by Hauwa Gambo
Oyo State is on the march.
The chairman of its House of Assembly committee on Public Accounts, Finance and Appropriation Olusegun Olaleye, has asked the Federal Government to make laws against the “misuse” of social media by “disgruntled elements in the public.”
“A lot of misinformation are being circulated. I want to appeal to the people of Oyo State to disregard the ploy by the opposition to discredit the Abiola Ajimobi-led government,” he said.
Olaleye, who represents Ibadan North Constituency II, was speaking against the backdrop of reports two days ago, brought into the mainstream by PM News, that the Oyo governor’s wife was arrested for money laundering.
“In the same vein, I want to call on the Federal Government to generate certain laws to guide against unprofessional practice by some writers who just sit down and peddle unfounded rumours,” he added. “I want to say that it is becoming unacceptable in democracy for people to spread unfounded rumours and lies against other people with the intents of discrediting them. Politics must be done with mutual respect and ability to engage others constructively.
“We all know that anybody involved in money laundering in the United Kingdom will face criminal charge. Whoever is guilty will face the police for not less than two weeks and also have a date with the immigration.
“You can only get bail from a competent court if arrested for money laundering. Look at James Ibori’s case; money laundering is a serious case that cannot be treated secretly.”