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Fake news: Amaechi calls for regulation of Nigeria’s social media space

- Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed why the federal government must regulate social media space

- A report had claimed that Amaechi was attacked in Kaduna on Sunday, February 16

- Amaechi said that report about his alleged attack showed that some people are bent on bringing down Buhari's government

Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has called for the regulation of Nigeria’s social media space in order to curb the spread of fake news.

Channels TV reports that Amaechi explained on Monday, February 17, that the rumoured attack on him at the Rigasa train station in Kaduna, only showed that there were people who deliberately want to bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Legit.ng gathered that he said all efforts would be made by the federal government to regulate the country's media space.

He said: “This so-called social media, the earlier they start regulating it, the better. We either start regulating this or there are people who deliberately want to bring down the government, and I don’t know what they want to achieve by that, is it that the government can’t protect its own minister."

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Amaechi explained that there was no incident of shooting or kidnapping of him or anyone at the train station.

“Most of these stories we hear are not true, they had earlier on said there was an attack on passengers on the same Rigasa, I had to tell NRC to make a rejoinder because there was none,” he added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker, reacted to the report claiming the minister of transport, Amaechi, escaped suspected kidnappers attack on Sunday, February 16.

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It was reported that a report had claimed that passengers on Abuja-Kaduna train, allegedly including Amaechi, were ambushed by some kidnappers.

The newspaper, however, stated that the attack was foiled by some security agents.

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In another report, Amaechi dismissed the claim that he escaped an attack by suspected kidnappers on the evening of Sunday, February 16.

It was reported that Amaechi was among Abuja-Kaduna train passengers who escaped the alleged attack which was foiled by security agents.

One of the passengers quoted by a newspaper, Musa Lawan, had claimed that Amaechi was also at the scene of the alleged attack.

Also, Amaechi described himself as someone who has great fear for God in all his dealings. Amaechi made this remark in his speech at the 8th matriculation ceremony of Gregory University Uturu, Abia state, which was aired live on NTA on Saturday, February 15.

The minister said that while he was in politics, he never went for any election without hearing first from God.

He had said: "I don't go for any election without going on my knees to ask God, 'What is your position'. I am always afraid to know that I'm without God."

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