Minister refutes report liking terrorists’ collection of taxes to “area boys” extortion | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Saturday debunked a report attributed to him that terrorists were collecting taxes in the northern parts of the country just as “Area Boys’’ extorted commuters in the southern parts.

The minister said in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Joe Mutah, his Chief Press Secretary, that the report was “a figment of the warped imagination of the author.’’

The statement said the report, attributed to the minister after he addressed a news briefing on the distorted report of the Economist Magazine on Nigeria, was twisted by the author who was not even at the event.

“It’s inconceivable how a reporter, who was not even at the event, extrapolated the comments of the minister to manufacture his or her conclusion on the minister’s remarks.

“For clarity, the minister never mentioned what was dishonestly attributed to him,’’ the statement said.

It said the reporter twisted the response of the minister…



Source: Guardian Newspaper

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