By Abidemi Dairo
Management of The Beat 99.9 FM has officially responded to the highly publicized altercations between two of its employees, Mr. Adewunmi Oyekanmi and popular On-Air-Personality, Mr. Olisa Adibua. According to a press statement signed by the management of the urban radio station, the station’s authority is in control of the situation and appropriate steps have been taken to ensure a proper investigation of the incident.
“The attention of the management of The Beat 99.9 FM has been drawn to the widespread online and social media reports, regarding an unfortunate incident that occurred between two members of our staff on The Beat 99.9 FM premises in the early hours of Thursday September 8, 2011,” the statement opens. “The management team can confirm that there was an altercation between our Programmes Director Olisa Adibua and our editor Adewunmi Oyekanmi. We are fully investigating the incident and have placed Olisa Adibua on a four-week suspension as a precautionary measure while he cooperates fully with the investigation. Adewunmi Oyekanmi is also assisting us with the investigation.”
The management condemned violence and also explained why Adibua was allowed to co-host The Beat of Lagos event held a day after the altercation while reassuring listeners and the general public that incidents like this will be checked henceforth.
“As a responsible organisation, the management of The Beat 99.9 FM condemns any form of violence, assault and abuse, and, will not condone any such act by any member of staff. The BEAT of Lagos event that occurred on the 9th of September, in which Olisa co-hosted with our other BEAT 99.9 presenters, was a jointly staged event with a partner. This partner was made aware of the situation and still requested that we honour the existing contract with his firm which stated that all presenters, including Olisa Adibua, be present at the event.
“We assure our listeners, friends, partners and all concerned parties that decisive actions will be taken, and enforced. The management of The Beat 99.9FM is already putting in place measures to prevent a repeat of such an unfortunate incident,” the statement concludes.