Hon. Dickson Tarkighir, the representative for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency in Benue State’s House of Representatives, has issued a threat to initiate a legal action amounting to N10 billion in damages. This legal action is directed towards Venita Akpofure and the organizers of the reality show, alleging defamation of the Tiv Nation.
Venita Akpofure has faced severe criticism following her statement on the reality show, where she asserted that “Tiv men give their wives to visitors for entertainment purposes.” This statement triggered strong outrage within the Tiv community in Nigeria’s North Central region, leading to calls for legal recourse against her.
In response to this situation, Hon. Tarkighir has proposed pursuing a lawsuit against both Venita and the Big Brother Naija brand. He alleges that they provided her with a “mega platform” to defame the Tiv tribe, hence the legal action.
On his Facebook page, he wrote: “#Venita Akpofure- Slam a 10BN defamation suit on her, the Big Brother brand, and its promoters, they provided her with the mega platform to defame an entire tribe and are equally liable for not disowning her.”