A story about Hon Ise Ekpeyong which broke yesterday is presently causing ripples between an Abuja publisher, Chief Edet Isong and Sahara Reporters.
Honourable Ise Ekpeyong was alleged to have presented fake papers to get cleared to contest the National Assembly elections. He was arrested by the EFCC a few days ago based on a petition purportedly written by Garba Umar through his organisation Buhari Youth Organisation.
Curiously, when Chief Edet Isong, who knows Honourable Ekpeyong very well called Garba Umar to confirm whether he actually wrote the petition and get more facts from him. During their interaction, Garba Umar denied ever writing the petition and promised to get back only for Sahara Reporters to do a story alleging that the same Garba Umar is being threatened for writing the petition against Honourable Ekpeyong. All efforts by the Newsday Publisher, Chief Isong to make Sahara Reporters realise that it is against the ethics of journalism to write what Garba said without giving him a fair hearing has been rebuffed.
Obviously, anyone who has been labelled as guilty by any informant writing or calling Sahara Reporters is clearly guilty in the eyes of the organisation. Chief Isong has declared that the transcript of what transpired between him and Garba Umar is available with MTN and he might call for it and take legal action of Garba Umar and his obvious sponsors do not see reasons and withdraw their claims of threat to life