The former Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Musa Maiyaki, has said the programme ‘INSIGHT’ was aired as Corporate Social Responsibility ,CSR, of NTA.
Speaking during a cross examination, the ex-DG who admitted, that Dr Okupe funded payments for personnel and production charges for the programme, maintained that it was only the airtime that was not paid for by the office of the special assistant to the President on public affairs.
Counsel to Doyin Okupe, Tolu Babaleye maintained that Maiyaki’s submission is a complete contradiction of Mr Sola Atere’s evidence who admitted he wrote the letter containing the budget proposal and he signed it.
“While, Maiyaki, approved the memo for the programme to be aired free, his staff including Sola Atere, Mr Iorhen Kwange; the producer of the programme,and Mrs Onobu Ikwubiela; a marketing officer in the DG’s office went behind him to collect money from Dr Okupe for sundry expenses for the programme.”
Another Counsel for Dr Okupe, Mr Akin Akingbade informed Mr Maiyaki that the Director of Ikonac Nigeria LTD, Mrs. Onobu the company whose account was submitted by the producer to the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on public affairs, and to which part of the first quarterly payments of 3,030,000 was paid into.
“This fact had previously been confirmed by the statement of account of messrs Value Trust Investment LTD, which showed that Ikonac Nigeria LTD was credited with the same amount on 17/10/2013”.
Responding, Maiyaki said that he was quite surprised to learn about all these, as he was just hearing of the information.
On further questioning by the counsel to the third defendant, Mr Ezenwa Ibegbunam, Maiyaki admitted that the memo approving the Pro Bono status for the programme was not communicated to Dr Okupe or his office by his subordinates, as no record for this exists.
The court adjourn the case till Thursday April 18, 2019.