The federal government yesterday refuted a report carried by some media on the abduction of 60 women in Damboa, Borno.
Coordinator, National Information Centre (NIC), Mike Omeri, made the denial at a news conference in Abuja.
Omeri, who is director general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that the claim in several media reports about the abduction of 60 women could not be verified.
“We hereby wish to state that based on available facts before us there was no abduction of 60 persons in Borno.
“We have checked everywhere and no information to verify the claim, our findings indicate that nothing on the ground to prove any act of abduction.
“I have a lot of reports that are not just true but people go out to reel out figures.
“I am going to protest to some media houses by writing a protest letter because they are not giving the right information, what they do is worrisome”, Omeri said.
Omeri said that Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno confirmed that there were no sufficient facts on the alleged abduction of 60 women.
“Who can say he carried out a head count of the women during the mayhem,” he asked.
He advised Nigerians to desist from playing with figures of persons abducted even when non took place.
According to him, this reinforces the need for media organisations to always refer to the centre before going to press.
He added that any other contrary action would be deemed as a deliberate attempt to create confusion and fear among the populace. (NAN)