By Nnamdi Okosieme
Police Authorities have refuted reports in the media of sporadic shootings on Tuesday nights in Abuja around the Minister’s Hill and the Dantata Bridge along Airport Road.
Reacting to the reports, FCT Police spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, on Wednesday described them as erroneous.
“The attention of the FCT Police Command has been drawn to a series of erroneous writeups and publications making the rounds, especially on the social media spaces, suggesting that there was heavy gunfire simultaneously around Dantata bridge in Lugbe and Minister’s hills in Maitama yesterday 26th July 2022 at about 19:38Hrs”, DSP Adeh stated.
She said upon receiving the news, the FCT Command’s Intelligence and Tactical asset deployed to the area to where the news was found to be false.
“Having maintained monitoring and surveillance of the area all night, and with the intelligence at the disposal of the Command, it is important to categorically state that the news is on every scale unfounded and should be disregarded.
She urged the public to eschew the generation and promulgation of fake/ unverified news and go about their lawful business without the fear of harassment or molestation of any kind from any quarters.
She said the FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday had ordered an investigation into the present report and many other “maliciously crafted write-ups, targeted at promoting panic and apprehension” in the Territory, and to only believe information released from official stables.
The Police spokesperson’s comments came on the heels of the assurance to FCT residents on Sunday by the FCT Commissioner of Police of the Command’s unwavering commitment to the safety of everyone in the Territory.
The FCT Police Chief said whilst the Police continue to work to ensure the reduction of crime in the Territory, residents should maintain alertness and report any suspicious or abnormal activities to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883. He said the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.