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BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by duwdu: 6:42pm On Dec 04
BREAKING: SaharaReporters Floors Saraki At Appeal Court... N4bn Judgement Overturned

The Appeal Court judges — Honourable Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Salauwa, Honourable Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa and Honourable Justice Hamma Akawu Barka — unanimously ruled that the judgment be nullified and assigned to a new trial judge at the lower court for a retrial.

by SaharaReporters, New York Dec 04, 2018



The Court of Appeal in Ilorin, Kwara State, has nullified the lower court’s judgment that awarded a N4billion cost as sum of damages against SaharaReporters and its founder, Omoyele Sowore, in a suit between the two and Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President.

On Tuesday, the Appeal Court set aside the judgment of Justice A.S. Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin delivered on June 28, 2017.

The Appeal Court judges — Honourable Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Salauwa, Honourable Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa and Honourable Justice Hamma Akawu Barka — unanimously ruled that the judgment be nullified and assigned to a new trial judge at the lower court for a retrial.

The account of Sahara Reporters Media Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation, was garnisheed in a suit between SaharaReporters, an online citizen journalism news website, and the Senate President even though the foundation was never named in the suit, neither is it a news publishing platform.

Justice Oyinloye had entered a judgment of N4billion against SaharaReporters and its founder, Omoyele Sowore, over allegations of defamation involving Saraki. However, the judgment was used to obtain a garnishee order against the foundation, a separate entity.

Sometime in 2017, Saraki had sued SaharaReporters and its founder to the tune of N1billion each as general damages for four different publications on SaharaReporters.

He also sought the court “for injunction restraining the Defendants from further writing, printing or causing to be written, printed or circulated or otherwise published of the Claimant, the said or similar libel".

However, Stanley Imhanruor, a senior lawyer from Falana & Falana’s Chambers, who represented SaharaReporters at both the High Court and the Appeal Court, argued that his clients were never served in the motion on notice neither were they given an opportunity to defend themselves during the hearings that led to Justice Oyinloye’s judgment.

Paul Erokoro, Saraki’s lead counsel, had claimed in court that he could not serve the counter affidavit on the counsel for SaharaReporters because there was no address for service within the court’s jurisdiction. He argued that he had no obligation to serve counsel directly unless the court ordered him to do so or if he sought the court’s leave to serve counsel directly.

Imhanruor contested this argument, stating that his chambers had sent one Adams Adebara to the chambers of Tunde Olomu & Co to pick up the counter affidavit, to no avail. He told the court that, rather than give the document to Mr. Adebara, the chambers rudely dismissed him.

He explained to the court that Saraki’s lawyer had asked Adebara, who was to collect the counter affidavit, to meet with him on the premises of the court so that the bailiff could serve him, but Erokoro failed to deliver on his promise. He told the court that multiple calls to Erokoro were ignored.

The case was, however, withdrawn from the lower court, having lost faith in the process and an appeal filed at the Court of Appeal.

The protracted case had taken several turns before the eventual judgement of the appeal court. In one of the hearings at the Federal High Court in Ilorin, journalists and student activists who had gone to court to observe the hearing were harassed by alleged loyalists of the Senate President.

Reporters from CoreTV, AIT News, and ChannelsTV who were in court to cover the proceedings were harassed and their cameras seized. They were also forced to erase footage of the court proceedings and the assaults that took place in the premises of the court.

The touts, perceived to have been supporters of the Senate President, also assaulted a middle-aged woman, Funmi Jolayemi Ajayi, stripped her Unclad and beat her. Ajayi, a civil society activist, had travelled from Lagos to observe the court proceedings in Ilorin.

Source: http://saharareporters.com/2018/12/04/breaking-saharareporters-floors-saraki-appeal-court-n4bn-judgement-overturned

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by NigerDeltan(m): 6:46pm On Dec 04
Supreme court ti take over

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by socialmediaman: 6:47pm On Dec 04
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by olujastro: 6:54pm On Dec 04
Saraki go soon tire for life.
Defeat in Kwara to APC, defeat to Sahara Reporters.
2019 defeat to APC loading.

Wailers should warn Saraki in advance not to spend all his remaining loots on Atiku's campaign hoping to get NNPC in return. Else, suicide might follow.
Sai Baba wink

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Charmingrascal(m): 6:54pm On Dec 04
Olubukola Abubakar Saraki u ain't seen nothin yet. You will lose everythng from court case(s) to ur Senatorial position to ur godfather post in Kwara politics. Kwarans ar wiser now & we shall send u back to whereva ur father brought u 4rm in 2003. OLE!

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by raphealolami(m): 6:54pm On Dec 04
Defeat don start grin

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Bigajeff(m): 6:54pm On Dec 04
Court of Appeal
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by HighKing01(m): 6:55pm On Dec 04
Shithole country
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Deivid10(m): 6:55pm On Dec 04
Someone said it's not back to Daura

But

Back to SUDAN


IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by SeniorZato(m): 6:56pm On Dec 04
I never heard there was any case like this
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by braine(m): 6:56pm On Dec 04
Nigeria tho. We need critical judicial reforms.

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by 7Alexander(m): 6:56pm On Dec 04
Buhari is a fraudulent narcissistic pretender

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Ventura1: 6:56pm On Dec 04
Victory No. 1 for Sowore!

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by hemucology(m): 6:57pm On Dec 04
Hummm
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Teewhy2: 6:58pm On Dec 04
Little by little this shows that politicians can't always have their ways in country.
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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by ogunnoikitaiwo(m): 6:59pm On Dec 04
saraki don enter gbege ooo..I no kuku pity u..bcus u don't pity Nigerian only pity ur pocket...

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Xisnin(m): 7:07pm On Dec 04
Charmingrascal:
Olubukola Abubakar Saraki u ain't seen nothin yet. You will lose everythng from court case(s) to ur Senatorial position to ur godfather post in Kwara politics. Kwarans ar wiser now & we shall send u back to whereva ur father brought u 4rm in 2003. OLE!
You an illiterate just like Buhari.
If only you can read, you wouldn't have embarrassed yourself.

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Cogs(m): 7:07pm On Dec 04
Saraki won drain Showere make him not fit sponsor him 2019 campaign, but God said no!

Showere we support you!

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by neutrotoba(m): 7:10pm On Dec 04
A big plus for us... SOWORE IS THE WAY

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by kayusely70(m): 7:10pm On Dec 04
The beginning of the end.
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by BabaIbo: 7:13pm On Dec 04
On a lighter note, I will rather stay at home and not vote, if Sowore is the only candidate contesting against Jubril Buhari
Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by SingleWahala(f): 7:13pm On Dec 04
grin... You influenced the outcome of the Judgment ba ! hhhummmm angry angry angry

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by etrader(m): 7:15pm On Dec 04
This is just beginning for saraki, he will soon fall

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by ofuonyebi: 7:16pm On Dec 04
another hope for fraud quenched!...weldone appeal court!!

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by martolux(m): 7:16pm On Dec 04
Sowore was one of the core APC loyalist 2015....I don't trust him I would rather vote Hashim or Durotoye undecided
neutrotoba:
A big plus for us... SOWORE IS THE WAY

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by TheGreenLand: 7:20pm On Dec 04
GOOD JUDGEMENT

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by TheGreenLand: 7:21pm On Dec 04
olujastro:
Saraki go soon tire for life.
Defeat in Kwara to APC, defeat to Sahara Reporters.
2019 defeat to APC loading.

Wailers should warn Saraki in advance not to spend all his remaining loots on Atiku's campaign hoping to get NNPC in return. Else, suicide might follow.
Sai Baba wink
CORRECT MAN wey sabi as e dey go.
Chop knuckles bro cheesy grin

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by IFRS5: 7:24pm On Dec 04
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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by xarm(m): 7:24pm On Dec 04
Everything related to PDP just losing anyhow.

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Patrioticman007: 7:24pm On Dec 04
Xisnin:

You an illiterate just like Buhari.
If only you can read, you wouldn't have embarrassed yourself.

Till the end of time, there won't be person that will rise to the level of PMB in your family generation, local government and state.continue wailing.

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Re: BREAKING: Saharareporters Floors Saraki @ Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturnd by Charmingrascal(m): 7:28pm On Dec 04
Xisnin:

You an illiterate just like Buhari.
. U see I dnt reply mentions bt ur stupidity cnt be ignored. Prof u ar suppose 2 Knw dat it's not evrybdy who is against PDP or its member(s) dat is a Buharist. Au revoir!

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