MP complains James Taiwo Collen
Member of Parliament for Constituency 109, Hon. Amadu Fofanah aka Fofie, has informed Journalists at a news conference on Friday, October 18 this year at his Pademba Road office in Freetown, that he has written a formal complaint against Mr. James Taiwo Collen, the Proprietor of the Voice of the Handicapped (VOH) FM 96.2 Radio Station to the Independent Media Commission (IMC), who, he said, has been consistently libeling and insulting him over his radio station.
He explained that for some time now, Mr. James Taiwo Collen and his brother, Mr. John Collen, were having a serious dispute with the Sumaila Town community people over a piece of land situated at Sumaila Town in the west of Freetown.
He further explained that as Member of Parliament for the area, he decided to intervene in the matter in order to settle the dispute.
He further stated that since he received the preliminary report from the Ministry of Lands demarcating the entitlement to various parties, he has been receiving unending verbal attacks from Mr. Cullen and his radio station alike, persistently discrediting and tarnishing his reputation by falsifying news on the air that he led thugs to damage his (Taiwo Cullen) house which he said was totally untrue.
He pointed out that he has now called on the Independent Media Commission to use their “good offices to intervene and put an end to this madness, and this is without prejudice to any further legal action that may be taken against him if he does not desist from maligning me.”
He also explained that Mr. James Taiwo Collen has used his radio station to peddle lies that he has been sacked as Member of Parliament representing Constituency 109, thereby causing a lot of people to call and ask whether he has been replaced in Parliament.
He disclosed that he has nothing personal against Mr. James Taiwo Collen, even though he has alleged over his radio that he, James Taiwo Cullen, personally led a gang to demolish his pan body structure which was housing building materials worth millions of Leones, a matter, he said, was now in the hands of the Police.
He intimated that on the day of the fracas at Sumaila Town, he was busy attending to an official function in Parliament, adding that he was not around but later went to the scene to see what was happening when he was physically molested by Assistant Superintendent of Police Murana attached to the Operational Support Division headquarters at King Herman Road in Freetown.
The soft spoken MP condemned the actions of his people, stressing that he will never support lawlessness and violence.
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