- A Twitter user’s claim that Arise News’ Morning Show anchor, Dr Reuben Abati, was arrested by EFCC in connection with the Dasuki Gate was true
- However, the claim that the money involved was N500 million is misleading as the money in question was N50m
- A fact-check report indicates that Abati said he spent the N50m on media relations that had to do with his work as the media adviser to ex=President Jonathan
A fact-check report by Daily Trust has indicated the claim that Dr Reuben Abati, Arise News’ Morning Show anchor was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for collecting N500 million illegal funds was “partly true”.
A Twitter user @AbiolaYaqub had on Thursday, December 15, alleged that Abati who is a former special adviser on media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was arrested by the EFCC for collecting N500 million illegal funds.
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He further alleged that the funds were paid to Abati through the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
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Verifying the claim, Daily Trust stated that its check revealed that in October 2016, the EFCC arrested Abati and Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, who is now the governor of Bauchi state.
The anti-graft agency subsequently revealed that Abati received N50m from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Also, Abati reportedly told investigators that he expended the N50m on media relations that had to do with his work as the media adviser to Jonathan.
But when asked for evidence of how the money was spent, he reportedly said such details were not documented.
“He said media relations details are never documented,” the EFCC sources had said.
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Abati was neither charged nor convicted. A few days after his arrest, he was granted administrative bail by the EFCC.
The newspaper concluded that the claim that Abati was arrested for collecting N500 million illegal funds is misleading because the amount in question is N50 million.
Nevertheless, it is true that the Arise TV anchor was arrested as claimed.
Legit.ng notes that the issue resurfaced amid the ongoing media between Arise News publisher, Nduka Obaigbena, and Bayo Onanuga/Dele Alake of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council.
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In another report, the APC Presidential Campaign Council has insisted the party’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will not attend the town hall debate organised by Arise TV.
This was made known in a lengthy piece written by Bayo Onanuga and Dele Alake in counter-response to the piece by Arise TV’s owner, Obaigbena.