The Serving Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has threatened to sue Africa Independent Television for what he termed false report concerning his appearance at the office of the State Security Service on his sermon on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Bakare said that the television station ran a report and a discussion segment where it was alleged that he was detained by the SSS for over 48 hours and that he told the security agency that he was misquoted by the press.
In a letter by his solicitors, Tope Adebayo and Flora Ogbuitepu, Bakare said the reports were false.
The letter reads in full:In your news broadcast, you alleged that our client was “detained for 48 hours by the State Security Service before he was released on bail.”
In the news broadcast you also, stated that during interrogation by the SSS, our client “denied making certain statements in his speech and stated that he was misquoted by the press”.
The foregoing statements credited to our client were never made by him neither at the State Security Services office nor at any other place. By your statements, you have injured the reputation of our client by portraying him as a man who lacks the temerity and courage to stand by his words before constituted authority.
In the pursuit of your calculated attempt to further injure the reputation of our client, on the 24th July, 2012 on or about 10.00am one Kunle Adewale broadcasted or caused to be broadcasted on his live progamme “Focus Nigeria”, wherein the topic for discussion on the programme was the supposed “ARREST AND DETENTION OF PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE BY THE SSS”.
The anchor, in the person of Kunle Adewale commented on the false report that our client was arrested and detained for 48 hours by the State Security Service.
He posited on the live broadcast that our client is “mixing politics with the pulpit” and urged Nigerians to call into the live programme and comment on the conduct of our client.
The comment/broadcast of Kunle Adewale during the live broadcast, insinuates that our client is a disgruntled politician who is hiding under the disguise of religion to instigate a change of government. The comment/broadcast also suggests that our client’s “message of enlightenment” is an incitement on Nigerians to revolt against the present Government.
The broadcast has no shred of truth. It is malicious, offensive and intended to disparage our client and cause him embarrassment and public condemnation. It is also intended to make our client lose the confidence of well informed Nigerians as well as his church congregation who are undaunted in their solidarity to democracy in Nigeria and their worship to God respectively.