Geological agency declines to name tremor alarmist
The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency on Sunday refused to disclose the identity of a professor who reported a false earth tremor incident in the Federal Capital Territory.
It was gathered that the professor was part of the team that installed earthquake Monitoring Stations for the agency.
The professor, said to be a senior geoscientist, had reported that the earthquake Monitoring Station at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, had captured signals of a 3.8 magnitude earth tremor in parts of the FCT on Friday.
Reports of the earth led to anxiety and panic among residents of the FCT, particularly those in Abaji and Gwagwalada, the areas where it was said to have occurred.
The report, which was published on the social media, turned out to be false, and the management of the NGSA said the professor wilfully failed to follow the standard procedure of first contacting the agency with the information.
Checks by our correspondent on Sunday revealed that the report,
which was reportedly published on Facebook, had been deleted.
But the management of the geological agency refused to disclose the said professor’s identity despite repeated enquiries by journalists at separate news conferences on Saturday and Sunday.
Officials of the agency, who addressed journalists over the matter on Sunday, did not accede to requests to disclose the professor’s identity.
however, a source in the agency, who did not wish to be named, noted that the professor’s action was borne out of mischief.