Sealed Property Not Mine: Ex Lagos Deputy Governor

Last week, The Guardian News, Nigeria reported that the ex-deputy governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire was caught on the wrong side of the law when officials of the Lagos State government descended on the sealed property, a massive building belonging to her, and locking it for contravening building laws. Read here.

Sealed property: Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has refuted claims of an Ikoyi, Lagos property.

In a statement yesterday, she said: “I am not the owner of the sealed property on the said location and neither do I have any link whatsoever with the property”.

“The publication was done maliciously and in bad taste; the authors could have simply contacted me or The Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to confirm the veracity of the claim that I am the owner of the building before going ahead to publish it.”

She condemned the publications for not getting its facts right, saying: “It is indeed a smack of journalistic laziness that the ownership of a building could be foisted on me simply because its owner named it ‘Adejoke Court’ as if I am the only Adejoke in the world.”

Aside publishing the disclaimer, Mrs Orelope-Adefulire said that the “false publication” had caused her “undue embarrassment”, adding that she would be taking legal actions.

“I have also instructed my lawyers to commence legal actions against all those involved in the defamation of my hard earned reputation and integrity,” said an advertorial she signed.
While defamation or poor journalism should be condemned in the strictest manner, provoking the Press – digital or traditional – cannot be considered a good strategy, certainly not by a politician.
Though the ex deputy governor her self may be squeaky clean, she did not  work in isolation and should be mindful of the reputations of the other members of her cabinet.
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