A serving member of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Oraeki Chijioke, has cried out for mistaking his picture for slain Corps reporter of Channels TV, late Precious Owolabi.
Chijioke recently declared “I am not demised but alive.”
Chijioke who is currently serving in Agbara, Ogun State, told ITREALMS, that he has been inundated with calls from relatives and friends over the wrong picture usage.
“For this, I have had to deal with streams of calls coming in from the early hours of Tuesday, 22nd July, 2019 to this moment to be sure it was a misplaced image identity,” he lamented.
According to him, “I commiserate with the family of the late Corp member (Precious Owolabi) incidentally, I have discovered that my picture is being used instead by some media houses.”
Chijioke explained that he noticed that his photo was cropped off a group picture with some two other friends.
This, he said, was initially on Instablog9ja (@instablog9ja) and has since escalated even though the initial users were contacted and had since stepped down the material.
The latest, he said was that of The Nation Newspapers on July 26 and 28, 2019 and The Punch of 28.
“I will appreciate an apology, and retraction in requisite measure that the picture was used as soon as possible, both offline and online.
Also, I will appreciate if editors of concerned media houses could review their posts and publications by editing out my picture and better still bring it down when such update is made soonest,” he appealed in a letter to the President, Nigeria Guild of Editors.