An Ilorin High Court, presided over by Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye, has ruled that the publisher of online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore, should pay a sum of N4 billion as damage to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, over a series of libelous stories published last year by the medium.
According to the judgment passed on Wednesday, the ruling affected stories published by the online medium against Saraki between September and December 2015.
The Senate President had, through his lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, asked for the intervention of the court following the publication of series of libelous stories against him by Sahara Reporters. Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters were joined as defendants in the suit marked as KWS/23/2017.
Speaking with the Tribune Online in Ilorin on Thursday, Olomu said that the defendants had refused to defend the case despite the service of the summons on them.