A criminal court in Lokoja sentenced a man to two months imprisonment for allegedly spreading fake news about the rate of deaths in Kogi at the height of COVID-19 pandemic through his Facebook profile, thus raising false alarm across the community.
In particular, after having lost his sister, the man started to lament about the high rate at which people were dying from fever. The court upheld the arguments put forward by the Department of State Security and the prosecutor, according to which the man’s conduct consisted in an attempt to intimidate people as well as to incite them against the government. Furthermore, it found that the man raised false alarm on the grounds that, at the time the defendant posted his comments on Facebook, the death rate in the state was normal, contrary to his claims. The court concluded that the man’s conduct violated Section 393 of the Kogi Criminal Code.