Leading Newspaper in Nigeria Punch has threatened to fire one of its senior staff John Abayomi after a shocking allegation of him being the owner of Instablog9ja.
Abayomi, however, has denied being the owner of Instablog9ja and has vowed to sue Linda Ikeji in the coming days.
Following Ikeji‘s revelation, the employers of the man have swung into action almost immediately, vowing to get to the bottom of it and possibly fire him if indeed he’s the brain behind it.
In the LIB report, it was alleged that Abayomi, who is currently the online editor of the national daily and a former editor of Vanguard News, had been running the platform since 2015, combining it with his daily duty at the 42-year-old media outfit.
Ironically, the IG blog was the first to reveal Linda Ikeji’s “baby daddy”, Sholaye Jeremi. Before then she had hidden his identity, while it is not clear if this was a case of her paying him back, what is known is that her story set in motion a chain of events that held the entire Punch Newspapers in a daze.
Inside sources confirmed that no sooner had the news broke out did several board members of Punch gather at the premises of the newspaper on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway for an emergency meeting.
”Abayomi was summoned into a high-level editorial meeting, along with his bosses and the management and everyone is confused about the whole situation,” a source revealed.
The source further revealed that the main bone of contention was the issue of “moonlighting”, the act of having a second job while in full-time employment.
The source went on: “Everyone is confused and asking questions. Mr Abayomi is a dedicated man who is always in the office. I wonder where he would get the spare time to handle a blog like Instablog9ja, so I think it is untrue until investigations are complete.”
At the emergency meeting, Abayomi himself was said to have denied the allegation strenuously. He maintained that the report was untrue and a fabrication and vowed to sue Linda Ikeji in the coming days for libel, false accusation and defamation of character.