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Crackdown On Hate Speech, Fake News Peddlers Begin In Ebonyi State – Gov. Umahi

Governor Dave Umahi
Governor Dave Umahi

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi of has cautioned peddlers of hate speeches and fake news in his state.

According to Umahi anybody found guilty of fake news and hate speeches will be punished under the law in the state.

Umahi declared that the era of people dishing out falsehood in any form to the members of the public is over.

The Governor made this known while reacting to the arrest, and detention of a popular former Programme Presenter and Social critic, Godfery Chikwere by the police in the State.

Umahi who denied having a hand in the arrest of the Public Affairs Analyst, said he must face the law and accused him of inciting the people of the state against the Army through his post on his facebook handle.

The governor said: “I didn’t arrest Baby Mouth, I didn’t arrest him. It is important to note now that we have a law on fake news. Both my journalists and aides should note that fake news coming from anybody is answerable and there is nothing wrong about this development. The federal government has its own cybercrime law and until we deploy this, our society will continue to go bad.

You don’t just wake up and begin to tarnish people’s image. The young man is from Enugu and they carried out the flag off of army activities in Enugu State and he didn’t comment on it. But when it was flagged off in Ebonyi, he now started to incite Ebonyi people against the army so that the army will now have confrontation with our people.

“It was done in Anambra, it was done in Enugu. Why is that it was done in Ebonyi and somebody from Enugu State who was hired to destroy the state will start commenting? People have been begging for his release but it is not in my hand. He must go to court. They can call me any name, I don’t care”, he said.

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