Ge­o­log­i­cal agency de­clines to name tremor alarmist

The Punch - - NEWS - Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

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.

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