UCHE Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is demanding for N1.5billion as damages and a retraction of his name included in the list of those the government described as looters.
Information Minister had on behalf of the Federal Government named Secondus as one of those who amassed the nation’s resources illegally.
The minister had alleged that Secondus collected N200 million from the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is still being detained by the government despite several court orders for his release.
Responding, the PDP chairman said the agenda of the minister is to damage his reputation and distract him from serving his party but that he has failed woefully.
“For the purposes of some gullible public Prince Secondus never collected any money from the NSA under any guise,” he said in a statement signed by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi threatening to file litigation against the Minister.
Secondus, in a letter by his counsel, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN) to Mohammed demanded that the allegation that he collected N200miliion from the office of the National Security Adviser be withdrawn within 48 hours.
He called the allegation libellous and threatened that failure to withdraw it would lead to litigation.
The PDP chair also demanded a public apology from the Minister.
Secondus’ media aide, Ike Abonyi, quoting from the letter with reference No. EESE&C/1/31/03/18 on Saturday said Mohammed’s publication has “damaged the image of Prince Secondus as he has been “humiliated, castigated and vilified by many as a result of the falsehood published by the Minister.”
He warned that Secondus “shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client’s right under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you” should the minister fail to withdraw the allegation.