Some media reports suggesting that the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign funds is being sponsored by an Israeli firm, and the company is planning to jam the network in Nigeria has been debunked.
The company mentioned, HLSI Security Firms and Technologies, has advised the public to ignore the allegations. In a statement sent to Continentour.com.ng on Friday, February 15, the organisation stated that its operations in Nigeria have been for more than twelve years and at no time have HLSI been accused of any form of integrity deficit.
Part of the statement read: “The timing of this recycled fiction clearly exposes the intention of those behind it. Undoubtedly, they are those who think that the best way to divert attention from the issues of the day is to fabricate misleading stories few hours to the election.
“Their aims are malicious as they are agents of distortion. We will not be distracted.
We know who they are, and they know themselves. As professionals we try our best not to interfere with domestic political issues in countries where we operate.
We have been working in this country for more than twelve years and at no time have we been accused of any form of integrity deficit.
“The status of our firm has been verified over and again and we were never found wanting. Our records in this regard speak for themselves.
This latest attempt to use our good name ignorantly to attempt to tarnish the image of the honorable minister is another exercise in futility.”
The statement noted that the HLSI is committed to doing its business strictly under the anti-bribery convention rules, adding that the company’s work ethics comply with known international standards.
Continuing, the company said: “We therefore regret reading the entire tissue of misrepresentation and inaccuracies currently in circulation and peddled by interested parties in Nigeria.
“It must be noted that while elections come and go, we will not allow these merchants of mischief to create imaginary baggage on our hard-earned global reputation.
We are monitoring the situation closely and we will not hesitate to use necessary legal means to defend ourselves.
“It must be noted that the contract in question passed through all relevant departments including the Federal Executive Council (FEC) before it was approved. It does not any way breach any laws of the land nor affect internal security.
“We are happy to release all relevant details that confirm for instance that there is no component of this project that has anything to do with telecommunications not to talk of contemplating jamming telephone signals.
“Again, those who are peddling these obsolete lies are unpatriotic elements whose sole aim is to cause panic and fear among the public.
The public should be aware and ignore them as nothing like that is being contemplated to the best of our knowledge.”
The company challenged anyone who has any contrary information to stay it, adding that it will continue to deliver on its assignments across the country with precision and professionalism.
“Finally as professionals, we must warn that those who may intend to disrupt the internet, jam waves and deny Nigerians access to information especially during this time must not drag our company into what appears to be a rehashed evil plot,” the statement concluded.
In a related development, Ballard Partners, a top United States lobbyist/Public Relations firm has denied working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.
According to the Brian Ballard, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, the organisation has not conducted any survey or research for the Nigerian opposition party.
Ballard’s made the clarification in a tweet posted on the organisation’s Twitter page on Wednesday, February 13.
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