By Kayode Sesan
The Cable, an online Nigerian newspaper on Monday misled the Nigerian public when it broke news that the Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja had stopped the CCT from enforcing the arrest of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
According to The Cable, “The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday stopped the proposed arrest of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The court ordered a stay of execution on the warrant of arrest issued against Saraki by the tribunal.”
The news, which was reported via their official Twitter handle and published on their website was published at about 11.30 am on Monday and some Nigerian online newspapers, picked up the story from The Cable as seen in the screenshot below.
The story which appears to be a pre-emptive move targeted at compromising the decision of the Abuja Appeal Court, suddenly disappeared from the Twitter handle and website of The Cable newspaper following the Appeal Court’s decision on Monday evening to strike out Saraki’s request seeking the court to restrain the CCT from effecting his arrest over allegations of corruption bothering on the declaration of the Senate President’s assets.
The Cable was recently enmeshed in public controversy when it published an erroneous report alleging that Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka made derogatory remarks about Igbo people. The newspaper later apologized for the false report.
The Cable is published by Simon Kolawole, formerly an editor of Thisday newspaper.