The Editor of The RegentAfrica Times Online has apologized to the family of Alhaji Idris Yusuf’s family of Ajagwumu Village, Dekina Local government, Kogi state, over a publication it carried following a press statement and interview with an Abuja based journalist who alleges that his former in-laws, and their late daughter still hunts him with court orders to evacuate his properties without any court warrant.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Editor and made available to the sky News Online.
According to the release, it was noted that the publication was based on unverified facts and as such, regretted.
The statement reads:
“On July 27th, 2020, we published a story in our online platform titled: ‘Help! My Late Ex-wife Still Haunt Me with Court Order- Abuja Journalist Cries Out”
“The journalist cries out to the public, alleged his late ex-wife’s family came to his house to evacuate his property without a court warrant to that effect, wherein some allegations of unfaithfulness, extremism, meddlesome were made, particularly indictment of one Mrs Sarat Ojoma Yusuf, the elder sister to the late wife of the journalist, Hafsat Yusuf.
The publication was based on a press statement, which we regrettably assumed to be reliable at the time of publication. Since the publication, however, we now have reasons based on some fresh facts to believe that the story was not duly verified to be correct before the publication”
“In view of the foregoing, we hereby tender our unreserved apology to the family of Alhaji Idris Yusuf’s family of Ajagwumu Village, Dekina Local government, Kogi state, over the said publication, even as we regret any distress, embarrassment or inconvenience which the publication may have caused members of the family”
“We hold Alhaji Idris Yusuf and Mrs Satay Ojoma Yusuf in high esteem and assure them that such oversight will not re-occur in future”