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FCT Minister Nyesom Wike Refutes Allegations of Purchasing N300 Million Armoured SUV

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FCT Minister Nyesom Wike Refutes Allegations of Purchasing N300 Million Armoured SUV
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has denied purchasing a N300 million Armoured Lexus LX600 SUV. He refuted the allegations, stating that he had not even started working on his duties. Wike also dismissed claims of planning to demolish 6,000 houses, emphasizing that illegal settlements and structures would be removed for the greater good of the public.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Nyesom Wike, has swiftly refuted allegations circulating on social media that he purchased a N300 million Armoured Lexus LX600 SUV. Wike, who was recently sworn into office, stated that he had not even had the opportunity to truly commence his duties before being accused of such an extravagant purchase.

During a visit to the Metro Train Station in Abuja on Wednesday, where he inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the Abuja Rail Mass Transport System, Wike took the opportunity to address the speculations. Referring to a picture circulating online featuring an Armoured Lexus SUV with the license plate 'FCT - 01', he stressed that the claims were nothing more than "mischief."

Wike, visibly frustrated by the unfounded allegations, stated, "I want you people to go hit your hand there (on the car) and see whether it is a treated car. With all due respect, people should be careful not to destroy other people."

He also clarified that upon assuming his duties, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr Adesola Olusade, informed him that the FCTA possesses vehicles to be used by the ministers. To further dispel the rumors, Wike gestured towards a regular Lexus SUV, stating, "I have never approved for any car to be bought and I have not used any official bulletproof car."

Additionally, Wike's Director Press, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, dismissed claims by certain media outlets regarding the Minister's intentions to demolish 6,000 houses across 30 settlements in Abuja, including the notable Wadata Plaza. These claims lacked any factual basis and were deemed entirely false. While the Minister has been focused on removing illegal settlements and structures, he never specified the areas or the number of buildings to be removed.

Furthermore, Ogunleye criticized media sensationalism, pointing out that accurate and well-researched journalism plays a vital role in society. The misleading headlines not only misinform the public but also undermine the impact of responsible reporting.

As the new FCT Minister, Wike expressed his commitment to serving the public's best interests. He articulated his intentions to interact with all departments within the FCT Administration, reiterating that his priority lies in improving the capital city for the benefit of its residents.

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