A High Court in Abuja has dismissed a N3billion libel suit filed by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, against the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka and the Chairman, Information Committee of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Samuel Omotoso. Justice A. O. Ebong dismissed the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
He said, “based on the facts as pleaded by the plaintiff in this suit,I am unable to accept that there was defamation of the plaintiff (Fayemi) in the FCT, as no publication of the defamatory materials is shown to have taken place within the FCT. For that reason, this court cannot exercise jurisdiction in respect of the instant suit. The case is consequently struck out for want of territorial jurisdiction.”
Fayemi, who is also a former governor of Ekiti State had filed Suit Number CV/577/2016 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, claiming that the duo of Olayinka and Omotosodants brought disrepute to his name through statements allegedly made by them on July 6, 2016, during a live programme tagged Ejiire on Ekiti State Television, which also aired on cable network, Startimes.
Fayemi, who accused Olayinka of saying that he (Fayemi) illegally collected N5 billion from Ecobank in the name of Fountain Holdings for a sham road construction, sought payment of N3 billion for “aggravated damages” he claimed was caused him by the defendants.