Edo State Police Command has urged the public to disregard a video currently circulating online showing that a group of men from the Northern part of the country who were caught with ammunition are currently being dealt with by some people in the state.
The state command spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor noted that the incident happened in 2020.
In a statement, he said: “The command wishes to state in clear terms that the incident in the video happened in 2020, along Ekehuan Road, by Ogede Secondary School, Benin City, Edo State.
“Exactly one year and some months ago, unknown youths accosted a vehicle with all male occupants in the vehicle. This raised a suspicion to the unknown youths that the passengers in the vehicle were criminals, so they stopped the vehicle, conducted a search only by themselves and recovered some arms and ammunition.
“Thereafter, they set the vehicle, suspects, arms and ammunition ablaze and the fire burnt both the male passengers, vehicle, arms and ammunition beyond recognition.
“Immediately, the then Commissioner of Police Edo State, The Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations and some other police operatives visited the scene and in view of the visit, the security of the area was intensified in ensuring the protection of lives and property of the community dwellers and in the interest of the general public.
“The command is appealing to the good people of Edo State and the general public to remain law-abiding citizens of our great state and Nigeria. The police also urge them not to join the unscrupulous and criminal elements in recycling the viral video that is targeted at instilling fear, panic and tension in the minds of the people.
“To this end, the commissioner of police CP Abutu Yaro, fdc warns that anyone caught or traced to the viral video will be arrested, shamed and prosecuted in court to serve as a deterrent to others. He urges citizens not to panic but go about their normal business, that there is no cause for alarm, that Edo State under his watch is safe and will remain safe,” he added.