The legal battle between Daar Communications Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television, and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has taken a dramatic turn with the station hitting Tinubu back with a suit higher than his.
The former Lagos governor had on Monday in a statement said he was set to drag AIT to court for airing what he called a defamatory documentary about him on Sunday. He asked the TV station to stop the documentary, issue a public apology and pay him N20billion for damaging his reputation.
But the owners of the station have replied Tinubu, asking him to instead, pay them N100billion in damages for the “irreparable injury inflicted on AIT”
Below is a statement by the station:
Daar Communications Plc has rejected in their entirety the demands of Tunji Abayomi and co on behalf of Bola Tinubu over a documentary titled “Unmasking The Real Tinubu” transmitted on African Independent Television, AIT, according to a publication on its website. The demands, which Mike Ozekhome’s chambers describe as laughable, include the stoppage of further transmission of the alleged defamatory documentary, failure which daar communications will be made to pay twenty billion Naira representing damages. In its reaction, Mike Ozekhome’s chambers on behalf on behalf of DAAR communications declares that AIT, in transmitting the documentary was only carrying out its constitutional responsibility to uphold the fundamental objectives of the constitution.
It states further that the documentary merely stated that Bola Tinubu generally breached various portions of the Nigerian constitution. DAAR communications plc is therefore demanding a complete withdrawal of the letter under reference, which must be given wide publicity as that accorded the letter from the chambers of Tunji Abayomi. The media company demands an apology to be published in at least four leading national newspapers and four television stations, which must include NTA, Channels and AIT.
The sum of one hundred billion Naira representing aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages for the irreparable injury inflicted on AIT is also being demanded.