- An FCT High Court has granted a restraining order against the Edo state government
- The order was given on Monday, August 10 in the nation's capital by Justice Suleiman Belgore
- The suit was filed by Dr Adedapo Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria on behalf of Captain Hosa Okunbo
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An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Suleiman Belgore has granted orders of injunction restraining the Edo state government and its officers from making further defamatory publications about a prominent Bini chief and business mogul, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo.
The defendants to the suit are the attorney-general of Edo state sued as the 1st defendant, and an aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki joined as the 2nd defendant.
A statement issued by media adviser to Okunbo, Samuel Ajayi, said the orders were given on Monday, August 10 in the nation's capital.
Ajayi said the court granted, among others, orders restraining the Edo state government from publishing, causing to be published, circulating, further publishing, reporting or publicising certain publications against his boss.
The suit was filed by counsel to Captain Hosa, Dr Adedapo Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
He also sought an order compelling the defendants to wholly retract or withdraw “the false, fabricated, misleading, malicious, unfair and defamatory publications of 20 July 2020 published in two national newspapers.”
Captain Hosa, through his counsel, is also seeking the sum of N4billion for “being aggravated and exemplary damages for the embarrassment, inconvenience, losses and damages done to the claimant’s person, character and interests, as a result of the defendants’ libellous publications.”
Recall that Captain Hosa recently debunked claims that he is responsible for the booing incident that took place outside the palace of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, on Saturday, July 25.
The incident occurred during the visit of members of the national campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP entourage, including Governor Obaseki, were reportedly booed while going in and out of the palace by a motley crowd outside the palace.
The situation, however, degenerated into a clash as thugs loyal to the PDP were said to have attacked those booing the party's entourage.
“While I condemn the booing of the governor and the PDP team, and the reprisal attack, I am particularly pained that some ungodly insinuations in some quarters have linked me with the unfortunate saga,” Okunbo said.
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) has hailed the contribution of Okunbo to the promotion of entrepreneurship and youth development in the country.
NYPF chairman, Moses Siloko Siasia, made the group's position known in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, July 25.
According to him, Captain Okunbo's benevolence transcends his achievements in business.
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