OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY
FIRST LADY DID NOT ORDER THE ARREST OF ANYBODY
Our attention has been drawn to media reports that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan ordered the arrest of a woman who attended the women stakeholders’ meeting discussing ways and best strategies to ensure the release of the abducted children of Chibok Girls secondary School.
We wish to state without any iota of equivocation that the First Lady did not order the arrest of any woman or any one for that matter before, during and after the meeting.
It is instructive to note that the meeting ended after three o clock Monday morning and all those invited to the meeting including a handful of journalists who stayed throughout the lengthy meeting left the Presidential Villa thereafter.
The Naomi Murlah mentioned in one of the reports came to the meeting as part of Borno delegation. The women were alarmed when someone who knew her told the meeting that she was impersonating one of the mothers of the allegedly abducted children on the basis for which she attended the meeting.
The women expressed their disappointment when she confirmed that she is not a biological mother to any of the abducted children.
Naomi left the State House with other members of the delegation. If she was arrested as claimed, then enquiries about her arrest should therefore be directed to the security agencies
It is an unfounded rumour which the First Lady knows nothing about.
Office of the First Lady FRN
May 5, 2014.