By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi
In spite of threats of legal action against WikkiTimes online news platform by former Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara for publishing what he termed as ‘Libelous,” the management of the paper has insisted that the story was accurate.
A statement issued to journalists in Bauchi by the publisher of the online platform, Haruna Mohammed Salisu Sunday insisted that the story which detailed how the former speaker and the Universal Basic Education Commission squandered a N1 billioneant for school projects is true, accurate and credible.
He said that the investigation revealed how N1 billion constituency projects attracted by the former speaker to build model schools in Bauchi South Federal Constituency was mismanaged.
“We have come across viral publications suggesting that WikkiTimes had published a ‘libellous’ report against the former speaker. Although we are not officially served any letter by any purported law chamber, I feel we need to put the records straight”, the Publisher said
The report, according to the publisher, is factual, credible and accurate. “We stand by our story”, he added.
Haruna who said it is within the prerogative of the former lawmaker to go court if he feels the story is a misrepresentation of facts, noted that before the story was published, the Dogara contacted and given enough time to respond but he ignored numerous calls and text messages sent to him.
He said that WikkiTimes would not retract the story as demanded by Mr. Dogara “because it’s indeed very laughable for a credible medium such as WikkiTimes to retract a painstaking investigation backed by facts”.
“We know that Dogara nominated the N1 billion school projects and there is open and available evidence in the public domain that can justify this for any reasonable person to see”, the publisher said.
According to him, “we equally know that it was based on Mr. Dogara’s consent that the contracts were awarded. Therefore, he ought to supervise the projects and ensure they were diligently executed”.
WikkiTimes pointed out that the former speaker cannot cry wolf when it’s apparent that he has categorically failed to do his work. “Our story remains, and we will be happy to meet Mr. Dogara in court.”