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For Spreading Fake News on Social Media

…Police arrest FBC Student 

February 21, 2018 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

AIG Moigbeh….tough job ahead
suspect Abdul Sesay

In the wake of news making the rounds on social media platforms that senior police officers have each received $8,000 from the ruling All Peoples Congress Party (APC) to conspire and rig the elections, Inspector General of Police Dr. Richard Moigbeh has disclosed to newsmen that they would increase surveillance on social media users. He claims the new media poses a serious security threat to the nation ahead of the March 7 multitier elections.

The police boss was speaking after one Abdul Sesay, who identified himself as a year three student of the Faculty of Arts, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, was arrested as kingpin for circulating the fake message against the police.

Speaking police headquarters yesterday, Dr. Moigbeh said: “So, those out there who have this mischievous thinking or want to create problem for the coming election through social media, I should let you know that we have the capability and the resources to move to thwart you. We will robustly trace and locate you and bring you to book. And, we are now going to step up our social media monitoring platform. It is difficult to regulate it though but we would try as the mobile regulatory body is always ready to working with us so that when you send out erroneous information you could be caught easily.”

He refuted allegations that the police hierarchy has been secretly meeting with  a certain political party, insisting that the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) is neutral, apolitical and nonpartisan and that they would maintain their integrity before, during and after the Marc 7 elections,

“We promise to work very hard with our colleagues in the security sector to make sure that March 7 elections is very peaceful.  The arrest  of the young man who claimed to be a third year student at Fourah Bay College, faculty of Arts is a demonstration that the SLP is adding value to the professional police service to provide to this nation and more so the coming election. Social media can be very dangerous and inciteful,” he stated.

Earlier, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Al-Sheik Kamara, warned compatriots to verify every bit of information on social media before sharing as those messages have the propensity to create chaos, especially during the electioneering period.

He made reference to a video and audio message circulating on social media alleging that an APC supporter was beaten in Bo – the strong hold of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party.

Also, Director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Superintendent Mohamed B. Kamara, stated that the suspect was helping the police with investigations and that all those concerned would be charged to court after investigations would have been completed.

“We pride ourselves as being very independent and apolitical. When we saw the malicious allegations, we do not take it lightly. We decided to investigate through our cyber unit. What he did was just to degrade our morale. It is an insult to the police,” he concluded.

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