From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi state police command on Tuesday denied an online Media reports of alleged herdsmen invasion of Big Joe loading point in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, saying that the report is not only false but unfounded.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja, said that there was no iota of truth in the report, calling on the general public to disregard it.
Recalled that there was apprehension in Lokoja on Tuesday, following online Media reports, saying that herdsmen allegedly invaded the loading point of a popular transport company in Lokoja, killing many.
The statement which reads in part said “the attention of the Kogi State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the round that, Herdsmen walked into the Terminal of Big Joe Transport in Kogi and shot all the passengers boarding to travel to Edo State.
“The Command wish to state categorically clear that, this report is false and unfounded calculated at manipulating the mindsets of Nigerians and the good people of the State that, Kogi State is not safe.
“The Command therefore called on members of the public to disregard such news in circulation in social media as such incident never occur in Kogi State.
“The Commissioner urged the law abiding citizens of the State to go about their lawful businesses and to always avail the Security agencies with credible information on the existence of Criminal elements in the State. While assuring them of the renewed commitment of the Command to guarantee protection of lives and property.
Similarly, the Kogi State Government has equally dismissed any herdsmen attack at a motor park in Lokoja, saying that the rumor peddlers are on a mission to create panic and tension in the State.
This was contained in a statement by the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo which was also made available to journalists in Lokoja on Tuesday.
He said the fake news circulating on social media platforms was the handiwork of the enemies of the State .
“Our attention has been drawn to some gory pictures on social media platforms, purporting that some herdsmen attacked a popular motor park in Lokoja and killed all passengers found there.
“We wish to allay the fears of commuters and residents of the State that nothing like that ever happened as all motor parks in the state remain peaceful. Our security operatives are also ensuring security of lives and property in the State.
“It is instructive to note that the intent of the promoters of such fake news was to create panic in the state for political reasons.
“The Governor of Kogi State wishes to assure commuters and residents of his continued commitment to guarantee their safety and security at all times.
“Kogi remains the second most peaceful State in the Federation as the Yahaya Bello Administration has been able to combat insecurity to a large extent.
“We also wish to warn those hatching evil plans against the State for political reasons to have a rethink or have themselves to blame as Government will do anything within the ambit of the rule of law to protect its citizens.
“We urge all Kogites to go about their lawful businesses without fear as security agents are already investigating the source of such fake news peddled to create tension and panic”. Fanwo said
Fanwo thanked Kogi State indegenes for partnering with Government to protect the most “central state in Nigeria”.