Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has deleted his fake tweet claiming the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was planning to arrest Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).
FFK on Tuesday alleged that operatives of the anti-graft agency had surrounded the home of Onnoghen with the intention to arrest him.
He had written: “Why have the EFCC surrounded the home of CJN Onnoghen and why are they seeking to arrest him? These people want Nigeria to burn! Buhari call off your dogs before it is too late! This is a democracy and not a gestapo state! In the name of God let this madness stop.”
This was also followed by a short video uploaded on social media by Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere national publicity secretary, alleging a raid on the residence of Onnoghen.
In response, the anti-graft agency had threatened to file a libel suit against the duo over the claim
The EFCC had said it “never went to the house of the CJN for arrest neither was invitation extended to him”.
Reacting to the development in a statement today, Fani-Kayode expressed regret over the information he shared.
The ex-minister said he has deleted the post from social media.
“Yesterday I was informed by usually reliable sources that EFCC were positioned outside CJN’s home. “I have since discovered that the men were not from EFCC and I removed the posting. The error is regretted.”
Yesterday I was informed by usually reliable sources that EFCC were positioned outside CJN's home. I have since discovered that the men were not from EFCC and I removed the posting. The error is regretted. Can FG tell us which agency sent those men and why they beat a retreat?
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) January 16, 2019
Fani-Kayode asked the federal government to “tell us which agency sent those men and why they beat a retreat”.