Retract Offending Publication Or Face Legal Action, Law Firm Orders Gideon Ekere
…Demand 50 million as payment for character damage
A law firm sitting in Uyo, Samuel Ikpo and Company, has ordered the immediate retraction of a news article recently published by a local tabloid, THE POST NEWSPAPER, alleging Sen. Effiong Bob to be at variance with the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel.
In a notice served to Editor in Chief of the tabloid on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Barristers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court Nigeria noted that the misleading story headline: Effiong Bob dares Udom Emmanuel, declares says anyone chosen by Gov Udom will fail” has gone viral across the country and on the internet, and has subsequently evoked the displeasure of their client, Sen. Effiong Bob.
“the publication has wide circulation within and outside the country and is posted on internet services which has been read by many people who called their client expressing disgust over the said information”.
Describing the said publication as false and its allegation as defamation of character and a stain on the integrity of their client, the firm has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Editor-in-chief of THE POST NEWSPAPER, demanding a retraction of the news story, an apology and a 50 million naira payment for character assassination.
“…the information which he meant and was understood to be that Senator Effiong Bob is disloyal to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel as a result of betrayal of trust and is not loyal to the party he belongs, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were all false.
“This article is full of fabrication and untruth, whereby this would have been best ignored but we are constrained to respond on account for the severe implications of the allegations for the integrity of our beloved client”, the firm maintained.
While stating in clear terms that Sen. Bob has never granted such interview, the Supreme Court Barristers and Solicitors pointed out that the publication “has injured the reputation and image of their client and has lowered him down, causing members of the society to shun and avoid him”.
Subsequently, the firm has demanded the sum of Fifty Million Naira as damages, as well as an apology in the same media the story was published within seven days, without which they will commence criminal and civil action against Gideon Ekere.