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AIT barred from airing ‘defamatory’ Tinubu video

AIT barred from airing ‘defamatory’ Tinubu video
March 16
14:32 2015
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A Lagos state high court has restrained DAAR communications, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) from airing a defamatory documentary against Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

AIT started airing the documentary titled ‘The Lion of Bourdillon’ on March 1, forcing Tinubu to threaten to file a N20 billion suit against the broadcast outfit.

Responding, AIT also filed a N100 billion counter-suit against Tinubu, maintaining that it was only carrying out a “constitutional duty”.

Subsequently, Tinubu instituted N150 billion suit against AIT on March 5, alleging that the documentary was libelous and aimed at tarnishing his image.

However, in her ruling, Iyabo Akinkugbe, restrained AIT from transmitting the documentary and adjourned the case to March 20.

“The defendant is hereby restrained from further airing, publishing or disseminating broadcasting the documentary ‘Lion of Bourdilion’, pending the determination of the interlocutory application,” Akinkugbe said.

Last week Yemi Osinbajo, running mate to the presidential candidate of APC, got an injunction restraining AIT, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) against airing any damaging video against him.

Alleging that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had marked out bigwigs of APC for blackmail, Osinbajo claimed he was the next target.

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