Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Fake News: Fani-Kayode vows to pressure, apologises to EFCC

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has eaten a humble pie by apologising to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over his allegation that the anti-graft agency had raided the home of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the allegation sparked the fury of the EFCC which swiftly threatened to sue the ex-minister for defamation, describing him as a purveyor of fake news.

However, in a statement published on his Facebook page, on Wednesday, Mr Fani-Kayode apologised for his earlier comment but maintained that some people actually searched the CJN’s home.

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The former minister also claimed that the federal government had perfected plans to freeze Onnoghen’s bank accounts.

He said: “Yesterday I was informed by usually reliable sources that EFCC were positioned outside CJN’s home. I have since discovered that the men were not from EFCC and I removed the posting. The error is regretted.

“Meanwhile can the Federal Government tell us which agency sent those men and why they beat a retreat?

“Again is it true that a television journalist was arrested at the scene and his camera and footage confiscated? If so, why?”

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