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Court strikes out Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan’s defamation suit against Bello

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Court strikes out Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan’s defamation suit against Bello

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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyanya Judicial Division, has struck out a defamation suit instituted by a Senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, against Governor Yahaya Bello.

In a ruling delivered on Thursday, 16th June, 2023, by Justice Idris Mua’wiya, the Court struck out the defamation suit marked “CV/412/2022” for being incompetent.

The suit, filed on behalf of Akpoti-Uduaghan by the Chambers of Femi Falana, SAN, was struck out upon the objection challenging the competence of the suit by Counsel to Kogi State Governor, Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN.

Counsel to the plaintiff had sought to amend the defective suit upon receipt of the preliminary objection filed by Muhammed, SAN.

The Court, in striking out the suit, agreed with the submission of counsel to the Kogi State Governor that an incompetent originating process cannot be amended.

Akpoti-Uduaghan had, last November, dragged the Kogi State Governor and others to court for allegedly defaming her character.

She had claimed N5 billion damages over a publication in which the state government called on security agencies to invite her for questioning on what it described as her public defence of an alleged terror suspect.

According to her, the said publication dented her reputation.