Police in Anambra State have denied attacking an agent of tricycle riders in Onitsha.
There had been a report of attacks on the agent by policemen as published by some online sites, but the spokesperson for the ANAMBRA State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga in a press release said the news was fake and targeted at injuring the police force.
See full press statement below …
*ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND BULLETIN OF 26TH OCTOBER, 2021*
*ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND WILL NEVER ALLOW MISCHIEF-MAKERS DISTRACT THE COMMAND FROM DELIVERING ON ENHANCED PUBLIC SECURITY AND SAFETY, SAYS CP ECHENG*
_describes report of police attack on an agent of tricycle rider association as untrue_
The Commissioner of Police Anamabra State Command, *CP Echeng Echeng,* has today 26/11/2021, reiterated that the Command under his watch, will not be distracted from delivering on the core mandates of the Nigeria Police Force, especially as its concerns enhancing public security, peace and safety in the State, as well as ensuring respect for the fundamental rights of citizenry. He made this known while reacting to the publication by an online media outfit, purportedly suggesting that an Area Commander led a team of Policemen to attack and brutalize an agent of Tricycle Riders Association along Owerri Road in Onitsha. He describes the report as untrue, malicious, fictitious and the handiwork of mischief-makers.
To set the records straight, a careful review of the video clip clearly shows that there was nothing of the Police or a Policeman in the scene. It is also noteworthy that this manner of unfounded fabrication is obviously a product of criminal elements and mischief-makers, who the Command has since dislodged and stopped from perpetrating all manner of crimes and criminality in the said location, including robbing travelers of their belongings and using the location as venue for illegal revenue collection.
The *CP*, while describing the mendacious publication as unfortunate, has warned its originators and peddlers to desist forthwith, as they will not be spared if apprehended. He also notes that Officers and Men of the Command remain in high spirit and committed to combating all forms of crime and criminality in the State.
*DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, Anipr, PPRO Anambra State Police Command*