Libelous Publication: Retract Or Face Suit —Dogara Warns Premium Times
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has demanded for retraction of story by an online media, Premium Times, titled “EXCLUSIVE: Minister Adeosun, Saraki, Dogara, Accountant General in N10 billion fraud scandal” in which they alleged that Federal Ministry of Finance made illegal payments of funds to him and Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Reacting to the story via his verified Twitter handle @YakubDogara on Saturday, the Speaker described the story as “journalistic demagoguery” which is fast gaining ascendancy in the country and must be curtailed.
He said if editors of Premium Times do not immediately retract the story and apologise, he will institute legal action against them as a law abiding citizen.
“This brand of journalistic demagoguery that is currently in the ascendancy in our dear country must be curtailed,” he said.
“The writers are as dumb as the fable they are peddling. If no immediate retraction of this supremely idiotic report is made, we will certainly meet in court.”
Similarly, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed concern over the said publication by Premium Times.
Dr. Saraki raised wondered how Premium Times would publish an article “without any proof, reference, attribution or justification”.
Denying the article in question as “pure and unmitigated false news”, he said that “all funds in the National Assembly are in the custody of the National Assembly Management, which is headed by the Clerk, and not its presiding officers.”
He, therefore, asked the reading public to disregard the Premium Times piece as “Fake News” and promised to bring the news media to accountability before the court of law.
The Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, have also repudiated the story with threats of seeking redress in court if not retracted withing a given time.