Monday 4 June 2012

RE: D’banj shot dead in US; Don Jazzy fingered

The attention of has been drawn to a story making the rounds that popular Nigerian music act, D’banj has been shot dead in the US by 3 unknown gunmen.

We want to state categorically that this story published by an acclaimed social networking site, yesterday was first published as an AprilFool prank on the 1st of April, 2012 by You can READ it here if you didn’t.

As it is the custom with some top websites across the world, ranging from to, we decided to “cook” an April Fool story for our teeming readers.

The story had died off one week after its publication on the blog and the readers knew that it was an AprilFool because it was clearly written at the end of the story.

Junk blogs who know very little about the ethics of journalism which also harbours blogging culled the story when they knew it was a seasonal stuff.

It was therefore surprising and appalling that Naijapals could publish the same story two months after and mischievously expunged the paragraph we stated that it was an AprilFool.

We want to state here that it was a deliberate ploy by @Naijapals and other blogs who published the story afterwards to attract unnecessary traffic to their sites.

This, we consider as mischievous and we condemn the disgusting, misinforming and misleading act in totality and in strong terms.

The said story trended on twitter and unsuspecting people started and are still sending broadcast messages on BBM to that effect.

We are happy that D’banj used his twitter handler to dispel the rumour which was caused by the viral story.

We hereby call on Naijapals and other blogs which carried the “delayed” AprilFool story to grow beyond living in junkness.

We tender our apologies to D’banj and his team on the damage and inconveniences the story might have caused him/them. We first wrote and published with genuine reasons and intentions.

Nigeria’s Youngest Editor Ever

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