Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
THE Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has given a seven-day ultimatum to the former Aviation minister, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode; and
Mr. Lere Olayinka
, the media aide to Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, to publicly apologise and pay the sum of N1.25 billion to him (Amaechi) for linking him to the seized Ikoyi N13 billion.
Amaechi had via his lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), written to Fani-Kayode and Olayinka, claiming that he (Amaechi) had been defamed by messages on the duos twitter timeline concerning the controversy surrounding the recovered cash.
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Amaechi had in the copies of the two letters dated 14th April, 2017 quoted the offensive side of Fani-Kayode and Olayinka respectively as, “The $ forty three million is Rotimi Amaechi’s. He owns the flat it was once found in (sic) too. NIA’s story is pretend news! NIA does no longer preserve cash in minister’s residences.”
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“The Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos, the place EFCC said it discovered $ forty three,449,987, 27,800 kilos N23,218,000 on Wednesday is owned via the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi…
aside from the demand for an apology from the duo to be revealed in 5 nationwide dailies and their Twitter deal with, Amaechi particularly requested for the sum of N500 million from Fani-Kayode “as compensation for the malicious and defamatory declare”.
He, however caution that the quantity may increase should Fani-Kayode fail to deal with the placement as anticipated, whereas Olayinka was asked to also apologise in five nationwide dailies and pay the sum of N750 million “as compensation for the malicious and defamatory claim” on his (Olayinka) Twitter deal with.