Home Top Stories Civil Society moves to defend Unijos VC over smear campaign

Civil Society moves to defend Unijos VC over smear campaign


By Chijioke Kingsley

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Director North Central Zone of Civil Liberty Organizations (CLO) Steve Aluko, has cautioned against any unfounded smear campaign against the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Tanko Ishaya over the just concluded general elections.

Tanko served in Nasarawa State as the State Returning Officer in both the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the March 18 Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections.

But after the results of the March 18 elections were announced, there have been several allegations against him including alleged compromise of the election results in Nasarawa.

In that respect, Aluko warned those spreading such smear campaign without any evidence to desist, saying that such could be tantamount to defamation of character and liable to law suit, as the VC also has the right to sue wherever he feels he is wrongly accused.

Aluko who spoke with newsmen in Jos the Plateau State capital said voters and aggrieved persons in the just concluded elections have the right to protest against any perceived injustice and as well as the right to seek redress in court, but that smear campaign against anyone without evidence should be checked to avoid unnecessary tensions.

The Director reiterated that the Nigerian constitution upholds freedom of speech and protests, but peddling rumours on social media without any genuine evidence is not only unacceptable, but that it is a cyber crime that is punishable under the law.

He called on anyone who is aggrieved in the whole process to seek proper and acceptable way to ventilate their grievances, stressing that care should be taking not to run fowl of the law in the process of self expression or unconfirmed information.

Previous articleOgun Police Arrests 43-Year-Old Man For Allegedly Impregnating His 19-Year-Old Biological Daughter And Asking Her To Claim her Boyfriend Impregnated Her
Next articleINEC To Issue Certificates Of Return To Gov-Elects Next Week

Leave a Reply