Vanguard Newspaper
Commissioner for Lands

By Edet Ikotidem

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Pastor Umo Eno, the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources in Akwa Ibom State, has drawn the attention of the public to a fictitious,  false, and blackmail-laden story in Vanguard newspaper with the  ‘2023: Why I Denied Nursing Any Guber Ambition At Lagos Retreat’

According to a press statement, this case represents a new low in the morally repugnant blackmail industry.

As the political season progresses, desperate people will engage in disinformation and deliberate fabrications against those they may target, all with the intention of positioning their sponsors and exploiting the public in the process the statement said.

The statement endorsed by the media assistant to the commissioner, Mr. Tony Udo said that what is surprising the case is that desperate individuals could discern so low as to plant such a fictitious story and attribute words that never emanated nor were never uttered by the individual they claimed made those assertions.

The statement expressed shock that a reputable news medium like Vanguard Newspaper could allow the dissemination of outright lies, complete fabrications, and downright inventions in the form of a news story, attributing imaginary spoken words to Pastor Eno and not crediting the story to any reporter with a bye-line, describing the publication as a disgrace to the journalism profession and to a reputable news organization like Vanguard newspapers.

‘This is allowing desperate people to use the media as a weapon.

The statement distanced Pastor Umo Eno from the story describing the Commissioner as a man with integrity who understands the fundamental principles of caution inhuman relations and as someone who works in the corporate and public sectors.

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It said that the planters of the story in Vanguard newspapers clearly intended to impugn Pastor Eno’s character, tarnish his image, malign his reputation, and destroy the goodwill he enjoys from Akwa Ibom people.

It further noted that the publication was designed to incite animosity between Pastor Eno and his colleagues on the State Executive as well as to incite conflict within the Governor’s family by bringing his brother into the picture.

The statement also indicated that this is not the first time the same clique has taken such a risky path as it has become their brand.

As a result, it said that Vanguard newspapers should retract the extremely defamatory material as soon as possible.

While appreciating the role of the media in the protection, preservation, and growth of democracy, the press statement urged practitioners to do so within the bounds of reason, rationality, responsibility, and good conscience, and to be wary of desperate marketers and shady characters in the media who would not mind tar-brushing others in order to sell their paymasters.

It urges the public to disregard and dismiss the fabricated and malicious story as the character, content, and context of the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno, are not represented in the story.



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