The governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday testified before a Benin High court in a N250 million libel suit he instituted against a Lagos-based soft- sell magazine, ‘News of the People’.
Mr. Oshiomhole had dragged the magazine to court for libel, asking for the sum of N250 million to be paid to him as damages.
In the case, with suit No. B/556/2011, between Oshiomhole and Dockland Communications Limited, publishers of News of the People magazine, the governor alleged that the content of the publication had maligned him.
He said that it had caused him and his family great trauma.
The magazine edition in question was published sometime last year. The said publication on its front page and page 19 respectively, had as its titles, “Oshiomhole Sex Power Exposed: Impregnates Young Girl Six Months After Death of Wife.”
Mr. Oshiomhole, in his claims, told the court presided over by Justice Efe Ikpomwonba that the publication, among other allegations, stated that that he [Oshiomhole] also bought a Sports Utility Vehicle for the girl.
The plaintiff claimed that the publication alleged that he [Oshiomhole] used performance-enhancing drugs during the alleged intercourse with the girl.
He further said that the publication reported that he [Oshiomhole] fixed a date of his traditional marriage to the said girl to coincide with the preparations of one of the governor’s daughter’s wedding.
Led in evidence by his lawyer Mr K. Ogbebor, Mr. Oshiomhole said he was demanding for damages because the publication had caused him and his children serious psychological trauma, six months after the death of his wife.
“When I called a brother governor to sponsor my daughter’s wedding, the governor said he was confused, and asked me if I was the one doing the marriage or my daughter.”
Mr. Oshiomhole stated that the governor-friend claimed that he was reading a magazine which reported that he (Oshiomhole) was about getting married to a university student, and that the said wife to be was already pregnant for him.
The governor added that the publication also alleged that he had marathon sex with a female partner in Lagos who fainted under him.
The plaintiff testified that he could not have been preparing for a second marriage just six-months after his wife’s death.
The judge, thereafter, adjourned the case to June 25, for further hearing.