Weeks after allegedly carrying fake news, EFCC arrests blogger

Weeks after allegedly carrying fake news, EFCC arrests blogger

- EFCC has nabbed the blogger who tweeted a false photo of a crowded torture cell

- The anti-graft agency said the blogger was arrested Wednesday, February 26

- The blogger had reported that the cell belonged to the Port Harcourt office of the commission

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, February 27, announced it had finally arrested Dikeocha Chukwuebuka, a blogger who tweeted a fake photo of the anti-graft agency’s cell in Port-Harcourt.

This was revealed in a series of tweets shared on the official page of the commission. According to Usman Imam, the Port Harcourt zonal head, Chukwuebuka was arrested at about 4 pm on Wednesday, February 26.

The blogger’s arrest is coming after the anti-graft agency vowed that it would arrest the culprit behind a viral photo that was tweeted alleging that a crowded torture cell belonged to the EFCC.

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Though Chukwuebuka had earlier apologized to the commission via his Twitter handle @TheRealDayne, he admitted his error in publishing the picture when he was arraigned before journalists.

The blogger tendered an apology to the agency and his followers for the misleading report.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that EFCC reacted to a tweet from a Twitter user identified as @TheRealDayne which showed an alleged picture of a holding center belonging to the agency.

The Twitter user in a now-deleted tweet had shared a photo of an open dumping facility, surrounded by razor-wired walls, which is alleged to be EFCC’s holding cell at its Port Harcourt zonal office. Tony Orilade, acting head, media, and publicity released a statement in reaction to the trending tweet.

In a related development, EFCC urged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and youths to shun corruption. This was disclosed on Friday, February 14, by the anti-graft agency after embarking on a walk to campaign against corruption with corps members in Lagos state.

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Corps members led by Sunday Aroni, the NYSC Lagos state director, and EFCC officials by Olu Olukoyede, the secretary to the commission, took off from the agency’s office at Ikoyi through Lagos Island carrying banners and placards with anti-corruption messages.

Similarly, a former member of the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, disclosed that the EFCC detained him in an underground cell for 30 days on the orders of Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the anti-graft agency.

Sani demanded N100million damages from the agency over his detention. Sani who was in the custody of the anti-graft commission said his continuous detention without trial is a gross violation of his fundamental rights.

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