Wednesday, 2 September 2015
On-line media practitioners and users of the social media platforms would now be on the radar of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences Commission, ICPC, for checks against malicious petitions and mudslinging, the Chairman of ICPC Barrister Ekpo Nta has said.
He said ICPC is worried given the fact that the social media platforms are now awashed with malicious petitions and mudslinging that are largely motivated by selfish interests.
Barrister Nta spoke with reporters in Abuja yesterday shortly after declaring opened the capacity building workshop organised by Anti-Corruption Academy for members of States Houses of Assembly from the North-Central geopolitical zone of the country.
He said the ICPC Acts empowered the bodyto investigate, arrest and prosecute masterminds of malicious petitions and urged law-makers in the country to take up the responsibility of whistle blowers in the fight against corruption.
His words: “ Everybody suppose to be a whistle blower under our Act, but I will like to warn at this junction that a lot of malicious petitions are also making the rounds, the people who are making these malicious petitions for their personal goods should also know that they are not protected by the law and that when we investigate and find them to be untrue and to be malicious , the ICPC Acts provide for prosecution, and we will definitely prosecute them.
“If you look at social media platforms, they are awash now with all kinds of malicious petitions and mudslinging on the people, they should know they are not protected by the law.”
He said the law-makers have critical roles to play in the fight against corruption and abuse of office, noting that the Anti-Corruption Academy had earlier organised capacity building workshops for members of the academic community from the Nation’s Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Universities.
In his remarks, the Provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy, Professor Sola Akinrinade described as unfavourable the public perception of happenings at the highest levels of government and administration in the country, saying it has become incumbent on all citizens to join in the crusade against corruption.
“Legislators have direct responsibility to ensure that other arms of government and the public service embrace the values of probity, accountability, and integrity in public sector life,” he said.
“Democracy is not about freedom to do anything you want right or wrong; it is about doing the right thing, the right way at all times,” he added.
The Speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, Hon Peter Agang Azi said the workshop was timely as corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the country’s socio-political and economic development.
He assured that legislators in Plateau would key into the fight against corruption to enable the present administration implement programmes that would have direct and immediate impacts on the lives of the citizenry.
The police have begun a manhunt for unidentified persons who sneaked into a church early Wednesday and stole a 4-year old girl.
The incident happened at Ejigbo, a bustling suburb of Lagos State, western Nigeria.
The victim identified as Tope Ogundeyi, was stolen at the Cherubim and Seraphim church located at Ilufunmi street, Ejigbo.
According to Olumide Ogundeyi, the baby’s father, he came to the church for deliverance prayers at the church.
He said that after the prayers, they slept inside the church auditorium as directed by the prophet.
What surprised many residents was how those who abducted the girl entered the church compound without being noticed by the residents and the church members that slept there.
The bemused Ogundeyi said the doors and windows of the church auditorium were locked after their midnight prayers before they slept.
He said when he woke up in the morning around 5:00 am, he did not see Tope where she was lying with two other of his children and did not see his three handsets where he kept them.
He said he raised the alarm which attracted other church members and they immediately started searching for Tope but did not find her.
Ogundeyi said that the matter has been reported at the Ejigbo Police division and the Oba of Ejigbo, Oba Moruf Ojoola, has equally been informed about it.
He lamented that the disappearance of Tope has worsened the predicament of the family.
He revealed that they reside in Ogun State from where they came to the church for prayers.
“I don’t know what to do now except believing in God that Tope will still be found,” Ogundeyi lamented.
When our reporter visited Imakiyo and Ejigbo police division where the matter was reported, police sources confirmed the development.
However, the DPO was not around to comment on the matter.
Police sources said they have since commenced investigation to arrest the suspects.
When our reporter visited the church, the members who were in a mournful mood confirmed the incident.
Attempt to speak with the owner of the church, Prophet Michael Balogun, failed as our reporter was told that he was not around.