Ita Giwa demands N.9bn as apology from Agba Jalingo
Sen. Florence Ita Giwa, a former aid to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has written Agba Jalingo, Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, demanding for nine hundred thousand naira (N900,000) as an apology for a feud that emanated from the distribution of Housing Scheme to the displaced people of Bakassi returnees in Cross River State.
Recall that Jalingo had earlier called out the State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, alongside Ita Giwa on the controversial Housing scheme after the Bakassi returnees cried out that they weren’t allocated any building as said by the Government.
The story lingered for long with Giwa, popularly known as “Mma Bakassi” writing rejoinder(s) and taking to Radio station(s) to debunk Jalingo’s claim.
In a letter dated June 2, 2020 and delivered to CrossRiverWatch on June 16, 2020, Ita Giwa through her lawyers, ‘Reigns Attorneys’ said Jalingo had on May 31, 2020 written a “controversial letter” wherein she was portrayed with an “air of scandal, by express and implied words, to wit: libel.”
The letter signed by one David Obande, the principal partner of the firm said Mr. Jalingo should “desist further action in connection with the above libelous publication,” and proceeded to demand;
“1. A written apology addressed to our Client and coped(sic) to the same persons you have published the letter; recanting in every material particular your libelous statements and imputations complained of within the next seven days.
“2. You will pay into this office the sum of N 900,000,000.00 Nine Hundred Million Naira) as special and general damages for the injury to our Client’s reputation, credit and goodwill. The said payment to be made within the next seven days.”
However, responding to the said letter, Jalingo took to his Facebook page on Thursday to say that he will not apologise to Mrs. Giwa nor pay her a dime.
“I haven’t read that letter in all honesty because I have no ounce of respect for the content and will not read it. But I believe the headline is true. And I will not mince words.
“It is a trite proverb that if you spend 74 or 77 years to practice ‘madness’, when will you now enter market and do the practical? If Mma Giwa wants to take me to court, why is she beating around the bush?
“Ok. She wants an apology right?
“Mma, you will never get an apology from me! Never! You don’t deserve it and you will never get it. If you deserve it, I will lay flat on the ground and beg you in tears, but I will shed no tear for a villain like you. Yes! You are a villain.
“240 buildings for Bakassi IDPs in Ekprikang. YOU Mma Giwa was chairman allocation committee, you messed it up. Till date, no one lives there. Another 52 buildings again for Bakassi IDPs and same you Mma Giwa as chairman of allocation committee has messed everything up and till now NOT A SINGLE PERSON lives in the estate, yet Bakassi is your perpetual fishing pond and rather than apologize to Cross Riverians and Nigerians, you are writing gibberish asking me for apology for exposing your lies? You will not get it. The courts are open!
“It is God that wants to disgrace you after 74 or 77 years of using the people of Bakassi as a meal ticket.
“You want me to give you N900million. You no know where dey pain you walahi. You should have asked for trillions. If I had that money, I will use it to do pre-fabricated shelters for Bakassi IDPs and they will be more than 52 buildings which you failed to allocate”, Jalingo wrote.