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Why I Am Not In Support Of Social Media Bill-Governor Makinde

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The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has stated that he is not in support of the proposed regulation of social media.

Governor Makinde also denied media reports that his colleagues in the southwest voted in favour of the controversial social media regulation bill.

According to him, the southeast governors only resolved that the existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015) should be allowed to take its course instead of duplicating an existing law in the name of social media bill.

He made the comments on Tuesday, November 10 while inaugurating an 11-man judicial panel at his office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

His words: “Let me categorically state that as far as I know, there was no such communiqué from the southwest governors that I am part of.

“Yes, I was in Lagos on Sunday, we did hold a meeting but our agreement at the meeting was that we already have an existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015), so there was no need for any further duplicity in terms of a specific social media bill.

“So, should anyone choose to sponsor such, I should be categorically be counted out. Because the cybercrime act is extensive enough and covers any issues that any so-called social media bill may seek to address.”

The panel inaugurated is chaired by a retired Chief Judge, Justice Badejoko Adeniji while Mrs. Oluwafolake Ogundele, an Assistant Director, Department of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice is to serve as Secretary.

Makinde said about 50 petitions have been received through the official portal created for members of the public to register their complaints.

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