The general public is hereby informed that the interview and news item, circulating on social media platforms and attributed to the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on the arrest and extradition of the leader of the Independent People of Biafra(IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kalu is fake.

The interview and news should be disregarded. For the avoidance of doubt, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment neither granted such an interview nor did his media handlers author any news item on the subject. We hence appeal to the general public, especially Ndi-Igbo to ignore this deliberate falsehood.

In no uncertain terms, we wish to warn the bloggers and social media influencers, who hosted and have been circulating the fake interview and news to pull them down within six hours or face legal action.

An interview which Senator Ngige earlier granted to Channels Television on June 14, 2021 on the developments in the South East is unambiguous and can easily be sourced from the YouTube channel, to clear any confusion between it and the circulating fake interview, which has no credible source.

Similarly, when Senator Ngige met with Ndi-Eze Ndigbo and the Igbo Delegate Assembly in the 19 Northern States on Saturday, June 12, 2021, his speech left no dots for speculations. These leaders of Ndi-Igbo in the North had run to him over distressing developments in their host communities. Ngige acted with dispatch, reaching out to different authorities in the concerned northern states. His intervention did not only calm frayed nerves, it also restored sleep to millions of Igbos living in the North.

It is therefore a despicable act of sabotage against the Igbo for anyone to undermine and churn out articles of mischief out of these noble and patriotic intervention. The style of engagement might differ but Senator Chris Ngige is certainly more Igbo than these mischief makers.

SENATOR CHRIS NGIGE MEDIA OFFICE

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