In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 01st, September, 2020

Fani-Kayode Calls for N6bn And Apology From Day by day Belief Over ‘Damaging’ Article

Fani-Kayode Demands N6bn And Apology From Daily Trust Over 'Damaging' Article

Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode


A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has given the administration of Media Belief Restricted – the writer of Day by day Belief and different publications – 14 days to pay him N6 billion for defamation of character.


He has additionally demanded an apology.


It was gathered that Fani-Kayode in a letter addressed to the Managing Director of the newspaper dated August 31, 2020 and titled, ‘Defamation of the Character of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode by Iliyasu Gadu’ accused the corporate of defaming him in an article titled: ‘FFK, the Drug Addled Thug in Designer Wears’ dated August 30, 2020.


The letter, which was signed by the previous minister’s lawyer, Adeola Adesipe.


Within the article, which was printed within the newspaper, the author lambasted Fani-Kayode for his conduct throughout a press convention through which he described a Day by day Belief reporter in Calabar, Eyo Charles, as ‘silly’ after the journalist requested who was “bankrolling” his present tour of southern states.


Gadu, the author of the article, claimed Fani-Kayode, who attended Cambridge College, was as soon as “a drug addict” and had sought rehabilitation in Ghana however “until right this moment has not been cured of the behavior”.


In his pre-litigation letter, nevertheless, Fani-Kayode described the article as libellous and demanded an apology from the newspaper, which should be printed in different nationwide dailies.


The previous minister additionally demanded that negotiation be entered into for the potential cost of N6 billion because of the irreparable loss the article had triggered him.

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It learn partially, “Bear in mind that our consumer has not solely suffered immeasurable lack of goodwill, he’s at the moment confronted with insufferable opprobrium by his followers, followers, and colleagues throughout the globe.

“Our consumer is alive to his rights each in regulation and fairness however is disposed to a chance to undo the evil you’ve gotten completed by retracting the mentioned insalubrious remarks on the identical platform it was printed and apologising to him in two different nationwide dailies.


“You’re additionally suggested to enter into negotiations with us for the sum of N6bn being a token quantity for penitence versus the magnitude of infraction triggered to our consumer’s the Aristocracy.”


The newspaper was given 14 days to adjust to the calls for within the letter or face authorized motion.


Fani-Kayode additionally wrote an analogous letter to Gadu, who authored the article.


The previous minister attracted the ire of a number of Nigerians not too long ago after a viral video confirmed him speaking down on a journalist, an incident he has apologised for.


Nonetheless, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in addition to many different civil organisations, have continued to criticise him whereas many reporters have boycotted the previous minister’s ongoing tour of a number of southern states.

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