by Dolapo Adelana
Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi has filed a N500m lawsuit against a former Aviation Minister Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Lere Olayinka, a spokesperson for Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose, The Cable reports.
Amaechi’s suit against the duo followed accusations by both men that he was the owner of the apartment where the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found the sum of $50m.
The minister’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi in separate letters to Fani-Kayode and Olayinka, said the allegations his client were false.
“The story as uploaded by you is to our knowledge, blatantly false, malicious and is aimed at impeaching the credit of our client, a two-time speaker of the Rivers state of house of assembly, a two-time governor of Rivers state and current minister of the federation,” read a letter sent to both men.
“Our client neither owns the house where the cash was found and your story and claim are unfounded.”
Amaechi’s counsel said the publication constitutes libel and is defamatory “aimed at impinging our client’s character and credit in the eyes of Nigerians and foreigners.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.