NPA MD threatens to sue Sahara Reporters over bribery allegation

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Nigeria Ports Authority MD, Hadiza Bala Usman

Nigeria Ports Authority MD, Hadiza Bala Usman

Akin Olayemi

Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has denied the allegations by an online news medium, Sahara Reporters that she was involved in bribery to circumvent the result of the primary election for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District of the All Progressives Congress.

While describing the report as false, Hadiza called on the online medium to retract the publication or present proof of the allegation within seven days or she would have no choice than to seek legal redress in the court of law.

Sahara Reporters had on Friday reported that a source alleged that Usman gave $2m to one Farouk Adamu, who collected the cash in Abuja on behalf of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

But a statement released by Usman on Friday partly read, “My attention has been drawn to a recent report published by Sahara Reporters that I, Hadiza Bala Usman, was involved in bribery to circumvent the results of the primary election for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

“The report alleged that I handed over $2m to Farouk Adamu with the purported aim of buying the said senatorial ticket for Mr. Uba Sani.

“This is absolutely false, reprehensible and a total travesty, which negates every known principle of the noble profession of journalism.

“While I have respect for the role of the media in the development of our country, one would expect that a media platform like Sahara Reporters, whose promoters project themselves as respecters of the rights of others, would get their facts right and present incontrovertible facts rather than sponsored conjectures that attack the integrity of law-abiding citizens.”

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