Gani Adams asks court to dismiss Sunday Igboho’s N500m suit

Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland Iba Gani Adams has put forward a motion to the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan asking it to strike out the defamation suit filed against him by Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

Sunday Igboho dragged the Aare Onakakanfo to court over a leaked audio conversation between Adams and another person believed to have taken place in November 2021 which he (Sunday Igboho) claimed impugned his reputation.

Adams was heard in the audio as allegedly saying that the chief of staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Tayo Ayinde, had hired Sunday Igboho to undertake an assassination.

The Yoruba Nation activist wants the court to grant him N500 million in damages.

However, Adams, in a motion on notice filed by his counsel, Oluwole Kehinde, prayed the court to strike out the suit.

In the affidavit in support of the motion dated May 22, 2024, deposed to by one Micheal Okunore, on behalf of the respondent, Adams asked the court to strike out Igboho’s suit, insisting the summons served on him was not duly signed.

The affidavit, a copy of which was obtained by PUNCH on Wednesday, partly read, “A copy of the Writ of Summons filed by the claimant in this suit was served on the defendant by substituted service through his counsel, OKC Attorneys, in Lagos State on the 10th May 2024. A copy of the said Writ of Summons is attached herewith and marked as Exhibit A.

“The Writ of Summons in this suit does not have the required mandatory endorsement that it is for service outside Oyo State and in Lagos State.

“The Writ of Summons is not signed by a legal practitioner or the claimant himself.

“It is in the interest of justice to strike out the claimant’s suit before the honourable court for the foregoing reasons.”