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Ortom’s Media Aide Sues Benue PDP Spokesman For N50m

Ortom's Media Aide Sues Benue PDP Spokesman For N50m
Posted: Oct 5, 2016 at 11:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Mr. Tahav Agerzua, Special Adviser to Benue State Governor on Media and Information Communication Technology, has filed a suit claiming damages of N50 million against Bemgba Iortyom, the state Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Agerzua claimed the sum in suit number MCH/316/16 filed at the Makurdi High Court by his son, Terna Agerzua of Emmanuel Law Partners, seeking three other major reliefs.

The reliefs include “a declaration that the libelous publication by the defendant on Facebook dated 19th day of September, 2016 against the plaintiff is false, unfounded, unwarranted and defamatory in nature; an order of court directing the defendant to retract the said libelous publication via the same medium (Facebook) as well as directing the defendant to tender a public apology to the plaintiff and cause same to be published in at least two national and local newspapers.”

Agerzua in his statement of claim observed that Iortyom made a libelous publication alleging that he diverted the sum of N10 million meant for members of the Independent Print Media Publishers Association of Nigeria (IPPAN)

Upon seeing the statement on Facebook, Agerzua said he immediately issued a rejoinder and demanded a retraction within 24 hours, adding that the leadership of IPPAN also issued a public statement refuting the Facebook publication through its National Publicity Secretary, Nelson Ogbu.

Counsel to Agerzua noted that rather than retract the publication, the defendant continued to circulate the said publication to different Facebook groups while his allies shared it to defame the plaintiff’s reputation.

Agerzua said that it was when the defendant ignored his demand for a retraction that he instructed his solicitor to write to him (Iortyom) requesting same within seven days but he again refused, hence his resort to the suit.