MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
A Security consultant and former Director, Department of State Service (DSS), Barr. Mike Ejiofor, has refuted comments credited to his
name against the Presidential Candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi.
He has also threatened to take legal action against the publishers of the fake story if they fail to retract same immediately and offer public apology for promoting falsehood.
An online publishing company, Opera News, in a report titled, “Obi is Going Nowhere As Far As God Lives; If Igbos Want A Representative, It’s Not Peter Obi”, accused Ejiofor of commending President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for playing a paternal role in his appointments.
The medium further alleged that Ejiofor had said that despite receiving fewer votes from the South East Geo-political zone of Nigeria in the previous lection, Tinubu has acted as a father figure for the nation by addressing the grievances of the South Easterners.
But Ejiofor in a statement on Thursday, described the report as total falsehood, misleading, baseless and the imagination of the writer.
He stated that as a security consultant and analyst, he only discusses security issues and try to suggest way forward in addressing security challenges confronting the country.
“I was shocked by the purported report and comments credited to my name. I am not a politician and I don’t discuss political issues. As a security expert, I talk about security challenges confronting the country. On no account did I make such statement.”
Adding: “I have never discussed anything against Peter Obi or any political figure. I have been receiving calls and flaks over a comment I did not make”, Ejiofor stated.
He therefore called on the purveyor of the fake news, Opera News, to immediately retract the story and tender unreserved apology for attempting to drag his name into dirty politics.
He insisted that he is a security expert and not a politician, and as such, nobody should drag him into politics or attempt to smear his reputation.
Meanwhile, Ejiofor said he has already contacted his lawyer and will not fail to institute legal action against the publisher of Opera news for failing to instantly retract the “reckless and baseless report.”
The DSS Ex-Director has also used the occasion to caution publishers against fake news, stressing that such unguarded statement was capable of inciting violence and creating unnecessary animosity among groups and individuals.