Police warn bloggers  against fake news

By Tola Gbadamosi
The Ondo State Police Command has sounded a note of warning to  users of social media and bloggers operating in the state, to desist from using `online channels’ to spread fake news.

The Police Public Relations Officer , Mr Femi Joseph, who gave the warning in a telephone interview with The Hope Metro  described  fake news acts as a lie from the pit of hell.

He made the statement, while reacting to a recent story circulated online that some market women going to Uso yesterday morning were kidnapped after Ogbese bridge.

His words,  “Some unscrupulous social media bloggers were trying to frustrate the media’s effort and reputation gained in championing the enthronement of democracy and respect for human rights in the state.

“They are in the  habit of posting fake and unconfirmed stories in their respective websites and social media platforms, aimed at cheap blackmail and spread of rumour to incite the public against government institutions.

He drew the attention of the people to a fake news making rounds on social media that, “Ondo State under siege. Market women going to Uso Market from Akure this morning were kidnapped just after Ogbese bridge.

“People should avoid plying Owo road. If they want to travel to Akoko, go through Ikere Ekiti and if they must travel to Benin, pass through Ondo-Ore road. Owo road is not safe for now.

Joseph, who debunked the story  said the command and other paramilitaries in the state would not hesitate to deal decisively with any individual or group peddling fake news.

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He stated that the command frowned at such fake stories, which he said is a blatant lie and  a calculated attempt to undermine or tarnish the image of the state.

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