The Enugu State Police Command has taken note of a recent article published in the Vanguard Newspaper on January 16, 2024, alleging a disturbance involving gunmen in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Upon thorough examination of the report and a comprehensive review of available records, the Command unequivocally refutes the contents as misleading, inaccurate, fictitious, and sensational. The article makes baseless claims, such as the alleged abduction of seven wedding guests in the mentioned local government, for which no evidence or incident supports.
Additionally, the report incorrectly suggests a confrontation between gunmen and soldiers, a claim debunked by the absence of any such incident. The publishers are urged to provide credible evidence to substantiate their assertion regarding the purported abduction of wedding guests.
Furthermore, the report highlights the tragic incident involving the shooting and murder of the traditional ruler of Adani Autonomous community on the night of 22/12/2023. Regrettably, the report fails to acknowledge the swift response of the Command, which led to the arrest, arraignment, and remand of eight suspects.
The report also prematurely mentions the abduction of Romanus Chikwelu (male) and three others, without verifying the facts. Contrary to the report, the victims were expeditiously rescued by joint security forces.
Expressing disappointment over the publication, Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, psc (+), urges media practitioners, both in mainstream and new media, to exercise caution and responsibility in disseminating information. He emphasizes the importance of fact-checking and urges journalists to refrain from spreading unverified and sensational stories that could incite fear and panic among the public.
CP Uzuegbu reiterates the commitment of the Police to combat all forms of crime and maintain the robust security atmosphere in Enugu State. Acknowledging the crucial role of media practitioners in investigative journalism, he encourages collaboration to ensure accurate reporting and the verification of information.
Media practitioners, particularly those in the State, are called upon by the Commissioner of Police to continue working collaboratively with law enforcement agencies, promoting responsible journalism and accurate reporting on security situations.