Corruption and Underdevelopment

AGF Malami asks U.S to extradite jounalist over alleged defamation

By Paul Michael

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has requested the extradition of journalist, Azuka Jebose from the United States embassy over alleged defamation and cyberstalking of billionaire, Ned Nwoko.

This was contained in an extradition request dated June 27, 2022, with reference CAU/EXT/175/21, signed by Akutah Pius Ukeyima, Head, Central Authority Unit, and titled “Request for the Extradition of Azuka Jebose in a Case of Cyberstalking from the United States of America to Nigeria.”

“I am directed by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of the Federation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to present his compliments and forward the attached request for Extradition to Your Excellency for onward transmission to the United States of America Department of Justice,” the request read.

Nwoko in July 2020 sued the U.S.-based journalist who accused him of complicity in the murder of one Ogogo Blessing.

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In a Facebook post, the journalist claimed that Mr Ogogo’s corpse “was found floating inside the pool” of a building that belonged to the former lawmaker. He further accused the sacked lawmaker of using his wealth and influence to stall the investigation of the matter.

In reaction, Nwoko filed a lawsuit alleging defamation of character and demanded N2 billion damages including a “public apology to be published by the defendants in at least two national daily newspapers circulating in Nigeria and social media platforms.”

Nwoko claimed that the defamatory publications in several online blogs and other social media platforms were aimed at denigrating his reputation.

Meanwhile, in a similar extradition matter, the Nigerian government had yet to accede to the request of the U.S. government to hand over embattled and disgraced Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, who allegedly connived with international fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi to defraud a Qatari businessman of millions of dollars.

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