EFCC boss Lamorde sues Punch for N1bn

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, Lagos

Chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde yes­ter­day filed a suit against The Punch news­pa­per at a Fed­eral High Court in Abuja for al­legedly pub­lish­ing a false story about him.

In the suit marked CV/23/15 which was filed on be­half of the EFCC chair­man by Lagos­based lawyer, Fes­tus Keyamo, it was al­leged that the news­pa­per in a story ti­tled “Al­leged N1trn di­ver­sion: FG or­ders EFCC to probe Lamorde,” pub­lished on Oc­to­ber, 27, 2015, was ma­li­cious to the per­son of Lamorde (plain­tiff ).

Lamorde in his state­ment of claims said the al­leged li­belous pub­li­ca­tion by the news­pa­per was widely cir­cu­lated and read by mil­lions of peo­ple in the world and par­tic­u­larly in Nige­ria where he has sev­eral as­so­ci­ates, friends, fam­ily and pro­fes­sional col­leagues.

He said he has suf­fered tremen­dous dam­age to his rep­u­ta­tion and if the de­fen­dant is not re­strained, it will fur­ther pub­lish in­ju­ri­ous ar­ti­cles against him.

He there­fore de­manded the sum of N1­bil­lion as dam­ages, a re­trac­tion and un­re­served apol­ogy by the news­pa­per for the pub­li­ca­tion.

The EFCC chair­man had ear­lier filed a sim­i­lar suit against The Sun news­pa­per.

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