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Wikki Times: Dogara Demands Apology, Libelous Story Retraction Within 3 Days



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· Vows To Take Legal Action Against Publishers

House of Representatives former Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has threatened to institute legal action against publishers of online news blog Wikki Times over defamatory and libelous story published against him.

In the said libelous story published on June 28, 2021 the online blog alleged that the former Speaker “connived” with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to squander a fictitious sum of N1 billion meant for renovation of schools in his federal constituency.

Dogara, a member of the House representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency addressed and delivered the letter of his demand to Publishers of Wikki Times Media, and Publishing Limited, dated July 2nd, 2021.

The letter was written by his counsels, Barristers Ahmed A. Accanny and S. N. Yusuf from Baushe Chambers Bauchi, demanding for immediate retraction of the defamatory story and written apology to Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara within three days from the date of the receipt of the letter or risk legal action.

It reads in part, “Your disingenuous publication purported to elicit information from some named persons one of whom is one Mr. Gideon Gambo, whom your spurious publication claim is an uncle to our client and NUT.

“Chairman of Bogoro Local Government. Your publication went on to recklessly quote the said Mr. Gideon Gambo, a fictitious uncle to our client”.

“It is very glaring that nowhere in your ignoble publication other than the sensational headline did you trace the release of the sum of 1 billion naira to UBEC for the construction of Model schools which UBEC undertakes at 250 million naira and have constructed same in many states across the country”.

“Since you have categorically failed to state whether the purported sum of 1 billion naira was released and to whom, how therefore did you arrive at the conclusion that our client in conjunction with UBEC has squandered a nonexistent sum of 1 billion naira? It is crystal clear that you have left no intelligent person in doubt as to the fact that your mendacious publication was just meant to defame our client”.

“As though the foregoing was not enough, you went on to personally state that the proposed ICT centre in the community has been converted to an APC warehouse used by Dogara. The building which has an APC Logo, the political party of Dogara, is behind his house.” Our client finds it shocking that you went to great lengths to starkly defame him without a shred of evidence and had to resort to base conjecture and suppositions”.

The letter added, “In sharp contrast to what your unfounded publication would have the world believe, our client has no uncle dead or alive that bears the name Mr. Gideon Gambo in which by virtue of your publication is the acclaimed principal of Gwarangah Secondary School and chairman of NUT, Bogoro L.G.A”.

Counsels explained that their client was not aware of the release of the sum of 1 billion naira to any entity by UBEC for the construction of schools in his constituency other than a budgetary line of 1 billion naira for the construction of Model Schools in Dass Central Primary School, Tafawa Balewa Central Primary School, Bogoro Primary School and Gwarangah Primary School at the cost of 250 billion naira each.

It however said that there wasn’t any budgetary release of the monies appropriated for the proposed projects to have been undertaken, stressing “It is also noteworthy that contrary to the letters of your defamatory publication, no project was ever listed in the budget for Junior Secondary School in Gwarangah”.

“Our client is baffled by the fact that you opted to feign ignorance of the fact that the responsibility of fixing and rehabilitating schools lies with the state government and not on our client who as a legislator merely but concertedly nominates the schools where the projects will be carried out”.

Letter similarly recalled, “The grossly unfounded claim that books meant for school children are stashed in our client’s house at Gwarangah and that the ICT centre at Gwarangah bears the APC logo are not only fantastic lies but seem like a carefully crafted scene of a fictitious movie”.

“Our client is equally marveled and mortified by your publication’s insinuations that he works for UBEC and superintends over their projects all in a bid to defame him”.

Counsels therefore gave publishers of Wikki Times 72 hours from the date of service of the letter to retract the defamatory publication against their client and unequivocally apologize for the same through the same medium.

They argued that failure to abide by the conditions, would have no option other than to proceed to seek legal redress against publishers of Wikki Times before a competent court of law in the course of which they shall claim substantial damages against it.

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State Coordinator Of Actualization Group Felicitates With Gov Fintiri Over 2nd Term Inauguration




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The State Coordinator of Actualisation Group, a non governmental organisation in Adamawa, Ya’u Alh Umar Babayi has congratulated Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri over his second term inauguration.

According to a statement made available to this platform, Babayi described the second term inauguration as a success to the people of Adamawa State.

The Coordinator who is the former Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) noted that the re-election of Governor Fintiri was indeed a testament of his dogged efforts towards developing the state to greater heights.

He thanked Governor Fintiri for giving him the opportunity to serve under his administration.

Babayi added that Governor Fintiri has performed beyond expectations in his first tenue especially in the areas of road network, health, education and agriculture among other sectors in Gombi and other local government areas across the state.

He affirmed that the victory of Governor Fintiri at the polls, was no doubt a major pointer that politics is all about being trusted by the people.

The former SA prayed to Allah to grant Governor Fintiri the wisdom to pilot the affairs of Adamawa state for the next four years successfully.

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Adamawa NUJ Congratulates Fintiri Over Successful Second Term Inauguration




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Adamawa State Council has congratulated Governor Fintiri over his second term inauguration in office.

This is contained in a statement released by Secretary of the Council, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan and made available to this platform.

“The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) Adamawa State council has congratulated His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State,Rt.Hon.Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (CON)and his Deputy , Her Excellency, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta over the successful inauguration for the second term in office.

“Indeed, the tumultuous crowd that besiege Mahmud Ribadu square Yola for the event was a reflection of unprecedented love for the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

“As his excellency steers the leadership of the state again, the NUJ heartedly commends Fintiri’s tremendous achievements during his first four Years in office through his urban and rural transformation, Health care, Security and empowerment among others, which earned him a well deserved prestigious Award of a National Honour of Commander of the Niger(CON) by the Immidiete Past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.

“While the union pledged it’s total support and commitment to the Governor,it urged him to sustain the tempo in consolidating on the gains of the previous tenure.

“The NUJ prayed for His Excellency’s God protection and a flourishing administration,” the statement said.

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Mubi South LG Councillors Withdraw Suspension On Council Chair




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Nine (9) Councillors of Mubi South Local Government Area, Adamawa State have withdrawn the suspension of the Chairman of the LGC, Hon. Hamidu Adamu Jingi(Dirbishi).

Aside the the unanimous withdrawal of the suspension, the affected Councillors, who represent various political wards, apologised to the Chairman as well as their electorate for their action.

The councillors included that of Mugulbu, Nduku, Dirbishi, Duvu, Gude, Lamorde, Kwaja, Muzara and Nasarawo, said that they had jumped some steps during the suspension of Hon. Dirbishi.

The councillors announced the withdrawal of the suspension while addressing newsmen at the press center of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Yola on Monday.

The spokesman of the delegation who is also the Chief Whip, Hon. Aminu Sa’adu (aka Mo-Allahyidi), disclosed that the suspension of the Chairman was in outright violation of Local Government Administration Law as well as the 1999 Constitution.

Hon. Aminu who is the Councillor representing Lamorde Ward, told newsmen said that they were summoned by the State House of Assembly after the suspension where they were shown some steps they had jumped.

“Today, we are here to clarify some issues. If you could recall, we impeached the Chairman of the Council last week, based on the allegations against him”. He explained .

He stated thus:” After the incident ,we were summoned by the State House of Assembly where our votes and proceedings were collacted. During our meeting, we were told that there are some steps which we jumped during the impeachment”.

“As law abiding citizens, nine (9) out of ten (10) us sat down and agreed to withdraw the suspension in the interest of our LGA and for peace to rain and at the same time apologise for our action”. He added.

He said that they have no intention whatsoever to go back and continue with the process, saying that they are ready for peace, and that the Chairman of the LGC has promised to do the needful.

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