A witness Linan Okapu on Monday told an FCT High Court that Information Minister Lai Mohammed on March 30 during a news conference named Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Raymond Dokpesi on the list of treasury looters.
Mr Dokpesi who is also chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc filed the suit on April 30 seeking N5 billion damages from Mr Mohammed and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.
Dokpesi alleged that Mohammed and Mr Malami defamed his character by including his name on the treasury looters’ list.
Ms Okapu who was testifying during cross-examination by Mohammed’s Counsel T.G Akpe claimed that she watched the news conference on Channels Television and also online (Youtube).
“I am aware that the claimant is standing trial in a N 2.1 billion suit at the Federal High Court because of the media reports proceedings of the case.
“I also heard the information minister calling the claimant name and a couple of others were listed as looters of the National Treasury,” Okapu said.
Another witness Jibrin Osogbwemoe who claimed that Dokpesi was his childhood friend, informed the court that he was disgusted with the claimant after hearing the news.
“The pronouncement of Chief Dokpesi as a looter, disturbed me since he and I are good friends,” Mr Osogbwemoe said.
Justice Olukayode Adeniyi adjourned the case until February 27 and 29 for continuation of hearing at the instance of Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Dokpesi.