A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday, stuck out the defamation case filed by President President Muhammadu Buhari against DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT).
The case was struck out for appearing abandoned, by Justice John Tsoho who presided over the court sitting on Wednesday.
It appeared that, since President Buhari filed the suit against the African Independent Television, no presentations have been entered regarding the case – Justice John Tsoho highlighted this in court.
According to the judge, the defendant and the plaintiff have both failed to give life to the suit, hence it was to be struck out. Quoting Justice Tsoho:
“This is against the rules of court, all opportunities given for the plaintiff and the respondents to put life in the suit have failed. The suit is hereby struck out,”
During the campaigns for the 2015 general elections, President Buhari had accused the African Independent Television (AIT) of airing a video documentary which was defamatory to his character in the public, Mr. President then filed a suit to that effect.
President Buhari had asserted that, the documentary aired by the Television station was channeled at portraying him to be a dictator and a religious fanatic.
The case suit also went ahead to say that, AIT, had sent the video to the state-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) where it was also aired.
Clearly, the video was a campaign stunt by the People’s Democratic Party against the All People’s Congress, since DAAR Communication (who run AIT) is an asset owned by Chief Raymond Dokpesi who is a renown PDP chieftain.
Mr. President or Dokpesi wouldn’t have to bother themselves with this case anymore, as it has been kicked out.