Blogger Behind Photos Of ‘EFCC Cell’ Arrested

A Blogger, Dikeocha Chukwuebuka, who had in  February posted a picture of a crowded open cell on his Twitter handle @TheRealDayne, claiming it was the Port Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been arrested.

According to Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal office, Usman Imam, Chukwuebuka was arrested on Wednesday evening at the premises of a new generation bank on Ada George Road in the state.

The EFCC had on February 11, in a reaction to the circulated picture vowed to investigate the post so as to serve as a deterrent to others.

In a series of tweets on its twitter handle on Thursday, the EFCC said the arrest was “a fulfillment of the vow it made to track and apprehend the author of the malicious tweet.”

The anti-graft agency added that the tweet was a “most embarrassing moment for the commission, given that the ‘fake news’, represented the very opposite of what the EFCC stands for, as far as care of detainees is concerned.”

“I want to assure the suspect and indeed the media, that the commission will follow through this investigation and ensure that justice is served in accordance with the law,” it said.

The commission further warned social media influencers to be circumspect in using information they have to verify sources in other to save the society from the ordeal of fake news.

The statement further added that Chukwubuka admitted his error in publishing the picture, adding that it belonged to another agency.

He apologized to the EFCC and his followers for the false and misleading report.

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