Metuh denies criticizing pro-Biafra agitators

Olisa Metuh, Spokesman, PDP

The National Publicity Secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has denied issuing a warning to pro-Biafra agitators to desist from disturbing the peace of the South-east zone.

Mr. Metuh said a report by a national daily that he issued the warning at the PDP South East executive meeting in Enuguon Sunday was “completely false”.

A release by Mr. Metuh’s aide, Richard Ihediwa, on Monday stated that what the PDP spokesperson said on the agitation was that Nigerians have the right to demonstrate as long as they do so peacefully and within the ambits of the law.

“He deplored the actions of some security operatives who reportedly went beyond their brief to attack unarmed protesters and admonished that instead of engaging in show of power on the protesters, such security agents should rather demonstrate their bravery by joining others in fighting insurgents in the Sambisa forest.

“We are therefore shocked by the distorted report that appeared in the Daily Trust, which in no way whatsoever reflected the opinion of the National Publicity Secretary,” Mr. Ihediwa said.

Mr. Ihediwa also said the “false” story may be a scheme by the governing APC administration to set-up and frame Mr. Metuh for his “outspokenness in highlighting its negatives, for which he has been receiving threats, litigations, blackmails and unfounded allegations from government officials”.

“While we restate the fact that the National Publicity Secretary will in no way be cowed to silence, we urge the media to always cross-check their facts before going to press,” the release said.

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