N100m Libel Suit: Icon Weekly Begs Tuface

Icon Weekly, a Nigerian soft-sell publication, has retracted its story concerning sensational pop singer, Tuface Idibia, who was alleged to have been involved in an adultery mess.

In March, the weekly magazine literally sparked off some controversies when it reported that one Teniola, a Lagos-based banker and graduate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, was pregnant for the award-winning music superstar.

In its reaction, 960 Music Group, Tuface Idibia’s management, released a statement refuting the report.

Obviously miffed, the artiste later sued the publication for N100 million.

However, as the publishers of the magazine seemed to desire an out-of-court settlement, they wrote a letter of apology to the artiste’s management.

Upon receipt of the letter, Tuface Idibia’s management released it online for public consumption.

The letter reads in parts: “On behalf of the Management of Tegs Icon Ventures, publishers of Icon Weekly Magazine, I write in respect of our publication of (Vol. 01 No. 09) March 3, 2014 alleging that you were involved in an adultery mess with a Lagos banker.

“We admit that we failed to verify the source or contact your team (960 Media Group) for a response before printing the fabricated story. We have since discovered that the story was( false) and regret the embarrassment it has caused you and your family.

“We regret the indiscretion and hereby sincerely apologise for our errors as our reporter was completely misinformed.

“We hope you would accept our apology and forgive us.”

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