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FBI Speaks On Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Information Minister’s Boko Haram Links

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has spoken on the alleged links of Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Information Minister to Boko Haram and other terrorist organisations. The criminal investigation organisation has responded to the alleged placement after a request was sent by Leadership newspaper.

FBI Speaks On Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Information Minister’s Boko Haram Links

In their response, FBI said:

“Consistent with our standard posture, we can neither confirm nor deny whether an individual is on the watch list.”

It must be noted that the original authors of the report have retracted their publication and tendered apologies to the minister. In a short statement published on Monday, April 13, the Independent Newspapers Nigeria apologised to Pantami on its Twitter page.

FBI Speaks On Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Information Minister’s Boko Haram Links

Part of the statement read:

“Our attention has been drawn to the story with the above title, published in the Sunday Independent newspaper of April 11, 2021. “We have since realized that the information contained in the story has not been verified to be true. “The minister mentioned in the story, Alhaji Isa Ali Ibrahim, also known as Sheikh Pantami, is not known to be on American Terror Watch List, nor is he linked to terror organisations. “We regret and sincerely apologise for the embarrassment our story has caused the honourable minister whom we hold in high regard.”

Before the FBI released their statement, Pantami has earlier stated that the report linking him to Boko Haram and other terrorist groups defamed his character and the writers must meet his lawyers in court.

He explained that he has always maintained teachings that were against evil persons and criminals in Nigeria adding that his life was at one time under threat due to his anti-terrorism movements.

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