Padding: Dogara prepares for court action against Jubrin, demands apology

By Editor on 28/07/2016

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If Abdulmumin Jubril, former Chairman, Committee on Appropriation does not recant and take back every word contained in his damning allegation against, Yakubu Dogara, he would be forced to explain to the court, where he would be made to pay a heavy price.  This was the threat that was issued by Dogara on Wednesday, as yet another chapter opens in the crisis that erupted in the House of Representatives with the allegation that the Speaker and some other principal officers planned to steal N40billion from the 2016 budget.

Dogara, in a demand letter fired by his lawyer Professor Joash Ojo Amupitan at Jubrin, as revealed by his spokesman, wants a complete retraction of all the allegations from the member from Kano state, else he would have him to contend with in court.


Dogara’s spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, in a statement issued on Wednesday on the development, said: “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.”





Posted on July, 28 2016

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