Manufacturing Company Seeks Justice Against Alleged Defamation in Cyber Crime Act Petition

Bullion Go -Neat Global Manufacturing Company Limited has petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Federal SARS, Adeniji Adele, Alagbon, Lagos State over alleged defamation and spreading of false information against its products.

In the petition made available to journalists today, signed by the Company’s Legal Representatives, Isaac Izunya (Esq) of Izunya Izunya and Co, the company said the alleged false reports involve its product, Coco Samba Milk and Chocolate Flavoured With Herbal Extract, which they claimed was intercepted and seized by German Customs due to its  being unsafe for human consumption.

The petition titled, “Petition Against Reuben Abati, Chioma Chukwunedu, Naira Metrics and EA Team”, alleged them of the  offences contrary to Section 24 (2) (c) and Section 25 (1) of the Cyber Crime Act 2015, as well as Section 375, 376, and 125 of the Criminal Code Act”

Bullion-Go-Neat Global Limited, a registered manufacturing company in the petition, accused Chioma Chukwunedu and her associates of utilizing media platforms, specifically E A Team and Nairametrics, to disseminate falsified and untrue information about its product, Coco Samba Milk and Chocolate Flavoured With Herbal Extract.

The company maintained that the alleged false reports involve its product, Coco Samba Milk and Chocolate Flavoured With Herbal Extract, which they claimed was intercepted and seized by German Customs due to its  being unsafe for human consumption.

According to the legal representatives, the suspects in the defamation acts include, Mr. Reuben Abati who allegedly actively participated in the generation, diffusion, and circulation of false information on the products on various social media platforms.

The company contends that the malicious intent behind the false news is to cause substantial damage to its business reputation, affecting customers confidence, thus  leading to economic losses.

According to the petition, the suspects are accused of violating Section 24 (2) (c) and Section 25 (1) of the Cyber Crime Act 2015, as well as Section 375, 376, and 125 of the Criminal Code Act.

The legal representatives emphasize that the alleged actions of the suspects have caused substantial economic and reputation losses to Bullion-Go-Neat Global Limited.

The petitioner urged the Commissioner of Police to investigate and prosecute the suspects, emphasizing the need for decisive action to restore lost confidence, goodwill, integrity, and reputation for the affected company.

He cited relevant legal provisions, including Section 351 of the Criminal Code, which holds individuals publishing defamatory matter, knowing it to be false, liable to imprisonment.

The legal representatives call on websites such as Reuben Abati’s blog, Nairametrics, Opr. News, and “Our Heritage Reporter,” along with other media that carried the news, to produce evidence from the German laboratory to NAFDAC if indeed they have published factual information.

The Chairman of Bullion Go – Neat Global Manufacturing Company Limited, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo said he was surprised and shocked when he read the damaging false reports about their product.

“Nobody served us any letter or notice concerning the alleged interception of our product in Germany. We approached several departments in NAFDAC and we were told there was no such complaints about our product anywhere”, he said.

Ambassador Ajadi added, “Suddenly, a blog which claimed it represented NAFDAC threw the information out and it didn’t communicate with us or ask for our opinion on the matter. We believe good journalism requires hearing from all sides before publication. But we were not consulted and our opinion wasn’t sought”.

” As a company paying taxes to the government and providing employment to Nigerians, we deserve a say in whatever is going on, or that will affect our company.

If they believe their reports are genuine, they should bring evidence or samples of the said product that they said was not safe for human consumption. No complaints from our consumers in Nigeria about our product.’

Ambassador Ajadi stressed, “They should produce evidence from Germany where they claimed it happened. They just want to damage our company’s reputation and weaken our market. Maybe they have ulterior motives, we don’t know yet, but when our petition is given thorough investigation, we will know those behind the dastardly act”.

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