IG of Police, Adamu threatens N10bn lawsuit against Sowore

Nigeria Inspector General of police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu
Emeh Joy

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has described a media report accusing him of illegally raising funds to build a police training school in Nasarawa state as false while threatening to file a N10bn suit against the news publisher, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

The IG of police denied the report published by SaharaReporters on August 3, 2020, and threatened through his lawyer, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN) to sue the online platform as well as the news publisher.

Izinyon wrote a letter titled, "Re: Defamatory publication against Mr Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni (current Inspector-General of Police): Demand for retraction and unequivocal apology".

The letter which was addressed to the United States address of SaharaReporters also threatened to file a criminal complaint against them with relevant government agencies.

According to Izinyon, the IG had given SaharaReporters and Sowore only seven days to tender "a written and unequivocal retraction with an apology carried with the same prominence on their platform and three national dailies". Failure to do so, he would head to court.

Izinyon in the letter stated, "Our client hastened to inform you that these defamatory words in your said publication are a farrago of lies, concoctions all calculated by you to bring our client to the lowest contempt as they are a product of you and your online publication to achieve your premeditated blackmail, dubious and diabolical ends".

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