by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command has disclaimed the news reports alleging that the State Deputy Commissioner of Police, ACP, was arrested with kidnappers in the process of supplying them with firearms, describing it as “social media fake news.”
The statement was contained in the release issued and signed by the State Police Command spokesman, ASP Muhammed Jalige, on Wednesday.
The statement indicated that, “The attention of the Kaduna State Police Command has been drawn to a fake news making rounds on social media, tagged, ‘Kaduna State Deputy Commissioner of Police went to give firearms to kidnappers; unfortunately he was arrested with them.’
“The Command wishes to categorically state that the image in circulation is not that of any Police Officer in Kaduna Command or anywhere in Nigeria.
“The image with camouflage uniform wearing the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police is one Kinsley Udoyem, who was arrested and paraded by Akwa-Ibom Police Command on the 2nd January, 2019, for the offence of impersonating a Police Officer.
“Therefore, the image in circulation is not in any way connected to a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Kaduna as portrayed in the report. The Command is using this opportunity to advise members of the public to disregard and discontinue with the circulation of the unfounded image, as there is no iota of truth in it.
“It is on the above premise that the Kaduna Command is calling on the general public, particularly social media users, to be positive, while circulating unsubstantiated content in the public domain as it is capable of truncating the cordial relationship between the Kaduna Police Command and members of the civil populace,” it stated.