Backing up his argument with several plausible reasons, the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor insists Social Media ban on the day of election is very necessary.
The IGP has once again raised the issue of banning social media during the upcoming election for security purposes. Although the IGP’s opinion of shutting down the social media on election day has been grossly criticized as well as deemed unnecessary by many, he appears not to be convinced to change his mind on the issue.
Supporting his argument with several plausible reasons, John Kudalor insists Social Media ban on the day of election is very necessary. Speaking in an interview with Joy News, Mr Kudalor argued that with the rate the media is publishing as well as facilitating the spread of falsehood among the populace, it will be of great importance to shut them down to ensure they do not bring about any form of instability during the elections.
“Social media has been used to spread a lot of half-truths, half-baked information and lies… We shall recommend to our principal that social media is banned…and I still stand by that. If people are churning out the type of information which are quite false then why not? The security of this nation is paramount.”
He added that so many persons are beginning to see reasons with him why the social media should be rendered non-functional on the election day. According to Kudalor, he is concerned with doing everything possible to see that absolute security is maintained throughout the period.
“It is my conviction that the police on our part are leaving no stone unturned in our bid to secure the elections. Personnel are therefore warned of taking partisan positions in the discharge of their duties. Those found culpable shall be severely disciplined by the police administration. Professionalism must be our watch word always.”
Howbeit, if banning the media is proven to be a prerequisite for peace and security to be maintained during the polls, the Police may eventually have their way.