By Lawrence Nwimo
Anambra state police command have paraded Mr. Philip Chinwuba, a Senior Special Adviser to the governor of Anambra state on Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA) over viral false COVID-19 alarm that rattled the state government recently.
The suspect, a 56-year-old indigene of Aguleri was brought before the media at the command headquarters Amawbia for explanations on his alleged role in the publication following an ongoing investigation by the Command.
Chinwuba claimed that the virtual platform where the publication was made belonged to him and was used during the warm-up to the 2015 general election.
The suspect said he was not responsible for the alleged publication that emanated from the platform he created and denied awareness of himself publishing any malicious item against the governor and the people of Anambra state.
He claimed that his platform may have been breached following the loss of his laptop and other sensitive equipment to hoodlums late last year along Access bank, Enugu – Onitsha expressway.
The suspect agreed that he read the information published on his platform but refused to react upon notice of the publication. He expressed regrets that his platform was used against the chief of staff, Odili, and his wife.
According to the Anambra state Police spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, the suspect allegedly published the malicious information to cause hatred and panic which could lead to a breach of peace and order in the state.
Haruna in a release stated that the suspect had allegedly published items that COVID-19 has ravaged Anambra state government house and that the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano was also infected and was taken to isolation center.
The release also stated that the suspect falsely reported that the wife of the chief of staff to the governor, Primus Odili equally contracted the disease.
“Also circulated on the same premise were series of falsehood and inciting messages which were made to cause annoyance, criminal intimidation, enmity hatred, ill will, or needless anxiety contrary to Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrime(Prohibition Prevention Etc)Act,2015.
Haruna said the involvement of the suspect is to the extent that circulation of both documents have been traced to him adding that the suspect must explain either his direct involvement in authoring both or otherwise.