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FAKE NEWS ALERT: AIT denies reporting release of 2011 Christmas Day bomber

FAKE NEWS ALERT: AIT denies reporting release of 2011 Christmas Day bomber
September 17
00:03 2020

Daar Communications, owner of Africa Independent Television (AIT), has denied reporting the release of Kabiru Dikko, mastermind of a bomb blast in Niger state in 2011.

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An image of an alleged social media post by the television station reporting that the federal government has released Dikko, better known as Kabiru Sokoto, has since gone viral.

But in a statement on Wednesday, AIT said the purported report is “fake news” as it never reported such.

“Our attention has been drawn to the above story on ‘the release of the mastermind of the 2011 bomb blast that occurred in Madalla, Niger state’ purportedly credited to our station AIT,” the management said.

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“We hereby emphatically dissociate our organisation from the report. It is indeed fake news. Our station never reported such a news item.”

In 2013, the Abuja federal high court convicted Sokoto and sentenced him to life imprisonment for planning an attack on St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger.

The attack — a car bomb — left about 40 people dead on Christmas day.

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