Hackers have designed the fake digital version of THISDAY newspaper and laced it with fake news, which circulated well on social media yesterday, August 27.
In a statement today, August 28, the Managing Director of the newspaper organization, Eniola Bello, raised eyebrow over a fake news published in the said forged THISDAY with headline: “Shocking: Uzodinma declares Free Marriage Between Fulani Settlers and Imo Ladies.”
He expressed worry that this fake version of the digital edition of the newspaper was well circulated on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms.
“We wish to state that THISDAY at no time published the said story. Our lead story on Friday, August 27 was, “Buhari Elated as NNPC Breaks Jinx, Declares N287bn Profit, First in 44 Years”.
“Sadly, these merchants of fake news have chosen to leverage on the credibility and integrity of THISDAY to ply their trade.
“We completely reject this poor attempt by some unscrupulous people at impersonating our brand and identity in pursuit of whatever agenda they may have, by seeking to disseminate fake news to members of the public as emanating from THISDAY.
“For the avoidance of doubt, readers can easily verify our Friday publication from the print edition, or online (www.thisdaylive.com). We therefore call on members of the public who may have unwittingly fell for the cloned digital copy to disregard it and treat it with the utmost contempt it deserves.
“We also use this opportunity to call on security agencies to help unmask the counterfeiters behind this forgery and bring them to book.”