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Anambra Protests Human Meat Story As BBC Apologises

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 8:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Awka


The Anambra state government has condemned what it described as “false and malicious” story of human flesh being sold in a resturant in Awka, Anambra state capital.

A press release issue by  the new Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner of the state, Dr. Mrs. Mary Imelda Nwogu said: “The attention of the Anambra State Government  has been drawn to a false and malicious report circulating on social media over the purported closure by the Nigeria Police of a restaurant selling human flesh in Anambra state.

“This story, as reprehensible and false as it is, was also published by a national daily which has since retracted it and apologised, having found it to be untrue.

“The government of Anambra State having investigated the story and found same to be false hereby urges Ndi Anambra and friends of the state to ignore the said story as it is part of a wider smear campaign by anti-democratic forces and enemies of progress who have been attempting to sabotage the fast paced visible infrastructural and social development going on in the state.

According to Nwogu “these individuals who go by various aliases on social media and on some other media platforms have continued to feed unsuspecting members of the public with lies about Anambra State, in the hope that they will distract the present administration”.

It said is instructive that the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Anambra State Command, Uche Ezeh, had in an earlier statement to the media debunked the false story.

Anambra State, the light of the nation is open for business and is now the destination of choice in Nigeria for investors looking for a government friendly investment climate, security, large market, attractive return on investment, skilled manpower and supporting infrastructure.

Nevertheless, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which originated the news story has apologized in its web site about the story.

It wrote: ‘The story about the Nigerian restaurant which we published here was a mistake and we apologise.

“It was incorrect and published without the proper BBC checks. We have since removed the story and have launched an urgent investigation into how this happened”