Ex-TETFUND Boss Threatens Court Action Over Defamatory Statement In Bauchi

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From Mohammed Daib , Bauchi

Former executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, has threatens court action against one Yalwa Dawa Chali with an option to retract his recent radio statement

This was just as he demanded public apology within one week and describe the radio programme as intended to drag his image to the mud anchored by Chali

This was contain in a letter address to Chali dated 14th August,2015 and made available to newsmen in Bauchi at the weekend in Bauchi through An-Nur Chambers on the instruction of the former TETFUND boss

The letter stated that “our client inform us that you made some defamatory statement against the person of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu the erstwhile executive secretary of TETFUND, his family and friends during GLO FM programme “Ga Fili Ga Doki which was aired 6th Day of August, 2015”

According to counsel to Yakubu, the statement’s “intent and purpose were made in order to lower the reputation of those affected in the estimation of ordinary man in the society.”

The counsel noted the Chali’s radio statements attracted public outcry against his client reputation, describing the statements as “ridiculous” and aimed to honour the current TETFUND boss

It stressed that Chali should retract his earlier statement in the same radio programme considering their long relationship as well as write an apology letters to the Maishanu family, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu and his friends who were not identified.
“However, failure to heed to this request, we shall be left with no option than to institute court action to claim specific damages, including apology in national dailies,” the statement added.
Barrister Barau, counsel to the former TETFUND boss, said Chali did not specifically called his client name neither his family and friends, but his statements were describing his clients because they serve as TETFUND boss and were from Bauchi state
When ask of proof of defamation against his client, Barrister Barau said the issue of proof and evidence does not arise as only the court can determine if Chali failed to apologise as demanded
Barau further noted that his client was opened to settling the matter amicably, hence the letter he wrote to Chali.
However, Chali said he never named anybody during his radio programme, saying: “Honestly I did not name anybody during my radio programme, but I’m surprised to have receive a letter to retract my statements against the former TETFUND boss through his counsel Barrister Barau.”

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