By Daniel Dafe
Delta State Police Command has debunked a recent publication by some online mews platform and national dailies tagged ‘Apprehension in Delta Community as one traditional prime minister and twenty five others kidnapped’, saying the report “is not only false but a complete mischievous scheme by mischief makers to bring the command into disrepute.”
A statement by the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Edafe Bright, said “it is pertinent to state that the Command has been very active when it comes to responding to calls from journalist and media houses and as such it is expected that calls are supposed to be put through to either the Commissioner of Police or the Police Public Relations Officer to get a clear confirmation of this information before publication.”
To put the record straight, the Command said that there was a community crisis in Tuomo community as a result of one Binabai Tomke who has been parading himself as the Community Development Council (CDC) chairman.
Adding that “on the 13th of August, 2021, one Mike Loyibo Ekayama ‘m’ the traditional prime minister of Tuomo kingdom reported that based on a court order issued on 19th day of July in suit no MCO/1/2021 that the community should constitute an election committee that will produce another CDC chairman in two weeks from the date of the court order.”
According to the statement, “they agreed to hold the election on the 15th of August, 2021,” saying that “on the date of the election, the self acclaimed chairman hired thugs who disrupted the election process but nobody was maimed, killed or injured.”
“However, because of the rowdy situation people scampered for safety. The traditional prime minister was whisked away by the police to a safe place and neither him nor anybody was kidnapped or abducted as it was wrongly reported,” the police said.
Continuing, the police said that” normalcy has been restored in the community and the traditional prime minister was in the office of the Commissioner of Police today and had some fruitful discussions.”
Meanwhile, the CP again urged the media to verify information from the Command and ensure that what is published is authentic to avoid misleading the general public.
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