Abuja (Nigeria) – The Director, Human Resources and Management, Magdalene Isegohime of National Biotechnology Development Agency has dismisses allegation of age falsification published against her in an online media.
The Director who described the alleged sponsored publication as callous, libelous and campaign of calumny, described it as handiwork of mischief makers who are hell-bent to rubbish her name.
The Statement which she personally signed and made available to newsmen reads in part:
My attention has been drawn to a callous, libelous and unfounded allegation of age falsification and campaign of calumny against my person published online by Sahara Reporters on Wednesday, 23rd February, 2022.
Ordinarily, I should not have dignified the malicious publication with a response but for record purposes and to put the fact straight, especially knowing that the aim of the vindictive and mischievous sponsors of the circulated and damaging publication was to smear my hard earned reputation and to devalue my worth and social standing in the eyes of the public.
According to the statement, worthy of note is the fact that the Publication that did not emanate from the ICPC website.
“However, in the said Publication, Sahara Reporters alleged that I falsified my age in some documents to extend my stay in the Public Service.
“The documents that were presented by the petitioners predates their employments in the Agency and so their authenticity needs to be questioned, as the dates in question were superimposed in the purported documents, which were also ‘certified’ by the petitioners themselves.
“I will state categorically that I have never presented to the Agency or any other authority for that matter, two different age declarations certificates but only one.
“The petitioners and the ICPC are yet to substantiate their claims by providing a different certificate that I may have presented in the past.
“I hereby call on the general public to disregard the publication as the figment of imagination of my detractors in their desperate attempts to tarnish my image and smear my hard earned reputation.”