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Wike denies sponsoring militants

07 August 2016, 22:39

Port Harcourt -  Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for rumours linking him to sponsorship of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.

Wike in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Electronics Media, Simeon Nwakaudu also lashed out at Sahara Reporters.

“Our attention has been drawn to yet another false media propaganda being circulated by the paid official false agents of the APC wherein they claimed that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is one of the sponsors of the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers. We unequivocally deny this false report fabricated by SaharaReporters with the aim of diverting attention from the superlative performance of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

“Any close observer of the APC propaganda machine, where SaharaReporters play an ignoble role would have noticed that all they do is concoct lies about Rivers State. We urge all well meaning persons to disregard this current falsehood credited to a faceless splinter group of NDA .

Also read: Jonathan denies sponsoring Niger Delta Avengers

“This falsehood may not be unconnected to Governor Wike’s speech at the just concluded conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors where he publicly declared that he and other stakeholders in the state have prevented militant groups from sabotaging oil installations as is the case elsewhere. Not happy with this declaration, SaharaReporters resolved to concoct another ill-conceived report trying to mislead the people.

The statement explained that Nigerians already know SaharaReporters and what they represent. “They represent retrogression , deliberate falsehood, under-development and biased unprofessional journalism.”

It went on to state that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a patriotic leader, committed to the sustenance and improvement of the nation’s democracy and economy.

“He is a promoter of security and good governance. He cannot be disparaged by concocted publications from APC media agents.

It is high time SaharaReporters, her sponsors and other APC media agents realised that Nigerians have come to terms with their ugly game. They now know the truth.”

- News 24


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