Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Kingsley Kuku, has debunked reports that he was arrested in the United States of America recently.
Kuku said the story was the handiwork of traducers, adding that his friends, well wishers, business and political associates should wave both the story and those peddling it, with the back of their hands.
In a statement signed by his media assistant, Yemi Akintomide, of which GbaramatuVoice received, said, “In the last forty eight hours, the social media has been awash with an evil story of the arrest of Dr. Kingsley Kuku.
“It was orchestrated by a blogger whose main stock in trade is blackmail and extortion of politicians and top public servants.
“His platform is not credible and therefore does not require us wasting time on him.
“As a matter of fact, there are so many such bloggers in the social media space who daily, churn out fake and unsubstantiated stories.
“We urge the public to disregard the story as it is completely false.”
Kuku, who served as Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme frowned that some bloggers use their platforms to mislead, adding that such should not be encouraged at any level.
“We are using this medium to advise all those who wish to indulge in this brand of irresponsible journalism to desist from it. Those who wish to practice journalism should do so in line with ethical standards.
“This ‘descent’ into outright falsehood with the intention to blackmail and extort is not only ridiculous but very pedestrian. We shall not hesitate to take legal action against such persons and their platforms, if only to make them comply with minimum standards prescribed by law and the journalism profession.
“It would be recalled that Dr. Kingsley Kuku served Nigeria meritoriously as SAPND/Chairman of PAP for four years. Kuku and his competent team complemented our security infrastructure significantly in the Niger Delta and helped to raise Nigeria’s revenue base as well as saved the world trillions of dollars.
“He deserves commendation, not blackmail or political persecution. Once again, we urge all our friends at home and in the Diaspora to disregard the news of Kuku’s arrest, because it is not true but rather a political hatchet man’s job.”
"Any faceless individual coming to create more anarchy in our region should desist and embrace peace, as we will not allow saboteurs to instigate unruly act here. We are ready to partner with the security forces to maintain peace in the Niger Delta"