Lagos - President Goodluck Jonathan's spokesperson alleged his e-mail had been hacked.
Reuben Abati, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, thus distanced himself from messages claiming the President revealed the location of the schoolgirls Boko Haram sect members abducted in Borno State in April.
Abati said the report, which was sequel to an email purportedly emanating from him, was the "handwork of mischief makers."
He said his mail was hacked and used to send the mischievous press statements to media organisations.
"All media organisations and persons on my mailing list should kindly disregard the press release purportedly issued by me earlier today titled: President Jonathan Reveals Location of Chibok Girls and Exposes Boko Haram masterminds," said Abati.
"No such press release was written or circulated by me. It is clearly the work of fraudsters who have hacked into my email account in an odious attempt to mislead the public at the expense of the credibility of the Jonathan administration," he said.
Abati condemned the alleged hackers antics and said it was a criminal resort to political dirty tricks which seeks to cynically play on national concern and emotions about the Boko Haram insurgency and fate of the abducted Chibok girls.
"Aspects of the fraudulent press release, such as its incoherence and invitation to click on a link, would have alerted discerning persons who are conversant with the style and format of my press statements to the possibility of skulduggery," he said.
- CAJ News