Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has accepted an apology from Simon Ekpa regarding a defamatory report published through the media outlet Anaedoonline. The report titled “South East Insecurity: Simon Ekpa Writes Embassies in Nigeria, Asks them To Deny Ifeanyi Ejiofor Visa” was released on August 15, 2023.
Speaking to journalists in Owerri, Ejiofor confirmed that he had accepted the apology, noting that Anaedoonline.ng had recognized their errors and taken appropriate corrective actions.
Ejiofor stated: “I write to address a recent incident involving a defamatory news article published by Anaedoonline.ng. I was constrained to write to Anaedoonline.com demanding a retraction of the offensive defamatory publication, and an apology in respect thereto.”
He continued, “After a comprehensive review, it has been conclusively determined that the assertions presented in the aforementioned article were entirely unsubstantiated and devoid of any factual basis. As a responsible and conscientious media entity, Anaedoonline.ng has duly retracted the article and offered a formal apology for the repercussions arising from this misinformation.”
Ejiofor expressed his gratitude for Anaedoonline.ng’s acknowledgment of their mistake and their decisive corrective actions. He emphasized that while the damage to his reputation was regrettable, the media outlet’s renewed commitment to ethical reporting and prevention of such errors in the future is reassuring.