BY CHRIS EKEKE
Three leaders of Kegbara-Dere community in Gokana local government area of Rivers State, will on March 27, 2017, begin their defence and counter-claim on a defamation suit brought against them before a Rivers State High Court by former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee.
Justice Ifeanyichukwu Wodi of the State High Court fixed March 27, as well as April 3, April 4 and April 13, 2017 for continuation of the defence and counter-claim by the three community leaders, including Chief Enoch Tombari Gbarade, Festus Legbara and Olulu Sunday Olulu.
The new dates followed the conclusion of the cross-examination of two witnesses that were invited by Mitee, who is also an indigene of Kegbara-Dere community.
The former MOSOP President had dragged Gbarade, Legbara and Olulu, accusing trio, who are former chairmen of Kegbara-Dere Town Council; Kegbara-Dere Community Development Council and Kegbara-Dere Youth Council, for alleged defamation of his character.
In the suit, PHC/1907/2015, Mitee is demanding for N1.05 billion as damages following allegations by the trio that he sponsored armed youths to cause unrest in the community.
During the cross-examination of the two witnesses yesterday, one of them, Tornubari Nyone, denied his statement on oath and insisted that he was not the person that inform the former MOSOP President about what happened at the community on November 11, 2015.