Presidential Spokesman Reuben Abati on Friday disowned a press release from his e-mail account earlier which said that President Goodluck Jonathan had revealed the location of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
Abati in a statement issued in Abuja said that the
press release was the handiwork of fraudsters who hacked into his e-mail
account to mislead the public.
“All media organisations and persons on my mailing list should kindly disregard the press release.
was purportedly issued by me earlier today tilted, ‘President Jonathan
Reveals Location of Chibok Girls and Exposes Boko Haram Masterminds’.
“No such press release was written or circulated by me.
is clearly the work of fraudsters who have hacked into my e-mail
account in an odious attempt to mislead the public at the expense of the
credibility of the Jonathan administration.
“We totally condemn
this criminal resort to political dirty tricks, which seeks to cynically
play on national concern and emotions about the Boko Haram insurgency
and fate of the abducted Chibok girls.
“Aspects of the fraudulent
press release such as its incoherence and invitation to click on a link
would have alerted discerning persons who are conversant with the style
and format of my press statements to the possibility of skullduggery.
“I find it necessary, however, to issue this disclaimer for the benefit of the unwary,” he said.