- The minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, has reacted to the purported Shi’ite invasion of Abuja; advising citizens to be wary of fake news
- The minister pointed out that he had recently seen a BBC report about a nuclear invasion which turned out to be false
- He gave the assurance that security agencies are on top of the situation; stressing that if any such occurrence occurred, it would be reported by official sources
Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazzau has alerted Nigerians on fake news alerts being circulated in the social media, NAN reports.
Dambazau, who was particularly reacting to the purported invasion of Abuja by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shi’ites, urged citizens to be mindful of such news.
NAIJ.com gathers that he assured that the nation’s security agencies were in full control of the situation.
He stated: “Well, I am not sure of where that alert is coming from. You know that these days, you have to be very mindful of these things in the social media. It is like I saw one yesterday saying that there is going to be nuclear attack in the United Kingdom and was broadcast by the BBC, and it is fake. So, you have to be very careful with that.
”But I want to reassure you that law and order exist within the society and the FCT minister is very aware and is on top of it because of what happened recently. The commissioner of police is aware and is part of it.
“About some people attacking or not, I think it is something that we have to be cautious of where such information is coming from. If there is anything like that, you will get it from official sources.
“As at now, there is nothing like that because the police are handling that. You must have listened to the news last night and this morning, the commissioner of police FCT came out to speak and he assured all residents of FCT of security of lives and property.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, urged the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, to continue protesting for the release of their leader, Sheik Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
El-Zakzaky has been in detention for many months after a clash between his loyalists and the Nigerian Army.
Meanwhile, protesters were forcefully dispersed by the police in Abuja and one person reportedly killed after members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police. A witness disclosed that the deceased was an IMN member.
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