Defamation Suit: Ayade’s Aide, Oliver Orok To Present 4 Witnesses, 7 Documents Against CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo

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Lawyers sit, awaiting the appearance of the presiding judge in Court 2 of the High Court of Cross River State. (25/11/2021) Credit: CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal

By Jonathan Ugbal

Oliver Orok, the Commissioner for Sustainable Development Goals in Cross River State, intends to present no fewer than four witnesses and seven documents in his libel suit against online Newspaper, CrossRiverWatch, its publisher, Agba Jalingo and a reporter, Ushang Ewa.

Counsel to Orok, A. E. Oqua Esq, disclosed this during pre-trial in suit number HC/95/2021 before Justice Maurice Eneji of the High Court of Cross River State.

Jalingo, Ewa and CrossRiverWatch are listed as first to third defendants in the suit.

However, Counsel to the defendants, F. Baba Isa Esq. said the defendants will present one document and one witness in the case which Mr. Orok is seeking, among other things, NGN5 billion in damages over a news report.

The case has been adjourned until February 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th for hearing.

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