The Kano State High Court Presided over by Justice Sulaiman Baba Na Mallam has granted a prayer by Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to amend the list of his witnesses in a civil suit of alledged defamation of character, slander and libel against the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Online Media Daily Nigeria Jafar Jafar.
Similarly, the court granted a prayer by Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to allow Senior Advocate of Nigeria Offiong Offiong to lead his legal team in the suit.
Earlier, Counsel to Defendants Barrister UU Etang and Zakariyya Ridwanullah filed a preliminary objections challenging the of Barrister MN Duru’s appearance to the list of Plaintiff’s counsel, argued that the counsel was not properly before the court.
” Nuraddeen Ayagi did not left the scene and he was the plaintiff counsel to our knowledge”
In his ruling, Justice Sulaiman dismissed the preliminary objections by counsel to Jafar Jafar and affirmed that change of counsel or bringing additional new counsel in a suit is Fundamental Rights of a party.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is Praying the court to declare that the act of publishing and circulating libellous statements, false and doctored video clips attacking his character and integrity and that can amount to a defamation of character.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is praying for perpetual order restraining Jafar Jafar and Daily Nigeria, their Agents and all other persons and entities from continuing sharing libellous documents or records capable of further defaming his character.
” An order that the plaintiff is entitled to damages against the Defendants for defamation of character by way of libel and slander”
An order compelling the defendants to write a public apology through their online platforms and other news media with global accessibility.
Justice Baba Na Mallam adjourned the case to 20th April, 2021 for further mention.