The Osun State Government, on Sunday, announced its decision to set up a Cybercrime Action Committee to get the spread of fake news in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Public Engagement, Kolapo Alimi, in a statement on Sunday, said “The step becomes necessary to sanitise the governance space and ensure that politicking and governance take place under an atmosphere of responsibility, decency and honesty.”

The development comes in the wake of a social media war between the supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress on issues relating to governance and the personality of individuals in the parties.

The commissioner said the increasing wave of fake news in the state was negatively affecting both the government and the opposition.

He explained that “the committee domiciled in the Ministry of Justice has as members journalists and legal practitioners, informing the public that the mandate is to ensure that fake news is nipped in the bid, no matter who the perpetrators are.”

“The committee is to apply relevant sections of the Cybercrime Act of 2015 as operational clauses to ensure all stakeholders operate within the law in the exercise and enjoyment of their fundamental human rights.

March 25, 2024

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