A U.S.-based Nigerian lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe has hit a $5 million libel lawsuit against the federal government.
Ogebe, a social welfare campaigner accused the federal government of embarking on a “malicious campaign to tarnish his image”.
Ogebe had taken 10 rescued Chibok girls to study in the United States in 2014, but was later sacked by the FG on allegations that he was using them to extort money from US donors.
In the lawsuit filed at the Federal High Court of Abuja on January 27 against the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, Ogebe joined the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation in the suit.
Mr. Ogebe said Ms. Alhassan, in a press briefing in September 2016, accused him of exploiting his position as the guardian of rescued Chibok girls in the U.S. to extort money from donors.
Ogebe demanded that an apology in major newspapers in addition to the $5 million compensation.
Mr. Ogebe said he should be praised for providing opportunities for the girls as they could barely speak proper English before he took them to the US.
Salisu Isah, the spokesman for Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, said his Boss will respond to the lawsuit when he returned from a trip abroad.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Women Affairs, Hassan Dodo failed to provide an immediate response when asked for comments Wednesday afternoon.