- Daar Communications blames a faceless group for the report which was posted on a fake AIT Facebook account claiming President Buhari had died in a London hospital
- The media house says its editorial policy mandates its correspondents to file all their reports for vetting and approval before publication which can only originate from its headquarters
- It states that the death rumour is a figment of the imagination of the authors
The management of Daar Communications has distanced it from purported reports over the weekend about President Muhammadu Buhari's death in London.
DAAR, in a press release, on Wednesday, January 24, blamed a faceless and mischievous group for the report which it said was posted on a fake AIT Facebook account.
The media organization stated that: “The attention of the Management of DAAR Communications Plc has been drawn to a FACEBOOK Account purportedly being operated by our Organization.
“A report was published on the FACEBOOK that the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently on vacation in London has passed on.
“We wish to state the following facts:
“It is falsehood dressed up as truth that we opened such FACEBOOK Account.
“We did not publish nor know anything about the report.
“None of our Correspondents in London filed such report.
Below is the deleted controversial post which was taken down moments after this report was published.
The media house said its editorial policy mandates its correspondents to file all their reports for vetting and approval before publication which can only originate from its headquarters.
It noted that no correspondent could individually on his or her own decision publish or cause to be published any story.
It said: “The Facebook account is the brain child of a faceless and mischievous group whose despicable activities must be investigated by security agencies because of the unpleasant consequences.
"We wish to state that AIT runs an official on-line site for News which is not available for use by outsiders.
“We dissociate ourselves completely from anything contained in the said report which is a figment of the imagination of the authors.
“We also disown the so-called Facebook account, and have officially reported to Facebook managers.”
See a screen grab of the controversial post below:
Meanwhile, the presidency has denied reports of Buhari's death.
The presidency while describing the report as unfounded, said Buhari was alive and enjoying his holiday.