Fake News: The Sun Apologises to VP Osibanjo Over False News

Fake News: The Sun Apologises to VP Osibanjo Over False News

Nigerian newspaper, The Sun, has rendered an apology to Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for publishing unconfirmed and false news against him.

The Media Company assured the Vice President that such an error will not repeat itself in the future.

The published story by The Sun newspaper was discovered to be fake news shared by a former aide of erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan.

The article alleged that the Vice President withdrew N10 billion from the Treasury Single Account.

The Sun Newspaper acknowledged publishing a story in their online platform titled: “Ex APC Spokesman asks Buhari to probe Osinbanjo, AuGF over alleged N10 billion withdrawal from TSA,”.

They stated that the post contained some allegations of corrupt practices made against the Nigerian Vice President.

They further said that the publication was based on a press statement, which was regrettably assumed to be reliable at the time of publication.

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They emphasized that since the publication, they’ve now had reasons believe that the story was not duly verified to be correct before the publication, based on some fresh facts.

They tendered an unreserved apology over the said publication and expressed regret over any distress, embarrassment, or inconvenience which the publication may have caused the Vice President.

The apology reads: “On August 9, 2020, we published a story in our online platform titled: “Ex APC Spokesman asks Buhari to probe Osinbanjo, AuGF over alleged N10 billion withdrawal from TSA,” wherein some allegations of corrupt practices were made against the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

“The publication was based on a press statement, which we regrettably assumed to be reliable at the time of publication. Since the publication, however, we now have reasons based on some fresh facts to believe that the story was not duly verified to be correct before the publication.

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“In view of the foregoing, we hereby tender our unreserved apology to His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, over the said publication, even as we regret any distress, embarrassment or inconvenience which the publication may have caused him.

“We hold Prof. Osinbanjo in high esteem and assure him that such oversight will not re-occur in future,”

On Valentine’s day (February 14, 2020), a similar post was trending online.

ABN NEWS reported that the Management of The Sun Publishing Limited, owners, and Publishers of the Sun Newspapers had Officially apologized to the Speaker of the Abia state House of Assembly Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji over alleged libel in 2014.

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The Sun stated in its Apology: “The Sun Publishing Limited hereby express its regrets in respect of the portion of the Daily Sun Publication of Monday, March 10, 2014, on page 21 entitled: T.A Orji’s 7-year Demystification of Kalu” and disavow the truthfulness of the contents thereof representing Rt. Hon Chinedu Orji as one who engages in terrorist activities and systematic asphyxiation of Abians, the Company tenders its Apology to him for the discomfort the said publication may have caused him.”

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