An Abuja based comedian, Augustine Valentine, popularly known as `MC Fine’, has been arrested by the Nigerian police for allegedly spreading fake news.
According to Biodun Makanjuola, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the force in Bwari, FCT, MC Fine had shared a post alleging the apprehension of a female kidnapper.
Makanjuola stated that “After investigation, we found the report to be fake,” he said.
The woman was later discovered to be mentally unstable after she was attacked for allegedly trying to kidnap a two-year old child.
While investigation was still going on, the DPO said MC Fine posted a misleading information on social media.
“When she was brought here, I asked my people to first take her to the General Hospital for medicals. They came back with a medical report indicating that she was suffering from depression.
”The report also referred her to Karu Psychiatric Hospital for proper evaluation. Right now, we are preparing to take her there.
“We were still on the matter when I started receiving calls about a post on Facebook claiming that the woman was a kidnapper. The report claimed that her phone had message conversations on how many children to be kidnapped.
I made efforts and finally discovered who posted the story, brought him here for questioning, and he confessed he only added some of the details to add glamour to the story.”
MC Fine on his own part claimed he was not at the scene where the woman was attacked. According to him, her pictures were sent to him on Whatsapp which he posted on Facebook.