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Arase Drags 3 Staff Of International Centre For Investigative Reporting To Court For Defamation Of Character

…..Says reports were calculated to bring him to contempt, ridicule and odium

In response to media reports that the Nigeria Police Force has invited Mr Nurudeen Akewushola, a staff member of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), over his published defamatory reports against the PSC Chairman, Dr Solomon Arase, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, has clarified the situation.

According to a press release on Friday, 17th May 2024 signed by the PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said that the invitation was allegedly at the instance of the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC).

“It is instructive to state that Dr Arase had instructed his solicitors immediately after his attention was drawn to the publication to act on his behalf. His solicitors in a letter dated 23rd February 2024 to Mr Nurudeen Akewushola, Victoria Bamas and Mr Dayo Aiyetan, the writer, editor and Executive Director respectively, all of ICIR and copies of the letters delivered to them and the Chairman, Secretary and Members of the Board of Trustees of the company, Ani said.

The statement read, “In the letters, the Solicitors complained of the words written off and concerning Dr Arase as being without justification and devoid of truth as the words were calculated to bring him to contempt, ridicule and odium. Accordingly, the solicitors demanded inter alia, for immediate retraction of the said defamatory publication within a timeline, failure of which the Solicitors notified the recipients of those letters that Dr. Arase would seek redress in court.

“Dr.Arase has by a writ of summons dated 22nd day of March 2024 and filed 5th April 2024 instituted at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, a civil action in Suit No. CV/1937/2024 against Mr Nurudeen Akewushola, Victoria Bamas, Mr Dayo Aiyetan and Registered Trustees of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR). The matter has been assigned to a court of competent jurisdiction for hearing.

“While the Nigeria Police Force, like other security agencies, are entitled to investigate any matter which in their opinion has criminal elements, it is pertinent to state emphatically that by the pedigree of the former Inspector General of Police as a Legal Practitioner, Doctor of Philosophy in Law, and currently presiding over the Police Service Commission, he is law-abiding, and has since instituted a civil action to challenge the heinous defamatory words published and concerning him to redeem his esteemed reputation by seeking appropriate reliefs.

“Dr Arase will therefore refrain from publicly discussing this matter in the media or in any other way unlawfully entangling it with police powers, the statement concluded

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