By Nafiu Toyin Abdulqadri.
The Kwara State Police command has appealed to members of Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) to collaborate with the force in addressing the challenges of fake news and to situate reports on security in proper context.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Kayode Egbetokun said this on Friday when he hosted the executive of the Association in his office.
Egbetokun, who expressed appreciation to members of the association for their balanced report which he said has aided the work of the command, appealed to them to join in the fight against fake news.
The Police Commissioner said one of the ways evils are perpetrated in the society is through the dissemination of fake news, enjoining the online media practitioners to sustain their professionalism and ensure fake news peddlers do not have a space to operate in Kwara.
“There is no society that is free of crime, and that is the essence of the police to combat it. Meanwhile, the police can’t do this alone without collaborations from important stakeholders such as the media practitioners,” the Police Commissioner said.
Speaking on the alleged misconducts of some police officers, Egbetokun said the Kwara Police command is always ready to bring to book any officer found wanting, provided there is clear evidence against such officers.
Responding, the Chairman of ASKOMP and Publisher of The Informant247, Salihu Shola Taofeek praised the command for the professionalism of majority of its officers. He expressed appreciation to the Police Commissioner for finding time to meet with members of the group, while also requesting for regular engagement in order to bridge information gap and help curtail fake news about the activities of the command.
Present at the meeting were the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, deputies commissioner of police and other top ranking officers of the command. ASKOMP was represented by its Chairman, Salihu Taofeek; Publisher of Fresh Insight, AbdulRasheed Akogun; Editor of INSIDER NG, Nafiu Toyin and two other members.