Fake News: Blogger Who Published Lies Against Former Lagos Gov. Fashola begs Netizens for Help
Fake news is a disaster currently ravaging the Nigerian information space and the fact that many affected are not pressing charges seems to be emboldening the propagators. This is responsible for the current dilemma a blogger currently find himself when one of the victims of the lies in the person of Babatunde Raji Fashola, the immediate former Minister of Works and Housing refused to allow it fly by seeking the intervention of the security agencies.
The situation which started last week Saturday, when the Nigeria twitter space was awashed with unfounded stories of how armed Army personnel are allegedly guarding the estate where the former Minister resides in the FCT allegedly because the Senior Advocate is at that time writing the judgement that the justices currently overseeing the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will be reading as their submission, whereas the former Minister was at that moment in Lagos, where he’s attending the wedding ceremony of the son of a former Senator.
Findings also shows that the allegations is a mischievous imagination of the carrier as there is no military or even police presence in the mentioned estate. The perpetrators who felt they will go scot-free really got it wrong as the minister who is a lawyer decided to take scapegoats on the issue of the rising proliferation of the fake news as he asked his lawyers to petition all security agencies about the matter.
One of those whose names or organizations was listed in the petition, one Ibezim Nnamdi, known as Iruefi on Twitter is currently soliciting for help and public sympathy on the X app, as the men of the Department of State Services (DSS) about two days ago visited his house and met his absence but met his brother who they invited to their office for questioning to aid their investigations into the matter.
Ibezim who runs a blog had been warned against fake news by many Netizens in the past, but will rather abuse them, though he claimed he was never invited before the visit but since the visit he has been in hiding, while his brother is fielding questions from the DSS.
Below are his tweets and explanations;
I'd like to inform Nigerians that my brother Chike Victor Ibezim was abducted by men of the DSS 2 days ago following a "defamaton" & "cyber-stalking" petition written against my media company @ReporteraNews by Babatunde Fashola based on the News report we published (Attached). pic.twitter.com/gVmtWbwPAp
— Iruefi XXL (@IruefiNG) August 12, 2023