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Court rejects IBD Dende's request to stop FIJ publications

The Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja has dismissed the plea of ​​businessman Ibrahim Dende, alias IBD Dende, to compel investigative journalist and founding father of the Basis for Investigative Journalism, 'Fisayo Soyombo, to proceed writing about him.

The request was filed as a part of Dende's lawsuit towards Soyombo and FIJ

after being portrayed as a 'smuggler and gunrunner' by the journalist in an undercover investigation entitled 'Undercover As A Smuggler'.

On Could 3, 2024, Dende filed a defamation lawsuit towards Soyombo and FIJ, becoming a member of Come up Group as co-defendant, for airing Soyombo's smuggling documentary.

Throughout the resumed listening to on July 2, Justice Binta Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court docket in Abuja heard IDende's software for an interim injunction restraining the defendants from additional publishing defamatory publications towards him.

Dende claimed that the smuggling video Soyombo made confirmed nothing greater than a “verbal altercation” with customs officers and that it couldn’t be concluded that it was his smuggled items.

IBD Dende said that he’s a licensed customs dealer who assists within the motion of products into and out of Nigeria.

In response to IBD Dende’s request for an injunction, FIJ affirmed the reality of its publications on IBD Dende and requested the courtroom to dismiss the request. FIJ argued that the request was unconstitutional in kind and impact, because it sought a previous restriction of the press and had a stifling impact on press freedom.

The counsel have concluded their arguments and the courtroom has reserved its determination on the request for interim reduction till a later date, which shall be communicated to the events.

An authorized copy of the Could 21 courtroom proceedings revealed that IBD Dende had earlier approached the courtroom searching for an ex parte order restraining Soyombo, FIJ and Come up from publishing any additional defamatory publications earlier than the courtroom proceedings had been served on them. The courtroom refused to entertain the applying and as an alternative directed the plaintiff’s counsel to serve discover on the defendants.

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