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…Reaffirms Prosecution Of Chizoba In Erisco Tomatoes Saga

THE Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has reaffirmed its commitment to upholding the rule of law in the Erisco Tomato matter, stating that the 

involvement of Mrs Chizoba warranted scrutiny as she stands accused of violating some salient parts of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015. 

The Police disclosed that its preliminary investigations have uncovered compelling evidence of Mrs Chizoba’s alleged role in the violation of extant laws, particularly those related to the proper use of cyberspace. 

Consequently, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement, cautioned members of the public on the inherent danger of spreading misinformation and attempting to manipulate public sentiment. 

He said, “The law operates impartially, and any attempt to subvert it will be met with the full force of legal action.”

According to him, recent developments in the ‘Erisco Tomato’ case were deeply worrisome,” particularly the use of crowdfunding as a means to influence legal proceedings”. 

The Force spokesman contended that such actions undermine the integrity of the justice system, and threaten the principles of fairness and accountability, saying, they are highly inimical to the existence of the rule of law. 

He said, “This case in point underscores the necessity of enforcing existing legislation, including the Cybercrime Act, to counteract the current spate of violations of the Act and spread of misinformation and disinformation on social media. 

“It is vital to reaffirm that the Nigeria Police is poised to enforce all laws without fear, favour, or sentiments in its commitment to ensuring justice and transparency for all citizens.”

While advising the suspect to desist from continually jumping bail, the Police urged her to turn up in court, as a neutral arbiter that would determine the matter, and allow justice to take its course. 

The statement admonished Nigerians, particularly social media influencers, to resort to embracing the rule of law, and shun all displays of sentiments in the case, and in many others, as the Police would not be deterred by the antics of certain individuals to pervert justice in any way.

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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