Sacked guardian of Chibok girls in U.S. slams $5 million suit on Nigerian govt

FILE PHOTO: Mr. Ogebe, the Chibok girls that escaped from captivity and some American friends, benefactors

Emmanuel Ogebe, a U.S.-based Nigerian lawyer and social welfare campaigner, has slammed a $5 million libel lawsuit against the Nigerian government, court filings showed.

Mr. Ogebe, who took 10 rescued Chibok girls to study in the United States in 2014, filed the lawsuit at the Federal High Court of Abuja on January 27 against the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan.

Mr. Ogebe also joined the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation in the suit.

Mr. Ogebe said Ms. Alhassan, in a press briefing in September 2016, accused him of exploiting his position as the guardian of rescued Chibok girls in the U.S. to extort money from donors.

“We got the information that the girls were being used as tools for making money – not prostitution – but in the sense that they will be taken here and there where they go and relay their experiences during the insurgency, especially the invasion of Chibok town by Boko Haram and how they were abducted.

“After that, people used them to ask for donations; by so doing they make money out of it. So the girls became fed up; and started complaining that they were taken to U.S. on an arrangement that they were going to send them to school and that they were going to pay for their school. But unfortunately they said they were not allowed to remain in school,” Ms. Alhassan told reporters in Maiduguri on September 9, 2016.

Ms. Alhassan made the statement a few months after Nigerian government sacked Mr. Ogebe as the guardian of the girls and took them away from him.

In his lawsuit, Mr. Ogebe said the government led a “malicious campaign to tarnish his image” and demanded that apologies be published in major newspapers in addition to the $5 million compensation.

Mr. Ogebe said he deserved praise for the kindness he showed towards the girls who could barely speak English before he took them to the U.S. for learning rather than scorn.

Salisu Isah, the spokesman for Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, told PREMIUM TIMES his principal will respond to the lawsuit when he returned from a trip abroad.

“He is not in the country for now,” Mr. Isah said. “I’ll get back to you with his response to the libel claims as soon as he gets back.”

Hassan Dodo, spokesperson for the Ministry of Women Affairs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.


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  • listener007

    See wahala o. Emmanuel offered to and is helping the poor girls but the government rather scorn him. Where are the ones the government is keeping and what is their condition?

  • Another GEJ’s crony, uninformed idiots thought he was just a kind man feeding, clothing and devoting his fake life to taking care of other.

    You’re igbo this young women are hausa, GEJ gave you the job because nobody who share their culture and value who can take care of them right, a old man taking care of young women sick son of ojukwu-pedophilia

    • Alpachino Roar

      Ogebe isn’t IBO and he was appointed by pmb not gej

      • OBT

        See what panya can do the brain of an almajiri, every name that has no fulani meaning is Ibo. He obviously believe JEG is Ibo also.

    • sab

      You have just succeeded in exposing your level of low understanding, envy, hatred, tribal bigot etc. How does GEJ come into this? How does Ibo also come in? Go back and read, learn and be informed. First the name Ogbe has nothing to do with Ibo; Shame number 1. Secondly, it was NOT GEJ that appointed him, instead it was Muhammadu Buhari; shame number 2. Finally, better go and hide your face in BIG SHAME!

    • suleiman

      Chibok is in Borno State and Borno people are not Hausa. Chibok people are Kilba or Bura. They are not Hausa and most of them are Christians not Muslims! Stop displaying this crass ignorance

  • Mentus

    So if these girls were left in IDP camps would they have been better off in their education, health and oppprtunities. They probably would have been malnourished, raped and given HIV while wasting their lives seating around with no hope of change.
    Does government itself not use the plight of those in IDP camps to attract money from developed countries and organisations. What have they done with the money apart from giving contract at inflated costs. The minister has enough women problem in Nigeria to attend to which she is not even touching.

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    “Mr. Ogebe, who took 10 rescued Chibok girls to study in the United States in 2014, filed the lawsuit at the Federal High Court of Abuja on January 27 against the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan.”
    Why should an individual took the girls to US when Nigeria has an official representative in that country?

    • suleiman

      You are a moron! So taking girls to be educated in the US must be done by the Nigerian Ambassador. First learn to speak and write good English, then learn about the way government functions. It is this degree of illiteracy that made you people to vote in this incompetent government. Just anything goes, so long it is one of yours!

      • Musa M. Dantsoho

        Thanks as my poor English seems understood by hate bigots such as they commented. But the moron in reply failed to appreciate the fact that the lawyer threatened to sue FG. Why sue the FG? Your reply will tell the real moron.