Defamation: El-Rufai drags ThisDay, Jonathan’s aide, Omokri, others to court

By Benjamin Arida

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has filed defamation suits against a former media aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, and former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Chidi Odinkalu.

According to the suits filed before a high court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT THISDAY, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Joseph Onu and Auta Nyada as defendants were also joined as defendants by the governor.

The Kaduna Governor in a suit claimed that statements in a publication titled: “El Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corpers are seen as whores,” published by THISDAY on June 14, 2020, is injurious to his reputation.

The Governor is seeking N500 million in compensation and an apology to be published in the newspaper.

In another suit, he said “Litany of 25 critics who have suffered at El Rufai’s hands compiled by Chidi Odinkalu,” which was published on on September 2, 2020 is “malicious, unlawful and without any justification.”

Governor El-Rufai is also seeking N 500million in damages and apology.

In a letter to Jospen Onu, he also demanded an apology and N500 million in damages.

No date has been fixed for hearing.


A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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