Fake news in Nigeria engineered #EndSARS protest, says IGP

Fake news in Nigeria engineered #EndSARS protest, says IGP

- The IGP has started sharing his thoughts on the violent acts recorded in some parts of the country

- A day after attending a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum, the IGP says the violence was caused by fake news

- The Forum had called for the censorship of social media, saying it is used to spread fake news

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The Inspector-General Police, Mohammed Adamu, has blamed the violence that erupted after the #EndSARS protests on fake news.

According to the IGP, social media was awash with fake news which he opined, triggered the violence.

The IGP made the statement in Lagos on Tuesday, November 3 a day after he attended the northern governors forum meeting which came out with a communique for social media to be censored in Nigeria.

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The IGP is in Lagos on a tour of assessment of the burnt and vandalised police stations and other formations in Nigeria's commercial capital.

Fake News Engineered #EndSARS Protest, Says IGP
The IGP has blamed fake news for the crisis in Lagos state and beyond. Photo credit: @PoliceNG
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He also disclosed that a total of 1,590 suspected hoodlums, who went on rampage to loot and destroy private and public properties during the protest, had been arrested in different parts of Nigeria.

He commended men and officers of the state police command for exhibiting calmness and professionalism in the face of provocation during the violence that marred the protest.

His words:

“The protest was engineered by fake news. Everyone knows that if a protest stays too long, it will be hijacked and that is what eventually happened.
“We know that not everyone in the country is condemning the police because we have received calls from various people commending us, telling us they see and appreciate what we are doing.

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“Not everyone in the country will agree that police is bad, we have a few bad eggs but the majority are good. The police are special Nigerians in charge of the protection of the citizens and we must be treated specially.”

Recall that the Lagos police command had on Friday, October 23 disclosed that 17 police stations were burnt in the state.

The police spokesperson in the state, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed the information in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said some of the affected police stations include that of Idimu, Igando, Layeni, Denton, Ilenbe Hausa, Ajah, Amukoko, Ilasa, Cele Outpost, disbanded SARS office under Ajegunle, Ebute-Ero, Mushin, Ojo, Ikotun, and Ojodu.

Meanwhile, some Nigerian youths under the aegis of #March4Nigeria Movement have alleged that the #EndSARS protest which took place in major cities across Nigeria was hijacked by politicians, social media influencers, and many others.

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