IGP Adamu Warns Nigerians On The Use Of Social Media To Spread Misinformation
In line with the Nigerian government address on banditry operations, the Acting Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has urged Nigerians to beware of their use of social media to spread misinformation.
This is as a protest by some groups held in Aso-rock, Abuja and other cities on Saturday demanding urgent action to end killings by the bandits, Naija News reports.
Following the protests, at the weekend President Muhammadu Buhari had said ending banditry remains a priority of his administration and he would do whatever it takes to save lives.
He, however, called on Nigerians not to politicize the matter.
While announcing the ban on the mining activities in embattled Zamfara State, IGPAdamu who was speaking to state house correspondents in Abuja said, that the Nigerian government had noted the use of social media to “spread fake news, falsehood and deliberate misinformation”.
He, therefore, urged citizens to exercise restraint in circulating unconfirmed information capable of doing more damage.
” Let us not allow the social media to hijack our sense of judgment and capture our minds negatively,”
The Police boss also appealed for the cooperation of local communities, especially the traditional and religious leaders within such communities.