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Magu closes N5bn libel suit against Sun newspaper

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Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has closed case in his N5 billion libel suit against publishers of the Sun newspaper.

During proceedings on Thursday, Magu’s counsel, E. O. Omoijaede, told the court that his client was closing his case after presenting two witnesses.

Counsel to the respondents, Charles Ewelunta, said he was displeased at the development.

“The claimant’s counsel should have closed the case instead of wasting everyone’s time. I am supposed to be out of town at an election petition tribunal.

“I have been sitting here just for them to say they are closing their case. I will be asking for a cost of N50,000,” Mr Ewelunta said.

Mr Omojiade said the publishers of Sun newspaper should save time by opening their case immediately.

Justice Doris Okuwobi refused Omoijaede’s request for N50,000 cost against Magu’s legal team, as the suit which was filed in 2017, had not suffered any delay caused by the team.

The judge adjourned till September 17 for further hearing

Magu sued publishers of the Sun over a publication that alleged that the Department of State Security (DSS) uncovered two houses in Maitama, Abuja allegedly traced to his wife.

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