The National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr. Faruk Rabiu Mudi, has filed a defamation lawsuit against his predecessor, Arc Kabiru Ibrahim.
The lawsuit, which was first reported by the Leadership Newspaper, was filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on December 23, 2020, with suit number 31/3537/2020.
The legal action comes against the backdrop of the leadership crisis that rocked the association in March 2020.
Last year, AgroNigeria had exclusively reported how the controversial emergence of Mudi as the association president last year generated counter-reactions and later broke the association into two faction groups, one led by Mudi and the other by Kabir.
In this suit, Mr. Mudi is asking the court to oblige the defendant, Kabiru Ibrahim to stop any further action that defames the plaintiffs and pay the sum of 500 million to the damage done to their reputations.
Other plaintiffs in the case include AFAN national secretary, Yunusa Halidu and the national treasure of the association, Adebayo Hammed Ayodele.
They are also praying the court to compel the defendant to publicly make an apology to them and retract the defamatory publication through newspaper publication, the same means that the defendant had used to publicise the said defamation.
Aside from the defendant, the suit also demands that an Order of Perpetual Injunction be handed to “his agents, servants, privies or any person or group of persons or organisation acting his scripts, and behest whomsoever from further publishing/broadcasting, spreading and/or circulating the same/similar or any other defamatory and/or negative publication, the information in any form or manner whatsoever against, concerning or in respect of the plaintiffs or any one of them.”
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