Nigerian court restrains US based medium from defamatory publications

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An FCT High Court on Wednesday last week granted an interim order restraining the publisher of a US-based online medium, POINTBLANK NEWS, Mr Jackson Ude from further publication of defamatory materials against a Nigerian businessman, Abubakar Ismaila Isa.

Other plaintiffs in the suit No: CV/1823/20 is an Abuja based indigenous construction company, BULET INTERNATIONAL NIG. LIMITED, owned by former President of Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).

Apart from Mr Ude, joined in the suit as the defendant was Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF).

The court, after listening to Counsel to plaintiffs, Chief Michael Andoakaa (SAN) further granted the application to serve the defendants the write of the summons and all other court processes by substituted service through the electronic mail of Mr Ude at jackson@pointblanknews.com and tag him on his Facebook and Twitter social media accounts named; Jackson Ude and @jacksonpbn respectively.

It also ordered pasting of the processes on a conspicuous space at No.47, Rumford Street, Suncity Estate, Galadimawa, Abuja being the 1st defendant’s known address within the jurisdiction.

The court adjourned the suit to 9 July 2020 for hearing.

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