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FCT Minister, Wike debunks demolition, bulletproof car stories

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FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike

By Anthony Maliki, Abuja

WikeThe FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike has debunked news on going in the media of planned demolition 6000 houses across 30 settlements in Abuja including ‘Wadata Plaza’, the National secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said the news is entirely false and without any basis in reality.

This was contained in a statement by Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press in the Office of the FCT Minister.

According to the statement, the story on demolition of 6000 houses was reported by a national daily newspaper on the 22nd  of August 2023 with the caption “Abuja land: FG may revoke land allocations, demolish 6000 buildings, slums” while another mainstream newspaper also published the highly irritating story: “Wadata Plaza will go down, Reactions trail Wike’s demolition threat”.

It said for the avoidance of doubt, the Minister did not in any of his pronouncements list the areas or the number of illegal houses to be removed rather his emphasis has always been that illegal settlements and structures would be removed for the greater good of the public.

The statement also noted that equally vexing is the headline from a reputable broadcast station saying, “I will fix Abuja in 6 days” and attributed same to the FCT Minister.

Besides, the statement pointed out that the Minister has consistently demonstrated a commitment to responsible urban development and the welfare of the people even while he was the governor of Rivers State, a commitment he has assured residents within the FCT since he assumed office as Minister.

“The claim that he is orchestrating large-scale demolitions is not only inaccurate but also lacks credibility,” the statement added.

He said such sensationalist reporting not only misleads the public but also undermines the vital role that accurate and well-researched journalism plays in our society.

The statement also debunked the story on the N300million bulletproof car was credited to an online auto blog with the caption: “This N300M Armored Lexus LX 600 fitted with ‘FCT – 01’ reportedly belong to FCT Minister, Wike”.

The Minister, who spoke Thursday during his first project tour at the Abuja Metro station stressed that the vehicle was not bulletproof as claimed but a regular SUV.

“We encourage journalists, bloggers and media outlets to exercise responsible journalism by verifying information from authorised sources before disseminating it to the public,” he said.

According to him, fabricated stories, such as the ones in question, only serve to damage the reputation of respected public figures and create unnecessary anxiety amongst the citizenry.

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