The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt office, has arrested a blogger, Dikeocha Chukwuebuka, over a fake photo which he shared on Twitter.
Dikeocha, who operates the Twitter handle, @TheRealDayne, posted a false picture depicting EFCC South-South Zone detention facility some weeks back.
The photo, which showed a large number of people being held in what was described as an open-cell, drew reactions from social media users who criticized the EFCC for their rough treatment of detainees despite the anti-graft denying it was their facility.
However, some days after the photo had gone viral, Dikeocha returned to Twitter to apologise for misinforming his followers and the general public, while noting that he was going to visit the zonal office the next day. All of these happened after the EFCC had put out a statement, vowing to arrest the blogger.
"Please I have apologized, and I will be visiting @officialEFCC ph zonal office tomorrow in pH to properly apologize and address this matter, as well as provide any useful information needed to assist in your investigation of the pictures. Please don't arrest me," he wrote on his page.
But it would seem that Dikeocha didn't keep to his word and continued to go about his daily activities like he did nothing. That has prompted the EFCC to go after him and, on Thursday, they announced his arrest.
"The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the EFCC has arrested a blogger, Mr Dikeocha Chukwuebuka, who published a picture of a crowded open cell on his Twitter handle @TheRealDayne, claiming it is the Port Harcourt office of the EFCC.
Chukwuebuka was arrested at about 4 pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, while he was in the premises of a new generation bank on Ada George Road in Port Harcourt.
According to the Port Harcourt Zonal Head of the Commission, Mr Usman Imam, who announced the arrest while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, the tweet was a "most embarrassing moment for the Commission, given that the 'fake news', represented the very opposite of what the EFCC stands for, as far as care of detainees is concerned."
"I want to assure the suspect and indeed the media, that the Commission will follow through this investigation and ensure that justice is served in accordance with the law," he added.
Imam also warned other social media influencers to be careful about using information, especially when they have not double-checked to save the society from the ordeal of fake news.
A remorseful Dikeocha admitted to having erroneously published the picture which he said belonged to another agency.