By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Nigerian Police has debunked a report on the Social Media, alleging that one of its personnel was involved in the kidnap of Dr. Philip Ataga’s wife and children.
This was expressed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, made available to AUTHENTIC News Daily on Thursday February 23, 2020.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Command has been drawn to some Social Media publication alleging the involvement of a Police officer in the unfortunate kidnapping and killing of Dr. Philip Ataga’s wife.
“The Command wishes to debunk the publication in it totality as fake, fictitious, maliciously fabricated to tarnish the image of the force.
“To set the record straight, there is no police officer from the command or anywhere in the country that involved in the unfortunate incident that led to the killing of Mrs Ataga.
“The public should also note that, the Ataga Family has already decried the news going round in some quarters of social media and has labeled it as fake.
“The Command on receipt of the fake news had immediately swung into action and investigated the purported allegation and found nothing more than malicious blackmail embarks upon by the writer whose motives is unknown. This unprofessional attitude is capable of causing mistrust between the Police and members of the general public.
“The Commissioner of Police CP UM Muri is calling on the general Public to disregard fake news and urged media outlets to verify any source of security report from the Command’s PPRO before publication as the command will not hesitate in dealing decisively with any person (s) who engage in such malicious action according to the laws of the land,” it concluded.