Loading...

Author Topic: Nigerian Government To Prosecute Promoters Of Fake News  (Read 395 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline internet police

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1482
    • View Profile
Nigerian Government To Prosecute Promoters Of Fake News
« on: June 05, 2017, 12:44:49 AM »


The Federal Government on Sunday said that it will not relent until it has exposed those behind the fake news phenomenon in the country and bring them to justice.


In a statement in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that those behind the fake news had the intention of destabilising the polity and causing disunity among the country’s various ethnic and religious groups.

The statement was signed by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the Special Adviser to the Minister.

The minister urged Nigerians to be extra vigilant in view of the worsening cases of fake news being spread by the unscrupulous persons.

Mohammed noted that over the weekend alone, several major cases of fake news were recorded, each of them capable of causing panic, triggering chaos or setting one group against the other.

He said that a gory video of a blast that occurred many years ago was being circulated along with the false news of a bomb blast in Abuja, while news of a non-existent bomb blast in Lagos was also widely circulated.

He said the Police had however debunked the fake news.

Mohammed said the latest strategy being employed by the purveyors of fake news was to attribute to top government officials, improbable statements capable of destabilising the polity, causing tension and threatening the country’s unity.

”This is why we are appealing to Nigerians not to ever engage in a knee-jerk reaction to any news, and to subject every information to a very serious scrutiny by checking with security agencies and government spokespersons,” he said.

The Minister described the fake news phenomenon as ‘the scourge of our times’ noting that it would “probably get worse in the months ahead”

He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to be very vigilant so that fake news purveyors do not succeed in their quest to sow the seeds of chaos and confusion.

He also appealed to the traditional media, which has a reputation to protect, to join the campaign against the purveyors of fake news.



 

Federal Court orders police to arrest Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 247
Last post September 19, 2015, 11:53:00 AM
by mastercode
84 Nigerian Senators pass confidence vote on Senate President Saraki amid rows

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 234
Last post September 29, 2015, 01:37:44 PM
by yungcrux
EBOLA SCARE" Nigerian governors refuse handshake greetings, greet with knuckles

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 333
Last post August 14, 2014, 08:05:05 AM
by mastercode
Nigerian girl barred from school in the U.S. amid Ebola fears; family sues

Started by jchima14

Replies: 0
Views: 173
Last post October 30, 2014, 07:56:35 AM
by jchima14
Boko Haram Sacks Entire Nigerian Army Battalion, Confiscates All Arms

Started by jchima14

Replies: 0
Views: 128
Last post November 13, 2014, 08:42:09 PM
by jchima14
Nigerian Newly registered political party asks INEC to shift elections

Started by admin

Replies: 0
Views: 204
Last post March 06, 2015, 02:22:13 AM
by admin
Nigerian 2015 elections-PDP politician caught wooing voters with ₦1000 each[PIC]

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 157
Last post March 17, 2015, 01:21:01 PM
by internet police
High Court rejects Nigerian senate President Saraki?s bid to stop CCT trial

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 158
Last post November 06, 2015, 08:47:47 PM
by yungcrux
PDP charges Nigerian Military to Stop rigging election for APC , face Boko Haram

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 140
Last post December 11, 2015, 07:04:27 PM
by yungcrux
Nigerian EFCC,ICPC to probe sacked DGs for donating N200m to Jonathan?s campaign

Started by legendguru

Replies: 0
Views: 120
Last post February 16, 2016, 12:40:51 PM
by legendguru