Minister of transport Hon. Chibuike Amaechi through his lawyer Lateef Fagbemi SAN has written to former minister of aviation and the former media director of the Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign in 2015, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode accusing him of defaming his character.
In the letter dated April 14, 2016 ,Amaechi said that Fani-Kayode’s claims that he owned the N13billion cash discovered in Lagos defamed his character, he then demanded that Fani-Kayode pay him N500m as damages caused by such allegations which he made on his Twitter handle to thousands of his followers.
The letter read in part:“Our client neither owns the cash nor the house where the cash was found and your story and claim are unfounded. As a matter of fact, our client does not own any house in Lagos State not to talk of keeping cash in one and your story is preposterous.
“Your twitter rant of 14/04/2014 at 04.16 was viewed by your 316. 000 followers, re-tweeted 1,209 times and made a favourite by 434 followers as of the time of writing this letter today at 7.15pm and the list is increasing by the minute and same has satisfied all the conditions needed for a successful defamation case against you.
“We have our client’s mandate to state to you unequivocally that the said twitter publication constitutes libel, and is defamatory of him as same (the claim) is aimed at impugning our client’s character and credit in the eyes of right thinking Nigerians and foreigners.”
A similar letter was written to Lere Olayinka, an aide on new media to Ekiti state governor Ayodele Fayose as Amaechi also demanded N750million from Olayinka after accusing him of making defamatory and untrue comments on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.