Our attention has been drawn to an online recording distributed on Facebook, Whatsapp and possibly other internet platforms, alleging that some building units in an estate, captured by what appeared to be a group of persons in a moving vehicle, are owned by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Apart from the false commentary offered by the yet-to-be-identified persons in the video asserting the falsehood, the video recording also bore misleading and outrageous captions, including “Adams Oshomole Estate” and “Edo State is finished”, leaving no doubt on its production and circulation as a calculated and wicked attempt to malign and smear the image of the Comrade Leader.
We wish to state categorically that these insinuations are false and bear no iota of truth.⁰
Indeed, informed social media users, some of whom live within the vicinity of the paraded buildings, have identified the estate as the Falls of Wilcrest located in Houston, Texas in the 77099 zip code. Further research showed that the apartment community, housing 3 stories with about 364 units, was built in 1982.
It is therefore senseless to allege or insinuate that this property, with available records proving its ownership by a private and foreign coy, belongs to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
We offer this public disclaimer to prevent unsuspecting members of the public from being sold on this malicious and absurd lie intended to cause reputational harm to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
We also wish to state that efforts are presently ongoing to identify and bring charges against those responsible for the libelous act.
It is our longstanding belief that information tools like the internet and social media are meant to deepen social connections and facilitate a smoother exchange of useful knowledge, not serve as mediums of misinformation, smear campaigns, and other condemnable acts.
While we urge everyone to remain critical of the information they consume online, especially from unverified sources, we warn agents of misinformation and calumny to desist or prepare to face the full weight of the law.
Mr. John Mayaki
Archivist, Documentalist, Communication, Culture and Media expert (Coventry University, England) and Professional Consultant on Communication, Management and Strategy (Chattered Management Institute, England).