Kano police arrest WhatsApp admin, members for allegedly sharing fake news

Kano police arrest WhatsApp admin, members for allegedly sharing fake news

- The police in Kano have arrested suspects for allegedly spreading fake reports about a victim with the intent to incite the public against her

- The spokesperson of for the command, Magaji Musa Maaji, cautions people to wary of what they receive, share or forward on social media

An administrator and members of a WhatsApp group have been arrested by the Kano state police command for allegedly circulating fake news and an image of a married woman whom they claimed was trafficking in children in the city.

The spokesperson for the command, Magaji Musa Maaji, told PR Nigeria that the suspects were arrested and paraded after the victim of the circulated image lodged a formal complaint to the police command.

Maaji said the fake reports about the victim was spread with the intent to incite the public against her.

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“We received a complaint from a married woman and a civil servant, Mrs Bushirat Madaki, that her picture is being shared on WhatsApp group with the intent to malign and incite the public against her,” the police said.

“Upon receiving the complaint, the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Rabiu Yusuf ordered an immediate investigation by a special team who were able to trace and arrest three married suspects a man and two women for circulating the fake and offensive information.

“When confronted over the petition against them, the suspects admitted that the image and material on the woman were shared and forwarded in their group.

"They also admitted that they didn’t know the woman in person and have never had interaction with her before distributing the image and the story. They, therefore, sought forgiveness. “For now, the Police Command has granted the suspects bails because the offence his bailable while further investigation is ongoing.

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“The police command is also currently providing security cover for the innocent woman for fear of mob attacks because her image and the false report on her have gone viral.”

The police spokesperson cautioned people to be wary of what they receive, share or forward on social media, especially WhatsApp.

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Nine major generals, 11 brigadier generals, seven colonels and 11 lieutenant colonels, 38 officers in sum, were laid off by the Army in that mass sack.

The latest petition is the third to the president apart from one to his deputy Yemi Osinbajo while running the nation in an acting capacity. The previous petitions to the president were neither acknowledged nor replied.

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