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Emefiele Sends Letter to Akpabio, Warns of N25bn Lawsuit for Accusations of Defamation

Emefiele Sends Letter to Akpabio, Warns of N25bn Lawsuit for Accusations of Defamation

Godwin Emefiele, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has issued a strong warning to the President of the Nigerian Senate, Godswill Akpabio, through his legal representatives, regarding alleged defamatory statements.

Emefiele’s solicitors have stated that if the Senate President fails to apologize, they will pursue a lawsuit demanding N25 billion in damages.

The threat came in the form of a letter signed by Emefiele’s lead counsel, Matthew Burkaa, SAN, and addressed to Senator Akpabio on behalf of Emefiele.

The legal action is in response to a widely circulated video in which Akpabio made statements that Emefiele claims are false, distorted, and intended to tarnish his character.

Akpabio’s comments, which were shown on Channels Television, included statements such as, “We don’t know what crime to charge Emefiele with… the Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria… we didn’t even know what to charge him.”

Emefiele’s letter to the Senate President argues that these statements suggest that the current hardships faced by Nigerians are solely due to the policies of the previous administration, with Emefiele portrayed as a serial offender responsible for all the difficulties in the country.

Emefiele’s legal team accuses Akpabio of subjudice, as the former CBN governor is currently facing charges in court and defending himself. They emphasize that as the head of the legislature, Akpabio should have been aware that his statements undermined the integrity and independence of the court.

The letter also highlights that Emefiele’s actions were carried out with the approval and authorization of the President and/or the Federal Executive Council, of which Akpabio was a key and powerful member.

Emefiele’s legal representatives demand an immediate retraction of Akpabio’s statements, an unreserved written apology published and circulated by the same medium used for the defamation, and a sum of N25 billion as compensation for the damage caused to Emefiele’s reputation.

If Akpabio fails to comply with these demands, Emefiele’s legal team states that they will seek appropriate legal redress available under Nigerian law.

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