MKO Abiola’s wife who assaulted female police officer slams N100bn suit against IGP

Prof. Zainab Abiola, the wife of the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, the late Chief MKO Abiola, has dragged the Nigeria Police Force and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to a Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged defamation.

Abiola was recently arrested for molesting a female officer had in the suit with number FHA/ABJ/CS/2370/202 and filed by her lawyer, Tawo Tawo (SAN), accused the police of violating her rights to life and the dignity of the human person.

The plaintiff claimed in her statement on Sunday that she had been falsely accused of inflicting harm on her former orderly, Inspector Moses, on September 20, 2022, by the IGP’s adopted son, Ibrahim Alkali.

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“He (Ibrahim Alkali) conspired with my ex-orderly to lie that I inflicted bodily harm on her. We have CCTV cameras around that will reveal what happened when the proceedings commenced,” she said.

Abiola’s widow further said since she was humiliated, dragged to court, and condemned by the court of public opinion, her personality and image had been irredeemably battered by the defamation, and assassination of character, thereby diminishing her status in society.

“The aforementioned incident has caused me so much damage, trauma, and ill-health, and has reduced my standing and recognition in a global society, despite the fact that I have attained an international reputation,” she said.

Meanwhile, Abiola, in the writ of summons, prayed the court for a declaration that the act of the police against her and other plaintiffs caused her a series of nightmares, as she is in constant fear for her life.

The plaintiff, therefore, asked the court to order the defendants to pay her N100bn as damages for defamation, shame, ridicule, harassment, trauma, humiliation, and public embarrassment meted out to her by the police.

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The hearing date for the suit has been fixed for February 28, 2023.

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