Chairman of The Nation Newspapers Editorial Board, Sam Omatseye, has slammed a N1 billion suit on The Sun newspapers over an alleged libelous publication by the newspaper.
In the case filed by his counsel, Festus Keyamo, at the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Judicial Division, Omatseye said his character and integrity had been defamed by The Sun publication of Tuesday, October 13, 2015, titled: “Call Omatseye to Order, Kalu Tells Tinubu…Says The Nation Embarrassment to Journalism.”
Accordng to Omatseye, several of the contents in the publication referred to him as an impostor, charlatan and fake personality; dubious person, mudslinger and dangerous personality; corrupt and an uncivilised person.
The Claimant averred that the libelous publication by the Defendant was widely circulated and read by millions of people in the world and particularly in Nigeria where the Claimant has several associates, friends, family and professional colleagues.
He is seeking an order for the sum of N1 billion being damages for the words published of and concerning the Claimant which are libelous by direct reference and innuendo.
He also sought an order for a retraction and an unreserved apology by the Defendant for the words published of and concerning the Claimant which are libelous.