The Benue State Police Command has described rumours of attacks on four mosques and another invasion of a church as deliberate falsehood.
The state Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said nothing of such happened in the state, adding that such rumours could cause breakdown of law and order.
Urging the public to disregard the information, Owoseni acknowledged that it was a difficult period for people of the state and Nigerians generally because of violent attacks in different parts of the country.
This was revealed in a statement released on Thursday by the Benue State Police Command.
Read full statement below:
The Benue State Police Command would like to advise the general public to disregard the information being circulated that four (4) mosque(s) were set ablaze in Makurdi by some hoodlums. Similar information is being circulated that another Church was attacked by bandits at Agana Village in Mbaloh Ward of Gwer East Local Government Area of the State.
2. These are nothing but falsehood, believably meant to cause break down of law and order in the State.
3. It is indeed a difficult period. However, acts of insurgency being witnessed lately have nothing to do with religion, ethnic or political alienation. Therefore, in order to overcome the ongoing security challenges, the collaboration of all is required.
4. The Command appreciate the calmness and understanding of the good people of the State. We appeal that criminal elements should not be allowed to cause any civil disturbance to achieve their selfish interest.
5. All suspicious person or group of persons should be reported to the Police through telephone Nos 07058344757 or 08066006475.
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The Nigeria Police Force
Benue State Command