Yakani denies arrest allegations

Yakani denies arrest allegations
Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO). Photo: Mamer Abraham, City Review

A civil society activist has dismissed stories circulating on social media that he had been arrested by the police.

Speaking to The City Review in an exclusive interview, the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) Edmund Yakani described the talks as “fake news” created by one of his former staff.  

“So, when we went to the police, I asked him to provide the evidence (that I was attacked) and he was unable to do so,” he said.

Yakani said after the plaintiff failed to prove the claims of attack, the police decided to dismiss the case.

“That is fake news but I don’t know what motivated him to do that.”

The activist reiterated that he was not arrested and conducting his daily activities normally.

However, Yakani ​blamed ​a j​​ournalist working with a local publication for spreading what he termed as “fake news”.

On Friday, the said journalist posted on his Facebook page that police had arrested the activist.

“Police of the Aide Department arrested the head of the Community Empowerment Organization, Edmund Yakani.

“A source clarified that the accused was arrested according to the directions of the prosecution, which charged him with flattery and threatening,” stated the scribe.

In a rebuttal, Yakani said: “I wish he called before saying that have been arrested. So, I will follow that with my lawyer legally.”