The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit by former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside seeking to set aside a N6 billion damages awarded against him for defaming the character of former governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili.
In a judgment prepared by Justice Adamu Augie but delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, the appeal by Dakuku Peterside was dismissed for want of merit.
The apex court on Friday upheld the decisions of the lower courts which imposed the damages against Peterside to be paid to Odili as compensation for his defamed character.
Odili had in October 2016 dragged Peterside to court demanding N6 billion as damages for character defamation.
In the suit, the former Rivers State governor had claimed that Peterside during a press conference in Port Harcourt defamed him in his allegations that Governor Nyesom Wike’s Supreme Court victory was hatched by him.
This allegation was made on the fact that wife to Mr Odili, Mrs Mary Odili, was at the time a justice of the Supreme Court.