Former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has told the management of Media Trust Limited – the publisher of Daily Trust and other publications, a 14 days ultimatum to pay him N6 billion for defamation of character and also tender a public apology to him.
This was contained in a letter signed by Fani Kayode’s lawyer, Adeola Adesipe, which was addressed to the Managing Director of the newspaper, dated August 31, 2020 and titled, ‘Defamation of the Character of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode by Iliyasu Gadu’, in which Fani-Kayode accused the company of defaming him in an article titled: ‘FFK, the Drug Addled Thug in Designer Wears’ dated August 30, 2020.
The article was published in the Daily Trust newspaper, Gabu, the writer of the article strongly criticised Fani-Kayode for his his behaviour at a press conference in Calabar, where tge former minister had described a reporter of the newspaper, Eyo Charles, as ‘stupid’, after Eyo asked FFK who was “bankrolling” his Southern states tour.
According to Gadu, Fani-Kayode 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 his letter however described the article by Gebu as libellous, ask for an apology from Daily Trust and demands it to be published in other newspapers.
Fani Kayode also demanded for a negotion between him and Daily Trust for a possible payment of N6 billion, as a result of the damages the article had caused him.
The letter reads in part, “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.”
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode gave the newspaper a 14 days ultimatum to assent to his demands which was contained in the letter or be ready to face legal action.