Toke Ibru, an executive director in Guardian newspapers said it was false that he left his company’s share of N10m out of N120m compensation the Newspapers Association of Nigeria, NPAN, received from the embattled former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, because he was chasing after Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson. NPAN, headed by ThisDay publisher, Nduka Obaigbena had claimed Ibru partook in the decision to file compensatory claims to the federal government over the disruption of newspapers circulation by the military in 2014 and was meant to pick his company’s cheque. The Guardian had since issued a statement denouncing the allegation, which NPAN counterclaimed and releasing communications between the NPAN secretariat and the Guardina management. But in a report published in TheNation of 25 December, Ibru denied chasing after Seriake and claimed the NPAN had secretly apologized to him. “The meeting was already in session when I arrived and I didn’t even stay till the end. I left the Bayelsa state governor with the NPAN president (Obaigbena), So, how in all honesty can someone say I forgot a cheque behind because I was chasing after Governor Dickson. Does that sound logical?” He also claimed to have been apologised to, the report stated.
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