The federal capital territory (FCT) high court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has declared that the looters list released by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, is not a violation of the rights of those named.
In a ruling on Tuesday, the presiding judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, said the suit filed by Raymond Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lacked merit.
The media entrepreneur had filed a suit against the federal government for abusing his fundamental human rights with the inclusion of his name in the list where he was accused to have illegally received N2.1billion from the treasury.
Dokpesi, in a pre-litigation letter dated April 4, 2018, had demanded a public apology and a payment of N500 million from Mohammed for defaming him.
Justice Adeniyi said the disclosure of the alleged list by the minister on behalf of the federal government does not carry any force of law as the minister is neither the judge nor the prosecutor in the criminal case pending before the federal high court against Dokpesi.
The judge advised Dokpesi to rather seek a remedy through a libel/slander suit if he feels injured by the action of the minister.
Justice Adeniyi adjourned the case till November 9.