Fake News: Police Trail, Arrest WhatsApp Group Admin In Kano

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Kano State Police Command have arrested three WhatsApp group admin in connection with fake news being circulated against a married woman who they claimed deals in children trafficking.

The suspects arrested include two married women and a married man, all from the state.

PR Nigeria reports that the victim had lodged a complaints with the police after her pictures was being circulated on the WhatsApp group with the intent of inciting the public against her.

Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson of the police in the state, Superintendent Magaji Maaji, said the three suspects were arrested and paraded for “circulating offensive information against a civil servant, Mrs Bushirat Madaki.”

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Maaji stated that “when confronted on 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 did not know the woman in person and have never had interaction with her before distributing the image and the story. They, therefore, sought forgiveness.

The police spokesperson further disclosed that the suspects have been granted bail since the offence is bailable.

“For now, the Police Command has granted the suspects bail because the offence is bailable, while further investigation is ongoing.

“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.”

He however, warned against abuse of social media platforms, noting that fake news could jeopardize individual’s personal freedom.

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