Man, 56, Nabbed By Police Operatives Over Alleged Malicious Publication
Operatives from the Anambra State Police Command have arrested a man, Mr. Philip Emeka Chinwuba, aged 56years of Chinwuba Street, Aguleri, Anambra East LGA of Anambra State, following an investigation the Command is undertaking which required his explanation on the role he allegedly played in the case of alleged malicious publication.
P.M.EXPRESS reports that the suspect had on or about 15th January, 2021, allegedly originated and circulated on various social media platforms a false and malicious publication captioned”COVID-19 IN AWKA” and (reproduced hereunder) in which the suspect claimed that (i).”Corona virus has hit Govt House, Awka, with more than 30 Senior Govt officials including Governor Obiano on isolation and that late Igwe Kelly of Igbariam contracted the virus after visiting the governor to thank him for lifting his suspension and died three days to the last ofala celebration”(ii).”That the virus was brought into Govt house by Mrs. Maureen Odili from USA, who is the wife of Chief of Staff to the Governor”(iii).”That Mr. Primus Odili was having sexual affairs with light skin woman and as such Maureen bleached herself and came to show off her new look…etc”
According to CSP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO, Anambra State Police Command, also circulated on the same premise were series of falsehood and inciting messages which was made for the purpose of causing annoyance, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will, or needless anxiety contrary to Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrime(Prohibition Prevention Etc)Act,2015.
The above background is necessary to underscore the resolve of the Police Command to unravel those behind the documents being circulated online as well as the malicious publications. The allegations contained therein no doubt require proof and the Command intends to get to the root of the matter.
The involvement of the suspect so far is to the extent that circulation of both documents have been traced to him. He therefore, has a duty to explain either his direct involvement in authoring both or otherwise.
The Public may kindly note that the laws are clear on the issues raised here and will therefore, be applied accordingly.Suspect will be charged to Court as soon as investigation is concluded.