by Kolapo Olapoju
All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has threatened to sue the management of the Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television, AIT for N20 billion, over a documentary it aired on Sunday, March 1.
Tinubu’s counsel, Tunji Abayomi, wrote a letter to Daar Communications asking the company to apologise for the defamatory content and also desist from further airing of the documentary.
Abayomi also demanded the said sum of N20 billion as compensation for damage done to the reputation of his client, which if not paid, will force his client to sue the company.
The letter which was dated Monday, March 2, read in part: “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 read: “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.”