COVID-19: US court suspends hearing on lawyer’s Chibok defamation lawsuit

Posted by News Express | 3 April 2020 | 243 times

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•Human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe

A US Federal District Court has suspended the hearing in a $10 million defamation lawsuit brought Washington-based Nigerian human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe against The Wall Street Journal with regard to his sponsorship of Chibok schoolgirls to America for studies.

In a ruling issued last week, the court stated: “Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, there is no hearing for the motion to dismiss unless the Parties hear otherwise. As such, the hearing set for April 10, 2020.”

The court was originally scheduled to hear a motion by The Wall Street Journal to dismiss Ogebe’s lawsuit on April 10 but for the exigent COVID-19 pandemic which has brought activities to a halt.

In his amended complaint in the defamation lawsuit, Ogebe alleges that Wall Street Journal described him as a terrorist. He also alleges that the paper’s reporter Drew Hinshaw admitted in audio recorded by him (Ogebe) that the Chibok girl who accused the human rights lawyer lied.

Source: News Express

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