LAGOS – The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has launched a robust campaign against cyberbullying and the dissemination of fake news, aimed at preserving public trust and safeguarding national security, according to police spokesman ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
In a statement, Adejobi condemned the malicious spread of old content and misinformation across various online platforms, describing it as an attempt to undermine public confidence in the policing system and incite fear and discord within the country.
“Fake news and cyberbullying, which are criminalised by the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015, and other existing criminal laws, not only pose a threat to the reputation of the Force but also endanger the stability and safety of our society,” Adejobi stated.
Adejobi emphasised that the NPF views these actions as a direct assault on national security and stability and will take decisive action against those responsible. He disclosed that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the NPF National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) to intensify efforts to clamp down on individuals and groups spreading fake news and misinformation.
“The IGP has instructed that all perpetrators found spreading false information or engaging in cyberbullying be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Adejobi added.
The NPF urged citizens to exercise caution and discernment when consuming and sharing information online, calling for collective efforts to combat the spread of misinformation and cyberbullying.
Furthermore, the public was encouraged to report instances of fake news or cyberbullying to the police for prompt investigation and action.
The crackdown underscores the NPF’s commitment to upholding truth and integrity while ensuring the safety and well-being of the country.