False BRT Incident: Stop Lying On Social Media – LASEMA Boss

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Following a false alarm that was created last Monday when a full BRT bus was said to have fallen into the Lagos Lagoon off the 3rd Mainland bridge, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, has warned people to stop spreading rumors via Twitter and other social media sites.

He said: “The report is not true. As a matter of fact, it was a false alarm. No BRT bus fell or plunged into the Lagoon. The report was spread to cause panic among Lagosians.

“A BRT bus was actually involved in an accident with a commercial bus around Ebute Ero on the Island; some people were injured and are now receiving medical attention.

“We have always warned against the use of social media to disseminate false alarm.

“All that this can achieve is to cause panic and if not well managed could lead to some accidents and security problems.

“We are urging residents who are in the habit of sending such messages to refrain from that act.

“Social media should not be used to cause problems for the society, “ he said.

While calling on residents to always call the state emergency lines in cases of emergencies, Osayintolu added that they could also call the lines to verify any rumour.



Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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