The government of Ebonyi State has vowed to go after peddlers of fake news.
According to Orji Uchenna Orji, Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, the decision was reached at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting on insecurity.
He said as part of security measures, all native doctors and traditional medicine dealers in the state have been given a seven-day ultimatum to register with the commissioner of police, commissioner for health and commissioner for internal security and border peace.
Security agencies were also charged to do everything possible to bring perpetrators of crime to justice to deepen collaborations and professionalism in the fight against insecurity in the state.
“Fake news peddlers must be tracked and cracked down and those spreading it must be prosecuted, as it is a gross conveyor of insecurity.”
“All wake keep activities in the state must end by 6pm. Ebubeagu and Security Agencies are to enforce the wake keep restrictions. Defaulters must pay a fine of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00).
“Appeal is further made to our people to stop the killing of innocent people and the security agents, and to stop destroying public facilities for any guise whatsoever as they are inexcusably acts of banditry
“Okada unions must form their taskforce to fish out those bandits operating under the guise of Okada riders in the state, failing which government shall ban the use of Okada especially within the capital city of the state.
“Security investigations have revealed that the killings and destruction of properties meted against the people of Umuogodoakpu Mgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area on the 12th day of April 2021 was by Agila community through the conduit of the herdsmen.
“Night clubs must not operate beyond 6pm as our laws on Covid-19 and other relevant laws shall be invoked to bring perpetrators to justice.
“Curfew is hereby placed in all the border points bounding other states from 8pm to 6 am with effect from Wednesday, 28th April, 2021.
“Joint Youth Vigilante Committee is to be formed in the communities affected by communal clash,” he said in a statement.