Nasir Abdulganiy, Ilorin
The Kwara State Police Command solicited for partnership with members of the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) to curb fake news and stop the spread of hate speeches in the state.
The State Commissioner for Police, Kayode Egbetokun made this call while receiving members of the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) in his office on Friday.
CP Egbetokun said the security body is soliciting for the cooperation of the media to fight the spread of fake news, which he noted could destroy the country if not curbed early.
He said: “I appreciate your cooperation with the Nigerian Police Force. We are partners in crime fighting in the state, and I hope we can have a more robust relationship.
“I urge you to always get the reaction of the police force before publishing your stories. I am always available, the PPRO is always available as well. We need to partner so as to curb fake news.”
Speaking on the excess of some police officers, he said, “I don’t cover erring officers. We dismissed six officers in June, and gave various punishment to others. Except I don’t get the report or enough evidences against such officers. I have spoken to them extensively. I discussed with DPOs about relationship with the public. Once they bring their reports and I investigate it to be true, we deal with them.”
In his reaction, ASKOMP Chairman and Publisher of The Informant247, Salihu Shola Taofeek appreciated the police chief, adding that such partnership will help improve security in the state.
He added that the Association is taking drastic steps to curb the spread of fake news and ensure balanced and fair reportage.
ASKOMP Members at parley included Fresh Insight Publisher, AbdulRasheed Akogun, Director, InsiderNG, Nafiu Toyin, FactualTimes Senior Reporter, Nasir Abdulganiy and others.