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Lt.-Gen. Ihejirika Sued Those Who Accused Him Of Belonging To Boko Haram |The Republican News

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Retired Lt.-Gen. Oyeabo Ihejirika

A former Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), retired Lt.-Gen. Onyeabo Ihejirika, has told an FCT High Court that he is not involved in Boko Haram Sect.

He told the court on Thursday that he fought Boko Haram sect using his commanders in the field.

Ihejirika sued Nduka Obaigbena, Leaders and Company Limited and Stephen Davis, an Australian, who claimed to be a hostage negotiator working for the release of Nigerian Women held hostage by the Boko Haram at Chibok, Borno, in 2014.

The former army boss is claiming N100 billion for damages from the defendants for defamation in the interview granted by Davis to Arise TV and the published in ThisDayHe also asked for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further defamatory comments concerning him.

Ihejirika want the defendants to publish a full retraction and apology in the front page of ThisDay Newspaper for the said false and libellous publication

Ihejirika, who was cross examined by counsel to the defendants, Frank Chude, said that Boko Haram were terrorists and the Nigerian Army is fighting the group.

On whether his duties a General is of public consumption, Ihejirika said he was a public figure and issues related to him were for public consumption.

The former COAS said he did not have personal issues with Boko Haram but fought them as terrorists

He admitted that he had heard about the tape of the interview and his name was not mentioned.

But Ihejirika said he was the only Chief of Army Staff that retired in January 2014 as mentioned in the tape.

He also said he had never granted ThisDay Newspaper any interview but read the said publication when his attention was drawn to it.

His Counsel, A.B. Anachebe (SAN), had praised objection that his client would no answer the question by the defence if the story published in ThisDay Newspaper about Ihejirika was true.

Anachabe said that the question and false publication was the reason why they were court

Justice Valentine Ashi adjourned the case till Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 for continuation of cross examination and defence.

Davis granted Arise TV, interview and it was aired in Abuja and published by newspapers, including ThisDay Newspaper and media houses in 2014.

He his interviewers that a sponsor a former Chief of Army Staff retired in January 2014 or actually sacked by the president was a sponsor of Boko Haram

Davis also said that he got his source from a Boko Haram senior commander who named the sponsors. The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Lt.-Gen. Ihejirika Sued Those Who Accused Him Of Belonging To Boko Haram |The Republican News

  1. Chuks says:

    The coterie of Nduka Obaigbena, Leaders and Company Limited and Stephen Davis are hirelings of some section of the Northern political establishment bent on the mischaracterization of the former army chief for some nondescript geopolitical gain. I can’t imagine and understand one bit why any right-thinking person would come up with the ‘theory’ that Ihejirika was part of the sponsors and facilitators of the BH sect, the same man some loud disgruntled voices in the North claimed was on a clear vendetta mission to repay the North for its actions against his kinsmen during the Biafra war, going by the manner the army under his watch slaughtered and killed the sect members.They even went as far as asking that ICC issued a warrant against him for crimes against humanity,it’s on record.We all know back then that “an attack on BH is an attack on the North”,credited to the incumbent president. Now, how come the same man accused of reprisal military campaign because of the frontal offensives he engineered against the sect suddenly became its staunch member? Our major problem as a nation is our embedded inclination to view national issues from the prism of geopolitics, ethnicity and religion.Until we learn to overcome this and be true to any situation we find ourselves,we will never get anywhere as a nation.

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