Nigerians have been urged to ignore the falsehood by a non-recognised Online Publishers Association of Nigeria claiming that ahead of 2019, President Buhari and APC has begun Clampdown on the media.
In a press release by National Coordinator of Integrity Youth Alliance, Kelvin Adegbenga on Thursday in Lafia, he said that the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria is not a credible organization to be listened to as they have refused to tell Nigerians that Timothy Elombah used a pseudo name Ebowei Dickson; to blackmail the IGP and the Nigeria Police.
“For the ignorance of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) Timothy Elombah, the detained journalist has been charged to a competent court of law. In fact, the court gave a 7 day detention order to the Police against the falsehood that Timothy Elombah has been held for the eleventh day now since his arrest alongside his brother Daniel Elombah, Adegbenga said.
“How can the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) claim that Timothy Elombah have been incarcerated for no just cause when Police investigators have shown Timothy his offence which he admitted? ”
The group further reiterated that sending falsehood to major international media including the White House, United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS is punishable under the Cyber Crime Act and those behind the falsehood should prepare to face the Law soon.
“The Nigeria Police Force has done the right thing by going to court and they will surely allow the court do its job.
Adegbenga said gone are those days when tbe media uses her medium to perverse Justice. The Elombahs and Online Publishers Association of Nigeria should wait for the outcome of their 2billion suit against the IGP and the Police as IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris cant be intimidated by falsehood.
“Dragging the name of the President,
Muhammed Buhari and the APC into the Elombah’s case has failed on arrival as they can’t interfere in a case before a competent court of law. No Federal Government is muzzling the press ahead of 2019, the statement said.
“The arrest of the Elombah brothers is right and justifiable before a competent court of law The action by the IGP has nothing to do with a proscribed Decree 34. It is on record that the Jonathan government signed into Law the Cybercrime Act and it must take its course, the statement concluded.