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Ebonyi to enact law against fake news on social media, says Umahi

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, yesterday, expressed displeasure over a rumour on social media about the resurrection of the late former Commissioner for Infrastructural Development and Concession, Fidelis Kings Nweze.

The governor said he was therefore coming up with a law that would ensure the arrest and trial of anyone that propagates fake news with intent at defamation or escalation of crisis.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity), Mr. Francis Nweze, the governor made the disclosure during a service at Christ Embassy Church, Mile 50, Abakaliki, where he called on youths to exercise caution on social media.

On the deceased commissioner, Umahi said: “I am very proud of the young man. In a society where people pay evil for good done unto them; in a society of betrayals; in a society where young men are no longer interested in hard work, that young man excelled in everything.

“So, we continue to pray for the family and the state. We lost quite a lot. He was handling not less than 10 different projects. There were no complaints.

“I have become the father of the family till eternity and I will stand by the family even when I leave office because of the life he lived.”

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