The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has announced that it would begin monitoring the activities of online media practitioners and social media activists.
Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta the aforementioned would be on the ICPC watchlist for malicious posts and mudslinging.
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the opening of a capacity building workshop organised by Anti-Corruption Academy for members of States Houses of Assembly from the North-Central geopolitical zone of the country, Nta said the ICPC is worried that social media platforms are now awash with malicious petitions and mudslinging that are largely motivated by selfish interests.
He said: “Everybody is suppose to be a whistle blower under our Act, but I will like to warn at this junction that a lot of malicious petitions are also making the rounds, the people who are making these malicious petitions for their personal good should also know that they are not protected by the law and that when we investigate and find them to be untrue and to be malicious the ICPC Act provide for prosecution, and we will definitely prosecute them.
“If you look at social media platforms, they are awash now with all kinds of malicious petitions and mudslinging on people, they should know they are not protected by the law.”