Crime

The Nation Newspaper Reporters Lied, I Wasn't Even In The Plenary- Senator Sunmonu

<![CDATA[It has come to my attention that The Nation newspaper Edition of 13 July 2016 at Pages 1 & 8 published a story titled "Pro-Saraki Senators Threaten Buhari with Impeachment" an article credited to Yusuf Alli and Onyedi Ojiabor. The story also appeared on the newspaper's online platform.

Let me state unequivocally that I did not express any opinion on the alleged impeachment of Mr President on the basis of actions taken by the Attorney General. In fact, I was not even in the Senate Chamber when this debate allegedly took place!

I attended the Senate Plenary session yesterday, but left early due to the fact that the Committee that I Chair had invited the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs for discussions on the 47 Ambassadorial Nominees forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

Shortly after the commencement of Plenary session, Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), drew my attention to the arrival of the SGF and the Hon. Minister, who both honoured the invitation.

I am rather surprised that I was named in an article and the fact that statements were credited to my person is shameful and outrageous, more so because I wasn’t even in the Chamber.

I encourage journalists and media houses to strenuously verify facts before going to press. The public relies on them for credible and cogent information.

I hereby demand that within the next 7 days a retraction be printed and public apology from the journalists concerned and the newspaper which published this article wrongly accusing me of being party to alleged impeachment plans of Mr President.

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