Defamation: Oduah Threatens Online Medium With Legal Action

Former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah has vowed to take legal action against an online publication, Sahara Reporters over an alleged malicious publication linking her by the medium with an alleged N2.5billion fraud.

Oduah said the planned court action has become necessary so as to checkmate the excesses of the Sahara Reporters and put the tabloid back on the right track of journalism in the interest of the country and those wishing to serve in government.

Senator Oduah, representing Anambra North Senatorial District has been linked to an alleged malicious and fictitious fraud by the online tabloid, the Sahara Reporters that a non-existing source in the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered the sum of N2.5 billion in an account opened in the name of un-named housemaid of the senator.

In a statement in Abuja, by the Head of Communication in the office of Senator Oduah, Francisca Onyeisi, the ex-aviation minister said that the report was totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the platform which she said was only set out to extort and blackmail leaders in its continuous attempt to break the rank of Senators of the 8th Assembly.

The statement said that over the past few months, the online platform, Sahara Reporters has continued to surpass itself by continuously sinking to an all-time low of posting uncorroborated reports to mislead Nigerians to promote the agenda of certain elements whose fight against corruption can only been seen on pages of newspapers and pockets of their media spinners while millions of Nigerians remained unemployed and hundreds of thousands of kids go to bed hungry day in day out.

Credit: Leadership

Charlie Hebdo May Face Legal Action For Mocking Drowned Syrian Boy

The controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo may face legal action for inciting hate crimes after publishing cartoons about drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi in its latest issue.

The first cartoon shows a clown and what appears to be the toddler with a sign: “Welcome immigrants, so close to his goal. Promotion: Two children for the price of one.”

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28 Senators Storm Out of Proceedings, Threaten Legal Action Against Saraki

Twenty-eight Senators under the aegis of Senate Unity Forum, led by Barnabas Gemade, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Wednesday walked out of senate proceedings and threatened to take legal action against Bukola Saraki.

PUNCH reports that the group staged the walk out after Saraki had administered oath of office and allegiance on 28 All Progressives Congress lawmakers, who were absent at the inauguration of the Eighth Senate. Senator Gemade and Marafa then raised a point of order demanding full integration of the SUF members who were absent from the formal inauguration on Tuesday.

After they were overruled, the 28 senators, including the APC choice candidate for the Senate Presidency, Ahmed Lawan, walked out an addressed a press conference.

Addressing the press on behalf of the group, Gemade said, ”Our right to participate in the election of the Senate President is a constitutional right which cannot be taken by any person or group of persons. The Clerk of the National Assembly (Salisu Maikasuwa), knowing full well that the quorum for election of the Senate President was not met, went ahead to conduct an election that shut the door against about 51 other senators. This will remain unacceptable until what would meet democratic parameters is done.

”The insinuations in some quarters that we boycotted the election is totally unfounded. As loyal party members, we would take all necessary political and legal means to strengthen our democracy and democratic process in line with the change that we promised our teeming supporters during our electioneering”

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