Former Secretary the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu is to pay the sum of N250 million as damages for defaming Sir Dr. Peter Odili, a former Governor of Rivers state.
Presiding Justice Augustina Kingsley-Chuku found Odinkalu of defacing Sir Odili in his book, ‘Too Good To Die’ published in 2018.
The Court also awarded the sum of three hundred thousand naira as cost against Professor Odinkalu and one other.
DAILY POST reports that Justice Kingsley-Chuku in her Judgement agreed that Professor Odinkalu published a libelous, malicious and defamatory article against the former Rivers State governor.
The Court also restrained the defendants from further publication of the book and should retract the publication in two national dailies.
Justice A. Kingsley-Chuku described the publication as detestful and done with an ill intention with malicious content.
Speaking to newsmen outside the court, Counsel to the Claimant, Ifedayo Adedipe welcomed the judgment which he said has proven that the image of his client was actually damaged by the defendants.
No counsel represented the defendants in court during the judgment.
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Dr. Peter Odili had instituted a suit against Professor Chidi Odinkalu on the 31st of October 2018 accusing the defendants of damaging his image through false and malicious publications contained in his book titled, “Too Good to Die”.