Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has demanded the sum ten billion naira as compensation from the Fedeal Capital territory, FCT Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ and two of its officials, following a press statement in which they allegedly defamed his character.
He also asked the journalists to tender a formal apology over the statement in eight national dailies in the next seven days or risk criminal and civil proceedings.
Counsel to Masari, E.O Obunadike, addressing journalists at a press conference in Katsina, said his client decided to take such action to redeem his hard earned ‘character and reputation painstakingly built over decades’.
It would be recalled that, the two journalists, Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochaika Ugwu, chairman and secretary of the NUJ FCT council had issued a statement on January 2, alleging that the Governor had ordered arrest of a journalist, Nelson Omonu of Summit Post newspaper, Abuja.
They alleged that Masari ordered the arrest following allegation of character assassination by Nelson, and was detained in Katsina.
However, the duo later issued a statement in which they apologised to the Governor, as they had mistaken him for the person that initiated the arrest.