The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has denied issuing a warning to pro-Biafra agitators to desist from disturbing the peace of the South-east zone.
Metuh, who was reported by a national daily as issuing the warning to the pro-Biafra agitators at the PDP South East executive meeting in Enugu on Sunday, described the report as “completely false”.
A statement issued by his media aide Richard Ihediwa, on Monday explained that Mr. Metuh only said that Nigerians have the right to demonstrate as long as they do so peacefully and within the ambits of the law.
“He deplored the actions of some security operatives who reportedly went beyond their brief to attack unarmed protesters and admonished that instead of engaging in show of power on the protesters, such security agents should rather demonstrate their bravery by joining others in fighting insurgents in the Sambisa forest.
“We are therefore shocked by the distorted report that appeared in the Daily Trust, which in no way whatsoever reflected the opinion of the National Publicity Secretary”, Mr. Ihediwa said.
The statement also said the “false” story may be a devious plot by the governing All Progressives Congress administration to set-up and frame Mr. Metuh for his “outspokenness in highlighting its negatives, for which he has been receiving threats, litigations, blackmails and unfounded allegations from government officials”.
“While we restate the fact that the National Publicity Secretary will in no way be cowed to silence, we urge the media to always cross-check their facts before going to press”, the release said.