June 19, 2021

Nasarawa Assembly orders Arrest of SSG Aides over 11m “Fake News”

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has ordered for the arrest of the Media Aides to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Tijani over alleged inciting the public against the house members.

The members report that the aides to the SSG are inciting the public on social media that the state government gave each of them 11 million naira as palliative for their constituents over COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker of the house, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, read the House’s resolution after the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon Mohammed Omadefu raised the issue under the matter of public interest during the House Emergency Sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Tuesday.

The speaker said the arrest would serve as a deterrant to those who post fake news and hate speech in social media.

He equally called on the state government to issue a statement to clear the air on the purported fund.

” The reports on social media that the state government has given us money as palliative to our constituents over COVID-19 is unfortunate and false.

” Such reports are capable of creating confusion and inciting our people against us.

” No amount of intimidations, mischief and insults will divert our attention and we will continue to protect the integrity of the House and I urged you to remain focused”.

“In view of this, the House mandates the Chairmen, House Committee on Security and Information to meet with the security agencies for the arrest of those involved in such acts for prosecution to serve as deterrent to others, ” he said.

The speaker advised the youths not to allow themselves to be used as agents of fake news and hate speech.

This is coming at a time that the house is investigating the Secretary to the government of Nasarawa state, Alhaji Aliyu Tijani over alleged diversion of 1 billion naira mainly for renovation of schools while he was a Commissioner for Education under the previous administration in the state.