NPA: Bala Usman battles Sahara Reporters over campaign of calumny

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Hadiza Bala Usman

Suspended Director of Ports Authority (), Hadiza Bala Usman, has accused Sahara Reporters of carrying out a relentless of calumny against her.

In a statement she personally signed and made available to Sundiata Post on , Bala-Usman said online newspaper has been spreading false stories against her. 

full statement reads:

, it must be obvious to all Nigerians of good conscience Sahara Reporters is sworn to a ceaseless of calumny against my person.

Over the past two weeks, the publication has continued to spread false and rehashed stories directed at maligning my personality and casting aspersions on my reputation and to the . This, they do in total disregard of all rebuttals, which would have been needless but for the need to maintain my personal integrity and of my family.

On May 20, 2021, Sahara Reporters published a story with the headline: report indicts ex- boss, Usman shows unapproved N831million spent on hotels in 2016,2017.” This story shows the relentless war the publication is waging against my personality for reasons best known to them.

The fact is that the has its audited financial statements for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018. These statements have the authentic figures of the Authority’s expenditure over those years.  

However, rather than seek the authentic statements, Sahara Reporters have depended on snapshots of documents that are unauthenticated, apparently because they fit the already concocted and devious narratives that they love to sell to the public.

Earlier in the day on , Sahara Reporters Television released the video of a building with the title, “Alleged edifice built by Hadiza Bala Usman while in office as MD of Ports Authority.” 

Again, this story is total falsehood, and a pathetic reflection of what Sahara Reporters has become. 

I challenge the publication to produce any document that links me with this building.

More importantly, it is time to serve notice on Sahara Reporters and its cohorts to desist from publishing unfounded stories targeted at tarnishing my image. 

I have chosen to maintain a calm mien to this consistent falsehood, conscious of the demand of accountability, which national places on me. 

However, there is always a limit to which one can endure this needless perpetuation of falsehood.

I will take legal action against Sahara Reporters if it continues in this manner

Thank you

Hadiza Bala Usman.

21, 2021