Brenda Ataga, the wife of the dead Super TV CEO, Mr. Usifo Ataga, has demanded N1 billion in compensation from the management of Naijaloaded Blog for the dissemination of defamatory and nasty information about her.
Brenda also requested that the online platform remove the item from its site and retract the detrimental report via its medium and other online news channels.
These claims were made in a letter dated June 28 and written to Mr. Makinde Azeez, the online medium’s Managing Director, through her lawyer, Chief Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan (SAN).
Ataga, who also served as a director of Super Network Limited, was discovered dead in a pool of blood at a short service apartment in Lekki Phase 1 of Lagos state, just hours after his family reported him missing.
Following that, the Lagos State Police Command arrested Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old University of Lagos (UNILAG) undergraduate, for allegedly killing the late CEO.
The suspect was also caught with a blood-soaked cloth on the day of the crime and admitted to stabbing the deceased with a kitchen knife following a struggle, according to the command.
At a police command parade in Ikeja, Chidinma admitted that she and Ataga were “having fun” when a fight erupted and she stabbed him twice.
However, in an article released on June 26, Naijaloaded implicated Brenda with the murder of her husband, citing Brenda’s boyfriend’s relationship with the suspect.
Brenda, on the other hand, called the online platform’s report as a callous, vindictive, and senseless attack on their client’s personality in her letter of claim.
According to the lawyer, the newspaper portrayed his client as a devious criminal who was complicit in the assassination of her husband, the father of her children, in a horrific crafty deed.
Mrs Ataga, a wife, mother, and high-ranking government official in Nigeria, was portrayed in the letter as a loose woman and a flirt who had extramarital affairs with another Mr. Izu, according to the letter.
The letter ordered that the story be removed from Naijaloaded online’s website immediately, as well as a comprehensive retraction of the damaging story, which would be published first on online platform news blogs and other online news channels.
Part of the letter says “A properly worded unreserved apology for the libel published in your news blog, two national television stations including Channels Television Network and three National newspapers including The Punch newspaper.
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“That you pay the sum of N1, 000, 000, 000 (One Billion Naira) through our office to our client as pecuniary compensation for your reckless and mindless injury to her vide the published defamatory materials aforesaid.
“If at the end of 14 days from the date of this letter, any of the listed demands still stands unfulfilled, we would proceed on our full instructions to initiate steps to bring the full consequences of your recklessness in the aforementioned publications to you.
“In that case, all costs, fees and charges necessary for our client to redeem her image and recover her damaged character and credit would be on your account.”