By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos
Nollywood actor Tony Umez has denied the death rumours circulating online.
On his Instagram page, Umez said the death rumours circulating on social media have caused him, his family, and loved ones distress and promised to sue the merchants of fake news.
He said: “I need to address this disturbing issue that has come to my attention. Some unscrupulous individuals have been using my pictures and videos maliciously, falsely reporting me as deceased to gain traffic to their pages.
’’First and foremost, I want to assure you that I am very much alive and well. These false reports are nothing but baseless rumours spread by individuals with ill intentions. I will be taking legal action against these persons, as their actions not only infringe upon my rights but also cause unnecessary distress to my loved ones and fans.
“I understand the power of social media and the impact it can have on spreading information. However, it is disheartening to see how it can be misused by a few to spread false news for personal gain. I urge you all to be vigilant and only trust information that comes directly from me or my official channels,” he wrote.