Force Headquarters has warned that people transmitting hate speeches and fake news through internet and other media platforms risks heavy penalties if caught.
Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris who issued the warning lists the penalties as including jail terms and N25 million fine.
The Police chief who spoke on the issue at a roundtable meeting with online news publishers and related social media users in Abuja, said the penalties are stipulated in the cybercrime law enacted in 2015.
He asked members of the public to familiarize themselves with the act, particularly sections 24 and 26
“It is sad to note that the many public officers who have been threatening to deal ruthlessly with the excesses of social media operators have not familiarised themselves with the provisions of the two-year old law.
“It is high time the attention of Nigerian was drawn to sections 24 and 26 of the Act which provides that, 24 (1) Any person who knowingly or intentionally sends a message or other matter by means of computer systems or network that is grossly offensive, pornographic or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character or causes any such message to be send. Or he knows to be false, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to another or causes such a message to be; commits an offense under this Act.
“In the case of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection to imprisonment for a term of 10 years and/or a minimum fine of N25, 000, 000.00,” Idris said.