The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened to sue a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Lere Olayinka, the media aide to Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.
The former governor of Rivers State who issued a seven-day ultimatum to the duo is suing them for allegedly ‘naming’ him as the owner of the Lagos apartment where over N13 billion was found last week.
This is just as he has warned them to publicly apologise and pay the sum of N1.25 billion to him.
Mr. Amaechi, through his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi, informed Messrs. Fani-Kayode and Olayinka in separate letters dated April 14 that some comments they posted on social media amounted to defamation.
He warned that there would be stiff legal actions should Fani-Kayode and Olayinka fail to adhere to his demand over the alleged defamatory acts.
“The attention of our client has been drawn to your tweet posted on your Twitter timeline (@realFFK) where you claimed that:
“The $43 million is Rotimi Amaechi’s. He owns the flat it was found in too (sic). NIA story is fake news! NIA does not keep cash in Minister’s flats”.
Fagbemi said the claims as uploaded by Mr. Fani-Kayode were “blatantly false, malicious and aimed at impeaching the credit” of the minister, who’s also a former governor of Rivers State.
“Our client neither owns the cash nor the house where the cash was found and your story and claim are unfounded.
“As a matter of fact, our client does not own any house in Lagos State not to talk of keeping cash in one and your story is preposterous,” the lawyers said.
Consequently, they demanded that Mr. Fani-Kayode apologise for his alleged offences within seven days or face legal action.
While Olayinka was asked to apologise in five national dailies and pay the sum of N750 million “as compensation for the malicious and defamatory claim” on his (Olayinka) Twitter account.