By CHARLES KUMOLU
Former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Kingsley Kuku has dismissed reports that he was arrested in the United States of America.
Kuku, who also served as Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme described the story as the figment of the imagination of those behind it.
A statement by his Media Assistant, Yemi Akintomide, urged Kuku’s friends, well-wishers, business and political associates to ignore the report.
His words: “In the last 48 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.
“We urge the public to disregard the story as it is completely false. 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.
“Kuku 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.”