By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Management of Folio Communications Limited, has described the report that the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, has directed the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, to arrest its Group Managing Director, Mr. Fidelis Anosike and his brother, Noel as attempt to smear the company’s image.
In a statement issued in Lagos by the company’s spokesman, Mr. Ayodeji Seriki, said not only that the “statement was misleading” it said it was intended to whip up public sentiment and embarrass the Anosikes.
The Attorney General had recently reported to have directed the IGP to arrest the Anosikes over the controversies trailing the management of the former Daily Times of Nigeria by Folio Communications Limited.
The statement stated the company has been maintaining some restrain due to court cases, but were forced to react to the publications bordering on directive to arrest the Anosikes.
“Much as our company will not do anything negative to distort court process, we condemn in totality a situation whereby some individuals are using their positions in the society to oppress and smear the image of our corporate entity,” it stated.
The company stated that the AGF admitted in a letter, where he said it was unfair on the part of the Police not to have investigated Mr Anoisike before prosecution.
“Till date the Anosikes were never served with the charges, but only read about them on the pages of newspapers. Before now, they have petitioned the office of the IGP this oversight and there was directive to that effect.
“With this background, it is clear that some people somewhere are just cooking stories, with the purpose of misleading the public because investigation should, as a matter of fact, come before prosecution,” he added.
Accusing the AGF of bias in the handling of the case, Folio Communication submitted that the AGF ought to be an arbiter in the whole matter.
“Regrettably, the AG, who expectedly should be seen as being impartial in the whole thing appear to be bent at making sure things work in the favour of a Lawmaker who is neither on the board of the newspaper conglomerate nor a director of folio communication.
Again, it is hard to believe that the office of the AG is expending so much energy and fund that would have been used to pursue critical issues of corruption and other problems on Daily Times.” It added.
It urged the office of the AGF, as the chief law office, to maintain neutrality in the matter so as not to disrupt the case already on appeal.