The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has decided to take legal action against the Independent Communications Network Limited, publishers of PM News. The Governor is suing the company for N1 billion. Governor Ajimobi’s Special Adviser on Media, Festus Adedayo made it known in a statement on Tuesday.
PM News on Tuesday published a piece entitled ‘Anxiety over Florence Ajimobi’s alleged arrest in UK’ in which it published a story purportedly written by an online agency named Newsleak which alleged that the wife of the governor had been arrested in London for money laundering.
Adedayo stated in that “this report is not only wicked, it is the figment of the imagination of the writers. Mrs. Ajimobi was never arrested for any offence whatsoever. Even though our investigations have shown that this is the work of some arrowheads of the opposition, it was done in such an amateurish way that beats the imagination of any responsible reader.”
Adedayo also made it known in the press statement that though the government has a lot of respect for the media, there is the need to drag the runners of these media to court to explain the details of their reports to the rest of the world.
The state government also decried what it described as dirty politicking by the opposition in the state who use the media for the propagation of their falsehood. “The courts would be able to compel those behind this wicked lie to provide details of the veracity or otherwise of their claims on the governor’s wife”, the statement read.