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Wed, Aug 23, 2023 11:20 PM

FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike Denies Purchasing N300 Million Armoured SUV

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FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike Denies Purchasing N300 Million Armoured SUV
The newly appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has vehemently denied claims of purchasing a N300 million Armoured Lexus LX600 SUV upon assuming office. Wike described the reports as mere "mischief" and stated that he had not even started working yet. The Minister urged journalists to verify the facts before publishing such damaging stories and reiterated his commitment to transparency and accountability.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has debunked rumors claiming that he purchased a N300 million Armoured Lexus LX600 SUV shortly after assuming office. Wike dismissed the allegations as mere "mischief" during a visit to the Metro Train Station in Abuja, where he inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the Abuja Rail Mass Transport System.

Various media outlets had published a picture of the Armoured Lexus SUV with the 'FCT - 01' plate, claiming that it belonged to the new FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, and cost more than N300 million. However, Wike clarified that he was sworn in on Monday and had not even started working yet. He had only interacted with the staff and recently visited the Metro Train Station alongside the Minister of State for FCT to assess the progress of the ongoing project.

"We are now going back to the office to interact with each of the departments in the Federal Capital Territory Administration. But I have seen what is going on in social media, how the FCTA Permanent Secretary bought a bulletproof car of N300 million that I am using," Wike stated.

With all due respect, people should be careful not to destroy other people," he added.

The Minister emphasized that he had not approved the purchase of any car, let alone a bulletproof one, and clarified that he was not using an official bulletproof car. Wike urged journalists to verify the facts before publishing damaging stories that could tarnish the reputation of individuals.

Wike invited journalists to inspect the car in question, which was a regular Lexus SUV fitted with a flag. He urged them to assess whether it was a bulletproof car or not. The Minister emphasized the importance of reporting accurate information and not engaging in sensationalism.

Furthermore, the Director Press, Office of the Minister, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, refuted claims by certain media outlets that Wike intends to demolish 6,000 houses, including Wadata Plaza, comprising 30 settlements in Abuja.

According to Ogunleye, the stories published by the media were entirely false and baseless. He clarified that the Minister did not specify any areas or the number of illegal houses to be removed. Instead, Wike had expressed the need to address illegal settlements and structures for the greater benefit of the public.

Ogunleye also criticized the sensational reporting techniques employed by some media outlets, stating that such practices mislead the public and undermine the important role of accurate and well-researched journalism in society.

In conclusion, Minister Nyesom Wike denied the allegations of purchasing a N300 million Armoured Lexus LX600 SUV and emphasized the importance of accurate reporting. He called for responsible journalism and urged journalists to verify information before publishing damaging stories. Wike remains focused on his duties as the FCT Minister and is committed to transparency and accountability.

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