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NBA Conference: Drag us to court and we’ll expose you, group dares El-rufai


Nasir El-rufai, governor of Kaduna State, has been challenged to go ahead with the defamation suit he threatened to file against petitioners who demanded his exclusion at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Mr El-rufai was initially billed to speak on Insecurity at the event which will also be held virtually, but a petition to the body of legal practitioners led to him being disinvited.

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While reaction to the withdrawal of his invitation which his son said was useless, the governor said it was unfair and threatened to seek legal redress.

“The defamatory statements in the petition is another matter entirely, and they will get the appropriate response,” he said in a statement authored by Muyiwa Adekeye, his special adviser on media and communications.

Open Bar Initiative, one of the groups which signed the petition seeking his disengagement, has challenged him to go ahead and not back down in seeking redress in court.

In a Friday statement posted on its social media account, the advocacy group, described the threat as laughable, saying they were waiting as he will be exposed more in court.

“At best, this is laughable. Even at a time that he is expected to be sombre, he is dishing out threats for an imaginative “defamation,” the group said on Twitter.

“Well, bring it on, the Court room will not contain the lawyers for the Defendant & more will be revealed about him. Shame!”


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