The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has urged members of the public to desist from sending false messages either through BlackBerry or social networks.
General Manager, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, said this while reacting to a message sent through social network regarding a collapsed pedestrian bridge in Isolo, along Oshodi /Badagry Express Road on Saturday.
“Some disgruntled elements over the weekend were circulating false messages on the a social network known as BB Messenger of a collapsed bridge leading to the death of three persons, thereby creating panic and unnecessary tension across the state,” he said.
Oke-Osanyintolu, who described the information as false and misleading, said doing so was a criminal offence which was not in the interest of the state.
He stressed that the state government was concerned about the safety of lives and properties of all residents, and had put in place the mechanism for the management and dissemination of information through emergency telephone numbers. He warned those who were in the habit of sending wrong information to desist from doing it.