N13 billion Lagos apartment money: Amaechi threatens to sue Fani-Kayode, Fayose’s aide

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16).
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PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16). 4482/20/6/2016/BJO/NAN

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened to sue a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Lere Olayinka, an aide to Governor Ayo Fayose, for allegedly naming him as the owner of the Lagos apartment where over N13 billion was found last week.

Mr. Amaechi, through his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi, informed Messrs. Fani-Kayode and Olayinka in separate letters dated April 14 that some comments they posted on social media amounted to defamation.

The letter to Mr. Fani-Kayode was addressed to his home in Abuja, and it detailed the former Minister of Aviation’s alleged defamatory statements.

“The attention of our client has been drawn to your tweet posted on your Twitter timeline (@realFFK) where you claimed that:

“The $43 million is Rotimi Amaechi’s. He owns the flat it was found in too (sic). NIA story is fake news! NIA does not keep cash in Minister’s flats”.

Mr. Amaechi’s lawyers said the claims as uploaded by Mr. Fani-Kayode were “blatantly false, malicious and aimed at impeaching the credit” of the minister, who’s also a former governor of Rivers State.

“Our client neither owns the cash nor the house where the cash was found and your story and claim are unfounded.

“As a matter of fact, our client does not own any house in Lagos State not to talk of keeping cash in one and your story is preposterous,” the lawyers said.

Consequently, they demanded that Mr. Fani-Kayode apologise for his alleged offences within seven days or face legal action.

To avoid a defamation suit, the lawyers also said Mr. Fani-Kayode must publish his retraction on five national dailies and pay a compensation of N500 million to Mr. Amaechi

In his letter to Mr. Olayinka, which was address to the government House in Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Amaechi maintained that there was no truth in the allegations that he owned the apartment where the money was found in Lagos.

Mr. Amaechi also countered Mr. Olayinka’s statement that the minister rented an apartment for television personality, Mo Abudu,

Ms. Abudu had also denied that Mr. Amaechi paid for an apartment for her inside the Osborne Towers where the money was found.

As a result, the lawyers demanded that Mr. Olayinka must apologise to Mr. Amaechi, issue a retraction and pay a compensation of N750 million to Mr. Amaechi for allegedly defaming character.

When contacted, Mr. Fani-Kayode said he will respond to Mr. Amaechi’s demand at the appropriate time.

“We have been inundated with calls concerning about a threat by Rotimi Amaechi to sue Chief Fani-Kayode for defamation over the 43 million USD issue.

“We have not received any court processes or letters from Amaechi but when we do so our lawyers will respond vigorously and appropriately,” Mr. Fani-Kayode’s spokesman, Jude Ndukwe, said in a message to PREMIUM TIMES Monday night.

Mr. Olayinka also said he didn’t receive any correspondence from Mr. Amaechi’s legal representatives, but that he would carefully study any notice of demands and react thereafter.


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  • Capt

    Amaechi sue them, don’t threaten, that way we see who the liar is, period

    • Owenz

      First you serve a notice for correction, when they do not comply then you sue. Seven days is not much, lets see what Amaechi will do after that. Shame on him if he does not sue. Shame on FFK if he cannot prove his allegation. As for Lere, maybe time to stop being his master’s voice.

    • Julius

      Genius, that’s not a threat, it is the process. got it ?

  • Adeleke

    Fani has right to talk anyhow being a certified lunatic and rehab graduate, therefore he has immunity against good reasoning.

    • Frank Bassey

      What have you succeeded in saying? Can you see how incoherent you sound? Your comment is deficient of subject-predicate rule of English grammar.

      • El Patron

        English prof clap for yourself

        • Julius

          lolz.

      • Adeleke

        If you are daft, listen: Amaechi cannot sue Fani Kayode because he is a lunatic. You can’t sue a “food is ready” madman!

        • Frank Bassey

          You still have not said anything. I can see grey matter turn mucus.

    • Kallah Bature

      It seems FFK has finally met his waterloo through Ameachi.He may go to jail this time if he can’t prove his allegations.While Wike and Fayose may hide under immunity, the carefree Olayinka must be bailed out with N750m belonging to Ekiti people if he fails to prove his allegations beyond reasonable doubt.I am not sure if FFK will have that luxury from either Wike or Fayose.A tough lesson must be learned​ by those who talk anyhow.

      • Oskirin

        don’t worry..fanny has a duplex (milk colour house) in aso drive to sell in case he no get kudi again.

  • Harry

    Why not sue immediately instead of issuing empty threats. FFK has already dared him to sue. Lootimi will have to explain under oath and we will know the details.

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn, that is the process in the case of defamation. You must give the alleged offender to retract the offensive allegations. Is 7 days in a lifetime ?

    • Julius

      Dude, this is how its done. Now the ball is in their court. My only wish is not to settle in secret. Do everything in the open, teach these merchants of falsehood a lesson.

      • Kallah Bature

        Yes it is high time a responsible person with integrity stopped carriers of falsehood. Nigerians voted for PMB of which Ameachi is part of,believing in the change mantra.Ameachi must not disappoint the electrotate by not following this to it’s logical conclusion and proving the allegations wrong, consequently teaching some people a bitter lesson.

        • Julius

          Thank you..we are on the same page on this. I hope Amaechi do the right thing..forget about the money just expose them for what and who they are. It was a lie from the beginning, he didn’t steal the money or owned the apartment. I hope he sue Wike the barbarian as well.

          • Irumundomon

            “forget about the money”! REALLY?

          • Julius

            I meant the amount he, Amaechi is asking / suing for

  • Julius

    Sue their pants off and dont settle in secret .

    • paul irumundomon

      Who own this money, does that bother you. They have taken your food away, be on the side of good history, buhari should tell nigerians, who stole this morny, I dont believe anymore of fake justice, and fake sans, since buhari won that election.

      • Julius

        Yes, it does bother me because for all I know, the money belongs to all of us but, what I do not believe is all these fake stories about Amaechi stole the money and that the apartment where the money was found belongs to him. The only face value story so far is that it belongs to the NIA and that it was Jonathan who released the money to the NIA. Now, its unfortunate that Jonathan ain’t talking. Maybe you should direct your concerns to him. Let his come out and dispute what the NIA DG said. This has nothing to do with Buhari if you believe the NIA Director unless you are in the know. Kapis ?

        • Irumundomon

          At you age, I can read from your writing you are above 20yrs. At that age, if I’m correct, you are matured enough to to know, that building and the apartment number, is not a bank. NIA DG, one does not have to belong in the north class (if you alow me to use your sentence). I don’t know the state you from, how many building next to you, are used this way to lodge $43,000,000.
          So, keep that your no class in your back pocket, that nai dg foollish man lied, and history won’t judge him and buhari well. At 20 yes old, if you see a nine months pregnant girl, you won’t mistake her for a virgin.

          • Julius

            Sir, this ain’t about me or my age. The man said that Jonathan authorized and release the monies for intelligent /security purposes. Jonathan is alive and well, let him come out and tell us its not true and the DG is lying. That’s so simple to do. You and I can argue till the cow comes home we wont know the truth. Speculation is not going to get us the truth.