The Edo State police command has described the news making rounds as “mischievous, malicious, fabricated and misleading”.
The purported news titled “DPO Ehor Divisional Police arrested by the Special anti=kidnap team from the office of the IGP of police, Abuja in connection with the kidnapping and other criminal activities along Benin-Ehor road.”
To keep the record straight, there is no such unit called a special anti kidnap team in the office of the IGP of police, Abuja.
The statement was issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs, in the early hours of Monday, 26 July 2021.
The purported report is already going viral on various social media and platforms.
The police described the report as the handiwork of mischief makers aimed at tarnishing the police’s image and inciting the general public, particularly against the Edo State command.
The statement said the Edo state commissioner of police, CP PHILIP ALIYU OGBADU, “has therefore called on the good people of Edo state and its residents to disregard the report and go about their lawful businesses.
“The police commissioner further stated that it is obvious that the criminal elements have already noticed that Ehor is no more profitable for them and decided to come out with the fake report to divert the attention of the police and the general public who are assisting the police with information about their criminal activities”.
The statement continued, “to set the record straight, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ehor Division, CSP Benjamin Benafa, reported at the Division on 2 July 2021 and took over duties and responsibilities of the Division on the 3 July 2021 as the DPO was instrumental to the rescue of 9 passengers kidnapped in an 18 seater bus belonging to a private company on the 4 July 2021 travelling from AUCHI to Benin city. The officer is presently at his duty post in EHOR and not arrested as been mischievously circulated”.
The statement further said the Commissioner of police is using the media space to assure members of the public of his continued commitment to protecting lives and property in Edo state as he has also ordered a full-scale investigation into the fake news in the social media to bring to book those behind the phoney report.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.