An Ilorin High Court, presided over by Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye on Wednesday slammed a N4
billion judgment against the publisher of popular online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, Mr.
Omoyele Sowore, over a series of stories published two years ago by the medium against Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

According to NewTelegraph, the judgment was in relation to stories published by the online medium
against Saraki between September and December of 2015. The Senate President had, through his
lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, asked for the intervention of the court following the publication of series of libellous stories against
him by Sahara Reporters. Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters were joined as defendants in the suit
marked as KWS/23/2017.

Delivering the judgment, the court agreed with Olomou and granted all the reliefs sought by the
claimant in the case. The reliefs granted are as follows: “The sum of N1 billion as general and
aggravated damages for libellous words falsely,
maliciously and recklessly published by the
defendants of and concerning the claimant in the
online issue of Sahara Reporters of October 5,
2015 under the caption “Nigeria at 55: Bukola
Saraki and 83 Inmates Are Running the Asylum”.
“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated
damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously
and recklessly published by the defendants of and
concerning the claimant in the online issue of
Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of
September 20, 2015 under the caption: “A polished
Name for political immorality. Time for Saraki to
Go!”
“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated
damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously
and recklessly published by the defendants of and
concerning the claimant in the online issue of
Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of
November 09, 2015 under the caption: “Bukola
Saraki On a shopping Spree to Buy Judges…Stop
Being a Clown And A Coward Man Up, face The
Music”.
“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated
damages for libellous words falsely, maliciously
and recklessly published by the defendants of and
concerning the claimant in the online issue of
Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of
December 1, 2015 under the caption: “Arms
Contract Scandal: Senator Saraki. Blackmailed
CBN Officials To Pay N250 Million Hush Funds”.
“An order for injunction restraining the
defendants from further writing, printing or
causing to be written, printed or circulated or
otherwise published of the claimant the said, or
similar libel.
“An order directing the defendants to remove the
offending publications from its website on the
internet within three days from the date of
judgment and an order directing the defendants
to publish an apology to the claimant on its
online newspaper and in three other daily
newspapers.”

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