Phony news about Kaduna will put you in prison, El-rufai cautions social networks users
Kaduna State guv, Nasir el-Rufai, has actually alerted social media users both in and outside the state, stating he would not compromise to prosecute individuals that market fake news about his state. El-Rufai spoke at the launch of a book titled, ‘Digital Wealth”, by blogger, Japheth Omojuwa, in Abuja.
According to the guv, both individuals who tweet phony news and those who re-tweet, risk being arrested if the impact of the fake news leads to loss of life or pandemonium.
He advised that social networks might be utilized for good and also for evil and thus it would be incorrect to take a look at just the unfavorable sides.
El-Rufai included, “We need to not confuse flexibility of expression with freedom to eliminate. If you tweet something that is phony or you tweet something that is careless without checking and it results in the death of individuals, then you deserve to be tried at least as an accessory prior to or after the reality of murder.
“In Kaduna State we have actually done that very aggressively since there are things that have been put on social networks that have resulted in the death of individuals. So, we take it extremely seriously. You can not being in Port Harcourt or Lagos and begin publishing things that causes societal instability in Kaduna and we let you go.
“We will submit charges, we will go and gather you (sic) from Port Harcourt or Lagos and bring you prior to a judge in Kaduna and the judge will decide whether you are guilty. We’ve done that 2 or 3 times. Individuals we have actually done this to are still being prosecuted.”
The governor, however, promised that he would not interfere in court procedures.
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“If you want to tweet something about Kaduna, be really mindful because I am watching,” he alerted.
said he had actually been duly chosen to protect the lives of 10 million individuals and would therefore not enjoy the state fall apart due to phony news.
He said the state also had strong laws versus such cyber recklessness.
The guv, who himself was implicated of making hate speech in the last election and in 2015, is no stranger to debate.
Throughout the run-up to the 2019 election, he threatened that any foreigner that interfered in Nigeria’s elections would leave in a body bag, triggering reports that he was amongst those put on a visa restriction by the United States.
His government likewise took legal action against a former Chairman of the National Human Being Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, who had accused El-Rufai of overemphasizing the killings in Kajuru for political gain.
In 2017, Audu Maikori, the chief executive of record business, Chocolate City, was apprehended by the police on charges of incitement based upon a petition by the Kaduna State Federal government credited to his tweet on killings in a town in southern Kaduna.
Maikori later withdrawed and apologised stating the details was false.
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