Senator Shehu Sani, representing the Kaduna Central senatorial district, has sued the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai for a five billion Naira counter-claim in a Kaduna High court. Earlier in the year, Governor El-Rufai had slammed Shehu Sani with a defamatory law suit concerning a statement issued by Shehu Sani in a publication demanding five hundred million Naira in damages.
Senator Shehu Sani filed his statement of defence and counter-claim, it was dated April 20. Newsmen in Abuja got their hands on the statement issued by the Kaduna senator yesterday. In his statement, the senator explained that he was seeking compensation for some allegedly libelous statement issued by Governor El-Rufai during a live broadcast on a Kaduna radio station.
The governor made these comments when he was responding to the rejection of a loan request for the World Bank by the Nigerian senate. Senator Shehu Sani explained that the senate rejected the loan request through a unanimous voice vote. He further explained that the statements have affected his reputation and must be withdrawn publicly with an unreserved apology. The statement reads thus;
“Sometimes in November 2017, the plaintiff, speaking at a live broadcast, transmitted on radio, maliciously, unlawfully and without any justification whatsoever, uttered defamatory statements in Hausa language. The offensive publication has continuously reduced the counter-claimant’s reputation, his political and social standing and popularity, which had taken years of hard work, excellence, diligence, sincerity, service to the people, forthrightness and courage to build.”
“As a result of the malicious and offensive publication, the counter-claimant has suffered monumental humiliation and embarrassment, and his reputation as a respectable Nigerian has been severely bruised and battered. The plaintiff knew and had every reason to know that the said broadcast unfairly and unjustly portrays the counter-claimant as a villain, madman of incurable insanity, among others. By reason of the foregoing, the counter-claimant has suffered humiliation, embarrassment, vilification, denigration, disparagement and agony, all of which are not quantifiable,” Sani stated.