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Abuja-based legal practitioner and certified international arbitrator, Victor Tunde Nordi has demanded the sum of N100million from an on-line newspaper, Opera News, over alleged defamation.

 

In a letter to the editor of the media outfit, Mr Bayo Olupohundo, by solicitors to Mr. Nordi, Barrister Nnaemeka Ejiofor Esq, complained that Opera News on Thursday, September 3, 2020, published defamatory materials they got from Mr. Nordi’s divorced wife, Miss Seluona Ubebe, without verifying the materials.

 

According to them, Opera News claimed in their report that “Seluona Ubebe went through hell in her marriage to Victor Nordi, suffered domestic violence and intimate assault, and when she had enough she packed her bag and ran.”

 

The online newspaper that is registered outside Nigeria also claimed that “divorce was finally granted after many years as the ‘ex’ refused and did everything to stop the divorce.”

It added that “now he is refusing her access to the kids he abducted from her in the guise of them spending summer 2019 with him.”

 

In the letter to Opera News captioned ‘Publication of Defamatory Materials Injurious Falsehood & Criminal Intimidation,’ solicitors to Barrister Nordi said the publication is  wholly untrue, particularly damaging to our client’s reputation as a law abiding citizen and a certified international arbitrator/and legal practitioner.

 

Part of the letter also read that “the foregoing being wholly untrue, is particularly damaging to our client’s reputation as a law abiding citizen, and a certified international Arbitrator/ and Legal Practitioner, and it’s even more disheartening that, you not only did not even hear the other side of the story, but went ahead to publish same, with our client’s picture superimposed with your story, which ostensibly you lifted his Linkedin data page.

 

“You have maliciously destroyed our client’s image and reputation, and caused him severe emotional distress, causing right thinking members of the society to shun him, you have caused him great damage and injury to his arbitration and legal practice.

 

“For purposes of clarification: Our client has been divorced from Miss Seluona Ubebe since February 2020.

 

“Prior to the divorce, he had been legally given the children’s custody jointly with Seluona. But she flouted the terms of the joint custody, forcing our client to apply for a variation of the Order, which together with our disagreement with the order, is now on Appeal, in suit NO CA/A/187/19.

 

“Till date Seluona Ubebe is yet to comply with the order for cost in the sum of N200,000 awarded against her by the court in the aftermath of the divorce petition, and could therefore not even rely on the judgment, aside the pending appeal.”

 

 

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