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I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by ridbay(m): 7:56pm On Jun 30, 2017


Senate President Bukola Saraki has said he would collect every penny of the N4 billion awarded to him against publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore.

A court had awarded N4 billion to Saraki on Thursday in a lawsuit against SaharaReporters for series of libelous articles against him.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said he would use the money to support media organizations struggling to survive as well as lawyers handling pro bono cases for citizens.

Saraki said the judgement showed that Nigeria’s system could be trusted and redress could be sought.

“One thing is clear by the judgement, there are systems in place in our nation for all citizens to seek redress if they have been unfairly treated in any way.

“This judgement is a fulfillment of our promise that we will explore all legal means to seek redress for all the fabrications and mudslinging that Sahara Reporters has thrown at us over the years.

“This judgement demonstrates that our justice system can and will continue to protect the fundamental human rights of all citizens from being infringed by anyone. Moving forward, the purveyors of mischievous stories can learn from this precedent that has been set.

“The ruling by Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye, will serve as a deterrent to all those who profit by propagating ‘Fake News’ to blackmail innocent citizens or curry undue favours.

“I will like to assure all and sundry that I will not spare any legal efforts and expenses, both in Nigeria and abroad, necessary to recover every kobo of the cost awarded in his favour from the defendant.

“This judgement is definitely not a victory for the Senate President alone. It is a victory for all the victims of the falsehood which Sahara Reporters daily dole out to rubbish the reputation of innocent Nigerians, many of whom either out of fear, lack of the patience to consistently pursue a court case for years or lack of belief in the ability of the system to give them justice decided to live with the injury to their reputation. The judgement is another vindication for our country and her solid enthronement of the rule of law as against the rule of men.”

He added that the judgment would lead to true journalists who labour hard for the truth.

“He sees the verdict of the High Court against Sahara Reporters as a positive development with the potential to reassure individuals and firms who would in future come under undeserved attack by publications which spread falsehood aimed at maliciously casting them in bad light.

“The judgement provides a redeeming point for the noble profession of journalism which has as its sacred, cardinal principle the pursuit of facts at all times and in all situations. The journalists and news media who have devoted themselves to the pursuit of truth but appear to be overwhelmed by those who trade in falsehood and sensationalism now have a reason to be proud that they are on the right path. That is another meaning Dr. Saraki gives to this judgement.

On what he plans to use the money for, Saraki said; “The restitution from this judgement will be channeled to set up a Foundation whose aim will be to support pure and unadulterated investigative journalism and assist the families of real journalists that die in the line of duty.

“The money will also be used to support genuine publications whose owners are struggling to pay salaries of workers or meet their ever rising running cost. Part of the money will also be channelled to help lawyers who have been providing pro bono services to litigants, particularly, on cases bothering on enforcement of fundamental human rights.

“It should be noted that my methodical and dogged manner pursued the case despite the ceaseless barrage of false allegations thrown at me by the Sahara Reporters should assure all Nigerians that I maintain a solid belief in free press, free speech and responsible journalism and that I will do every thing legal to fight those who want to use journalism as a destructive, blackmail and oppressive instrument. This latter brand of journalism will not help our society and has no role to play in the emerging Nigeria”, he stated.

YNAIJA

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by okawanyi(m): 8:03pm On Jun 30, 2017
Lesson learnt

FTC @last after 20 years ban,

Please who is in charge of ftc do the needful and pass me the kpoli

Wait oh, even if them put sowe +past generation + present generation + future generation e go reach 4billion so?

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Nobody: 8:04pm On Jun 30, 2017
Afonja vs Afonja

Beautiful!

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by sirequity(m): 8:05pm On Jun 30, 2017
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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by NwaAmaikpe: 8:09pm On Jun 30, 2017
shocked



Saraki is demented,
I wish him goodluck in collecting it.

BTW

I've been thinking and it's been giving me sleepless nights.

Does Buhari wear boxers?

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Nempi(m): 8:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
Ok

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by dollarcoolcat(m): 8:17pm On Jun 30, 2017
Lol saraki dey paara now! CCT don already clear him, he can now act as a full time senate president.

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by hodusglobal(m): 8:53pm On Jun 30, 2017
Saraki dey make mouth...Has anyone in this country ever paid that such of huge amount as a fine? Capital "NO"

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by dapsoneh: 9:10pm On Jun 30, 2017
The guy is high on osogbo weed

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by veekid(m): 9:10pm On Jun 30, 2017
Who is stopping you not to

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by bmxshop: 9:10pm On Jun 30, 2017
Wawu
Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by OrestesDante(m): 9:10pm On Jun 30, 2017
Sahara Reporter is in soup

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Allylic(f): 9:11pm On Jun 30, 2017
Sahara reporter vs saraki

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by ivolt: 9:11pm On Jun 30, 2017
Dream on Saraki

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by keyzid: 9:11pm On Jun 30, 2017

Saraki the cunning thief. Lies from the pit of hell. You and your crooked kwara state governor have exclusively sat down to brawl on how to milk Kwara state to your fullest greedy satisfaction. The useless sitting governor has refused to pay civil servants monthly salary for the month of June. Most especially the teachers. A salary which the useless governor even started paying just about 30% or even lesser at times .And this wretched idiots were once taught by a teacher! Buh they refused to respect the sweat of these people(The teachers). Saraki, you've really enslaved the whole of Kwara especially the dumb and doggy-following ilorin eople. They celebrate this fool to the maximum. Even at their own discomfort. Kwara state! Such a doomed state under the reigns of the sarakis.
Soon, the idiot will even impose his first son as the next governor of kwara state, and the dumb followers will still vote him in. Thus, remaining in the slavery chains and padlock of the Sarakis. Gosh, these people are so heartless. Greedy idiots.

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Nobody: 9:12pm On Jun 30, 2017
The Grandmaster himself

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by luvinhubby(m): 9:12pm On Jun 30, 2017
Mesu - 1

Soyole - 0

That is the way to go.

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by jhydebaba(m): 9:12pm On Jun 30, 2017
Many are mad, few are roaming.

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by chuksjuve(m): 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
just ordinary 4billion?
Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by gunners160(m): 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
this news shock me like Nairaland blue film oo. No wonder Evans dey kidnap people.....

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Zico5(m): 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
ole oshi, if not that our legal system is moribond will u still be the senate president not to talk of getting any leverage from the kangaroo court. I weep for my country.

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Innodon(m): 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
Saraki no get chill.

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by speezyWears: 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
The Justice system is always fair when a case is judged in your favour.....

Wonder what he would have said if it were otherwise.....

Thieves judging thieves... angry

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by aktolly54(m): 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
Ok
Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Ezezima2012(m): 9:13pm On Jun 30, 2017
E don red ooooo
Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by Nymbols1(m): 9:14pm On Jun 30, 2017
Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by ajebuter(f): 9:14pm On Jun 30, 2017
And where is So wore going to get that much to pay you?

Even if you sell him in jankara market including his teeth and hair cut sef

And you agbaya, you wan collect money from your pikin mate abi?

But wait oh..wet in be my own there sef?

Gbeborun...

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Re: I Will Collect My N4Billion From Sahara Reporters – Saraki by ZorGBUooeh: 9:14pm On Jun 30, 2017
careytommy7:
Afonja vs Afonja

Beautiful!
You Wrong..Afonja vs fulani

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