Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, is threatening to slam a N6bn suit on Media Trust Limited , publishers of Daily Trust, for defamation of character – to wit- describing him as a ‘drug addict’ in a recent article authored by one Iliyasu Gadu.
Fani-Kayode made the threat in a letter sent 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.’
The letter from his lawyer, Adeola Adesipe, was in response to an article titled, ‘FFK, the Drug Addled Thug in Designer Wears’ dated August 30, 2020 and published by the medium.
In the article, which was published in the newspaper, the writer took Fani-Kayode to the gutters for his conduct during a Press conference in which he described a Daily Trust reporter in Calabar, Eyo Charles, as ‘stupid’.
The journalist had merely asked the former minister who bankrolling his tour of southern states.
Gadu alleged that Fani-Kayode, who attended Cambridge University, was once “a drug addict” and had sought rehabilitation in Ghana, but “till today has not been cured of the habit.”
Fani-Kayode, in the pre-litigation letter said the article is libelous. He therefore demanded an apology from the newspaper, which must be published in other national dailies. He gave the newspaper a 14 days ultimatum.
The former minister also demanded that negotiation be entered into for possible payment of N6bn due to the irreparable loss the article had caused him.
The letter read partly, “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.”
Fani-Kayode also wrote a similar letter to Gadu, who wrote the article.