N35.5m Alleged debt: Crisis In Bayelsa Owned Radio Deepens With Threat Of N100m Defamation Suit

The crisis rocking the Bayelsa State owned Radio station over the alleged N35.5 million debt incurred by the past management team deepened with the alleged threat by the Former General Manager, Mr. Lawson Herford to drag his successor, Dr. John Idumange to court over alleged criminal defamation.

According to Comrade Lawson Heyford, through his lawyers, Stanley Damabide&Partners said though the claims by the General Manager,John Idumange on the alleged unexplained N35.5million incurred debt by his processor was found to be untrue, they are ready to head to court to file a criminal defamation suit against him and demand a written apology and the payment of N100million as pecuniary compensation.

The incumbent General Manager, John Indumange, had severally been reported to have taken the battle against his predecessor to the face book with postings alleging that his predecessor allegedly robbed the state with reckless abandon and hired hotel rooms with the revenue of the Radio Station.

Indumange also alleged that his processor sold off the 350kva generator owned by the Radio Station and used the proceeds to build a house in Ataba in Rivers State.

But the Counsel to Comrade Lawson Heyford, in a letter to the incumbent General Manager, Dr. John Idunmange and signed by Barr. Foubai Pereyi, stated that “with regards to the defamatory publications relating to our client, demand the following, a written apology, a written retraction of your said publication and the payment of the sum of N100 million only as compensation.”

“The said publications, which were widely disseminated by you through face book and through SMS, electronically, severely hurt the reputation and standing of our client in the society, also exposing our client to opprobrium and public denigration of character and person.”

“it is noteworthy that our client has over 30 years of experience in journalism and also managed efficiently and successfully a private radio station before repeating the same feat in Radio Bayelsa. Quiet painfully, it is the foregoing standing and hard earned reputation of our client that your publication have falsely, unfairly and maliciously attacked.”

Source: Leadership

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