A Benin High Court, which awarded N25million as damages to the favour of
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, in a libel suit against the publishers of News of the People, a soft sell weekly
Governor Oshiomhole had dragged the soft sell weekly magazine to court demanding N250million as damages
over their report with the headline: ‘Oshiomhole’s séx power exposed: Impregnates young girl six months after
death of wife.”
The magazine had reported that Governor Oshiomhole impregnated a student of the state-owned, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, bought the said girl a jeep and
interfered in the academic activities of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, on behalf of the girl, adding that Governor Oshiomole used séxual performance
enhancement drugs and that he had performed traditional marriage rites precedent to marriage between him and the said girl.
The governor told the court that he demanded damages because the said the publication caused him and his
children psychological trauma, six months after the death of his wife, as the libelous piece was widely circulated, to coincide with preparations for one of his
“When I called a brother governor to sponsor my daughter’s wedding, the governor said he was confused, and asked me if I was the one doing the
marriage or my daughter. He added that he was reading a magazine which said that I was about getting married to a university student, and that the said wife-to-be was
already pregnant.” Justice Efe Ikponmwen in his judgment, also ordered the magazine to publish a well-worded retraction and
apology in a similarly conspicous manner in an edition of the magazine.
He held that the governor’s evidence proved that the magazine’s publication was libelous, and that even though the public has a right to know about a public
officer, such information should be in line with the law and must not be in bad light.
Source: DAILY STAR
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