The Chairman of the Association of Media Practitioners Of Nigeria, Wole Arisekola has cautioned journalists over overzealousness while carrying out their duties.
In a recent statement from the secretariat of the association, Arisekola noted that media practitioners should though be steadfast but not bend the rules or cover up truth to dent images of businessmen of public office holders.
In his words, “When we present matters to the public, we should ensure that the truth is told no matter whose ox is gored. The lies we tell about others to dent their images may come back to us.
Contrary to what was being circulated about businessman and entrepreneur, Mahmood Ahmadu, our investigations have revealed has never been charged with money laundering allegations.”
Continuing, Arisekola said, ‘It would be recalled that a national newspaper circulated the news then that he was wanted in the UK and indeed was being charged for money laundering. The man in the eye of the storm called the AMPON office and described such news as malicious with the intent of damaging his hard-earned reputation. We hope our media men would take time out to do diligent investigations before going to press,’ he concluded.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that Mahmood Ahmadu who was a consultant to Ministry of Interior when Abba Moro was minister was contacted to help in the recruitment exercise without taking any direct part in the collection of money from applicants. The applicants paid N1000 each through an e-payment platform for their online recruitment exercise into the NIS. Mahmood Ahmadu’s job was to offer consultancy services in the best way through which the exercise would sail through without hitches.