By Henry Ojelu
THE High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has granted an interim order restraining the writer of a US-based on-line medium, Pointblank News, Mr. Jackson Ude, from additional publication of defamatory supplies towards a businessman, Abubakar Isa.
Other plaintiff within the go well with No: CV/1823/20 is an Abuja primarily based indigenous building firm, Bulet International Nigeria Limited, owned by former President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN.
Joined within the go well with as co-defendant, is the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF.
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Justice Y. Halilu, after listening to counsel to plaintiffs, Chief Michael Andoakaa, SAN, granted the restraining order, saying: ”An interim order of the honourable courtroom restraining the defendants (Jackson Ude, Publisher of PointBlank News and Nigerian Young Professionals Forum) from additional publication of any defamatory statements towards the claimants (Abubakar Ismaila Isa and Bulet International Nigeria Ltd.) pending the listening to and dedication of the movement on discover on this go well with, is hereby granted.”
The decide additional granted the applying to serve the defendants the writ of summons and all different courtroom processes by substituted service via the piece of email of Mr. Ude at [email protected] and tag him on his Facebook and Twitter social media accounts, named ‘Jackson Ude’ and ‘@jacksonpbn’, respectively.
He additionally ordered pasting of the processes on a conspicuous house at No. 47, Rumford Street, Suncity Estate, Galadimawa, Abuja, being the first defendant’s identified deal with inside jurisdiction.
The courtroom adjourned the go well with to July 9, 2020 for listening to.