RB sues Nigerian NGO chief for contempt

THE Nigerian, Olanrewaju Suraju, paraded by the Post Newspaper as chairman of Civil Society Network against Corruption (CSNAC), will be cited for contempt of court for causing to be published a contemptuous story meant to undermine court proceedings in Zambia involving former republican President Rupiah Banda.

Mr Banda’s lawyers, in a letter to Mr. Suraju, have stated that the article in the Post Newspaper entitled “Nigerians to follow their oil money in Zambia” was contemptuous and meant to undermine court proceedings as there is a matter currently going on before court relating to the published article.

“We have received instruction to commence contempt proceedings against you should you not retract within 48 hours, failing which process will follow for your arrest and trial for contempt of court. “You may wish to know that in this country the integrity of the court and right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty are paramount and sacrosanct,” said the lawyers. The lawyers have since advised Mr Suraju to oblige to avoid the rigmarole of court process.

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