Ahaaa! maybe its not business as usual anymore, Blogging which has made massive in roads in Nigeria has zero to Nil rules about online journalism.
Anybody can sit down behind a computer and make up stories about others for a myriad of reasons but i guess for this blogger his cup had become full.
Reports reaching us is that Publisher of news website, Naijahottestgist.com, and organizer of Best of Nollywood, Seun Oloketuyi, known for false publications on Nigerian banks and their Chief executive Officer’s has been arrested by the Nigerian Police.
Allegedly Mr Oloketuyi has over the years built a reputation for writing false stories on bank Managing Directors impregnating staff and having mistress abroad.
Currently his site, Naijahottesgist is down and could be transferred to the Lagos office of the Department of State Security (DSS).
According to a NAIJ, a source who wants to remain anonymous stated that these false stories have reportedly led to friction and tension in the homes of the Md’s, customers, shareholders and stakeholder trust in this brands are reducing due to the negative impact the false stories have on this brands and their MD's.
The last of Oleketuyi’s false Story was on Fidelity Bank MD Mr Nmandi Okonkwo this news website learnt. The source said used the same line of story used in the past on brands like Union bank, Access bank and Unity bank.
“But unfortunately for him his cup is full and the collation of the affected banks MD have put their foot down. We will not run from him and give adverts like he expects us to. We can’t continue like this. The negative impact of the stories on our homes, reputation, investors and stakeholder trusts cannot over emphasized. Trust makes almost 85% of our assets. Intangible assets like trust cannot be impacted and we sit and look, we are loosing 85% of our business by doing so” NAIJ source said.
While the Banks CEOS are not revealing their full plan yet, insiders told NAIJ that this time Seun Oloketuyi might end up in Jail as plans are in place to make sure he does not even escape abroad.
Our source said one of the MD said an apology will not repair the damage done at all stressing that the situation has gone out of hand.
“we support online journalists in our best possible way and we all run open and transparent corporate organizations, we are open to journalist reporting our stories but objectively not maliciously. Using blackmail to get ads and patronage from us so to remove negative stories from us will no longer happen. While we all don’t claim that our organizations are perfect, we treat feedback from customers and stakeholders with urgency and use those feedbacks to improve our services, products, brand ETC” the source quoted the MD.
Meanwhile, the bank CEOs have promise to strengthen online publishing in Nigeria as they are currently working on training, sponsorships and various partnership for Nigerian digital journalists. An international acclaimed journalist, and leading online editors in the world has been contacted to help in training.