The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, has dragged the President of CUPS Business Innovation Centre, United Kingdom, Dr Idris Ahmed, before an Abuja High Court for alleged scandalous, malicious, derogatory and libelous publication against him.
In the suit No CV/1860/16 before Justice M B Idris, Jibrin is demanding N5billion damages from Ahmed on the grounds that the libelous words were recklessly used against him by Ahmed on the cover page of his face book page / handle portal of CUPS, otherwise known as Citizens United for Peace and Stability on April 12, 2016.
The plaintiff is further asking the court to hold that the libelous publications entitled: “Who is Abdulmumin Jibrin”, are designed to tarnish his hard earned reputation and integrity built over the years, saying that the malicious publications have elicited over 200 condemnable and adverse comments from his webpage.
Jibrin is also asking the court to note that he is a Gentleman from a good home, married with children, widely read in Nigeria, Europe and America with a PhD and MBA to his credit. He is a successful business man building his company from scratch, Chairing a multinational construction company, charing the Abuja branch of the Nigerian-British Chamber of commerce, Lectured at the university with several publications to his credit, he is a fellow of several professional bodies and has won many awards both home and abroad before he won election into the House of Representatives.
The plaintiff also informed the court that he was found electable by his Constituents even before the formation of All Progressives Congress (APC) hence was twice elected, and is not in any way standing trial for any Criminal Allegation, was never involve in any fraud anywhere in his numerous personal cum domestic and International Business transactions and or in his conduct in private or as a Public Officer.
The plaintiff’s lawyer further told the court that it is to the credit of his client that he served the country in numerous capacities which has impacted in deepening democracy, sustaining the ethos of good governance in Nigeria and as well as strengthening the economic objectives of the Nigerian State. He added that his client performance as Chairman House Committee on Finance of the 7th Assembly has received acclaim local and internationally. He conducted several investigations and left an unblemished record.
According to the plaintiff, the entire publications by the defendant are false and mischievous.
Seven witnesses, Mr Julius Okache, Mr Emeka Okoroji, Kolade Akiujo, Faisal Abdulmalik, Mr Lekan , Bashir Bello, Alhaji Buhari Yusuf, also deposed in their witnesses statement on oaths that the libelous publications were injurious to Jibrin’s reputation of high integrity and remarkable service to his fatherland. They further affirmed that Jibrin is a well known person to them, insisting that he is one of the leading lights in the Federal House of Representatives.
When the matter came up on June 13, 2016, Justice Idris, granted the prayers of the lawyer to Jibrin, Abdulhamid Mohammed, and ordered substituted service on the defendant in national newspapers with wider outreach.
The judge further directed that the defendant should be served with the court processes through DHL courier service at his last known address at Warwick University Science Park, Harry Weston Road, Coventry CV3 2TX, United Kingdom.
The judge also ordered that the court processes should be served on Idris through his alternate address at No 115, Lythalis Lane , Coventry, CV6 6FN, United Kingdom.
Justice Idris further directed that a soft copy of the court processes should be served on Idris via his email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The judge consequently adjourned the matter till September 20, 2016 for further hearing of the matter.