Babatunde Fashola, a Former Minister and Governor of Lagos State, has filed an allegation against the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Department of State Services, and the Inspector-General of Police over a fabricated article that attacked his reputation.
Yoruba Sheikh, Reportera, and Jackson Ude all shared the report on social media.
According to the claim, Fashola’s Abuja home was sorounded by military men as he purportedly wrote the ruling that the judges of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal would deliver on the 2023 presidential election.
Sources who posted pictures of the former governor at the event confirmed that it was the same Fashola who was seen in Lagos at a social gathering.
However, the same Fashola was spotted in Lagos at a social function as confirmed by sources who shared photos of the former governor at the event.
In a statement on Monday signed by his aide, Hakeem Bello, Fashola categorically dismissed the allegations against him as being entirely without merit and damaging to his reputation.
“Fashola expressed his disappointment with the spread of this false information on social media platforms and has called on security agencies to take action against those responsible for spreading fake news,” the statement reads.
“In response to the allegation, Fashola clarified that he has been away from Abuja for an extended period of time, rendering the claims entirely unfounded.
“The former minister believes that these allegations may be part of a wider campaign to undermine the judiciary by those who seek to manipulate the institution for their own gain.
“He emphasises the importance of unmasking the perpetrators and their sponsors and ensuring that they face the appropriate legal consequences.”
The former minister has now written to relevant authorities for action to be taken against the peddlers of the fake news targeting his personality.
A copy of the petition can be seen below;