March 2014, where he was referred to as “a terrorist”.
The suit filed at the Abia state High court holding at Ohafia, is identified as HOH/5/2014, and has Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) as the lead counsel for the petitioner.
A member of the legal team, Chief Chukwunyere Nwabuko, had recounted how the publisher of the Sun newspaper, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu was using his media outfits to mis-inform the public by publishing malicious articles against the incumbent governor and his son.
Already the presiding judge, justice Anthony Chioma has granted an order for the defendant to be served out of jurisdiction, with the case coming up for hearing on the 22nd of September 2014.
The pleas sought by the claimant include; that the accused, pays him the sum of N5bn as damages, that the newspaper publishes an unreserved apology in at least three different editions of its publications and thirdly an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, privies, servants and associates from writing, printing or publishing of the alleged libellous matter or any similar one against him.
The Sun newspaper had on the 10th of March 2014, on page 21, published a report on the governor’s son which read in part; “it is not a secret affair as his terrorist activities in the state are documented”.