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CCT spokesperson apologises over ‘poorly written press release’

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The spokesperson for the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, has tendered a public apology over his poorly written statement issued after the alleged attack on the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, in an Abuja shopping plaza.

Last week, a viral video had shown Mr Umar physically assaulting a security guard at the popular Banex Plaza in Abuja over an alleged breach of vehicle parking arrangement.

After a public condemnation of the incident, the spokesperson issued a press release setting the record straight.

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The statement was mocked by the public over perceived grammatical and spelling errors.

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But the spokesperson, on Sunday, issued another statement apologising for the error in the earlier statement.

According to him, the earlier statement was an unedited draft he shared with few friends for corrections but got leaked to the public.

Mr Alhassan said: “The incident of March 29, 2021, which became public via a viral video clip caused very strong emotional sensations, pressure and worries that also got to us and impaired our response to it.

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“The disturbance led to the release of the draft and unedited script to three professional colleagues of mine.

“But unfortunately, the statement found its way to the public space through one of them, in its raw form. The colleague in question has since apologised to me and I have accepted the apology in good faith.

“I feel embarrassed and disappointed with criticism trailing the leaked draft statement which has been described as riddled with grammatical blunders and ethnic slur due to the poor presentation.

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“As a civil servant, I relate with Nigerians with respect and dignity, not minding their religious or ethnic backgrounds.

“I wish to therefore tender my unreserved apology to Nigerians and especially the Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the Nigerian Institution of Public Relations (NIPR), and the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) among others over the unsavoury development,” he concluded.

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