Report gathered that the Chairman Emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has been listed as a witness in a N150bn libel suit against African Independent Television before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.
The suit is filed by a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who alleged that AIT impugned him with a documentary tagged “The Lion of Bourdillon,” which the TV station aired severally in the build up to the 2015 general elections.
The presiding judge, Justice Iyabode Akinkugbe, had on April 16 adjourned further hearing in the matter till Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
A copy of the documents filed by Daar Communications in opposition to Tinubu’s suit and cited by newsmen revealed that Dokepsi and seven others would be appearing in court to testify in favour of Daar Communications.
In its statement of defence and counter-claim, Daar Communications insisted that Tinubu founded his entire claims on “a non- existent ground or cause of action.”
The company maintained that the information contained in “The Lion of Bourdillon” was neither false nor neither aired to malign the person of Tinubu as the national leader of the All Progressives Congress had claimed.
Daar Communications said AIT, as a member of the fourth estate of the realm, was empowered by Section 22 of the Constitution to, at all times, hold those in government accountable and responsible to the people of Nigeria.
It said, “The defendant avers that the claimant is a former public office holder whose activities before, during and after leaving office are always in the public domain for proper scrutiny, in accordance with the intendment of the framers of the Nigerian Constitution.
“The defendant also avers that being in the business of information dissemination, it is aware that the contents of the said documentary are not news to many Nigerians, a fact very well known to the claimant, who took no steps to correct the information embedded in the print media and the social media platforms for years.