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Retract Allegations Against Me or We Meet in Court: Dogara Fires at Jibrin


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has threatened to drag the former Chairman, House Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, to court if he failed to retract and apologise to him over the public utterances against him in the past one week.
The Speaker thus gave Jibrin a seven day ultimatum to retract allegations made against him or face legal action.
Dogara gave the ultimatum, Wednesday, through his Lawyer.
Since Jibrin was fired last week he had made far reaching allegations against the Speaker, principal officers of the House and some of his colleagues on how ‘meaningless’ projects were built into 2016 budget by Dogara and others to siphon billions of naira of state funds.
He had equally circulated allegations of budget padding, incompetence and breach of trust against Dogara and others.
In a statement on Wednesday by the Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs to the Speaker, Turaki Hassan, said the request was contained in a letter addressed to Jibrin by Dogara’s counsel, Professor Joash Ojo Amupitan.
“We act as solicitors to Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of House of Representatives of Three Arm Zone National Assembly Complex, Abuja, herein after referred to as ‘our client’ and on whose instructions we write this letter to you.”
“The attention of our client has been drawn to a libelous press statement you issued on Monday 25th July 2016 which was made available to members of the press (print and electronic media) titled “THE CORRUPT SPEAKER YAKUBU DOGARA AND HIS 3-MAN CABAL”.
“The personal references are obviously directed at our client, and amount to a very serious libel.
“By the said publication and without putting to the public any shred of evidence, our client is portrayed as a criminal, corrupt, dishonest, fraudulent, dishonourable and unfit to hold the position of Speaker of House of Representatives.
“Our client’s reputation has further been brought down in the estimation of right thinking members of the society and he has been thrown into public opprobrium, odium, scorn and ridicule.
“Consequently, we consider your publication on the matter as not only libelous but made in bad faith; an act of vendetta owing to your recent removal as the Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation.
“The said publication is also aimed at causing disaffection between Nigerians and members of the House of Representatives.
“Sequel to the above, we have to request you to submit immediately to us a clear and unqualified apology and retraction of the publication in an equally conspicuous position in all the print and electronic media where the publication appeared.
“TAKE NOTICE that in the event of your failure/refusal to comply with the above mentioned demands within seven (7) days of your receipt of this letter, we have further instructions to institute a suit against you in a court of law.
“If we have to pursue this course, we shall be claiming aggravated and exemplary damages”, Dogàra said.

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