Nigeria: Ekiti Police Arrest Man for Maligning Officers On Social Media

14 April 2021

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one Moyinoluwa Victor for allegedly spreading fake news against anti-crime operatives of the police formation called Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

Victor, according to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Sunday Abutu, was arrested on April 10, 2021.

Abutu revealed that the suspect, in her alleged mischievous intent, recently allegedly conspired with one Oluwatosin to make a fake video recording, alleging the RRS operatives of assaulting and inflicting injuries on her (Oluwatosin) face.

Victor, according to the police spokesman, also alleged that the RRS operatives collected the sum of N50,000 from Oluwatosin as bail.

Abutu said: "During investigation, Victor confessed to the commission of the crime, but stated that it was Oluwatosin who lied and misled him.

"When Victor was asked to produce the lady, he claimed that he did not know her identity but only met her on the street in Ado-Ekiti."

Abutu said investigation further revealed that Victor allegedly intended to tarnish the image of the RRS and the Nigeria Police, as he had always done.

"So he hired the lady, coached her and persuaded her to make false allegation against the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police, Ekiti State Command," he said.

Abutu said Victor was arrested in 2019 by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the state command for an offence of robbery, and was charged to court for prosecution.

The police spokesman added: "He also led miscreants to attack innocent citizens in Ekiti State during the #EndSARS protest in October last year."

He stated that the suspect was granted bail pending when court activities will resume for prosecution.

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