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World War III Will Be Caused By Fake News – Lai Mohammed

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Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has cautioned against the spread of fake news, saying it may cause World War III.

Mohammed spoke on Monday when he appeared before the house of representatives committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values to defend his ministry’s 2022 budget.

The minister said the manner in which information is disseminated today has drastically changed.

He said the means of receiving information 30 years ago was through television and radio sets, adding that people now prefer to patronise social media where fake news is easily spread.

“The people today, they don’t read newspapers, they don’t watch television — it’s social media. And it is most expensive; the most unseen enemy, they are there every moment,” he said.

“With fake news today and misinformation — I have always said here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.

“You can see even the US that use to pride itself on the freedom of the press is now questioning the role of the social media.”

Mohammed has often expressed concerns about the menace of fake news and its potential dangers.

This has prompted the federal government to push for legislation to bring social and online media under control.

At a public hearing in June, Mohammed asked the house of representatives to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) act to empower the agency to regulate social and online media in addition to other channels of broadcasting.

This was after NBC had asked all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for a broadcast licence.

In August, Mohammed said the federal government will not rest until social media platforms are regulated.

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Breaking: Saraki’s Cousin, Ex-Kwara Commissioner, Moronfoye Re-arraigned for Money Laundering, Contract Scam

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The aides to Governor Abubakar Bukola Saraki were today re-arraigned at the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC on charges bordering on abuse of office, diversion of public funds and money laundering..

Ope Saraki, a cousin to former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and a former Commissioner for Information in Kwara State, Olatunji Oyeyemi Moronfoye, were re-arraigned on separate charges before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

The case, which first geared on May 13, 2015 before Justice A. O. Faji of the Federal High Court, Ilorin has suffered series of setbacks occasioned by transfer of trial judges.

Ope Saraki, as the Senior Special Assistant on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, allegedly received a cash payment of N11,180,000.00 (Eleven Million, One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) from one Kunle Adimula, a sum which exceeded the cash amount payable to an individual.

Similarly, Moronfoye while being the Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, allegedly committed procurement fraud by means of unlawful influence in the award of two contracts involving renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre and supply of medical equipment to two hospitals in Kwara State.

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Residents commend Gov Abdulrazaq for construction of road leading to Akogun Oyedepo’s house

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The residents around Overcomers Junction at Government Day Secondary School area, along University road have showered encomiums on Kwara state Governor, Adbdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the construction of the road leading to Chief Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo’s house.

The road which has been in a terrible state of disrepair over the years, has received the attention of Governor Abdulrazaq.

The residents of the area in a statement signed by the Secretary, Prince Oyebanji Yusuf said they were surprised that such a road despite its importance would receive such targeted attention, given the stance of a prominent critic of the government, who is a well known resident of the area.

The community association stated that the road would reduce traffic and enhance the economic development of the area, commending the Kwara State Government for spread of economic development across the state.

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Governor Abdulrazaq sponsors Nigeria’s youngest Commissioner for post graduate studies abroad

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The Kwara state Governor, Adbdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has sponsored the youngest Commissioner in Nigeria’s history on post graduate studies at the University of York, United Kingdom.

Abdulrazaq at his recent interview recalled the emphasis on the importance of succession of women and youths in every sphere of leadership, harping on the need to mentor the younger generation of politicians in order to achieve inclusive governance in the country.

Joana Nnazua Kolo, who was the former Commissioner for Youth and Sports was dropped during the last cabinet reshuffling, but has since been sponsored for a Masters programme at University of York, by the state government.

“When we chose the youth corps member who was our youngest commissioner then — she’s from Edu local government and a Christian. They brought several names to me, but I said I want a woman. Then they came up and said the only woman we have will finish her youth service next month. I said bring her, we will wait till next month to swear her in. The community brought her. Maybe it was deliberate to show that she’s in youth service, but we embraced her. And she’s done well. She’s not in the cabinet any more. We’re sponsoring her for a master’s programme in the UK. She’s had the experience but we have to also prepare her for the future. She’s had this experience. What next? We will mentor her” Governor Abdulrazaq stated in his recent interview with This Day.

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