- DPR has reacted to claims that it offered a letter of appointment to a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad
- The agency gave clues about the suspects behind the fictitious letter
- Bashir Ahmad has also faulted reports associating him with an appointment at the organisation
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has described an appointment letter circulating on social media purportedly issued to a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad as fake.
A spokesperson for the agency, Paul Osu, in a statement via Twitter on Tuesday, February 16, said the fictitious letter never emanated from the DPR.
He blamed purveyors of fake news for the letter which has gone viral on the internet.
''This is the handiwork of some mischief makers hiding behind the veil of social media to spread fake news and mislead the public.
We hereby advise members of the public to disregard the purported letter in its entirety as it is not from DPR.''
The spokesperson stated that employment into the DPR is carried out in accordance with laid down rules and due process.
Legit.ng recalls that Bashir Ahmad, an aide to the president on new media, denied getting an appointment as a manager of the DPR in the Ministry of Petroleum.
A budding new blog, Peoples' Gazatte, had "exclusively" reported that Bashir was secretly appointed as DPR manager by his principal Buhari.
The news blog also claimed that Bashir was appointed "despite lacking vital training in hydrocarbon regulations."
But responding to the allegation in a tweet on Monday, February 15, Ahmad described the report as 100% false. According to him, he is not a staff of the DPR.
Legit.ng gathered that the newspaper said the landing cost of the product has risen from N151 to N180 per litre due mainly to the rising price of crude oil in the international market.
It was reported that the rise of crude oil price from $58 to more than $63 per barrel on Sunday, February 14, culminated in refiners incurring an additional cost in the process of procuring, refining and supplying petrol to consumers, thus causing marketers to also incur an additional cost.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.