The Police Command in Cross River has warned social media users and bloggers operating in the state to desist from utilizing `on-line’ to unfold fake information.
The command gave the warning in an announcement by its Spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, on Friday in Calabar. Ugbo stated that some bloggers and social media users have been in the behavior of posting fake information in their blogs and web sites to propagate low-cost blackmail by inciting the public in opposition to authorities establishments.
She stated that the command, in collaboration with the management of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state wouldn’t hesitate to deal decisively with any particular person or group peddling fake information. In accordance to her, a few of the bloggers who’ve joined the media career with out requisite coaching and journalism background have been irritating the cordial working relationship of NUJ and the Police in the state.
Ugbo stated that some unscrupulous social media bloggers have been attempting to frustrate the media’s effort and popularity gained in championing the enthronement of democracy and respect for human rights in the nation.
“They’re in a behavior of posting fake and unconfirmed tales in their respective web sites and social media platforms, aimed toward low-cost blackmail and unfold of hearsay to incite the public in opposition to authorities establishments.
In the similar vein, the command desires to categorically state that the fake information making rounds on social media that three infants have been stolen at the College of Calabar Educating Hospital will not be true.
The story is a blatant lie and calculated try to undermine or tarnish the hospital’s popularity, thereby inflicting safety breach in the state and the hospital,’’ she acknowledged.