Thursday, May 11, 2017

AIT Apologises Over Buhari Defamatory Documentary

The Management of DAAR Communications Plc, the owners of Africa Independent Television, AIT, has apologised to a former aide de camp of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mustapha Jokolo, over a defamatory documentary it aired.

In January 2016, the TV station broadcasted a documentary entitled, ‘The Real Buhari’, in which it alleged that Jokolo cleared 53 suitcases suspected to contain cash, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, for Buhari in 1984 when he was Head of State.

Jokolo, who is the Emir of Gwandu, then filed a libel suit against AIT, however, the case was eventually settled out of court.



One of the conditions for settlement, was that AIT must retract its story and tender a public apology.

“DAAR Communications Plc states that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo whom it holds in very high esteem,” the retraction read.


“DAAR Communications Plc hereby retracts the said documentary on the television station (AIT) titled ‘The Real Buhari’ aired on 24 January 2015 which was broadcast on its television station (AIT).

“DAAR Communications Plc hereby tenders unreserved apology to Alhaji Mustapha Haruna Jokolo for the broadcast of the said documentary on its television station (AIT)”‎, the statement read

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