Ex-Minister Prof. Viola Onwuliri’s Son, Chukwuemeka Onwuliri, victim of defamation

Chukwuemeka Osmond Elihe Onwuliri good name stands after ex wife makes false claims against him.

Engr. Chukwuemeka Osmond Elihe Onwuliri is the son of former Nigerian Foreign Minister, Prof.(Mrs) Viola Onwuliri and Former FUTO University Vice Chancellor, Late Prof. Celestine Onwuliri. He started his career as an engineering undergraduate at University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in 1999 eventually graduating as the school’s valedictorian with a First Class in Engineering before rapidly rising through the ranks in the Oil and Gas industry through nothing but perseverance and hard work. He later earnt an MBA from the University of Liverpool in the UK. Chukwuemeka has contributed to conference papers such as Record Coiled Tubing Aided Reach and First Real-Time Injection Profiling with Tractor in Extended Reach Well published in 2013, has won several awards like the coveted global Schlumberger Excellence-in-Action Award in 2010 for a new technology execution for Saudi Aramco and has received written commendations from Exxon Mobil, Shell, ENI and Chevron for his excellent work on their operations.

In early 2016, Chukwuemeka Onwuliri was the subject of an online defamation attack from his estranged wife Kristina Chiamaka Amaefule when she used numerous writers to spread false articles about him, his mum ex-Minister Prof. Viola Onwuliri, and some family friends which included a Catholic priest and a member of the Imo state house of representatives. All the articles were posted online without any prior due diligence, verification or fact-checking. It has been reported that Google is looking into the reports of the false postings and could possibly remove the statements from their search engines before the end of 2016.

Chukwuemeka Onwuliri works as a technical consulting lead for Tryiad and he takes care of his two daughters. Although he is not considering a libel suit at this time, in other similar cases, individuals have been successful in suing larger corporations for defamation. This thus raises the question as to what a person is supposed to do in the digital age of 2016 when such a thing happens. Whose responsibility is it to protect the innocent in these situations? Is it the search engines, the writers or the hosting companies for the blogs allowing such claims to be hosted on their servers? In this instance we will have to wait and see who makes the first move to remove such claims.

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