By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The apology offered by the Vanguard Newspapers over the publication of allegation that Kabiru, first son of Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was arrested for money laundering at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos has been rejected by the victim.
Kabiru while rejecting the apology through his counsel, Bashiru Ajibola, said that the apology was not directed to him, whose reputation has been injured and reduced in the eye of the public as a money launderer.
According to Kabiru, the apology was done in an obscured manner in such a way that it was obviously not intended to obviate the damage done to him.
He therefore demanded for fresh apology to be done in two national newspapers within seven day.
Kabiru’s counsel further said that the apology carried by the newspaper was limited to the newspaper stressing that the defamatory publication was published both on its tabloid and on-line portal.
According to the statement, “we are not unaware of the belated half-hearted apology in your Vanguard edition of Saturday 16th May, 2015 in an obscure location. The said apology fell short of the remedy for the damage which your publication had caused our client.
It would be recalled that Vanguard newspapers on Friday 15th May 2015 reported that “Controversy Trails Aregbesola Son’s Alleged Arrest.
Bashiru Ajibola noted that despite the denial of the state government of Osun through its spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, the media organization still went ahead contrary to any known media ethics spread falsehood to the public citing a faceless and nameless source to validate such allegations.
Kabiru’s counsel noted that the apology as published by the newspaper in its Saturday edition of 16th May 2015 was a clear admission of liability for defamation against him.
He however demanded that the retraction and apology must be published in its front page tabloid and on-line medium for seven days consecutively within seven days, failure of which legal action will be taken against the establishment.