controversial article on the alleged deportation of some Nigerians to Anambra
Lagos State government some weeks ago, former Aviation Minister, Femi
Fani-Kayode may have landed in a ‘hot soup’ as Bianca Ojukwu, wife of late
Biafra warlord, Dim Ojukwu, has threatened to drag Femi to court.
Femi had alleged that he had a longstanding intimate relationship with Bianca
while she was a spinster, which heated up the polity.
In a statement through her lawyers, Wall Street Attorneys, the Nigeria’s
ambassador to Spain asked the former aide to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo to
within seven days, retract the publication or be ready to appear in court.
In a letter dated August 27, 2013 and signed by Mike Ugwuanyi, Esq, Bianca
asked Femi to write an apology and retraction of the said libelous publication
in The Sun and Thisday newspapers, as well as publish it in the online
publication, its origin.
“We have been briefed and our services retained by Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu,
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain to demand from you an unreserved apology and a
retraction of a false and malicious statement, which you published online and
also caused to be published in the Leadership Newspaper of August 16, 2013,”
the statement read.
Bianca also stated that, “In the said article entitled, ‘Neither a Tribalist
nor a Hater,’ you recklessly alleged, as follows: ‘I was not a tribalist when I
had a long standing and intimate relationship with Miss Bianca Onoh…’, a
statement, which you know is untrue and unfounded, but only calculated to lower
our client’s esteem and damage her national and international reputation.
“Our client has never met you, does not know you in person and has never had
any official or private relationship with you how much more ‘a long-standing
and intimate relationship.
“Our client is therefore, outraged by your bizarre and scandalous allegation
and the numerous mails and telephone calls she has received from friends,
relations and admirers who are equally embarrassed and who seek to confirm the
veracity or otherwise of your false and reckless publication.
“Your apparent lame and half-hearted attempt, as published in the Leadership
Newspaper of 17th August 2013, to clarify your false and malicious allegation
falls far short of a retraction and does not sufficiently address the damage to
our client arising from the widespread dissemination of your false publication
and is therefore unacceptable to our client.
“In the circumstances, we demand, on the instruction of our client that you
submit to her a clear and unqualified apology and retraction published in The
Sun and Thisday newspapers in addition to having the retraction published
“Take note that should you fail to tender the apology and publish a retraction
of your false and malicious publication, seven days next after your receipt of
this demand notice, our further instructions are to seek appropriate redress in
court. And that shall be without further recourse to you. Be properly guided.”
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culled from Nigeriafilms