An Abuja Federal High Court has ruled against Linda Ikeji for defaming Mrs Ajibola Ajayi ordering her to pay N25M.
The N25M represents damages in a suit filed against her blog for publishing a defamatory article.
According to court papers, Linda published a story on 15th and 17th January 2017 claiming that Mrs Ajibola Ajayi referred to protesting Ladoke Akintola University students as a “generation of mannerless children” through her Instagram handle “conceited_csj”.
While delivering judgement on 12th April 2022, the Court held that the report was false and malicious.
The Court agreed that evidence showed that Linda knew that Mrs Ajayi was not the owner of the Instagram account with the username “conceited_csj”.
In addition, the Court held that the report ridiculed Mrs Ajayi because it was available to global readers.
Thereafter, the Court awarded a sum of N25,000,000.00 (Twenty-Five Million Naira) general and exemplary damages against the defendant.
Besides, the Court asked Linda to publish a written apology to Mrs Ajayi in three major national newspapers.
“You are such an idiotic lawyer”
Responding to the judgement through her Twitter handle, Linda Ikeji referred to the lawyer as an ‘idiotic lawyer’.
“You are such an idiotic lawyer. I hear you are an inexperienced 26 yr old?
“How can you file in Lagos and Abuja on the same issue? And you don’t inform me?
“Hope you are ready for appeal and Supreme court? And a countersue? Tell your client to get ready…..”
Earlier, the law firm, Olaniwun Ajayi Legal Practitioners, had celebrated the judgement on its Twitter page;
“Olaniwun Ajayi LP is happy to have successfully represented Mrs Ajibola Ajayi, the Claimant in Suit No. FCT/CV/667/2018: Mrs Ajibola Ajayi v. Linda Ikeji in an action filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The Claimant was represented in the action by our Ogunmuyiwa Balogun; and it is our belief that with Judgments like this, media outfits and members of the public will verify sources of their information ahead of publication.”
In the meantime, Ms Linda Ikeji has vowed to appeal the judgement.