Group accuses US-based journalist of blackmailing FG officials

Group accuses US-based journalist of blackmailing FG officials

- A US-based journalist has been accused of repeatedly blackmailing federal government officials

- A group has called for the arrest of the journalist, accusing him of propagating fake news

- This was contained in a communique issued by the group after a one-day interactive session in Enugu state

A group known as South Eastern Alliance for Democracy and Progress (SEADP) has accused a US-based journalist, Jackson Ude, of blackmailing some federal government officials.

The group also cautioned media practitioners to stop using their platform to deliberately spread fake news for cheap propaganda and pecuniary benefits.

This was contained in a communique issued by the group after a one-day interactive session on the role of media in the fight against insecurity in the country held in Enugu on Saturday, October 5.

The group’s secretary-general, Dr. Jideofor Nzekwe affirmed that media has a constitutional role in a democracy, which he opined must be discharged according to the law.

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The group frowned at those they described as media practitioners who use fake news to promote instability across the country.

The group gave an example of Jackson Ude, who is said to be a publisher of an online news platform, Pointblanknews, describing him as a known scammer who has been in the business of blackmail, smear attacks and extortion for more than twenty years.

The group stated that Mr. Ude, who is curently based in the United States of America, “does not hide the fact that he is in a mission to demonize the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by posting irresponsible online propaganda.

The group accused Ude of spreading falsehood calculated to tarnish the image of key appointees of Buhari government including Prof. Charles Dokubo, coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program on the Niger Delta, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Transportation among others.

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“This man and his group have made unsubstantiated claims of phantom corruption charges and imaginary contract awards against their targets just to tarnish the image of these appointees.

“We are aware that many politicians have been victims of this brand of defamatory, irresponsible and gangster journalism. We are warning every discerning member of the public especially those in social media to beware of his falsehood.

“However, the painful thing is that Mr. Ude and his unpatriotic cohorts are doing these damages abroad and their actions have potentially negative implications on the image of our dear country.

“This fugitive deserves to be prosecuted and handed appropriate punishment as a warning to others,” part of the statement read.

The group consequently called on all security agencies especially the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to watch out for him so that he can be brought home to face justice.

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Recall that a group known as Ijaw Renaissance Coalition, recently condemned what they described as an intense campaign of calumny mounted against Professor Dokubo.

In a press statement sent to journalists on Sunday, September 29, the group accused some faceless groups of spreading imaginary corruption charges to disparage Dokubo.

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