By Nsikak Evans
OrderPaperToday – The Senate today moved a step closer towards passing a legislation that would prescribe a two-year jail term for individuals who post false information in the media.
A Bill for an Act to prohibit frivolous petitions and other matters connected therewith passed second reading on the floor of the senate Wednesday.
The bill is seeking a two-year jail term for any person who makes false allegation or publishes any statement or petition in the newspaper, radio or medium of whatever description against another person, institutions of government or any public office holder.
The bill also prescribed that anybody or group of persons who send any false text message or post false message on the social media against another person shall be jailed for two years upon conviction by the law court.
But the bill provides for an option of N4 million for persons convicted of false newspaper, radio and television statements and N2 million for offenders of false phone text messages or messages on facebook, twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.
Mover of the motion, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Alla (APC, Kebbi) said it shall be an offence for any petition to be submitted without a sworn affidavit from the law court.