Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday bday said the state government never demolished any mosque in Trans Amadi area of the state capital, Port Harcourt.
Wike spoke at a Muslim praying ground where the alleged demolition was reported by Daily Trust, Sun and Saharareporters to have taken place.
The governor said the state government had stopped certain persons from building a structure on the land but that they took it to court.
He said the state government win the suit but the other party still went ahead to Kay the foundation for a structure.
There had been apprehension nationwide following the reports.
The issue was exacerbated by a columnist, Gimba Kakanda, who claimed on Twitter on Sunday that the state government had demolished a mosque.
Though he retracted the claim some hours later, some persons had already started inciting Muslims to burn down churches in the North.
But in several tweets, Wike stated: “I have received calls from several prominent Nigerians on the fake news being circulated online. I have come here with Reporters and you can see there was no Mosque here.
“It is most unfortunate that fickle minded persons will claim that a Mosque was demolished at this place, when no Mosque existed here. The story was concocted by mischief makers to score cheap points.
“Some persons came here to erect an illegal structure. There was no approval from the State Government for any structure to be erected here.
“The persons who started the foundation had already dragged the State Government to court on the disputed land. The Rivers State Government won the case. What they attempted to do was to start the illegal construction to tie the hands of the State Government.
“The Muslim Community in Rivers State should show me where a Mosque was demolished in the State. Do not to allow yourselves to be used by politicians to peddle false stories against the Rivers State Government.
“The government gave them notice not to do anything on the land. But they went ahead with the illegal foundation and the relevant agency stopped them.”