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SENATE PRESIDENT DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM SAHARA REPORTERS OVER INEC BRIBERY ALLEGATION PUBLICATION

The Senate President,  Ahmed Lawan and Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, from Niger state have given an online publication, Sahara Reporters
seven days  ultimatum  to retract and tender apology over an alleged false publication on the reappointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Counsel for both parties Ahmed Raji, in a letter dated November 20, 2020, said his clients denied in its entirety the contents of a publication which alleged that the Senators collected a huge sum of bribe from Professor Yakubu. Raji described the
publication as false and defamatory and therefore demanded an apology from Sahara Reporters.

In its report of November 18, 2020, Sahara Reporters published a report with the headline: ”How INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, allegedly Paid N3b To Secure Reappointment”.

In the publication, the medium said a group led by the Senate President collected the sum of N2b from the INEC Chairman and another N1b through another group.

Sahara Reporters said the payment of the money was be aided by Senator Sani Musa.

Raji also said apart from the retraction of the publication Sahara Reporters should also enter into negotiation with his clients for damages.

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