SIFAX Group Faults Reports on 440 Pump Rifles Purportedly Intercepted on its Terminal
SIFAX Group has declared as “ false news , untrue and misleading” a report making rounds in the media alleging that the controversial 440 pump action rifles intercepted by Customs Service at the Tin Can Island Port on Tuesday were cleared from the company terminal.
A statement issued by Muyiwa Akande, PR Manager, SIFAX Group, which urged the public to disregard the misinformation reads in part:
“The attention of the management of SIFAX Group has been drawn to a false news report being circulated by some online news media to the effect that a container load of arms was intercepted at a subsidiary of our company, Ports & Cargo Terminal, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos.
Let me quickly put on record that the news report is totally false, untrue and misleading”.
According to Akande, investigations conducted by the company have shown that the said container was released from another terminal and was headed for an Off-Dock terminal, before it was intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service on the port access road close to our terminal.
“Ports & Cargo terminal doesn’t own the port access road and how we are linked to this beats our imagination”, said Akande while expressing disappointment that the erring journalists failed to cross check their facts, before rushing to press”.
“It is quite unfortunate that these media organizations published the false news report without making the slightest effort to balance it with our own side of the story”
Aware of the damage such misinformation could cause an organization and its array of sub brands, Akande urged the media to always uphold the ethics of professionalism in the discharge of their duties in order to avoid the error of misinforming the unsuspecting members of the public the public.