El-Rufai testifies in libel suit against the Union
El-Rufai testifies in libel case against The Union
From John Fwah
The Kaduna state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has affirmed that he declared his assets as governor-elect, as mandated by the constitution, prior to taking the oath of office as Governor of Kaduna State.
According to release signed by Samuel Aruwan
Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity,
“He confirmed during cross-examination by counsel to the defence that he became very successful and comfortable as a chartered Quantity Surveyor while still young.”
Malam Nasir El-Rufai, last Wednesday gave evidence at a Kaduna High Court in a libel action he instituted against the publishers of The Union. In July 2015, less than two months after he took office, The Union published a scurrilous story, about the governor’s assets.
In the story, The Union invented figures they said the governor held in cash and assets. For good measure, the newspaper claimed that there was uneasy calm and shock in Kaduna over the false assets they had reported.
The Governor directed his legal team to sue the Today Publishing Limited and the reporter for defamation.
The governor, accompanied by his deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala, appeared before Justice Mairo L. Muhammed.
Led in evidence by his counsel A.U. Mustapha (SAN), Malam Nasir El-Rufaisaid that he was in court to seek justice over the attempt by the publishers of The Union to scandalise him.
The governor’s testimony was delayed by contention among the counsels over admissibility of documents. Having heard the two sides, the judge ruled, admitting in evidence all the documents frontloaded by the legal team of Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
Following the conclusion of cross-examination, the court adjourned to 15th June 2017 for the defence to open its case.