Amaechi was not arrested over corruption allegation


ROTIMI Chibuike Amaechi, minister of transportation and the director-general of the APC presidential campaign organisation was said to have been arrested by the police in his home on Wednesday, January 23 on allegations of corruption.

CrossCheck Nigeria, a collaboration of newsrooms in Nigeria which includes The ICIR, confirms that Amaechi was not arrested and that he was at the presidential rally of President Buhari in both Sokoto and Kebbi states yesterday, January 23.

The post, published on January 23, at 06:52 am by AIT News Nigeria, a Facebook page,  has garnered 488 likes, 571 comments, and 1,029 shares as at 6:02 pm, January 24.

Also, Happenings in Nigeria, another Facebook page, shared yesterday at 11:55 am. It has the traction of 101 likes and 157 shares as at 6:03 pm, January 24.

The Facebook page cannot be said to be owned by the African Independent Television (AIT) because there appears to be another page named, Africa Independent Television (A TV Channel) that is well updated with programmes aired on its television station and also with larger followership. While the TV channel has about 454,720  followers, AIT News Nigeria has 55,000 followers.

To verify this, CrossCheck Nigeria tracked the minister’s public appearance on said date. The presidential rally of the APC was in Sokoto and Kebbi on January 23. A NAN report confirmed the APC campaign DG was in attendance. Live coverage of the event by the NTA also showed Amaechi addressing the crowd at the rally.

The police, through the Rivers state commissioner, debunked the claimed and urged the general public to disregard it.

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