Saturday 8 September 2018

Be warned, don't test me - Linda Ikeji to former staff who was accused of rape

Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji, has written an open letter to Theo Ukpaa, her former staffer whom she sacked over allegations that he raped a lady, Emilia Samuel, when she was 16 years old.

In the letter, which was released on Friday on her blog, Linda warned Theo that if he does not stop calling his rape victims liars, she will get him arrested.
The allegation against Ukpaa came two days after his wedding, when Emilia Samuel released details of how she was raped several times by Theo at the age of 16.
Emilia, who is now married with two children, had revealed that her path and Theo’s crossed when she made it to the top three of a spice girl competition organised by entertainment channel, Soundcity.
However, Ukpaa released a statement, stating that it would have been “entirely impossible” for him to have raped Emilia at the time.
A few hours after Theo’s statement hit the Internet, Linda came out with an open letter to him. 
Linda’s letter read: “Dear Theo Ukpaa, I have known you for many years and I've shown you nothing but love and kindness and made you the head of my TV channel, but listen my dear friend, if you dare release another statement denying what you did or calling another one of your victims a liar, not only will I expose you, I will have you arrested and charged to court where you can go defend yourself properly.
“These girls – and I didn't say girl, I said girls – may not have a voice, money or time to take it up with you but I do, so please don't test me.
“I know more than most and right now I can't tell you how ashamed I am to have given you another chance in my organisation. You weren't sacked solely over Emilia's story. I am not so stupid that I would let go of the person I relied on the most to help me run my TV channel over a story by someone I don't know. You were dismissed last year, remember? And I'd never heard of Emilia or her story.
“If you think I am going to sit back and watch you victimise your victims, or humiliate them further by making them seem like liars, you have another thing coming. What you need now is seek help and if you're too ashamed to do so, at least hide your head in shame and don't dare call another girl a liar. Please don't make me come for you, Theo! Be warned!”

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