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Nigeria cracks down on cyber bullying and fake news

By , Contributor
Nigeria , 14 Feb 2024
The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.
The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

Nigerian authorities are cracking down on cyberbullying and the spread of fake news across the West African country.

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is leading the effort, claiming that the crimes were committed to tarnish its personnel, while specific individuals and groups spread falsehoods across many online platforms.

This comes as disinformation has become a major worry in many countries. According to analysts who study misleading or fake news, plans are routinely developed to manipulate public opinion and threaten the stability of states and their institutions.

Now, Africa's most populous country has announced that its police service are monitoring online platforms.

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has directed the NPF National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) to crack down on individuals and groups he believes are threatening national security and stability by spreading fake news and misinformation.

"The Inspector General of Police also ordered that all perpetrators found spreading false information or engaging in cyberbullying be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Olumuyiwa Adejobi, NPF public relations officer, stated.

The police spokesperson said that fake news and cyberbullying are criminal offences under the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and other existing criminal statutes.

"The NPF views these actions as a direct assault on the stability and safety of our society and will not hesitate to take decisive action against those found responsible."

Adejobi said the police would collaborate closely with necessary authorities to ensure prompt and proper legal action against criminals.

The spokesperson adds: "The NPF, therefore, calls upon all citizens to exercise caution and discernment when consuming and sharing information online."

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