Obasanjo Sues Radio Presenter N1bn for Linking Him to Bola Ige’s Death


Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has reportedly sued an online journalist and radio presenter, Akanda Oro, popularly known as Awikonko, for N1 billion for allegedly linking him to the murder of former minister, Bola Ige.

The Punch reports that Obasanjo denied the alleged claims by the journalist that he is involved in the death of the former attorney-general and minister of justice.

Oro was also quoted to have said on live radio that Obasanjo had a hand in the death of the national vice-chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, Marshall Harry.

According to the report, Oro said that President Muhammadu Buhari had even claimed at the burial of the late Harry that the Obasanjo-led government sponsored the killing of the ANPP chieftain.

“Obasanjo’s murder of Bola Ige, if not for the shortage of time, I would have listed the names of those murdered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his regime.

“Bloodshed during Obasanjo Aremu’s regime was too much (foolish old man).

“There are repercussions for every evil deed done… In case you hear of my death, do not be sad. Perhaps this is the only mission I have been sent by God to accomplish.

“The fellow that killed a whole minister of justice and attorney general of the federation went scot-free.

“So, what will it cost him to kill me, a commoner? Let him go and commit suicide or take himself before Ogun shrine to swear that he does not know anything about the murder of Bola Ige and Marshall Harry or that all his children die in his lifetime,” he was quoted as saying.

Through Kanu Agabi (SAN), his lawyer, Obasanjo described as false and malicious the journalist’s claim which was also posted on social media.

The report said the suit is filed before Justice OA Adenyi of Apo Federal Capital Territory High Court with number FCT/HC/CV/2920/18 and that in it, Obasanjo asked that Awikonko retract the publication.

“A declaration that the publication complained of are false, malicious, unjustified, injurious, scornful, distasteful, unsavoury and have exposed the claimant to public odium, ridicule and disdain both nationally and internationally.

“A declaration that the words complained of do not constitute a valid exercise by the defendant of his freedom of speech.

“The sum of one billion naira only against the defendant as general damages for the defamation of the claimant’s hard earned reputation,” the report quoted Obasanjo as praying the court.