ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Chief Johnny Metchie, President-General of Umueri community in Anambra State, has frowned at a video circulating on social media alleging that Fulani herdsmen killed a man in the area.
In a statement, Metchie warned those spreading the false information to desist from such, saying it could provoke hatred between Umueri and the Fulani community.
Metchie who is also a United Nations Peace Ambassador and Africa’s Director, International Association of World Peace Advocates, cautioned that purveyors of fake news would face the full wrath of the law, if they fail to desist from such unpatriotic acts.
Metchie noted that the focus of his administration as the President-General of Umueri has been on maintaining peaceful relationship between his community and its neighbours, including people of other tribes and religions.
He said: “I just got information of a false and damaging video making the rounds on social media, alleging that Fulani herdsmen were responsible for the killing of a man in my community.
“The false information was shared by one person named DELIGHT and that prompted this message.
“Please, disregard every information from that fellow claiming that the man was killed by Fulani men because, our preliminary investigation and that of the Police, which led to a confession by one of the killers apprehended by Umueri vigilante men has revealed that the man WAS NOT killed by the Fulani herdsmen.
“Anyone who was part of the chase, arrest and interrogation of the arrested criminal would have gotten the true story behind the gruesome murder on Umueri land.
“But instead of waiting for confirmed report from the people who are handling the case, someone chose to act silly, with the aim of provoking crisis between Igbos and the Fulanis in Igboland. This is unacceptable.
“To the man called DELIGHT and others like him; I say, stop spreading fake news and hate speech. This is because, we have the evidence to prove that Fulani herdsmen are not the ones that killed the man.
“But, if you must continue to spread this false information, bear in mind that you will be held responsible and handed over to the Police, if your false information leads to any crisis between Igbos and the Fulanis anywhere in the Omambala region.”