National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ,Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday filed a N150 billion libel suit at the Ikeja High Court against DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT).
Tinubu complained to the court about the contents of a documentary aired by AIT which, according to him, is defamatory of his person.
In the suit filed by Chief Wole Olanipekun,the plaintiff is praying the court to stop AIT from further broadcast of the documentary.
Olanipekun said of the plaintiff in the suit: “Tinubu is a leading public figure in Nigeria and has served the country in various public offices, including as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Governor of Lagos State for two terms.
“Before venturing into politics and public service, the applicant had a very successful and unblemished professional life and career and is a role model to many people across the world.”
Of the contentious documentary, he said: “On Sunday, 1st March, 2015, the respondents published and aired a documentary on the applicant titled ‘Lion of Bourdilion’ and has been producing it on a daily basis since then.
“The said documentary is libelous in the extreme, calculated and also sponsored to lower the esteem of the applicant and damage his hard-earned reputation.
“The respondent is unrelenting in its continuous broadcast of the derogatory documentary and will continue to broadcast same and further damage the towering of the applicant if unrestrained.
“The broadcast of the documentary by the respondnent has caused and is still causing the contents to be disseminated by various electronic,print and social media.”
Also in Tinubu’s legal team is Dr.Tunji Abayomi.