Lai Mohammed had included Secondus’ name on the list of PDP members who looted the national treasury when the party was in government.
Secondus had however denied the claim and warned that he would drag him to court if he did not withdraw the statement.
In a statement and documents made available to The Next Edition by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, Secondus said having failed to retract the claim of corruption against him, he had filed a suit against Lai Mohammed.
The suit was filed at a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Among other things, Secondus wants the court to award him the sum of N1.5 billion being damages for humiliation, castigation, vilification attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication.
In the suit with no/PHC/1013/2018, Secondus is also claiming that Lai Mohammad’s publication is defamatory and is asking the court to direct him to retract the said publication and apologise in writing.
He demands that he should also be made to publish the retraction and apology in all the social media including major newspapers where the defamatory story was published.
Uche Secondus is also asking the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing defamatory materials against him.
Joined in the suit are the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Attorney General of the Federation and the Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation newspapers.