ASP Manzah said the Nyanya rumor of such arrest was the handiwork of detractors who are hell-bent on instilling fear and unnecessary panic in the minds of peace-loving residents.
News like the one below circulated over online media yesterday –
“Please if u know anybody around Mararaba/Nyanya tell them not to go close to d market or park for today. Soldiers just arrested some suicide bombers along keffi road now now including children with bombs on their body and they confessed some has already passed earlier b4 them. Very serious pls”
The story threw residents into a panic in Abuja Metropolis. The Police in Abuja, however, said they did not arrest persons with Improvised Explosive Devices at FCT-Nasarawa boundary.
The police said this in a statement issued by its spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah in Abuja on Friday.
Manzah said the rumour of such arrest was the handiwork of detractors who are hell-bent on instilling fear and unnecessary panic in the minds of peace-loving residents.
Manzah said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammad Mustafa, reassured residents of adequate security and protection of lives and property in the territory.
He said Mustafa also urged social media handlers to always verify information before circulating such through their respective platforms.
The police used the opportunity to inform residents that they would practice shooting at the range in Karshi on Nov. 26 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Manzah said that the exercise was part of the training routine of the Nigeria Police.
He enjoined members of the public, especially those around the Nyanya, Jikwoyi, and Karshi axis, not to panic.
“Residents are also advised to steer away from the area for the duration of the exercise as live ammunitions will be used”, he said.