A news platform, Sahara Reporters, on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 floored Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki, at a Court of Appeal in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The court nullified a Kwara State High Court judgement dated June 28, 2017, by Justice A.S. Oyinloye, that a sum of N4 billion be paid as damages to Saraki in a lawsuit between the Senate president, Sahara Reporters and its founder, Omoyele Sowore.
Although the judgment was used to obtain a garnishee order against Sahara Reporters Media Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, a separate entity as the foundation was never named in the suit, neither is it a news publishing platform.
The appeal court judges, Honourable Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Salauwa, Honourable Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa and Honourable Justice Hamma Akawu Barka, unanimously ruled that the judgment be nullified and assigned to a new trial judge at the lower court for a re-trial.
BY DANIEL ANIMASHAUN