Renowned security expert Abayomi Mumuni has advised Nigerians to desist from spreading fake news, which he said triggered the looting, arson and vandalisation of property after the Lekki toll-gate shooting.
Mumuni, in a statement by his media aide, Rasheed Abubakar, said Nigerians, including the media, should verify stories before sharing with others.
“Fake news has played an ignoble role in heightening tension in our country. So many untruths have been shared into the media space. We saw how people who had been proclaimed murdered by soldiers in what was initially falsely described as ‘Lekki massacre’ or ‘genocide’ debunked such claims. That misinformation instigated persons into destroying property.
“I urge our people to verify reports and stories; get facts and figures. We should …resist being used as agents of spreading falsehood…”
He said there was no justification for the invasion of facilities housing COVID-19 palliatives.
Mumuni noted that the looting of the relief packages would deny the poor accessing to these items.
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