Court awards damages to Larry B in libel suit filed against Dumebi Kachikwu

Posted on January 19 2017 , at 03:14 pm
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  • He had filed a N1 billion defamation of character lawsuit at an Abuja High Court.

Naeto C's Porsche Cayenne
Naeto C’s Porsche Cayenne

At rapper Naeto C‘s wedding in 2012, he received a Porsche Cayenne SUV from an Abuja-based millionaire Dumebi Kachikwu (younger brother of current Minister of Petroleum Dr. Ibe Kachikwu) who was married to his sister Somachi at the time.

The wedding gift would go on to be contentious, eventually resulting in a court case. The vehicle was reportedly sold by Larry ‘B’ Onuegbu, car dealer and owner of Auto Lounge (a luxury automobile themed bar) in Lagos.

Shortly after the glamorous wedding, Larry B accused Kachikwu of not paying for the Porsche he publicly gave away. Kachikwu on his part claimed that he was the victim of Larry B’s fraudulent act of passing off a used car as a new one.

The matter soon became scandalous, with several allegations by Kachikwu that Larry B was a serial debtor and fraudster who had duped him repeatedly. Of course, Naeto C had to return the car.

Five years later, Dumebi Kachikwu is no longer married to Somachi Chikwe and the matter is finally being resolved.

Larry B has been awarded damages in his lawsuit against Mr. Kachikwu, according to court papers made available to Thenetng today. He had filed a N1 billion defamation of character lawsuit at an Abuja High Court.

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The court today announced that he be recompensed to the tune of N2 million and Kachikwu is required to publish an apology in a national newspaper ‘for damaging the reputation of Larry Onuegbu.’

The judgement reads in part: By the terms of agreements of the parties, the defendant was to pay the consideration sum…after making inspection of the car with the history of the car being disclosed to him. 

The car was exhibited at the wedding reception in and presented to the newlyweds. However the defendant failed to honour the agreement made with the platiff.

It goes further to state that The defendant then went ahead to publish…a statement which has done serious damage of the reputation of the plantiff.’

Kachikwu has had several run-ins with the law in recent years. In 2015, he was held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for an alleged N750 million scam.

There’s no word yet from his camp.

Meanwhile you may download full judgement HERE.

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