News had gone viral that there is a hotel in the state where human flesh is being sold. The hotel was subsequently shut by the Nigerian police as eyebrows were being raised.
But in a press statement obtained by Naij.com this evening, the state government has denied the reports and asked Nigerians to disregard any further reports suggesting any such thing in the state, noting also that the national daily that published the story already apologised for its actions.
Dr. Mrs. Mary Imelda Nwogu, commissioner for information, culture & tourism in Anambra, stated in the statement that the report circulating on social media over the purported closure by the Nigeria Police of a restaurant selling human flesh in Anambra state was malicious and false.
According to her: “this story, as reprehensible and false as it is, was also published by a national daily which has since retracted it and apologised, having found it to be untrue.
“The government of Anambra State having investigated the story and found same to be false hereby urges Ndi Anambra and friends of the state to ignore the said story as it is part of a wider smear campaign by anti-democratic forces and enemies of progress who have been attempting to sabotage the fast paced visible infrastructural and social development going on in the state.“These individuals who go by various aliases on social media and on some other media platforms have continued to feed unsuspecting members of the public with lies about Anambra state, in the hope that they will distract the present administration.
“It is instructive that the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Anambra State Command, Uche Ezeh had in an earlier statement to the media debunked the false story.
“Anambra State, the light of the nation is open for business and is now the destination of choice in Nigeria for investors looking for a government friendly investment climate, security, large market, attractive return on investment, skilled manpower and supporting infrastructure.
The BBC Media also sent its sincere apologies to the state government and the people of Nigeria at large for reporting the said report as well.