By Bolaji Adekunle
ABEOKUTA – the Ogun State Police Command has decried the activities of fake journalists in the media industry describing the issue as a problem that is worse than the novel COVID -19 pandemic.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi stated this on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 when a received a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, led by the Vice President Zone B, Comrade Cosmos Olalekan Oni.
Other members of the delegation which paid a visit to the State Commissioner of Police at his Eleweran, Abeokuta Command are the Zonal Secretary, Comrade Bamigbola Gbolagunte as well as the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the newly elected executive of the Federated Chapel of Ogun NUJ Council.
Oyeyemi said it was unfortunate that the media as the society’s watchdog had been bedeviled with unnecessary wranglings among members of the NUJ, saying the advent of social media had caused the infiltration of quacks in the industry.
He noted that activities of fake journalists in the state had caused more damage to the society than good, stressing that genuine stakeholders in the industry should rise up to flush out the bad elements.
The PPRO recalled one of the fake news that gave the Command tough time when someone in 2018 posted a fake news that Fulani herdsmen had killed scores of people along Ore-Ijebu Ode road, saying the report was also illustrated with fake picture of a motor accident that occurred in 2014.
Oyeyemi urged the body of NUJ from the national, States and chapel levels to take critical look into ways of checking the activities of fake journalists in the union.
He commended officers from the national body for their quest to establish a union devoid of those that he described as fake and irresponsible elements.