Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, on Sunday, November 15, expressed his support for the proposed Social Media Bill; saying he sees nothing wrong with it.
1st News had reported the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill; also known as the Social Media Bill, was proposed by Mr Mohammed Sani Musa; who says its aim is to curb the spread of false news.
The bill which has also passed its second reading at the Senate has been a topic of great debate; as many believe that the bill is aimed at gagging the press; as well as infringing on the expression rights of individuals.
However, Ndume disagrees with this view; stating that he feels “there is nothing wrong in having social media bill”.
Ndume who stated clearly that he is not saying freedom of speech should be muzzled; noted, however, that people should be held responsible for what they say or do.
The lawmaker was of the opinion that there should be a kind of law that controls or guides the way you express yourself on social media. He further noted that “anything in this world that has no control can be disastrous”.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command, on Sunday, carried out simultaneous raids on areas believed to be harbouring criminals and hoodlums, across the 14 area commands in the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement issued in Lagos, said that 720 suspects were arrested, with various weapons and substances suspected to be Indian hemp and cocaine.
“In its bid to solidify the security architecture of the state, the Lagos Command re-launched its anti-crime strategies to curb crimes and criminality across the state.
“In the swift operations, police operatives arrested 720 suspects with incriminating items; including locally-made guns; cartridges; charms; and substances suspected to be Indian hemp and cocaine.
“Also, some items suspected to have been looted from various shopping outlets within the state; during the recent #EndSARS violence were found within the suspected criminals,” he said.