A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has told Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television that they must apologise to him for airing an offensive documentary against his person or risk being sued for defamation of character.
The offensive documentary, according Tinubu’s counsel, Tunji Abayomi, was aired on Sunday, and a letter has been forwarded to Daar Communications asking that the documanatry be suspended forthwith, and an unreserved apology be tendered to Tinubu.
The letter reads in parts ” You aired an hour long documentary focussing on our client (Bola Tinubu). Clearly pre-occupied with political resentment and hatred neither warranted, necessary, proper, or justified, you published several false allegations against our client.
“More disturbing is your misrepresentation that the said documentary was ‘sponsored’ without disclosing the ‘sponsors’. You cannot under law, hide under media freedom to maliciously injure a citizen’s reputation.” The letter also demanded for N20 billion as cost of damage done to the reputation of Tinubu, failing which he will sue the company.
It continued: “to affirm the right of our client against your defamatory publication, we demand that you confirm to us within 24 hours of receipt of this letter, an apology and retraction of the said publication/documentary.”