The wife of late Chief MKO Abiola, the popular June 12, 1993, presidential candidate, Prof. Zainab Abiola, has dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali to court for alleged defamation.


Abiola in the suit with reference No FHA/ABJ/CS/2370/202 filed by her lawyer, Tawo Tawo (SAN), is challenging the police for violating her fundamental human rights to life, and dignity of the human person

The plaintiff in her statement of claim obtained by journalists on Sunday, stated that she was framed on September 20, 2022, by one Ibrahim Alkali, the adopted son of the IGP, who claimed that she inflicted injury on her former orderly, Inspector Moses, a development she said has caused so much damage to her name and reputation.


Abiola said that as a Chief Legal Consultant of the force, Alkali’s son had time in 2021 requested a bribe of N20 million from her, which she refused to give.

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According to her, the refusal to give him the N20 million bribe infuriated Ibrahim and he had been nursing evil plans and grudges against her.

“He conspired with my ex-orderly to lie that I inflicted bodily harm on her. We have CCTV camera’s around that will reveal what happened when the proceedings commenced,” she said.

She claims the incident caused her so much damage, trauma, and ill-health and reduced her standing and recognition in the global society.

She said, “The aforementioned incident has caused me so much damage, trauma, and ill-health and reduced my standing and recognition in the global society bearing in mind that I have attained an international reputation.


“The publication in print, electronic and social media as well as national dailies by the police against my person had lowered her estimation in the eyes of right-thinking members of society.

“The acts of the defendants were libelous, scandalous, slanderous and defamatory by calling her unprintable names both in the conventional and social media.
I am therefore  pleading and relying on all relevant material and documents pertaining to the suit.”


The plaintiff, therefore, asked the court to order the defendants to pay her the sum of N100 billion as damages for defamation, shame, ridicule, harassment, trauma, humiliation and public embarrassment meted out to her by the police.

She also prayed the court to declare, “An order of the court directing the defendants to tender an unreserved public apology in all print and electronic media.”


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