The chairman of Folio Media Group (FMG), publisher of The Daily Times, Mr Fidelis Anosike, has said that he is ready to use everything at his disposal to defend The Daily Times and ensure that the heritage newspaper is on the news stand every day.
Anosike said that despite the charade and attempts by some individuals to truncate the publishing of the newspaper and run it out of business for the sole purpose of stripping its assets, he is ready to put his life on the line to not only to ensure that they fail, but to ensure that the DTN remains a success story.
Speaking to Journalists at the premises of the newspaper house in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday when he briefed the media on the recent invasion of the DTN premises and large scale vandalisation and destruction of the company properties by agents of former lawmaker, Senator Ikechukwu Obiora and chairman of DSTV, Mr Adewunmi Ogunsanya, among others, Anosike insisted that no amount of intimidation will make him relinquish the ownership of the company which his company rightly acquired from the federal government to anyone.
He said, “Nobody is above the law. If I can go to prison, anybody can go to prison. I am ready to die for The Daily Times to be alive, it doesn’t matter, so nobody is going to scare me, The Daily Times will continue publishing.”
This is even as veteran Journalist and broadcaster, Mr Patrick Oke, who is the company’s tenant at its 13 Cooper Road, Ikoyi that was completely destroyed by Obiora and his hoodlums, said he has lost everything that he ever worked for all his life.
According to Anosike, “Daily Times was sold wholly to Folio Communications Ltd. It was not a consortium sale, but somewhere along the line, some of these people came and they wanted to buy some of the properties that Daily Times had and we agreed to sell one or two of the properties to them and they gave us cheques and some of the cheques bounced and we are currently in court with them over dud cheques.
“But, the current issues we are facing now is that Daily Times had an invasion with a purported Magistrates’ Court order. That also tells us how Nigeria is and how dangerous doing business in Nigeria is. Imagine a situation where a publisher like me is taken to a police station and the next day he is bundled to a magistrates’ court in Mpape, an outskirt of Abuja and the next day, I found myself in prison, what will you do? But, I had to follow the due process to come out.”
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