Lagos Judge denies owning multimillion-dollar property inside Dubai’s ‘Burj Khalifa’
A Lagos state High Court Judge, Honourable Justcie Adedayo Akintoye has denied owning any multimillion-dollar property inside Dubai’s ‘Burj Khalifa’.
The peoples gazette had in a publication alleged that the jurist owned an apartment inside the Burj Khalifa, an ultra luxury skyscraper overlooking the priciest section of Dubai.
Reacting to the said publication via a letter, justice Akintoye queried the issues of corruption and acquisition of the said property, noting that the said publication is false in every material respect.
The Hounourable Justice among other things demanded for a retraction of the offensive material and an appology.
Read the full Reaction below
DEFAMATION OF HONOURABLE JUSTICE ADEDAYO A. AKINTOYE AND MR. AKINDELE AKINTOYE
We act as Solicitors to Honourable Justcie Adedayo Akintoye, who is a serving Judge in the Lagos State Judiciary and her husband Mr. Akindele Akintoye, who is a senior legal practitioner (“our Clients”). We have their instructions to write this letter.
Our instruction is to the effect that on 22nd February, 2021, your company/media outfit published a defamatory news report on our Clients vide your online newspaper website at www.gazzettengr.com. We have instructions that the said publication is defamatory and injuriously false in every respect.
In the said online defamatory publication titled “Nigerian Judge acquires multimillion — dollar property inside Dubai’s Burj Khalifa” your company caused to be published the following concerning our Clients:
“Mrs. Akintoye’s discreet ownership of accommodation inside the Burj Khalifa, an ultra luxury skyscraper overlooking the priciest section of Dubai, reflects a meshing of civil service and luxury lifestyles now increasingly seen amongst government officials in Nigeria… Reached for clarification on how a serving high court judge could afford a luxury apartment at the Burj Khalifa, Mrs. Akintoye’s husband swiftly assumed the role of her spokesman ….. The Gazette exposure of Judge Akintoye’s concealed asset in Dubai came as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a report that described the Emirati commercial capital as an ‘oasis for Nigeria’s corrupt political elites.”
The said publication has been read by many of our clients’ family, friends, associates and colleagues. The publication conveys the wrong impression that our Clients are corrupt. Specifically, that Honourable Justice Adedayo Akintoye has utilized judicial office to acquire illicit wealth and properties with the active connivance of her husband, Mr. Akindele Akintoye who has also been presented in your Company’s publication as an accessory after the fact, to the alleged corrupt activities credited to his wife in the said publication. The publication has undoubtedly diminished our Clients’ reputation in the eyes of right thinking members of the society. Our Clients on account of the publication, have been queried and are still being queried by family members, friends and associates on the issues of corruption and acquisition of the said property.
Our further instructions show that, prior to the offending publication, Mr. Akindele Akintoye’s effort to draw your Managing Editor, Mr. Samuel Ogundipe’s attention to material inaccuracies in the proposed publication did not yield positive result. For the avoidance of doubt, we have specific instruction to the effect that Honourable Justice Adedayo Akintoye does not own (solely or jointly) any flat at Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Consequently, your company’s publication is therefore false in every material respect.
It is in light of the above, that we have our Clients’ instructions to demand the following:
- 1. An immediate retraction and apology for the offending publication. These should be published prominently on your website at www.gazzettengr.com
- 2. Immediate pulling down/removal of the offending publication from your website at wwwqgazzettenqr.com
- 3. Monetary damages in the sum of N500 million for the injury and pain occasioned our clients.
AND TAKE NOTICE that in the event of your company’s failure to immediately comply with (1) and (2) above and pay damages requested in (3) above within 7 days of receipt of this letter, we shall definitely perfect our instructions by making right the wrong committed against our Clients by instituting court proceedings against you claiming declaratory, injunctive and compensatory reliefs on account of the said defamatory and injuriously false publication.
Thank you. Yours faithfully,
FOR: BAYO OSIPITAN & CO.
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