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Prince Arthur Eze Files N1billion Slander Suit Against Love Fm Abuja, NBC And Others

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Anambra money bag, Prince Arthur Eze has filed a 1billion Naira Law Suit Against Love Fm Abuja, the Nigeria Briadcasting Corporation, NBC, And Others. The plaintiffs’ is asking the court for 'A DECLARATION that the remarks and statement made on November 21 and November 22, 2012 by the 3rd Defendant and aired through the

medium of the 1st and 2nd Defendants where in the plaintiff was amongst others characterized as a debtor and a thug are Defamatory, Slanderous and/or  libelous of the plaintiff.'

(ii)AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL to injunction restraining the 1st-3rd Defendants from any further slanderous or libelous remarks and/or broadcast in the person of the plaintiff.

(iii)The sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (ONE BILLION NAIRA) against the 1st -3rd Defendants being general, aggravated and exemplary damages for the defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff made by the 3rd defendant in a live radio interview with the 1st Defendant on November 21 and November 22 2012.

(iv) AN ORDER directing the 4th Defendant to invoke Sections 2(1)N  and 21 of the National Broadcasting Act of 1992 (as amended) against the 1st Defendant for failure to adhere to broadcasting code.

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According to documents made available to elombah.com, Chief Arthur Eze [pictured] is claiming that "On or about November 21 and 22 2012 the 1st Defendant through one of its popular programmes BEREKETE FAMILY PROGRAMME allowed and permitted the 3rd Defendant t0 recklessly slander and libel the person and character of him, the plaintiff.

"The 3rd Defendant through the electronic medium of the 1st and 2nd Defendants labeled the plaintiff as indebted to her to the tune of N 10million and did beat her up through thugs alleged to be plaintiff’s aides.

"That the broadcast jointly by 1st-3rd Defendant clearly injured the business reputation of the plaintiff as the transmission was aired on November 21 and November 22 to millions of Abuja residents. 7. That the plaintiff has been receiving calls from friends and local and international business partners seeking clarification over what they heard through the radio broadcast supervised and owned by the 1st and 2nd Defendants respectively.

"That various associations including THE CONCERNED IGBO CITIZENS, Abuja Chapter also called the Plaintiff seeking to know if it was true that he is a debtor and a thug as imputed by the 3rd Defendant in the BEREKETE FAMILY PROGRAMME produced and directed by the 1st Defendant.

"That the remarks and accusation made in the said programme by the 3rd Defendant are totally false as the plaintiff does not owe the 3rd Defendant N 10 million or any sum whatsoever as alleged.

Statement of claim

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY

IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY JUDICIAL DIVISION

HOLDEN AT ABUJA

SUIT N0. …………………..

BETWEEN

PRINCE (ENGR.) ARTHUR EZE PLAINTIFF

AND

1. LOVE FM

2. MULTIMESH COMMUNICATIONS LTD

3. MISS CHINYERE OBI –OHALEKE - DEFENDANTS

4. NIGERIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Statement of claim

1. The plaintiff is an Engineer, a reputable International business man

and a National merit award recipient who was decorated with

ORDER OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC(OFR)By president Goodluck

Jonathan on September 17 2012.

2. The 1st Defendant is a Radio Station in Abuja operating with

frequency Number 104.5 FM and a subsidiary of the 2nd Defendant

3. The 3rd Defendant is a businesswoman operating between Enugu

and Abuja.

4. On or about November 21 and 22 2012 the 1st Defendant through

one of its popular programmes BEREKETE FAMILY

PROGRAMME allowed and permitted the 3rd Defendant t0

recklessly slander and libel the person and character of the

plaintiff.

5. The 3rd Defendant through the electronic medium of the 1st and 2nd

Defendants labeled the plaintiff as indebted to her to the tune of N

10million and did beat her up through thugs alleged to be

plaintiff’s aides.

6. That the broadcast jointly by 1st-3rd Defendant clearly injured the

business reputation of the plaintiff as the transmission was aired

on November 21 and November 22 to millions of Abuja residents.

7. That the plaintiff has been receiving calls from friends and local

and international business partners seeking clarification over what

they heard through the radio broadcast supervised and owned by

the 1st and 2nd Defendants respectively.

8. That various associations including THE CONCERNED IGBO

CITIZENS, Abuja Chapter also called the Plaintiff seeking to know

if it was true that he is a debtor and a thug as imputed by the 3rd

Defendant in the BEREKETE FAMILY PROGRAMME produced and

directed by the 1st Defendant.

9. That the remarks and accusation made in the said programme by

the 3rd Defendant are totally false as the plaintiff does not owe the

3rd Defendant N 10 million or any sum whatsoever as alleged.

10. That the plaintiff only helped the 3rd defendant as is his usual practice of

helping the poor and needy, financially and nothing more.

11. That there is a recent subsisting Court order by the a Chief Magistrate in

Enugu on 2nd February 2012 restraining the 3rd Defendant from amongst

others making any further slanderous or libelous remarks on the plaintiff.

Copy of the said court order is hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon

doing trial.

12. That upon visit to the premises of the 1st Defendant as published on the

website of the 4th Defendant as Tamale Street Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, it

was discovered that the 1st Defendant’s operation premises has no sign

board and operates in a flat that looks like a guest house.

13. That it is obvious the 4th Defendant does not perform well its regulatory

and/or supervisory duties over the transmission station of the 1st

Defendant and by extension the 2nd Defendant, as they are being used

to injure the character of responsible Men in the society, including the

plaintiff.

14. That the plaintiff’s had earned reputation has by the joint actions of the

1st-3rd Defendants been tarnished and injured.

15. That the motive of the 1st-3rd Defendant is to slander the Plaintiff and a

calculated attempt at disparaging his personality and bringing him to

public ridicule and odium.

16. That on November 23 2012, the plaintiff’s solicitors ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

SOLICITORS & ADVOCATES wrote the 1st Defendant to retract the said

statement made via its programme on air. Copy of the said letter is

hereby pleaded and shall be relied upon during trial.

17. That instead of retracting same the 1st Defendant through one of its staff

Ahmed Isa called the solicitors on phone showing no remorse and

refusing to retract the said defamatory remark made in conjunction with

the 3rd Defendant.

18. WHEREOF the plaintiff now seeks the following reliefs:

(i) A DECLARATION that the remarks and statement made on

November 21 and November 22,2012 by the 3rd Defendant

and aired through the medium of the 1st and 2nd Defendants

where in the plaintiff was amongst others characterized as a

debtor and a thug are Defamatory, Slanderous and/or libelous

of the plaintiff.

(ii) AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL to injunction restraining the 1st-3rd

Defendants from any further slanderous or libelous remarks

and/or broadcast in the person of the plaintiff.

(iii) The sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (ONE BILLION NAIRA) against the

1st -3rd Defendants being general, aggravated and exemplary

damages for the defamatory statement concerning the

plaintiff made by the 3rd defendant in a live radio interview

with the 1st Defendant on November 21 and November 22

2012.

(iv) AN ORDER directing the 4th Defendant to invoke Sections 2(1)N

and 21 of the National Broadcasting Act of 1992 (as amended)

against the 1st Defendant for failure to adhere to broadcasting

code.

Dated this _____________ day of November 2012.

OSUAGWU UGOCHUKWU esq

Plaintiff’s Solicitor

ST.FRANCIS XAVIER SOLICITORS AND ADVOCATES

38 MAMBOLO STREET WUSE ZONE 2, ABUJA

Tel: 08036108221

FOR SERVICE ON

1. 1st Defendant

26 Tamale Street, by Mathematical Centre

Wuse Zone 3, Abuja

2. 2nd Defendant

Plot 340 Aminu Kano Crescent

Wuse II, ABUJA

3.3rd Defendant

Address within Abuja unknown (By Substituted Service)

4. Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation

Plot 20 Ibrahim Taiwo Street, Aso Villa, Abuja 

WRIT OF SUMMONS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY

IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY JUDICIAL DIVISION

HOLDEN AT ABUJA

SUIT N0. …………………..

BETWEEN

PRINCE (ENGR.) ARTHUR EZE                          PLAINTIFF

AND 

1.LOVE FM

2.MULTIMESH COMMUNICATIONS LTD

3.MISS CHINYERE OBI –OHALEKE-DEFENDANTS

4.NIGERIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

To the Defendants of: 26 Tamale street,wuse zone 3,Abuja;plot 340 Aminu kano crescent,Wuse II,Akpabio Street,GRA,Enugu and Plot 20 ibrahim Taiwo Street,Aso villa, Abuja. 

You are here by commanded that within 8 (EIGHT) days after service of this writ on you, Inclusive of the day of such service, you do cause an appearance to be entered for you in an action at the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the FCT, Abuja in an action at the suit of PRINCE (ENGR.) ARTHUR EZE  And take notice that in default of your so doing the plaintiff may proceed therein, and judgment may be given your absence. 

Dated this ……………… day of ……………… 2012 

By order of the Court. 

Registrar 

N.B- This writ is to be served within twelve calendar months from the date thereof, or if renewed within six calendar months from the last renewal, including the day of such date, and not afterwards.

The defendant may enter appearance personally or by solicitor either by handling in the appropriate forms, duly completer, at the Registry of the High court of the Judicial Division in which the action is brought or by sending them to the registry by registered post. 

If the defendant enters an appearance he must also deliver a defence to the solicitor for the plaintiff within THRITY days from the last day of the time limited for appearance, unless such time is extended by the court. 

ENDORSEMENTS.

The plaintiffs’ claim against the Defendant is as follows:

(i)A DECLARATION that the remarks and statement made on November 21 and November 22,2012 by the 3rd Defendant and aired through the medium of the 1st and 2nd Defendants where in the plaintiff was amongst others characterized as a debtor and a thug are Defamatory, Slanderous and/or  libelous of the plaintiff.

(ii)AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL to injunction restraining the 1st-3rd Defendants from any further slanderous or libelous remarks and/or broadcast in the person of the plaintiff.

(iii)The sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (ONE BILLION NAIRA) against the 1st -3rd Defendants being general, aggravated and exemplary damages for the defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff made by the 3rd defendant in a live radio interview with the 1st Defendant on November 21 and November 22 2012.

(iv) AN ORDER directing the 4th Defendant to invoke Sections 2(1)N  and 21 of the National Broadcasting Act of 1992 (as amended) against the 1st Defendant for failure to adhere to broadcasting code. 

This writ was issued by OSUAGWU Ugochukwu Esq of ST.FRANCIS XAVIER SOLICITORS AND ADVOCATE whose address for service is 38 MAMBOLO STREET WUSE ZONE 2,ABUJA………………………………………….. Agent for PLAINTIFF …………………… of ………………………………………………. Legal practitioner for the said Plaintiff who resides at ……………………………………………..……………………………………………………………… 

(mention the city, town or district and also the name of the street and number of the house of the plaintiff’s residence, if any) 

This writ was served by me at …………………………………………………………………… 

On the defendant (describe mode of service) ……………………………………………… on  

the …………………………………… Day of …………………………… 20……………………….. 

Endorsed the ……………………… day of …………………………….. 20……………………… 

Signed………………………….                                                                          Address ………………………..

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY

IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ABUJA JUDICIAL DIVISION HOLDEN AT ABUJA

Suit No:………………………….

BETWEEN

PRINCE (ENGR.) ARTHUR EZE                          PLAINTIFF

AND 

1.LOVE FM

2.MULTIMESH COMMUNICATIONS LTD

3.MISS CHINYERE OBI –OHALEKE-DEFENDANTS

4.NIGERIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION 

PRE-ACTION COUNSELING CERTIFICATE

I, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, Esq. of ST.FRANCIS XAVIER SOLICITORS AND ADVOCATES Counsel for the plaintiff do here state that I have counseled the Plaintiff on the relative strength and weakness of their case before the issuance of the Writ thereof and undertakes to pay the necessary cost as provided under the rules of this Honourable Court should the suit turn out to be frivolous.

 

Dated this…………………..of…………………….2012 

________________________       __________________________

OSUAGWU Ugochukwu, Esq        PRINCE ARTHUR EZE

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