The Acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, said on Sunday that he never declared ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai missing.
Mr. Umar offered the clarification in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kefas Sule, and issued to journalists in Jalingo, the state capital.
The statement explained that Mr. Umar simply told journalists that he was yet to set his eyes on Mr. Suntai since he returned from the medical trip abroad.
“The attention of the acting governor has been drawn to the screaming news headlines purporting that he has declared Suntai missing.
“Umar hereby places on record that at no time did he declare his boss missing, he simply said he was yet to see him since he returned from medical trip to London,” the statement read in part.
It noted that all what Mr. Umar said at a parley with journalists was appropriately captured by almost all the media correspondents except one national daily.
“It is disheartening to later see a barrage of misleading headlines in the media said to have been egged on by a subjective interpretation by one of the national dailies,” the statement added.
It quoted Mr. Umar as urging media practitioners to uphold the ethics of the profession which emphasised accuracy, objectivity, fairness and balance at all time.
Mr. Umar became acting governor after injuries sustained by Mr. Suntai in a plane crash in 2012.
Allies of Mr. Suntai recently declared that he was fit enough to govern after he returned to the country, while the state house of assembly has already commenced moves to ascertain his health status.