Dogara reacts to Premium Times’ ‘libellous’ report, says retract story or face consequences

Ibrahim Sha'ban
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Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has demanded the retraction of a story published on Saturday by the Premium Times newspaper or face legal action.

The online news portal had published an exclusive story in which they alleged that Federal Ministry of Finance made illegal payments of funds to him and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

However, reacting to the story via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, the Speaker described the story as “journalistic demagoguery” which is fast gaining ascendancy in the country and must be curtailed.

He said if editors of Premium Times do not immediately retract the story and apologise, he will institute legal action against them as a law-abiding citizen.

“This brand of journalistic demagoguery that is currently in the ascendancy in our dear country must be curtailed,” he said.

” The writers are as dumb as the fable they are peddling. If no immediate retraction of this supremely idiotic report is made, we will certainly meet in court.”

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun and Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris have all repudiated the story.