Online posting can land you in police net


If you think that posting things online is your personal matter, then ask Onyechi Igwe of Rumuokwuta, near Port Harcourt. A new law makes posting online to be regarded as publishing and this allows the law of defamation instead of slander to operate.

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Rivers State Police Command has arrested an alleged internet fraudster who the command said specializes in generating and disseminating fake news stories. According to the police, the online offender Onyechi Igwe whose recent report was about a building at Rumuokwuta being used as a criminal hideout is said to have confessed to the crime saying he was misinformed. He is said to have apologized to the public for circulating fake information.

One of his victims and the owner of the said building circulating online, Obua Oha, said the suspect was one of their tenants, who has refused to pay his seven months’ rent. He said the suspect instead of paying his rent absconded and generated online fake information that their house was a criminal hideout for kidnappers and raping of innocent girls.

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Meanwhile, the State Police Public Relations officer, Nnamdi Omoni, described the arrest of the suspected internet fraudster as a major breakthrough.  He told our correspondent that the command is battling the circulation of fake information which paints police in the light.