I Have No Problem With EFCC, Ignore Fake News – Ladi Hassan

Former Kwara state gubernatorial aspirant, Alhaji Ladi Hassan has dismissed the media report linking him with N5.3bn purportedly tracked by EFCC to a company located at his family house in Ori-Okoh, Ilorin, kwara state. In a statement he personally signed, Hassan described the report as fake news calculated to tarnish his image by political detractors. He said he has instructed his lawyers to investigate the report with a view to bring the perpetrators to book. Hassan statement reads:

“While in my house in Abuja this morning, my attention was drawn to a publication in some unknown online media titled : “Group Commends EFCC for tracking N5.3b to Saraki’s aide’s address”. The group being referred to is said to be one Kwara Political Front (KPF) and the address of the said firm that owns the phantom N5. 3b is said to be No. 9, Orioko Ilorin Kwara State.
I want to make it clear that I have nothing to do with the spurious claim that the online media are making. In fact, the story is fake news concocted by some political detractors. The EFCC has never contacted me over any money or any company.
Also, I have nothing to do with the company mentioned in the fake story and until this morning that the fake news was sent to me by a friend, I never heard anything about any bank account, money, company or any forfeiture case.
Though my family house is located at No. 22, Ori-Okoh Compound, Fagba, near Emir’s Palace, Ilorin, I own no company which uses the address so mentioned. The meaning is that some propagandists working for some faceless politicians just woke up and concocted some lies and came up with some spurious claims to tarnish my reputation and launch a smear campaign against my person.

I have decided not to allow this falsehood go unchallenged. My lawyers have been informed to commence thorough investigations, fish out the sources of the fake news, the online media that have circulated the story, other individuals that have helped in circulating the fake news and initiate a court case against them.
I hereby appeal to my family members, friends and well wishers to disregard the fake news and be sure that I have nothing to do with any “funds that are proceeds of unlawful activity”

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Written by Issa Saliu

I am a journalist based in Ilorin

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