⬇ Linda Ikeji In Court To Defend N1bn Suit By NBM Of Africa Over Libel
Justice Daibo-Harriman, of the Delta State High Court on Friday adjourned till May 27, 2022, for popular blogger, Linda Ikeji to file a motion for an extension of time to enable her to file statements of defence in the N1bn libel suit brought against her by Neo Black Movement of Africa, NBM of Africa.
The suit with number EHC/210/2021 had the Registered Trustees of NBM of Africa, Ese Kakor, Felix Kupa and Mayor Onyebueke as Claimants and Linda Ikeji as the sole defendant.
The claimants had through their Counsel, Kelvin Agbroko, prayed the court for an award of N1 billion only and an unreserved apology to be published in her blog and two national newspapers amongst others.
The claimant’s counsel had earlier alleged that Ikeji on Oct. 19, 2021, published in her blog an article in which she defamed his clients by referring to them as ‘Black Axe’, calling them names different from their organisation.
According to him, “The name of the organisation is NBM of Africa, she also called them criminals in the said publication.
“When my clients got wind of the publication, they consulted me and we put up a demand letter of retraction and apology. But she neglected and refused to do the needful.
“After several reminders and upon expiration of the letters, the organisation decided that a libel suit be filed against her.
“This suit will be an eye-opener to all bloggers who do not verify facts before publishing, when the trial starts, the whole details will be unfolded.
“The matter first came up on Jan. 24, and she has failed to put up appearances and a defence.