“The Nation Newspaper” has made a public apology to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for a false and misleading article it published on December 10, 2022. The Nation Newspaper made a false claim that IPOB issued the 5-day illegal “Sit-At-Home order” issued by criminals. The Country’ went further to wrongly denounced IPOB that the shooters who killed more than 7 guiltless individuals of which larger part were old ladies in Enugu and Imo states, were upholding a Sit-At-Home request of IPOB.
In response, IPOB’s lead attorney, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, mocked the publication and characterized it as malicious and sly. Ejiofor reminded the editors and publishers of “The Nation Newspaper” that the general public, as well as those employed by “The Nation Newspaper,” is well aware that IPOB has never ordered a Sit-At-Home in the South-East or elsewhere. The attorney clarified that Emma Powerful, the IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, previously issued a press release on December 5, 2022, in response to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s directive.
Ejiofor demanded that “The Nation Newspaper” urgently offer an unreserved public apology to IPOB for the misleading report or have their day in court with the IPOB legal team if it (The Nation) dares to delay compliance with the demand, wondering why “The Nation Newspaper” could feign ignorance of such a loud detachment from an internationally recognized and respected movement as IPOB.
Quick sending to eleventh December 2022, Counselor Ejiofor refreshed the unwavering individuals from the Nnamdi Kanu drove IPOB and allies, an organization Ejiofor and Kanu likes to address as ‘UmuChineke’. The IPOB lawyer informed his official Facebook and Twitter accounts of “The Nation Newspaper’s” prompt compliance, as requested, in his update.
“Our demand made yesterday, December 10th, 2022, requesting The Nation Newspaper to immediately retract their misleading publication, which attributed the sit-at-home order/killings that took place on December 9th, 2022, to IPOB refers,” reads the statement.
“We thus, recognize the prompt withdrawal and conciliatory sentiment to the Native Nation of Biafra (IPOB), from The Country Paper (see joined) in consistence with our interest”, Ejiofor said.
In their apology, “The Nation” acknowledged that they made the report in error and expressed regret for doing so.
“We had incorrectly reported that IPOB issued the order without citing the IPOB counsel’s disclaimer in our report that was published yesterday.” The Nation Newspaper stated, “The error is deeply regretted as there was no deliberate attempt to portray the group in a negative light.”
Reporting for Family Writers Press International is Ogah C. S. Maduabuchi.