Ribadu speaks on report he blamed government officials for banditry

Nuhu Ribadu, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has blamed most of the country’s challenges on fake news peddled by the social media.

Ribadu spoke on the development in the nation’s capital, Abuja, on Sunday at a news conference he addressed.

He was reacting to reports in the social media that he accused some top government functionaries of sponsoring banditry in the country.

The former EFCC boss said it was time for him to clear the air on the issue, which he said had been on for some time. He said: “July 2019 was the first time I came out to know about it, and I came out with a very strong denial, saying that it was a fabrication and had no basis.

“It was a piece of rubbish with very bad grammar and factual destruction, but indeed very damaging.

“I reacted very strongly after that, it didn’t stop and I was forced again to issue a statement denying it.

“I thought that would have been the end of it, but not long afterwards, it started coming back again and I am worried and concerned.”

Ribadu said globally, people who were worried and concerned and wanted to fact-check had been getting in touch with him, adding that he had continued to respond to the issue every single day.

He said: “I want to again deny in the strongest term and send a message to everybody to disregard the statements, it is not fair, it is not just.

“It is very sinful for you to create something from no where and attribute it to an innocent person who doesn’t know anything about it, I have nothing to do with that message.

“This is my strongest denial, everybody should please disregard the statement: it is not from me, it is not true.”

Ribadu said he had been inundated by messages from friends and associates who wanted to find out if the tweets on the issue were actually from him.

He, however, said he had made a formal complaint …

Fake news deadlier than COVID-19 — Lagos Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, has called on all stakeholders in information management to join in the fight against fake news, saying the aftermath of the menace is deadlier than the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

Omotoso spoke on Thursday at a three-day retreat by his Ministry for its management level Public Affairs Officers.

Themed: “Managing Information Through the New Media in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous and Disruptive (VUCAD) World,” Omotoso at the training attended by other stakeholders, including leaders of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Editors of different media organizations, charged the PAOs to catch up with the new trend in information management in order to check fake news.

The Commissioner maintained that the moment officers, as custodians of news, take charge and move with trends, the issue of prevalent fake news would be a thing of the past.

He said no disease was afflicting the world more than the issue of fake news and, therefore, the time all practitioners should rise up and phase it out.

Omotoso said: “I can tell you that no disease is afflicting the world more than the issue of fake news and this is the time all practitioners should rise up and phase it out.

“I know that if our information officers should start moving with trends, it would be of great advantage.

“All information managers in this administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu should try to be up and doing.

“They have done well and can still do better.

“Communication is fast changing.

“What you knew yesterday is not relevant today.

“It’s time to build capacity for us to be able to deliver to the admiration of Lagos.

“The resources that government recently invested into getting our PAOs inducted into NIPR reflect the thinking and importance attached to professionalism.

“It is the desire of this administration that all PAOs are proficient and competent.”

The Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in his keynote address at the event appreciated the ministry for convening a retreat …