As hearing commences Monday on the N2billion abuse of fundamental rights suit they initiated against the Nigerian Police, Sen. Ikechukwu Obiorah and chairman of DSTV Adewumi Ogunsanya, the management of Folio Communications Plc, publishers of Daily Times newspaper have vowed that no amount of harassment, intimidation and (or) persecution will compel them to surrender assets of the media company or withdraw the suit seeking redress over the impunity meted out on them.
They were reacting to news reports that the Nigerian Police had perfected plans to file fresh charges against them, few weeks after the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar expressly ordered in writing that all cases against them be withdrawn since there was no basis to commence the cases in the first place.
According to a statement, yesterday, signed on their behalf by Bonaventure Melah, Managing Editor, Daily Times newspaper who is also the Media Adviser to Folio Communications, it amounts to daydreaming for the trio of the Police, Obiorah and Adesanya to even imagine or think that by initiating another frivolous and unsubstantiated allegations, they may be compelled to give up their rights.
“We have read reports from some online papers that the Police have concluded plans to file fresh charges against the management of Folio Communications Plc, owners and publishers of Daily Times. This is purely childish on the part of the Police particularly, as well as laughable. Just a few weeks back, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Abubakar had invited the management of Folio Communications on the same matter and after investigation side by side the petitions relative to it, the IGP personally directed that all criminal cases against Folio and its owners, Fidelis and Noel Anosike be withdrawn which the Police complied with.
The letter withdrawing the cases dated 2nd February, 2018 which was signed by ACP Henry Njoku Esq. and Omosun Mathew, Prosecution Officer was addressed to the Registrar, Mpape Magistrate Court, FCT Abuja which clearly said “Take notice that the prosecution wishes to discontinue the above stated cases before this Honourable Court.”
“For the Police to go back to its vomit, as they say of dogs, by again allowing itself to be bamboozled by Ikechukwu Obiorah and Adewumi Ogunsanya into planning to initiate fresh charges on the same matter does not only indicate a ‘stain’ but as well makes mockery of Police hierarchy,” the statement said, adding that the Police, Ikechukwu Obiorah and Adewumi Ogunsanya must have their days in the court beginning Monday for violating their fundamental rights and attempting to scavenge the assets of Daily Times.
On the basis of the above therefore, Bonaventure stated that Folio Communications Plc and its management will continue to apply all legal and civil means to defend and protect Daily Times and its assets from property scavengers trying desperately to take what does not belong to them.
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