Ahmed Salkida’s Lawyers Write THISDAY Newspapers Over Libelous Publication
The lawyer of a Nigerian journalist, Ahmed Salkida, has written the management of Thisday newspaper over a publication published by the newspaper which seek to malign the person and character of Mr. Salkida.
According to the lawyer of the journalist, Abdul Mahmud, Thisday Newspapers published the highly presumptous and offensive piece to defame and malign the Mr. Salkida and his
integrity, character and reputation highly repugned.
“We have been instructed by the well-known Nigerian journalist, Mallam Ahmad Salkida and we have today written to This Day to demand a retraction of the offensive publication and to render unreserved apologies to our client,” Mr. Mahmud said.
The letter to THIS DAY Newspaper reproduced below.
3rd November, 2014.
This Day Newspaper,
35, Creek Road,
Apapa, Lagos State.
LIBELOUS PUBLICATION AGAINST MALLAM AHMAD SALKIDA
We are solicitors to Mallam Ahmad Salkida (hereinafter referred to as our client) and we have his instruction to write this letter.
Our client is the respected journalist based in Dubai who in the course of his work has assiduously and covered, reported and provided invaluable media insights into the insurgent activities of Boko Haram. As a journalist, our client is of unimpeachable integrity and considerable public stature.
Our client briefed us on the above-mentioned as follows:
1. That on Tuesday, 27th May, 2014 you caused to be published in This Day a report, titled: ‘’Names of FG Negotiators to Free Chibok Girls Revealed”, where you made baseless, presumptuous and false claim against our client which reads inter alia: Salkida was said to have been sacked from both media organisations, ostensibly for his perceived closeness to the Boko Haram sect, which caused him to compromise his professional handling of news reports in relation to the sect’’.
2. As if the above claim wasn’t damaging enough to the reputation of our client, you further claimed and made spurious allusion to our client thus: ‘’the demands for cash has (sic) spurred suspicions that the negotiators are merely interested in the monetary gains they can make during negotiations, thus reinforcing the suspicion that they may not actually be as close to Shekau as they claim’’.
3. The above claims, published without recourse to our client to hear his own side and or to cross-check or verify the presumptuous claim that our client was sacked by the Daily Trust and Blue Print newspapers, as the ethics of journalism demand thereby portraying our client as unprofessional and a greedy and corrupt journalist who is merely interested in monetary gains.
Since the publication of your offensive report, our client has been inundated with calls and text messages from friends and colleagues in the local and international media; and in many instances, he has been shunned by his professional colleagues on account of your malicious publication. Thus, the ridicule, hatred and contempt you have exposed our client to are unfathomable and the injury you have inflicted incalculable.
In the light of the foregoing, therefore, we demand the following:
a. A retraction of the said publication
b. A public apology rendered to our client in a prominent section of your newspaper
We wish to state that unless you accede to our aforesaid demands within 14 days of receipt of this letter, our unequivocal instruction is to take a writ against you and your newspaper and to seek the sum of N500, 000, 000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as aggravated damages caused to the integrity, character, reputation and the good public standing of our client.
For: Mahmud Law Firm
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