An High Court in Lagos has ruled that the N500 million libel suit filed by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture against Olisa Metuh, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman will proceed to trial.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye had on April 27, 2016 ordered Mohammed and Metuh to settle their dispute at the mediation court.
“Now that pleadings have been closed, seven days from today, please head to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre for mediation of this dispute,” Ipaye ruled.
However the parties have been unable to reach a resolution.
Mohammed had on Oct. 12, 2015, filed a suit against Metuh, accusing him of publishing libelous materials against him.
Mohammed alleged that Metuh had falsely accused him of embezzling funds meant to build a fence at an airport in one of the Southwest states under the control of APC.
The publication also alleged that Mohammed had obtained funds to supply ambulances to the Southwest states, but failed to do so.
The minister is demanding a compensation of N500 million on account of the alleged false publication against him.