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Defamation: Supreme court squashes Peterside’s appeal

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by Dr Dakuku Peterside, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers state, to overturn a N6 billion defamation suit filed against him by another ex-governor, Dr. Peter Odili.

The appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices.

Justice Amina Augie prepared the lead verdict, which was delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro.

Dr. Odili filed a complaint in the Federal High Court of Port Harcourt in October 2016, alleging that Peterside, then the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, defamed him in a newspaper article published in February 2016.

He sought N6 billion in damages.

In a press conference, Peterside allegedly revealed that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, stated during a victory thanksgiving service that Odili assisted him in obtaining the ruling that handed him (Wike) victory.

Odili, on the other hand, called the statement attributed to Peterside “false and malicious.”

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; editing by Saadatu Albashir