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IPOB, others will not exempted in hate speech, offenders to be tried under Nigeria’s Terrorism Prevention Act - IGP

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THE  Inspector-General of Police, Idris Abubakar, has ordered a clampdown on promoters and purveyors of hate speech by all Police formations across the country following an earlier order by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Offenders, the reports say will be tried under Nigeria's Terrorism Prevention Act. Recall President Buhari had backed the move on Tuesday when he directed the security agencies to go after those threatening the nation’s unity through hate speeches.
The quit notice was withdrawn on Thursday by its authors which the Indigenous People of Biafra consequently rejected and described as 'inconsequential'.
Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Moshood Jimoh, said IGP Idris had already mapped out an action plan in addition to giving firm directives to top police chiefs for implementation of the new law across the federation. 

Jimoh said: “Dealing with various aspects of the issue of hate speech dissemination on social media is essentially the responsibility of the Nigeria Police Force.
“This is because such an act is criminal in nature and the police have jurisdiction over criminal matters.
“The IGP has put in place an action plan towards dealing with this effectively.
“The aim of the police force is to ensure that anybody who engages in the use or dissemination of hate speeches is arrested and prosecuted. 

“It does not matter whether they disseminate it through social media or through the conventional mass media like radio, television or any other media.
“They are culpable of an offence and they will be prosecuted,” Jimoh stated.
Waving off questions about the likely treatment of various interest groups such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their counterparts in the North and South-West, he emphasised that there would not be any selective treatment of offenders, as the law is no respecter of persons.
“No organisation or individual is exempted. Anyone who infringes the law should be prepared for arrest or other consequences,” he said.
Giving further insight into the arrangements made by the police to ensure strict implementation of its action plan against hate speech, Jimoh said: “The IGP has directed all Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) of Police and all Commissioners of Police across Nigeria, including those in charge of commands or in charge of zones, to ensure that anybody in any state who goes ahead to issue hate speech is promptly arrested and prosecuted.
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