Man remanded in DSS custody for spreading fake news in Kogi

One Habib Rabiu, 35 has reportedly been remanded in a DSS facility after being arraigned before a Kogi State Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Lokoja for allegedly spreading fake news.

The suspect had claimed that there’s a fever killing many people in Kogi State via a Facebook post he shared and was arrested for claiming that people were dying of fever at an alarming rate and indirectly saying there was COVID-19 in the state, contrary to the position of the state government on the matter.

He pleaded not guilty on Friday August 14 to the alleged offences said to have been committed on the 10th day of June, 2020.

The magistrate, O. J. Omajali then ordered that he should be remanded in the custody of the DSS facility for further investigations and adjourned the matter till Tuesday (18/ 8/2020), for determination of the bail application.

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