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A former Minister of Aviation Chief Fani-Kayode has denied writing a secret petition against the acting chief judge of the federal high court, John Tsoho.
Fani-Kayode was reacting to report that a lawyer Lanre Amu wrote a petition against Justice Tsoho on his behalf.
The former Minister denied ever talking or meeting the said lawyer for such a discussion.
Justice Tsoho had once presided over a case bordering on money laundering against Fani-Kayode
He said in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday that “The petition, the story and the report are false in their entirety and I hereby denounce them and those that concocted them in the strongest terms.
“They did not originate from me and I did not mandate anyone to write such an absurd, damaging and defamatory story and neither did I write any petition against Justice John Tsoho.
“The attachments that were attached to the story were also fake and were generated and orchestrated by the agents of falsehood. “
Fani-Kayode warned media outfit who might have published the said article “would have contravened the Laws of Defamation and would have violated the provisions of the Cyber Crime Law and I will not hesitate to exercise my lawful and legitimate rights in a court of law in order to protect my name and reputation. “
He stressed “I have not authorised or directed any lawyer to write any petition against Justice John Tsoho, the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, to the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption or any other committee or agency.
“I do not know, have never heard of and have never spoken to Mr. Lanre Amu who is allegedly the author of the petition and who falsely claims to be acting on my behalf. The claims in the petition and the attachments that were sent with it are fake and false.
“Mr. Lanre Amu, if such a person truly exists, is a liar, a merchant of deceit, a bearer of falsehood, a degenerate malefactor and a criminal who is working for some evil forces that appear to be hell-bent on using my name to effect their evil agenda.
“I have no knowledge of who these people are but I have directed my lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji SAN, to write to Professor Itse Sagay and his committee to inform them that no such petition emanated from me or any of my agents.”
The former Minister also asked that the matter be reported to the appropriate security and intelligence agencies to investigate and to bring those behind this dangerous, damaging, criminal and libellous course of action to justice.