Bribe allegation: Supreme Court awards N6 billion damages against Dakuku Peterside
Supreme Court has ordered former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, to pay N6 billion naira in damages to Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers State.
This is as the court threw out an appeal by Peterside which sought to vacate N6 billion damages awarded against him for defaming the character of Odili.
The apex court threw out Peterside appeal for lack of merit
In a judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, it ruled that judgement of the lower courts which slammed a fine of N6 billion on Peterside was in order and can’t be overturned.
Odili had in October 2016 sued Peterside demanding N6 billion as damages for character defamation.
In the suit, the former Rivers State governor had claimed that Mr Peterside during a press conference in Port Harcourt defamed him in his allegations that Governor Nyesom Wike’s Supreme Court victory was hatched by him.
Mr Peterside, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, contested against Mr Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2016 governorship election in Rivers.
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