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The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday, claimed that hoodlums from neighbouring state were responsible for the arsons and looting recorded in some parts of the state .
The governor also blamed spread of fake news as another factor responsible for the violence recorded during the EndSARS protests that rocked the state .
Abiodun said this while addressing youths and stakeholders at a peace meeting with #EndSARS protesters convened by DIG Leye Oyebade at the Arcade ground of Governor’s office in Abeokuta .
He said ” the youths in Ogun State have earned national accolades for the largely peaceful manner with which they conducted themselves while the protest lasted, despite infiltration of the initial protest by hoodlums who we have overwhelming evidence came from outside the state.”
On the effects of fake news, Abiodun said some group of people deliberately spread fake news and provocative statements and video clips on social media to create discord among youths and put the government in bad light.
He urged those fanny the embers of discord among Nigerians to refrain from unpatriotic acts and dissipate their energy to productive endeavours on social media.
He said “Although, we still have report of some people planning to cause disturbances. There are indications that these are not people of Ogun State but trying to whip up sentiments that will resonate with some uninformed youth in the State so as to enlist them.
“I advise in their own interest that Ogun State will not be conducive to them or anyone with criminal intentions. Our combined teams of law enforcement agents have been put on the alert.
“Our people should call 112 for any complaints or harassment. I must also mention that those posting inciting and provocative statements and video clips on the social media to refrain from these unpatriotic acts that fan the embers of disunity and discord.
“In this category are also those who post fake and false news to spread social discontent or put the government in bad light to put their energy to productive endeavours on the social media. We are all witnesses to what havoc fake and inciting posts can cause.
“In this regard, I also advise the public to be circumspect in what they believe or share on the social media, so that we do not end up being unwitting recruits and purveyors or fake news with its dire consequences for peace and security in the society.
“Our Administration understands the need to put into good use the energy and vibrancy of our youth.”