Lagos lawyer and activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has written a letter to Lagos-based Independent Newspaper, demanding a retraction of a libelous publication against Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Falana, who declared that he had Mohammed’s instruction to demand a retraction of the publication within seven days, said if this is not done, the newspaper would be sued “with a view to restoring his reputation which your reckless publication has damaged”.
The letter, signed by Oludare Falana, reads:
The Executive Editor,
Block 5, Plot 7D, WEMPCO Road,
Demand for retraction of libelous publication
We are counsel to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on whose behalf and instructions we write this letter.
Our attention has been drawn to your highly libelous statement published and circulated in Volume 14, No. 208 of the 15th of September, 2016 Edition of your newspaper with the screaming headline “’CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME’ CAMPAIGN GULPS N3.4BN”. You also claimed, in the aforesaid publication, albeit falsely, that the “CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME” launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, 8th September, 2016 was stolen by our client.
Having damaged our client’s hard-earned reputation by your reckless action, we have his instruction to demand a retraction of your libelous publication with 7 days of the receipt of this letter.
TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our client’s demands, we have his instruction to sue you with a view to restoring his reputation which your reckless publication has damaged.