Defamation alleged: Podcast producer apologizes to government official

A podcast producer, Liborous Oshoma, has apologized to the Director General of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Umana Umanafor an allegedly defamatory publication.

Mr. Oshoma, in one of his recent podcasts, talked about the Disgraced police officer, Abba Kyariand how some officers have been accused in the past of stealing money recovered from suspects.

The podcast then mentioned a few cases including the case of a man, Umanah Umanah, who was arrested circa 1990 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for allegedly running a fraudulent investment scheme, otherwise known as wonder bank.

Mr Oshoma, a lawyer, however, misused the photos of the CEO of OGFZA as if they were the same person who ran Port Harcourt’s ‘Wonder bank’, but he quickly apologized when his attention was drawn to the publication which the federal government official said was defamatory.

“Even before seeing the letter from Iboro Otongaran, the SA media to Chief Umana Okon Umana, we had immediately taken steps to correct the denounced error the moment we noticed it; unfortunately the video had been shared by some people and could not be recovered,” Mr. Oshoma said in a statement Wednesday.

“We declare with all sense of responsibility and humility that the use of the photograph of Chief Umana Okon Umana in place of the Umanah Umanah of the defunct Port Harcourt-based Wonder Bank is highly regrettable.

“We deeply regret this confusion and humbly state that it was unintentional, as it was an honest mistake. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused the Distinguished Former Secretary of the Akwa Ibom State Government,” he said.

Photos of Mr. Umana have been deleted in the edited podcast.

The other Umanah, who is not related to the federal official, was stopped speak Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2020 to Uyo for allegedly running another Ponzi scheme.

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