- Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, says he suffered mental torture from attacks by Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari
- Atiku alleges that Onochie insinuated that he is a sponsor or mentor to terrorists
- The former vice president further alleges that Onochie falsely claimed that he was on watch list in the United Arab Emirates
Even though he was in Dubai, Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, said he suffered mental and psychological torture as a result of attacks by Lauretta Onochie, an aide of Preisent Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku made his travail known at a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday, December 3, saying that Onochie manufactured offensive messages she posted about him on social media.
He alleged that the messages posted by Onochie destroyed most of what he had worked for over the years and that he was pained that most of the attacks against his person came at a time he was challenging the victory of Buhari at the tribunal.
Vanguard reports that Atiku's positions are contained in a statement on oath he personally deposed to before the court handling the case.
According to him, Onochie's attacks were carried out in bad faith and hatred just as he asked the court to punish her for a message she posted on May 7.
A suit filed by his counsel, Mike Ozekhome, wants the court to slam N2.5 billion against Onochie for general, aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages for ridiculing the former vice president.
Atiku argued that Onochie gave the impression that he was on watch list in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for terrorism-related issues.
“In the said defamatory publication against me made by the defendant on 7th May 2019, the defendant amongst other baseless allegations falsely and maliciously accused me of being on the watch list of Security Operatives in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE).
“The defendant further falsely accused me of shopping for terrorists in the Middle East, thereby portraying me as an evil man, mentor of terrorists, someone who has links with terrorists, and a person who is interested in destabilizing the peace and unity of Nigeria," Atiku said adding that the publication portrayed him as a security threat and terrorist.
He told the court that Onochie's publications had subjected him to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism.
He said he received many telephone calls and other messages from family and friends over the issue just as he denied the alleged claim in the publication by Onochie which he said were politically motivated to cause him harm.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Onochie recently said Atiku had no patience for the presidential election petition tribunal to hear his case.
Onochie made this known in a tweet via her official account on Wednesday, July 31, while reacting to the report that President Buhari would open his defence against the PDP presidential candidate.
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