*warns against spreading of damaging rumours, or posting unfounded stories
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Police Command on Tuesday warned against spreading of damaging rumours, or posting unfounded stories and outright lies on the social media on the CoronaVirus disease.
The Command in a statement issued by its Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), SP Gbenga Fadeyi also hinted that security agencies are to embark on routine visits and patrols to check the level of compliance at all levels on government directives on COVID 19.
According to the PPRO, the warning and monitoring was to prevent panic and disorder, saying, the ” Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Shina T. Olukolu wishes to reiterates that the threat of COVID-19 on the societal cohesion is real and therefore, wishes to appeal to all members of the public for all hands to be on deck and act in accordance with the directives, advise and instructions of both the Police leadership i.e Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu NPM, mni and the Political leadership in Oyo State i.e the Governor of Oyo State Engr. Seyi Makinde.”
“People are therefore enjoined to desist from spreading, damaging rumours, or posting unfounded stories and outright tissues of lies on the social media to prevent panic and disorder while we are all enjoined to co-operate with the government in our collective efforts to defeat the present Corona virus outbreak in our environment”, he said.
The PPRO added, “we are all aware of the seriousness of the current developments on all aspects of human endeavour, particularly the Social-economic lifestyles of our people. Hence, the advice on the closure of certain economic, religious, social and educational institutions needs to be obeyed without waiting for an unnecessary use of force or promptings from any security agencies”..
SP Fadeyi stressed further that “this will engender the necessary harmony to be able to collectively face the impending, pandemic of Corona virus that is not a respecter of any individual, social status, office or homes.”
The PPRO said, “consequently, the security agencies will be embarking on routine visits and patrols to check the level of compliance at all levels as advised.”