7th October, 2010
Contrary to rumours that the Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, MikeÂ Ogiadhome, has been arrested in connection with the bomb blasts in Abuja on independenceÂ day, P.M.NEWS gathered from presidency sources this morning that nothing like thatÂ happened.
Sources at the presidency said the rumour is the handiwork of President Jonathanâ€™sÂ detractors and his political opponents who had embarked on a campaign of calumny againstÂ him.
There was an unconfirmed report in an online news portal this morning that Ogiadhome hadÂ been arrested and detained for allegedly being the person at the Presidency who spokeÂ with Henry Okah, the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta,Â MEND, asking him to implicate Northerners in the Abuja bomb blasts.
Okah, who is currently in detention in South Africa following his arrest and ongoingÂ trial over the bomb blasts, had claimed in his telephone interview with Al Jazeera onÂ Monday that a â€œvery close associate of President Jonathanâ€ had called him and asked himÂ to say that MEND did not plant the bombs that killed people and injured at least 30Â others.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the Presidency will issue a statement on the purported arrest ofÂ Ogiadhome today.