The Kwara State government on Tuesday debunked claims that it is clamping down on opposition elements and censoring the media in the State.
In a statement issued by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kamaldeen Ajibade, the State government said as a firm believer in freedom of expression and the rule of law, it welcomes constructive criticism based on fact.
The Commissioner noted that people have the freedom to criticize the government and hold it accountable for its campaign promises.
He, however, said that such freedom does not give anyone the opportunity to deliberately spread falsehood against the government in a way capable of causing public incitement.
Barr. Ajibade explained that what the government had done was to petition the Police against falsehood peddled by certain opposition politicians in the media.
He noted that as required by law, the Police had invited the individuals to defend themselves as part of its investigation.
According to him, if by the end of its investigation, the Police recommend the prosecution of those individuals, it is the responsibility of the Office of the Attorney General to take a decision on whether to prosecute or not.
The Commissioner, therefore, dismissed insinuations that the State government is trying to silence the media or clampdown on opposition figures within the State.
He said anyone who criticizes the government based on verifiable facts has nothing to worry about, saying the government will continue to welcome constructive criticism and feedback from the people.
Barr. Ajibade, however, added that the government will continue to frown at any attempt by any individual or group to incite the public against it or otherwise disrupt public order.