DAMAGING CLAIM ON ERISCO PRODUCT, SOCIAL MEDIA USER, OKOLI MAKES U-TURN
By Oki Samson, Trek Africa Newspaper
Ms. Okoli Edoka Chioma who is involved in a case of criminal conspiracy and cyberbullying against a product
manufactured by Erisco Foods Limited, specifically the Nagiko Tomato Paste has made a U-TURN on her false claims made on Facebook.
Trek Africa Newspaper reliably gathered from the Nigeria Police ‘On 19th September, 2023, the Police received a petition from Erisko Foods Limited following a social media post on the Facebook platform, where Mrs. Okoli Edoka Chioma claimed to have purchased Nagiko Tomato Paste and subsequently provided a review of the product. While we encourage consumers to express their opinions and concerns about products they use, it is essential that these reviews are based on factual
information and are presented responsibly.’
‘Ms. Chioma’s review of the Nagiko Tomato Paste included claims that the product contained excessive sugar and, more alarmingly, that it was
causing harm and death to individuals who consumed it. These allegations were made publicly on her social media account, sparking concern among members of the public and potentially damaging the reputation of Erisco Foods Limited and their product. Upon receiving information about these allegations, a thorough investigation was initiated.’
‘During the course of the investigation,
several important findings were made including that Mrs. Chioma was unable to provide any credible evidence or proof of purchase to substantiate her claims that she bought the Nagiko Tomato Paste nor could she provide any evidence or names of individuals who had allegedly been harmed or killed by consuming the product. Mrs. Chioma subsequently tendered a public apology for her earlier claims, acknowledging that her statements were false and unfounded’, Trek Africa Newspaper gathered.
‘The investigation into this matter is ongoing, and upon its conclusion, appropriate legal action may be taken against Mrs. Okoli Edoka Chioma in accordance with extant laws. The seriousness of making false and damaging allegations on a public platform cannot be understated. The NPF therefore reminds the public that making unverified claims or
spreading false information about products, individuals, or companies can have significant consequences. Such actions can damage reputations, incite panic, and lead to unwarranted harm to businesses and individuals.’
‘In conclusion, the NPF urges members of the public to exercise responsibility and discretion when expressing their views and opinions, especially on social media platforms. False allegations, cyberbullying, and unfounded claims can have far-reaching repercussions, both legally and socially’.