A suspect (name undisclosed) who leaked Nigerian Ruler, Muhammadu Buhari’s Monday night broadcast has been arrested.
Recall, that before Buhari’s 8pm address to the nation, a version of his broadcast was already in circulation leaving many to wonder how a highly confidential piece could have been leaked to the public.
Confirming the arrest, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Nigerian Ruler, Femi Adesina, on Thursday April 30, said the suspect was tracked through the digital trails emanating from the leak.
He said that the “Enemy of the State” was careless to have perpetrated such an “evil” act forgetting that in the current age of technological advancement, everything done in the online space leaves a digital trail.
Adesina revealed that before the end of same Monday, that digital trails had narrowed down to the culprit and was apprehended immediately.
He said that the suspect accessed the wrong copy of the broadcast and had the intention of pushing it out to the public before the 8pm broadcast to cause confusion.
Many suggested the leak came from someone within the Regime’s inner caucus, but Mr Adesina debunked such claims saying there is no evidence to back it up.
He described the act as a sabotage from somebody who is not patriotic and does not wish Nigeria well.
He said he glanced through the document which was in circulation as at 4pm and immediately discovered that it a rogue copy which completely different from the one he was part of producing in preparation for the 8pm broadcast.
He highlighted some differences between the real copy and the fake one which include: Most noticeably the paragraphing, grammatical and spelling errors in the rogue copy absent from the real one, the date the lockdown would be eased (2nd May in the rogue copy and 4th May in the real copy).
Mr Adesina expressed his displeasure at how the culprit and like minded persons in the public would derive pleasure in ridiculing and undermining the government. He said that If it were possible to stick a knife into the government’s belly in, they do it without hesitation.
He was also surprised at how many newspaper houses published the wrong broadcast from the rogue copy in circulation stating that was what the culprit wanted.
Criticisms from the public blaming the media office of the President for the leakage, were also dismissed by Mr Adesina as ignorance.
He stated that they have protocols in place which are strictly followed when releasing information from the media office of the President. One of them include placing an embargo for a particular period of time, on releasing copies of the presidential speech.