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Benue killings: Atiku threatens to file libel suit, demands N200bn in damages from Unongo

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Monday threatened to sue a leader of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, for accusing him of being a financier of the Miyetti Allah, an association of cattle breeders. Atiku issued this threat in a letter by his lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), asking Unongo to retract “the blatant and malicious falsehood” within seven days.

He also asked Unongo to publish the retraction in all national newspapers. Atiku asked Unongo to, within 30 days of receiving the letter, pay him (Atiku) N200bn as damages. The former Vice-President, in his letter, referred to the publication on page 3 of Saturday PUNCH of January 6, 2018 (Vol. 7413), in which Unongo’s claims were reported.

Unongo had claimed that he had interacted with Atiku and knew that the former vice-president was the most powerful person financing Miyetti Allah. Atiku has since denied the claim.

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