Nation Newspaper apologizes to Falana
Says Magu didn’t pay Falana N28m
The Nation Newspaper has apologised to legal icon, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, over its publication implicating the legal icon in the saga involving the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
Consequently, Mr. Falana had given the Nation Newspaper 48 hours to retract their publication or face libel suit.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the Editor of The Nation Newspaper dated July 12, 2020.
The letter was signed by Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, the counsel to Mr. Falana.
The letter reads in part:
“The publication and the imputations it conveyed is damning, as you will no doubt agree with me. It is particularly damning against my client because his entire career as a lawyer has been devoted to fighting human rights abuses and corruption in high and low places (among the many public causes he has become noted for).
“So, to charge such a person with the imputations in your publication is not something that he can (in fairness to himself and the reputation he has worked for all his life) ignore despite that he is also a well-known advocate and defender of press freedom.
“It Is noteworthy that no attempt was made by you to contact and request my client to react to the allegation before publishing and circulating it to your worldwide readers.
“The impression my client gets from this is that you were well aware that you were publishing a planted story, hence there was no desire or need on your part to seek and balance it with my client’s reaction.
“This speaks volume us to your professionalism, as well as your malicious intent.”
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Reacting, apologised to Mr. Falana in a statement made available to ElombahNews and retracted the story.
The statement reads:
Respected rights crusader, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), was not paid N28 million or any sum to handle any case by the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu.
He also never prosecuted any case for the commission.
This is contrary to a report with the headline: More trouble for Magu as new facts on re-looting of recovered funds emerge, published on our website on Saturday.
We apologise to Mr Falana, who we hold in high esteem, for the story which our Online section unwittingly picked from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
We hereby retract the story.
We agree that the report imputed against Falana was false, and on realising that, we took the story down.
We regret the damage the story would have caused him and apologise unreservedly to him.