N9.3b Scandal: Student Sues First Bank, Tribune


The much celebrated student of Higher National Diploma (HND) 2 Civil Engineering of Ibadan Polytechnic, Mr. Durojaiye Adeyemi Job has sued First Bank, head internal audit department of the bank, Mr. Ademola Adewale and African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc for libel asking for damages of N600m.

He is also asking the Oyo State High Court, Yaganku to grant an injunction restraining both First Bank and Tribune newspaper from publishing or further publishing the words complained of or any other words to the like effect of and concerning him.

He further asked Tribune to publish an public apology in terms acceptable to him in three insertions in three newspapers to be specified by the court.

In a suit filed by Durojaiye’s counsel, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal of Olujimi & Akeredolu chamber situated at The Law Hub, 9, Ring Road, Opposite Iyaganku GRA Roundabout, Ibadan, he claimed that the allegation of First Bank as reported in the Tribune of 25 October, 2010 captioned, “Poly Student Wrongly Credited with N9.3b is a crook” was false and malicious.

According to him, the said words in their ordinary and natural meaning and extended meaning ascribed that Durojaiye is dishonest, fraudulent, and a thief who deserves no praise from anybody and that he is a common criminal.

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Maintaining that he was a noble person, the student explained that he was never involved in any fraudulent act to swindle the bank of any money stressing that when his account reflected N9.3 billion instead of few thousand naira he has in his account, he withdrew N20000 to confirm that the said money was in his account.

“I went to back to find out whether my friend, Akanji Omolegbe who promised me N23000 to pay my school fees had sent it but to my amazement, I found out that N9.3b was in my account. I quickly called my uncle, Amoo Abiodun who advised me to withdraw some amount slightly higher than what I had. I withdrew N20000 with my ATM card. On Monday I informed the bank manager of the branch I withdrew the money and he gave a single cheque to pay what I withdrew back into my account and he thanked me”.

According to him, the statement of First Bank which tagged him as a crook has greatly lowered his reputation while he has also been brought to hatred, odium, contempt and ridicule before family, friends, fellow students, church members, the polytechnic community and other reasonable members of the society.

However, Justice Mojeed Oladimeji Ishola has slated the suit for 4 April 2011 for mentioning.

By  Gbenro Adesina/ Ibadan

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