- The CITAD says ethnicity and religiously related hate speeches occupied the highest percentage of 39.9% and 37.7% respectively
- Hate speech relating to the issue of farmers/herders clash was reported o be 3.1%, while that of elections was the least with 2.2%
- The assistant programmes manager of the centre called on the general public to keep reporting hate speech, gender harassment online and other abusive uses of social media
The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has disclosed that 221 cases of hate and dangerous speeches were reported online in March.
Daily Trust reports that the assistant programmes manager of CITAD, Sanusi Shazali Sulaiman, made the disclosure in a press briefing in Kano.
He said analysis of the cases indicated that ethnicity and religiously related hate speeches occupied the highest percentage with 39.9% and 37.7% respectively.
Sulaiman noted that hate speech relating to the issue of farmers/herders clash was 3.1%, while that of elections was the least with 2.2%
He said 8.1% of the 221 issues reported required the attention and prompt action of the countering team which has been treated accordingly.
The CITAD report also revealed that vast majority of those who engaged in hate speech are male, with 92.3% while the female gender has 2.7% and 5% concealed their gender.
The centre observed that hate speech speakers were relatively educated as the reports showed that 98.6% of speakers of hate speech used English.
Malam Sulaiman called on the general public to keep reporting hate speeches, gender harassment online and other abusive uses of social media.
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"We also wish to appeal to editors and the general public to put more effort in countering hate speech on social media," he added.
In another report, the names of five persons who reportedly entered the Senate to steal the mace which is the symbol of authority of the Red Chamber have emerged.
According to Daily Independent, the names emerged on Wednesday, April 18, hours after they were arrested by the FCT Police Command.
The suspects were allegedly led into the Senate by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as a protest against his suspension.
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