Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has said Governors from the South West region never declared support for the regulation of social media.
Makinde who stated this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police Brutality, Violation of Rights of Citizens and Unlawful Killings, said the views of the Governors were misrepresented in the media.
He said “the misrepresentation of the position of the Southwest leaders on the so-called social media bill. Contrary to media reports, our position remains that since we already have an extensive Cybercrime Act, 2015 we don’t need any other bills to regulate social media.”
The Governor said the judicial panel of inquiry is “made up of eleven (11) members led by Justice Bolajoko Adeniji (retired), as Chairman of the Panel.
“Members of the panel are drawn from the legal community, the National Human Rights Commission, the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), the National Youth Council of Nigeria, youth representatives of End SARS protesters and the community.
“This panel was constituted pursuant to Section 2(1) of the Oyo State Commission of Inquiry Law Cap 32 of the Laws of Oyo State 2000 which empowers the Governor to set up a commission of inquiry. However, as the scope is beyond Oyo State, we’re collaborating with the Federal Government” he added.