By Emman Ovuakporie
More troubles engulf former Minister of Education, Kenneth Gbagi as a member of the Delta State House of Assembly, Reuben Izeze has made a N5billion demand for defamation of his character.
This is just as the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has vowed that justice must prevail over his alleged nude video clips of his staff that has gone viral in many online media.
TheNewsGuru.com, TNG, reports that the embattled former minister is in more trouble as Delta State House of Assembly Member, Honorable Reuben Izeze, representing Ughelli South constituency has demanded from him the sum of 5 billion Naira as damages for defaming his character in a WhatsApp message using a voice note.
TNG recalls that the ex-minister has been trending on social media since last week for stripping his hotel workers naked, including a married woman, and instructing his fifteen years old son to record the naked workers for social media.
The workers have since demanded an apology and one billion Naira compensation from him.
The Ex-Minister got himself entangled in another trouble when he defamed the Honorable member by making an audio recording which he converted to a voice note on WhatsApp and sent to several persons inside and outside Nigeria, where he stated that the honorable member is a drug addict, a person who teaches young boys to take drugs and indian hemp, a murderer who murdered (killed) a boy in Petroleum Training Institute (P.T.I.), an ingrate who is a man of no character, a drunkard, an imposter who is falsely claiming to be a native of Oginibo when he is not and many other unprintable things for no just cause.
The IG in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba has vowed to dig into the matter involving Gbagi over a video clip where he allegedly ordered his staff to be stripped naked.
In a demand letter written to the embattled ex-minister, Hon. Izeze’s lawyer and human right activist, Ikhide Ehighelua Esq, requested the ex-minister to forthwith, pay the sum of five billion Naira for the defamation of the Hon. Reuben Izeze’s Character, a retraction, an apology among others demands.
The lawyer’s letter reads in part…
“In your frenzy to hurt the feelings and personality of our client, you sent him a message on text (sms) and also on whatsapp where you stated as follows: … you particularly lie a lot I was with Efe when we came to Asaba the day Okowa did his thanksgiving you were pained to even greet me and I know what Efe told me that day you being the greatest ingrate living on this earth you called me the other day in your pathology when I discussed Efe’s issue you lied that you were not sleeping with Efe and that Efe is your relation 2 miniutes later we got Efe on the line and when she was asked what she was in your house she said and I quote “that she does not know why you are lying calling her your sister that she already spoken to her father the basis for her action and her father has confirmed that both of you are not related” since you take delight in sleeping with women particularly this one Efe who has stayed with me for 6 years plus it only confirms your lack of class. It is a shame that a leader like me ran away from my house for fear of my life before Efea packed out after 3 months can see Efe as something you will put in your house and be sleeping with both of you lack character, the same way Efe got a legal adviser job and saw it as the end of the world so as I made you a hose of Assembly member and you only thought that the best thing to do is to terminate my life,…”
The lawyer proceeded to demand the following from the embattled ex-minister;
Retract your statement by sending a withdrawal of same to all those to whom you sent the voice note.
Tender unreserved apology to our client by publishing in two (2) newspapers circulating nationwide.
Desist from making any further defamatory publication about our client either verbally (orally) or in any printed or permanent form.
Pay to our client the sum of N5,000,000,000.00 (Five Billion Naira) for the defamation of his character.
See statement below:
ALLEGED DEHUMANIZING TREATMENT ON HOTEL STAFF IN DELTA: INVESTIGATION ONGOING
· Justice will prevail Says IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has called on members of the public, particularly the alleged victims and all interest groups in the ongoing Police investigations into the case of dehumanizing treatment on the Signatious Hotel Staff in Warri, Delta State, to remain calm as the Police intensify efforts towards unravelling the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The IGP, while noting that the Delta State Police Command has since commenced discrete investigations into the matter with appreciable progress made, assures that justice will prevail no matter whose ox is gored.
DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER