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Urban Café with Miriam Angila


Jeff Koinange - "I had never met the woman who accused me of rape."


Jeff thought he was at the top of his media career. Anyone would have - he had just done the biggest story of the season that was run severally on CNN. A documentary about the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). He was the first ever journalist to film the fighters. Other than that he was already an award winning journalist and the envy of many.

Narrating his story on a local radio, Jeff talks about how one evening while driving home from work in Atlanta, Georgia he gets a call from his boss.

"Hey can you pull of from the highway," he says the voice on the phone told him.

"Listen man, there is just too much crap. The Nigerians think you stage-managed the story. Now there all these kinds of rumors coming out I don't think we can sustain you any much longer. We are going to have to let you go."

Even though he was given a severance pay for the remaining days on his contract, Jeff feels like he was not given a fair treatment and was fired based on a blog allegations by someone he had had correspondence with on mail but never met in person.

"They did not bother to find out, investigate, double check (the rape allegations) and we are in the business of double checking. Imagine that!"

Jeff says that the lady who accused him of attempting to rape her wanted him to help her get an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show to have her endorse her book but when he said he could not he accused her of rape. Jeff insists that he never met the lady in person.

"One day she wrote a story that I had attempted to rape her. You know with rape it's always one person's word against the other and for the most part it is women's assertions that are believed more than men. By the time you undo what's been done it takes forever."



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