General News Sat, 24 Aug 2013

Police hunt for rumour mongers on social media

The Ghana Police Service say it is on the lookout for persons who are using social media to create fear and panic ahead of the Supreme Court Ruling on the 2012 election petition.

According to the police, it is stopgap measure to ensure interacting on social media is sanitized.

The Supreme Court will on August 29 give its final ruling on the presidential election petition challenging the legitimacy of President John Mahama.

The police have assured the entire citizenry of maximum security ahead of the verdict next Thursday.

As part of security arrangements, Police Public Affair Director, DSP Cephas Arthur, said they would be monitoring the social media to apprehend rumour mongers.

He disclosed that, they have received complaints from person who claim to be receiving messages on various social media platforms of possible chaos in Ghana during and after the Supreme Court ruling.

DSP Cephas Arthur added that the security has adequately prepared to deal with all who attempt to foment trouble.

He added: "If you write anything on social media that creates panic and alarm you are committing a criminal offense and you will be dealt with accordingly".

DSP Arthur said there is no cause for alarm ahead of the historic ruling because the security is ready to mitigate any chaos.

Source: Joy Online