The Chairman of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Board of Trustees, Dr. Tonye Clinton Jaja has called on those threatening him over the investigation of the Director-General of NCC, Mr. John Asein to go to court to substantiate the false claims they are laying against him.
According to him, his accusers have resorted to peddling fake news, false and unsubstantiated allegations through the pages of online newspapers and other social media platforms.
Jaja said he received a verbal threat during a telephone conversation and a message from one of the members of the governing board of NCC, threatening that he would use online newspapers and other means to disgrace him and rubbish his reputation.
“His annoyance and threat is not an isolated incident, it is part of a coordinated onslaught of threats, publications of propaganda and other acts of reprisal targeted against me in my capacity as the Chairman of the governing board of the NCC.
“The persons behind this have gone to the illegal extent of forging certain documents and leaking government official documents to online newspapers in their desperate attempts at smearing my hard earned reputation,” he said.
He added that the office of the Inspector-General of Police is currently investigating one of such incidences.
According to Jaja, he received separate invitations from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) as part of their investigation of allegations of conflict of interest and abuse of office, etc against the DG and obliged.
His words: “As a responsible and law-abiding citizen, who could not disobey the invitation of the ICPC and the CCB, I went to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and deposed to an affidavit to confirm the veracity of the written and oral statements that I submitted to the CCB.”
He noted that, in recent times, the anger and onslaught of his traducers have intensified because their attempts to kill and bury the investigations proved abortive, considering that the ICPC, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the CCB have continued with their investigations, which those involved had previously described in an online newspaper as a joke.
He therefore urged those interested in knowing and verifying the truth of the allegations against the DG to use the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 to write to the Director of the Legal Department of the SSS (DSS), the Chairman of the ICPC, the Chairman of the CCB, the Ag. Chairman of the EFCC, and the Inspector-General of Police (through the AIG in Charge of the Federal Investigations Bureau (FIB).