The Zamfara State Police Command has debunked news making the rounds in the media to the effect that seven serving military personnel have been arrested by the police for their involvement in banditry activities in the State.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the State Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, it had to be made categorically clear that ‘records at the moment indicates no arrest of any member of the Military as being speculated in social media’.
TheFact Nigeria notes that there have been several news reports in recent times, of the arrest of military and security personnel by operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command, for either their direct involvement in banditry activities, or indirectly, supplying the insurgents with arms, ammunition and even military kits, thereby sabotaging the efforts at ending the war on insurgency. Furthermore, in August last year, the Zamfara State Governor, Babagana Zulum, had attributed the long-drawn battle to rout insurgency in the Northeast, to sabotage.
Meanwhile, the Command has enjoined members of the public to discontenance the fake news, while further warning against spreading fake and unsubstantiated information, as any person or group found will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Members of the Press and other social media users are urged to seek clarifications from appropriate authorities on any information that comes their way before going on air”, the statement said.