The Imo state government called on security agencies to brainstorm a media report that alleged Governor Hope Uzodinma declared “free marriage between Fulani settlers and Imo ladies”.
The state government said the “false report,” titled “Shocking: Uzodinma declares free marriage between Fulani settlers and Imo ladies,” was capable of confusing and breaking down public order. the state.
It was reportedly published as the main article in the August 27, 2020 digital edition of THISDAY newspaper.
But the management of THISDAY newspaper has distanced itself from the report, describing it as the work of fake news dealers.
A statement from Newspaper CEO Eniola Bello titled “Fake digital edition of THISDAY Friday August 27, 2021 circulating on social media” read: “The attention of THISDAY management has been drawn to a fake version of our digital edition making the rounds on some social media platforms. With the headline: “Shocking: Uzodinma Declares Free Marriage Between Fulani Settlers and Imo Ladies”, this fake version of our digital edition is being released on WhatsApp, Facebook and ‘other social media platforms.
“We wish to state that THISDAY has at no time published said story. Our main article on Friday August 27 was as follows:” Buhari, delighted that NNPC breaks the spell, declares a profit of 287 billion naira, the first in 44 years. ”Sadly, these fake news marketers have chosen to leverage THISDAY’s credibility and integrity to carry on their trade.
“We completely reject this poor attempt by some unscrupulous people to impersonate our brand and our identity in pursuit of whatever agenda they may have, by seeking to spread fake news to members of the public. as emanating from THIS DAY. For the avoidance of doubt, readers can easily check out our Friday post from the print edition or online (www.thisdaylive.com).
“We therefore call on members of the public who may have unwittingly fallen in love with the cloned digital copy to ignore it and treat it with the utmost contempt it deserves. We also take this opportunity to appeal to security agencies to help unmask the counterfeiters behind this counterfeit and get them to book. ”
Speaking to one of our correspondents on Saturday, Imo State Information Commissioner Declan Emelumba said: “Our position is that THISDAY made the right decision in debunking the fake digital edition of their journal so the world will know it is not their product. . We are also happy that they are taking additional steps to report the matter, as outlined in their letter to the relevant security agencies, in order to pinpoint the culprit, as this is a way to ensure that such a thing does not happen again. more. ”
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