The management of Premium Times has signified its readiness to commence legal action against The Source magazine following the latter’s latest cover story on the cause of Alamieyeseigha’s death.
Premium Times alleges that The Source Magazine’s latest Cover Story: ” Alamieyeseigha: How False Story Killed Him”, is nothing but false.
The story featured on The Source stated that the death of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, was triggered by story purportedly published by Premium Times that the British government made a request to the Nigerian government for the extradition of the former governor to the United Kingdom to face money laundering charges.
Premium Times describes the story as shocking and false: “In the first instance, Premium Times never published any such story in its recent publications. The last time a story was published on a proposed extradition of the deceased governor was on March 28, 2013. The story entitled: “Britain writes FG, requests ex-convict Alamieyeseigha’s extradition to London” was a reportage of the request made on the subject by the British government. The circumstances surrounding the story and the personalities quoted in it are clearly different from the realities of today and nothing should have made The Source Magazine come to the conclusion that the story was a recent publication of our newspaper.”
Premium Times continues: “Aside the hasty and incredible conclusion drawn by the magazine against PREMIUM TIMES, it is amazing that the magazine’s publisher, Comfort Obi, proceeded to write a commentary based on the falsehood concocted by her publication. No effort was made to reach the management of this newspaper to get its own side of the story before the magazine went to town with its tendentious and patently unprofessional publication.”
Premium Times therefore challenges The Source Magazine to quote any recent publication where the extradition issue of the former governor was raised.
Consequently, Premium Times Managing Editor, Musikilu Mojeed, states that the medium has already advised its lawyers to initiate the necessary processes for litigation against The Source magazine.