The Rivers state government has urged Nigerians to disregard a picture, which has gone viral on social media, depicting the state as creating a task force on marriage monitoring.
Describing the picture as fake and manipulated to denigrate the state. Special Assistant on Media to the Governor of state, Kelvin Ebiri, said there is no such task force in the services of the state.
According to the statement, “the government considers as spurious and morally offensive the viral report alleging that the State had ordered ‘any Rivers man willing to marry must have at least 5Million Naira or a property in the equivalent of the stipulated amount.’
“Although fake news is not a new phenomenon, it is most appalling, and wrong on part of those who are deliberately circulating misleading and incorrect information to the unsuspecting public.
“The State will not hesitate to take necessary legal action against the purveyors of this malicious news if they don’t desist from their morally reprehensible act.”