A High Court in Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday adjourned a N150 billion libel suit filed by former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, against the African Independent Communication (AIT) till June 30. The suit was adjourned to enable Mr. Tinubu’s counsel respond to counter-claims by the media house AIT
Mr. Tinubu sued Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT, for airing a documentary entitled, “Lion of Bourdilion”. The former governor alleged that the documentary was aimed at tarnishing his image to the public.
At the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, AIT’s counsel, Jeffery Kadiri, informed the court that the defendant had filed a counter-claim which had been served on the claimant.
Responding, Mr. Tinubu’s counsel, Mr Ayodele Adedipe, said the process was served on the claimant only two days ago, adding that he needed time to respond.
Mr. Adedipe, therefore, asked the court for an adjournment and the judge acceded to his request.
In the counter-claim, AIT listed its Chairman emeritus, Raymond Dokpesi, and seven others as witnesses to testify against Tinubu.
Others listed to testify are Namure Edoimioya, Medan Tenke, Ajibola Adewusi, Olumide Idowu, Stanley Odidi, Nwabueze and Stanley Bassey.
The broadcast outfit also denied each and every allegation of facts as contained in the claimant’s amended statement of claim.
Mr. Dokpesi, in his statement on oath, averred that Mr. Tinubu’s claim was founded on none existing ground, because the said documentary was not entitled “The Lion of Bourdilon,” but “Unmasking the Real Tinubu”.
He also averred that the documentary, in his honest opinion, was not false and was not aired out of malice to the person of the claimant.
Mr. Dokpesi said AIT, as a member of the fourth estate of the realm, was empowered by Section 22 of the Constitution to at all times, hold those in government accountable and responsible to the people of Nigeria.