Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, might just have gotten herself into big trouble with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
On May 7, 2019, Lauretta had alleged that Atiku is on the United Arab Emirate (UAE) watch-list.
She further accused Atiku of visiting the UAE to shop for terrorists.
Lauretta who is Buhari’s aide on social media had on twitter stated that Atiku who lost the 2019 presidential election to President Buhari had stated that if he loses, the killing in the nation would continue.
Consequently, she asked if Nigeria needed to look elsewhere for the spate of killings recently.
Apparently angered by Lauretta’s post on social media, Atiku through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, wrote her demanding N500million and a written apology as minimal damage for spreading lies capable of destroying his character.
The former Vice President, who denied Lauretta’s allegation, said that she must retract her statement, or face a N2billion libel suit if she ignores their demand within 48 hours.
He further noted that she must publish her apology on 6 national newspapers, 1 international daily and all social media platforms.
Atiku’s letter to Lauretta through Ozekhome reads below in part;
“We have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand from you the following: That you publish and tender a written retraction and apology for the said libellous publication in six national dailies circulating in Nigeria and one international daily as well as on all social media platforms wherein the said publication was made.
“That you pay to our client through the firm, the sum of N500,000,000 only, representing minimal damages to assuage his already battered image wholly caused by your said defamatory publication.
“Take notice that if you fail or refuse to accede to our modest demands within the next 48 hours from the date of this letter, we shall be compelled to activate the full weight of the legal machinery against you without any further recourse to you.
“We shall be, in such a suit, claiming against you the sum of N2bn, representing exemplary aggravated and punitive damages.”
Lauretta further mocked Atiku over the alleged termination of INTELS Nig Ltd contract by the Nigeria Ports Authority over failure to remit $145.84million.
INTELS is Atiku’s company which is described by many as his “cash cow”.
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