Peace Envoy who is also Secretary General, Youth Peace/Educational Development Initiative Comr. Adabara Abduljelil El-Okene has dismissed reports alleging that AEDC Manager, John Suleiman was responsible for vandalization of installations of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) in parts of Kogi Central Senatorial District.
El-Okene, who doubles as a human and political rights activist accused perceived fifth columnists of trying to instigate crisis and disaffection in order to destabilize the good relationship between the AEDC Management and the community in Ebiraland, Kogi State, adding that those responsible for the unsubstantiated allegation aim to impede the tremendous progress being made in the area by the Suleiman-led team.
While describing the allegation which was made by Mr. Ajibade Osike as “baseless, unsubstantiated and lacking in merit,” El-Okene called on the Nigerian media to protect its reputation from “self-serving unpatriotic individuals who want take advantage of free speech to make unfounded statements,” stating that the media needs to constantly verify information before publishing it.
Describing Osike as a self-centered individual, he lamented that some section of the media have been mislead to publish information that is false and baseless, stating that alleged vandalization of NIPP is “completely false.”
“The allegations are unfounded and a figment of Osike’s imagination,” he said.
A statement by the Secretary General, Ebira Youth Peace/Educational Development Imitative, Comrade Adabara Abduljelil argued that it was illogical for John Suleiman to be the one behind vandalization that sought to damage his own reputation, and that of the AEDC he had expended so much time, energy, intellect and resources to improve power.
The statement said: “We find Osike’s allegation absolutely baseless and irresponsible because the issue in question, placed by a faceless man, made reckless allegations, not only against John Suleiman but also attempted to tarnish his image.”
“We also seek this medium to inform the appropriate authorities to invite the petitioner for thorough investigation because his aim is to cause problems between the community and the management of AEDC,” El-Okene added.
“As regards the alleged irregularities, it is pertinent to note that the poles and cables were vandalized and abandoned when PHCN was in charge of energy distribution.