Patrick Odey, Uyo
The Managing Director of De-Bongos Media Projects,Leo Ekpenyong, on Saturday insisted that he stood by his report on the $1.5m bribery allegation, adding that he did not owe anyone the duty to disclose the source of his information.
Ekpenyong, a lawyer and an activist, said he would not dignify the Commissioner of Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko, with a publication of his findings in any newspapers.
The state government had challenged Ekpenyong and those accusing Governor Udom Emmanuel in the alleged bribery deal with the tribunal judge to produce factual evidence within seven days and publish the same in newspapers or risk a legal action.
But in his reply mailed to our correspondent, Ekpenyong said, “As a first class communicator, I wish to educate Nwoko and Akwa Ibom State Government that in as much as I stand by my well- informed investigative report on the clandestine activities of the two judges of Akwa Ibom state National Assembly Petitions Tribunal, I do not owe him the duty to disclose the source of my information. This position has been judiciously settled in the celebrated and landmark case of Tony Momoh vs the National Assembly.
“My investigative reports and findings will be sent to the National Judicial Council and not in three reputable national newspapers.”