Hon Ibezi Slams N2 Billion Suit Against Osita Chidoka
By Eneh Victor Chigozie
Hon Ifeanyichukwu Ibezi, member representing the good people of Idemili south and north federal constituency at the House of Representatives, has slammed a 2 billion naira libel suit against Chief Osita Chidoka, Ike Obosi.
Hon Ibezi is in court challeng ingthe statement credited to Chief Osita Chidoka and his younger brother Hon Obinna Chidoka that lbezi was a murderer.
According to the statement released by the office of the lawmaker, Chief Chidoka at about 6:15 pm on March 9, 2019, the day of the supplementary election, at the palace of Igwe Chidubem Iweka II of Obosi made the defamatory statement which he published on his Facebook wall.
Osita Chidoka maliciously said, “Young people in their prime cannot be gunned down because of an election to the House of Representatives seat.
“Ifeanyi Ibezi is a criminal and he must be arrested and dealt with like a criminal.
“Ifeanyi Ibezi is a murderer and the whole world must know that he is a murderer; we will not accept this in our place…
“Ifeanyi Ibezi aided by APGA, came to Obosi to kill two boys in Obosi. The two boys are dead. Ifeanyi Ibezi came with thugs to Obosi and carted away materials shooting at Obosi people”.
Hon Ibezi has described the malicious and libelous statement made by Chidoka against him as false and an attempt to smear his image. He therefore approached a state high court Ogidi to clear his name.
“Hon. Ibezi is therefore seeking 2 billion naira in damages. He is also seeking an order mandating Osita Chidoka to render a public apology to be published in two national dailies; an order mandating the defendant to make a video showing that the defamatory statements he made on March 9, 2019 were false and such video made should within 14 days after delivery of judgment be delivered to the plaintiff.”
“In addition to a refund of N15 million being the cost of litigation, Hon. Ibezi is also seeking an order restraining Osita Chidoka “by himself or through his agents, servants or privies from publishing or further publishing the offending speech(es), releases or videos either on Facebook or any other media whether social, print or otherwise”.
No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.