Court freezes Sahara Reporters bank accounts

An Ilorin High Court presided over by Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye, has reportedly frozen the bank accounts of an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

The Senate President had, through his lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, asked for the intervention of the court following over a series of libelous stories published against Saraki on Sahara Reporters in between September and December 2015.

Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters were joined as defendants in the suit marked as KWS/23/2017.
We gathered that the court’s decision has sent the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore into panic mode.
The publisher has reportedly not been able to access their bank accounts since the court’s decision.
On Wednesday, June 28, the court had ruled that Sowore pays a sum of N4 billion as damage to Saraki for the alleged libelous publications.
The Senate President had also vowed that he will not spare any legal efforts and expenses, both in Nigeria and abroad, necessary to recover every kobo of the cost awarded in his favour from Sowore.

“The money will also be used to support genuine publications whose owners are struggling to pay salaries of workers or meet their ever rising running cost. Part of the money will also be channeled to help lawyers who have been providing pro bono services to litigants, particularly, on cases bothering on enforcement of fundamental human rights,” a statement by the Senate President said.

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