The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, mnipr , mipra, has harped on the need for stakeholders to collaborate on ensuring proper regulation of social media to achieve national cohesion, development, and security of the nation.
The FPRO equally tasked media practitioners in the country to be circumspect in carrying out their responsibility of authentic reportage to the society while shunning the impulsive urge to “break the news”. The FPRO stated this at the Penpushing 4th Anniversary Lecture held on July 21st, 2022, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Lecture had in attendance the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State Police Command, CP Lanre Bankole, psc, Dr. Chichi Anialogu-Okoye, Ford Foundation Regional Director for West Africa and guest lecturer, representative of the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, other revered traditional rulers, and leaders of the Political class.
The pros and cons of the use of the social media were adequately deliberated upon with a unanimous call for collective regulation of the social media to drastically cut down on the spate of disinformation and misinformation in the country. The FPRO called on all and sundry to collaborate with policy makers, security experts, as well as societal leaders to ensure a total clampdown on fake news on the social media.
The police spokesman further emphasised on the need for Nigerians to understand and uphold the sanctity of our legal framework in order not to continually misconstrue or misjudge the efforts and engagements of the police and other law enforcers in the course of discharging their duties since they dont make the law but rather enforce the law. He stated that this drive will surely bridge the gap of trust deficit and hatred sandwiching the security communities in Nigeria.