Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has denied reports that one of his sons has been arrested for money laundering.
The governor made the denial in response to rumours that his son, Kabir had been arrested on Tuesday, May 12, at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.
The clarification was made by Aregbesola on Wednesday, May 13, via a statement released by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon.
The statement reads:
“It has become pertinent to inform Nigerians and others generally that there is no iota of truth in the story being peddled around by some misguided elements claiming that a son of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Kabir Aregbesola was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos today Tuesday May 12, 2015 with a huge sum of money in foreign currencies”.
“We have discovered the the authors of the wicked and malicious lie are doggedly pursuing their agenda by engaging in an aggressive push for the falsehood to reach a larger population especially using the social media.”
“The younger Aregbesola neither traveled anywhere nor had any encounter with any security personnel today. It is obvious the evil minds at work are out to drag an innocent young man’s name into this dirt in order to get at his father.”
“Obviously, part of the game plans of those behind this orchestrated lie is to whip up sentiments especially among the workers in Osun whose salaries are being delayed as part of the fallout of the national revenue crisis and demonise the governor.”
“Aregbesola has maintained a life of a moderate family man with a set of highly disciplined children who cannot be found wanting on issues of morals and societal values.”
The governor also dismissed the rumour as the “handiwork of mischievous minds.