Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has demanded that the management of Daily Trust Newspaper negotiate a N6 billion defamation settlement with him.
In a letter addressed to the Managing Director of Daily Trust, dated August 31, 2020 and titled, ‘Defamation of the character of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode by Iliyasu Gadu,’ Fani-Kayode reacted to an article titled, ‘FFK, the Drug Addled Thug in Designer Wears’ dated August 30, 2020 and published by the paper.
In the article, Fani-Kayode was ridiculed for referring to Daily Trust reporter, Eyo Charles as stupid during a Press Conference in Cross-River state.
Gadu, the writer of the article, described Fani-Kayode as a drug addict who had yet to recover from his addiction, a description which the ex-minister has faulted as libelous.
He has now demanded a N6 billion settlement for damages done to his reputation.
The letter reads in part, “Be aware that our client has not only suffered immeasurable loss of goodwill, he is currently confronted with unbearable opprobrium by his fans, followers and colleagues across the globe.
“Our client is alive to his rights both in law and equity but is disposed to an opportunity to undo the evil you have done by retracting the said insalubrious remarks on the same platform it was published and apologising to him in two other national dailies.
“You are also advised to enter into negotiations with us for the sum of N6bn being a token amount for penitence as opposed to the magnitude of infraction caused to our client’s nobility.”
A 14-day ultimatum was given to the paper to respond lest they face legal action.