N6bn defamation suit: Supreme Court fixes judgment date in Odili’s case against Peterside

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The Supreme Court has fixed May 27 for judgement in a N6 billion defamation suit filed by a former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili against a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside.

Leading a five-man panel, Justice Kayode Ariwoola fixed the date after taking final arguments in the suit.

Odili had in October 2016, taken Peterside to court demanding N6 billion as damages for character defamation.

In the suit, the former Rivers State governor claimed that Peterside during a press conference in Port Harcourt defamed him in his allegations that Governor Nyesom Wike’s Supreme Court victory was hatched by him.

During the day’s proceeding, Odili’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, urged the Court to dismiss the appeal by Peterside and enter judgment in favour of his client.

Counsel to Peterside, Damian Okoro however asked the Apex court to allow the appeal and set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the N6 billion naira defamation suit.

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