Fraud Claims: group describes Peoples Gazette report against Dikwa as false, malicious
A group under the auspices of the Northeast Concerned Citizens, has described a publication made by an online newspaper, Peoples Gazette, indicting Dr Muhammad Kyari Dikwa, of corruption and public fraud claims, as false and malicious.
The group stated this in a statement titled, “Rejoinder: Scavengers Cart-Away $4 Million from $76 Million Cash Haul Stockpiled in Abuja Apartment by Aisha Odariko and Ex-Perm Sec Mohammed Kyari” and signed by its National President, Amb. Umar Mohammad.
According to the group, the report is riddled with irresponsible falsehoods and fabrications, which have been exposed for the reading and thinking public to see.
“The Northeast Concerned Citizens have read with dismay a publication made by the Peoples Gazette with the above headline, indicting our son, Dr Muhammad Kyari Dikwa, on corruption and public fraud claims.
“We strongly wish to state that the report is riddled with irresponsible falsehoods and fabrications, which we have exposed for the reading and thinking public to see,” the statement reads in part.
The group noted that if the allegation of money being piled up in a residential building were true, then the narrative presented by Peoples Gazette strongly suggests that the media organization was among the so-called scavengers who perpetrated the robbery operation, using the story to divert attention from the authorities investigation.
It added that it was suspicious how Peoples Gazette concluded that Dr Dikwa owned the claimed stockpiled loot or had an affair with NDIC manager Aisha Odariko based solely on the statement provided by her driver, who was found by the police to have led the criminal gang in breaking into a residential property in Apo District of Abuja.
The group noted that the report was politically motivated, adding that Dr Dikwa has never been indicted for any form of corruption throughout his career as a civil and public servant.
“Throughout his career as a civil and public servant, Dr Dikwa has not been indicted for any form of corruption, and no money was reported missing under his watch.
“Consequently, he has received numerous national and international service awards in recognition of his excellence.
“Through this medium, the Northeast Concerned Citizens implore the Peoples Gazette to retract this false, malicious report and refrain from willfully damaging the character of our sons who have served this nation with dedication and perseverance. It is imperative that Nigerian media regulatory agencies and the government intervene to prevent such irresponsible use of the media,” the group said.