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» » PLAGIARISM CLAIMS:LAI MOHAMMED THREATENS TO SUE AKIN FADEYI,OMOR BAZUAYE,INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER
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Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Alhaji Lai Mohammed has threatened to sue two writers, Mr. Akin Fadeyi and Mr. Omo Bazuaye, for accusing him of plagiarising the “Change Begins With Me” campaign.

  He also threatened the executive editor of The Independent with a suit for claiming the launching of the campaign cost N3.4 billion.

   Mohammed asked the writers and the executive editor to withdraw their claims within seven days.

  The minister made the demands in separate letters to them through his counsel, Falana and Falana’s Chambers.

  The letters were signed by Oludare Falana, on behalf of the chambers.

The letter to the two writers reads,: “We are counsel to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of Information and Culture on whose behalf and instructions we write this letter.

  “Our attention has been drawn to your highly libellous statement published and circulated in some online media where you claimed, albeit falsely, that the ‘’Change Begins With Me,” launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, September 8, 2016, was stolen from you by our client.

   “In one of your reckless statements published online, you stated that ‘What I didn’t realise was that I could become the next victim until Thursday, September 8, 2016, when I saw that the idea we dropped on the Office of the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Lai Mohammed; what seems a perfect replica of it was being launched by the minister without the consent of the real originators.”

  “Having damaged our client’s hard-earned reputation by your reckless action, we have his instructions to demand a retraction of your libellous publication within seven days of the receipt of this letter.

  “Take notice that if you fail of refuse to accede to our client’s demands, we have his instruction to sue you with a view to restoring his reputation, which your reckless publication has damaged.”

  In the letter to the executive editor of The Independent, the counsel said: “Our attention has been drawn to your highly libellous statement published and circulated in Volume 14, No. 208 of September 15 edition of your newspaper with the screaming headline: ’Change Begins With Me Campaign gulps N3.4billion’.

  “You also claimed in the publication, albeit falsely, that the Change Begins With Me”, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday , September  8, 2016, was stolen by our client.

 “Having damaged our client’s hard-earned reputation by your reckless action, we have his instructions to demand a retraction of your libellous publication within seven days of receipt of this letter.

  “Take notice that if you fail of refuse to accede to our client’s demands, we have his instruction to sue you with a view to restoring his reputation, which your reckless publication has damaged.”

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