Former member of the House of Representatives, Prince Ned Nwoko wrote to Saharareporters to withdraw his “defamatory statement” against him on pain of prosecution.
In a letter to the lawyer for the online newspaper, Rolls Law Firm, requested the removal of the defamatory publication on the online news platform and also asked Sahara Reporters to publish an apology in two national dailies with accompanying statements. ” a payment of 10 billion naira in damages. for the publication of said wording.
The letter dated December 20, 2021 and signed by Mr. Onyeka Nwokolo (Esq.) Reads: “We are lawyers for the Hon. Prince (Dr.) Ned Munir Nwoko (hereinafter referred to as “Our Client”) and on whose behalf we are writing this letter to you, the attention of our client has been drawn by several persons, including members of his family, friends, associate and co-politicians among other well-meaning Nigerians to soap operas of your fake publications in your news media where you mischievously, with the intention of making our client despise and ridicule him in the public eye, published false, false and made-up stories about it.
“In one of these publications dated August 14, 2020 and captioned ‘How Ned Nwoko humiliated the monarch, asked the police to dig up the palace”, you maliciously and falsely stated that Ned Nwoko, a former lawmaker Federal Government of Delta State, “ordered the arrest of Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko, monarch of the city, and then called on the police to ransack his palace.”
“Your bogus post claimed that our client was prompted to take the aforementioned measures because” the monarch and some residents of Idumuje-Ugboko objected to Nwoko’s attempt to forcibly acquire an additional 90 hectares of land in the area. ‘an area reserved for all the natives of the community “.
“Your references to our client as an unreasonable land grabber who has intimidated and intimidated an entire community in order to take over people’s lands gravely presents him as a tyrant, marauder, buccaneer, pirate, viking and a bandit. The implication and innuendo of the false claims is that our client is abusing the privileges of God’s favors and endowment over him to oppress and extort other people who are not also endowed. This presents him as a devious, manipulative, dishonest and fraudulent person with a dubious character in the eyes of respectable people in society.
“This contrasts sharply with the reality and our client’s reputation as a former lawmaker, philanthropist, approachable, easy-going and concerned with the rule of law. Our client was, until now, widely recognized in Delta State, Nigeria and around the world, for expressing his beliefs both in politics and in business through due legal process through a framework of conflict resolution and court process established.
“Our client has deliberately ignored the unprovoked slurs and distraction that your bogus posts sought to inflict on his reputation and focused on the more serious projects he has in the pipeline. It is ironic that our client’s pacifist disposition seems reinforcing your recklessness by directing more attacks on his person, his business, his reputation and his integrity.
“A few days ago our client’s attention was drawn to another bogus, nasty, malicious and defamatory post dated December 15, 2021 by you and posted in multiple social and news media titled” EX-MAISON DES MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES, NED NWOKO ACCUSED OF SCAMMING AFRICAN LEADERS WITH ‘WHITE ELEPHANT PROJECTS’, “in which you published to the world and repeated the lie quoted above about our client intimidating an entire community and taking their land by force.
“You went further by adding news and misrepresentation regarding Paris Club reimbursements and the malaria eradication project undertaken by the Ned Nwoko Foundation. The involvement of our clients in the Paris Club Refund in Nigeria has been an open subject and of public notoriety. He has been the subject of judicial review, review and audit by private companies by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and forensic investigation three (3) times by the Crimes Commission economic and financial (EFCC). In 2016, at a time when no sum had been paid to our client, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in response to a complaint from a denunciation NGO, according to which our client had been paid approximately US $ 6 billion under the Paris Club Refund gave a severe instruction to the EFCC to conduct a detailed investigation against our client. He was invited and volumes of documents and files carried away. The EFCC investigation report affirmed the role of our clients in Paris Club reimbursements. Two successive review investigations were carried out by the EFCC with the same result. Our client was subsequently paid part of his rights.
“Our client unequivocally denies all of the allegations you have made against him in said posts, and other posts by you on the same subject that space constraint cannot contain here, all of which were intended to drag his integrity away. in the mud.
“On the contrary:
Said Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko was singled out in the investigation and prosecution of a case of violence and destruction of property in Idumuje-Ugboko in May 2017. A prosecution witness identified him and others. , as working in concert and organized the indiscriminate terror and destruction visited. on Idumuje-Ugboko in 2017. A superficial investigation or verification would have revealed this fact to you;
b. Regarding land acquisition, our client followed established processes for land acquisition in Idumuje-Ugboko and elsewhere in Nigeria. Again, this fact could easily have been established if you had spared all consideration in telling a story of balance.
Your malicious post has been deliberately orchestrated to inflict indelible fears on our client’s reputation as easily verifiable facts have been unwittingly ignored by you to further your quest for destruction, as illustrated below.
According to the available documents, the claim that the signature of the late king on the letter approving the allocation of land was forged has been investigated and authenticated by experts. Those who peddled the false allegation were charged with false information.
The president of the AGL affirmed that he had spoken with the late king and confirmed that he had signed the letter before proceeding with the formalization of the award.
The Delta State governor’s adviser for peace and reconciliation, an Uzor chief, confirmed the late king’s signature.
“A cursory investigation on your part would also have revealed the following to you:
This Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko was never proclaimed King of Idumuje-Ugboko by the senior (senior) members of the Nwoko royal family.
That Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko was not recommended to the Anioma North Traditional Rulers Committee.
That the Anioma North Traditional Rulers Committee recommended Crown Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwoko as Obi (King) Idumuje-Ugboko
That the President of the Traditional Rulers Forum Anioma HRM Asagba (Prof.) Chike Edozien recommended Crown Prince Salomon Eziokwubundu Nwoko to the Delta State government for the presentation of the office staff as Obi (King) of Idumuje-Ugboko by the governor.
“Court judgments are public documents that are readily available at the registry of every court in Nigeria. There is also the Freedom of Information Act which allows sincere media organizations seeking to publish the truth to secure any public information they need. There have been several court decisions arising from Paris Club refunds involving our client. If you had been researching information, we would have gladly provided you with the details to enable you to publish an objective post.
“If you had taken the actions described in paragraph (e) above, you would have discovered that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) had entered into terms of settlement signed by its Chairman and Managing Director, Asishana B. Okauru, Ned Nwolo grateful ;
That Ned Nwolo worked for them and that he has the right to be paid.
“That they (NGF) will issue a letter of no objection to payment to Ned Nwoko and the associated company Linas International Limited.
“That in accordance with the court judgment, the NGF has issued the letter of no objection as stated above to the Federal Ministry of Finance.
“This according to the records that there is no clam of 418 million USD by the NGF against Ned Nwolo or any of his associated companies
“That there are several court orders in favor of Ned Nwoko regarding the object.
“That the university project evolves gradually as it was conceived.
You would have discovered a treasure trove of factual information contrary to the malicious and deliberate lie you are publishing.
“Based on the above, it is evident that you have deliberately and recklessly distorted the status of Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko to add vitriol and sensationalize your bogus publication to gain significant and wide readership in order to smear the reputation and position of our customers in society.
“Our client is a highly respected person in Idumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State and everywhere in and outside the coasts of this country.
“He was a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Senate aspirant, recipient of several honorary doctorates, astute politician, international lawyer, business mogul and philanthropist. He is a social crusader who has the interests of his people at heart and who always attracts the development projects of his people. Our client is recognized around the world for leading the crusade and fighting to eradicate malaria. And as such, he has a significant social media presence and following.
“The posts you have made have been read by the public inside and outside Nigeria and it has cost our client his reputation as self-righteous Nigerians are starting to look at our client with contempt and disdain and he is ridiculed and openly embarrassed as a land grabber. and extortionist. His involvement in the proposed ventures and several other activities met with a sudden cold shoulder and silent rebuff from your bogus and malicious post. They believed your false story and think our client is a dishonest person.
“Your repeating these lies and garnishing them with new additions at every opportunity betrays our client’s deliberate baiting of a reaction and a response.
“We therefore formally make the following requests to you;
a, That you publish in two national newspapers as well as in your online press release retracting the defamatory publications of August 14, 2020 and December 15, 2021 respectively with an unqualified apology.
That the sum of # 10,000,000,000 (Ten Billion Naira) be paid only to compensate our clients for malicious, false and derogatory posts.
This letter should also be taken as a pre-action notice to you, perhaps you choose to disregard our client’s requests.