Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has made a move to sue media houses and bloggers, over allegations linking him as the owner of the land of the building that collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State on Monday.
In a statement on Saturday, a prominent human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, announced that Osinbajo has instructed him to issue a public notice on the matter.
According to Adegboruwa, aq Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the media outlets and persons who peddled the information are trying to drag of the Vice President into the mud.
The statement read: “This notice has thus become necessary, partly to explain the legal consequences of fabricating falsehood and unsubstantiated negative reports, of and concerning our Client.
“In law, liability for libellous publications is not limited to the original author or publisher thereof.
“It extends to and includes all those who, out of sheer ignorance, mischief or malice, or all, cause any libellous publication to be repeated, reposted or re-published, either personally or through any platform for which he/she has control.
“We have the instructions of our Client to compile and preserve the particulars of anyone found to have published, re-published or endorsed or consented to the publication, distribution or circulation of any libellous material, of and concerning him, for the purpose of commencing civil actions in court, in any jurisdiction where such publication occurs.”
Allegations had been levied against the Elizade Motors Boss, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo and Osinbajo as the principal owners of the landed property in Ikoyi where the collapsed building was erected.