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Jonathan did not order arest of NPLF leader – Presidency

Abuja – The Presidency on Friday denied the allegation that President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the arrest of some members of the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF).

Mr Ima Niboro, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a chat with State House correspondents, said the allegation, as published in some national dailies, was “unfounded and ridiculous’’.

“I just want to clarify something that has been in the media in the past few days or so.

“Some members of the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) were arrested by security operatives for questioning and somehow it is being said that the president was behind it and I find it ridiculous,’’ Niboro said.

He said the president did not believe in repression of any form.

“The president believes in promoting the air of freedom; he is promoting the air of freedom in the country today.

“I think it is uncharitable to blame the president for this because a security matter of this nature has nothing to do with the president,’’ he said.

Niboro urged the media to get their facts right before going to town with stories.

“There are no political prisoners in Nigeria, so I think we should get our facts right in the media and not drag the president into every incident that concerns the security,’’ he said.

Some national dailies reported on Friday that Malam Bello Abdulkadri and Farouk Bibi Farouk, a PDP youth leader, were arrested on Thursday by security operatives.


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