The governor of Anambra state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has denied the news of the discovery of a large amount of gold in part of the state.
An online medium had claimed through a report that the discovery of a gold reserve was estimated to be worth more than 20 million tons and worth more than $900 trillion in Ehamufu, Anambra state.
The report also alleged that Soludo, in his capacity as chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, briefed journalists on the development at the end of a forum meeting.
But in response to the claims, the governor on Friday described the report as fake and misleading in a press statement through his press secretary, Mr Christian Aburime.
The statement was titled ‘Supposed discovery of a gold reserve of more than 20 million tons worth more than $900 trillion in Ehamufu, Anambra State’.
The governor advised the general public to completely ignore the report and any material in it as a fake news item, saying the state government has specific channels where it disseminates information to the public.
The statement read: “The attention of the Anambra State Government has been drawn to a fictitious and misleading article with the above headline that is doing the rounds on some social media.
“Ehamufu is not in Anambra state. Governor Chukwuma Soludo is not the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, nor has he informed journalists of a meeting held by the forum or a ghost discovery of gold reserves in Ehamufu, Anambra State, as alleged is provided by the author(s).
“The entire news story, including any statement or quote allegedly attributed to Soludo, is just falsehood without a shred of truth.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore and disregard these claims as a figment of the writer’s imagination. The entire news story remains a mischievous, cunning story with the clear intention of misleading the general public.
“For emphasis, the general public is again advised to completely disregard the news story and any material contained therein as a fake news item.”