Benin based socio-political group, Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide has slammed a Lagos based journalist for a one sided report he did on the legal issue between Ambassador Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, President of the group and Barrister Olayiwola Afolabi, a Benin based lawyer.
In a statement signed by its acting Secretary General, Mrs. Esohe Adun, BSM said: “A very poorly presented report has come to the attention of the Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide regarding the recent issue pitching Ambassador Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, President of the BSM with Barrister Olayiwola Afolabi, a Benin based lawyer.
“In as much that a peace process is on the way to resolve the matter through the intervention of high networth individuals, BSM is at a loss on how a so called journalist, Jethro Ibileke, would go into fiction writing to arrive at his presentation of lies mixed with inuendos.
“Ambassador Ugbo is a well known personality in Edo State who over the years has lots of journalists as his friends and associates. One would have expected Jethro to seek for Ambassador Ugbo’s own side of the story before hurriedly making his publication probably to gain acclaim in his office in Lagos that he is a guru in reporting issues pertaining to Edo State.
“His report is jaundiced as he did not deem it proper to stick to the ethics of journalism which is that all parties in a report must be given fair hearing.
“From his recent posturing feasting on reports from Edo State where he has left for Lagos for more than half a year it is obvious that he is very interested in coming back to Edo State. BSM advises that he should tell his employers that he is better based in Edo instead of poaching on Edo reports and making a mess of himself and his organisation with his half baked stories from the acclaimed heartbeat state.
“Jethro Ibileke should endeavour in his and his organisation’s interest do the needful in this regard within the next 48 hours ensuring that Ambassador Ugbo’s response enjoy an equal quantum of publicity as his earlier publication on the matter or face legal process.”