“Looters” List Is Not An Infringement On Rights” – Court
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, has ruled that the “Looters” list made public by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed in March this year, was not a violation of rights of those affected.
The presiding judge, Olukayode Adeniyi, who ruled on the suit filed by Raymond Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated that it lacked merit. Dokpesi had earlier filed a suit against the federal government for abusing his fundamental human rights, with the inclusion of his name in the looters’ list where he was accused to have illegally received N2.1billion from the treasury.
While the media mogul demanded a public apology and a payment of N500 million from Mohammed for defaming him, the judge said the disclosure of the alleged looters’ list by the minister on behalf of the federal government does not carry any force of law as the minister is neither the judge or the prosecutor in the criminal case pending before the federal high court against Dokpesi.
Dokpesi was however advised to rather seek a remedy through a libel/slander suit, if he feels injured by the action of the minister. The libel suit filed against Lai Mohammed by Dokpesi, was however adjourned to November 9th.