Blogger apologises to Yahaya Bello over report on N7bn isolation centre fund

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

Bayelsa-based blogger Mienpamo Onitsha has apologised to Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello over a report alleging the governor intended to spend N7billion to rebuild the state’s COVID-19 isolation centre allegedly destroyed by rainstorm.

Published in May 2020, the report led to Mr Onitsha’s arrest and arraignment at a Federal High Court.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, the blogger admitted the publication was false and begged the governor for forgiveness.

He said: “I hereby render an unreserved apology over a publication, which I posted on my website, on May 2, 2020, entitled, ‘It will cost us N7 billion naira to build and equip the Kogi Isolation Centre for Covid-19 which rain destroyed, says Yahaya Bello’.

“I further express my deepest regret for the post and publication which was false and I regret my action for any embarrassment it may have caused you and your administration. I am sincerely sorry and kindly find a place in your heart to forgive me.”

Mr Bello has severally described COVID-19 as a scam devised by politicians to demonise the citizenry.