The Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, has vowed that those who connived to burn down the studio of his television station, Independent Television, would not escape God’s wrath.
The studio was last Saturday gutted by fire.
Igbinedion, who spoke while inspecting what remained of the studio after it was gutted by fire, said it was senseless for anybody to attribute the cause of the fire to power surge.
The Esama said he received several threats through text messages and telephone calls about a possible attack and reported same to relevant security agencies in the state.
“We have been pre-warned and had enough threat. More than four occasions, I sent letters of threat and telephone calls to the police and the Director of DSS.
“All of you have heard what ITV has been going through for saying the truth. Nobody has faulted us for saying what does not happen. I told people that for more than nine years, I have not been to this place though I have an office here. It is only taking money from me and not earning money for me.
“It is for people to enjoy and hear what is happening in the state. I keep funding the station. Within 60 days, we will build a better digital studio. We will bring latest digital equipment that will surprise people. They cannot deter me, they cannot stop me.
“I am leaving it in the hands of God. I am going to take summons in the church. The perpetrators cannot go unpunished. Those who connived, heard and execute will face the wrath of God.
“If it is a surge, the wires would be melted. Detection is the first work I did in the police. Only a stupid person will say it is a surge. They thought that they will take us off air till after the elections”, Igbinedion stated.