Libel: NPA boss, Usman, sues newspaper for N1bn

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority NPA and a former Chief of Staff to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Hadiza Usman, on Friday filed a N1 billion libel suit against an online medium, Breakingtimes Communication Nigeria Limited before an Abuja High Court.

Usman, who was also one of the anchors of Bring Back our Girls Campaign, in the suit, alleged that the online medium on March 22 reported on its site that she (Usman) gave $25,000 to several APC chieftains to support El Rufai’s emergence as Vice President under the assumption that President Buhari may not return to Nigeria from his medical leave. Joined as co-defendant in the libel suit is the publisher of the medium, Prince Henry Nwazuruahu Shield. The plaintiff described the publication as libellous, false, deceptive and misleading.

Usman submitted that Henry published the false allegation against her on his Facebook page on the said day. Quoting the publication, ”

The Presidency has ordered for an investigation into the financial books of the Nigerian Ports Authority under the management of Mrs Hadiza Bala Usman for fraud”.

According to the plaintiff, the online medium added by saying, “Mrs Hadiza Bala Usman, the MD of the Nigerian Ports Authority, who once served as Governor El Rufai’s Chief of Staff is alleged to have given $25,000 to several APC chieftains to support El Rufai’s emergence as Vice President under the assumption that President Buhari may not return to Nigeria from his medical leave”.

By the publication, the NPA boss stated that the report has direct inference and constitute a serious and scandalous charge against her as a reputable and prominent public office holder.

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