The Nigeria Police Command in Kwara State, on Saturday debunked a purported intelligence report portraying the state as a base for launching attacks by bandits.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi in Ilorin, condemned the said report trending on social media platforms, saying Kwara is safe, secure and no part of the state is occupied by bandits or terrorists.
The statement reads in part; “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to debunk a fake intelligence report circulating on several social media platforms to the effect that some forest reserves in parts of Kwara State have been surrounded and ready to be used as launching-pads to attack Kwara State and some neighbouring states in the country.
“The command wishes to state categorically that Kwara State is safe and secured and no part of Kwara State is occupied by bandits or terrorists.
“The writer and sharer of that fake intelligence report are mischievous, desirous of sowing a seed of distrust and fear in the minds of the good people of Kwara State in particular and Nigeria in general; an attempt to create panic in the minds of peace loving Kwarans.They have failed!
“The Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, has re-stated the commitment of the police and other security agencies in Kwara State of their red-alertness to the protection and defend the life and property of citizens and residents of Kwara State,” the statement added.
The CP further assured the people of their safety at all times, adding that aggressive and extensive patrols have been put in place in the state ,while vigilante groups and hunters have been coopted in patrolling the forests and bushes.
The statement advised the good people of the state to give information to the police whenever anything negative or sinister developments are being suspected around their vicinities.
The CP also enjoined citizens and residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear of attack or intimidation.
The command vowed not to relent in regular patrols, intelligence gathering and raiding of black spots in conjunction with sister security agencies in the state.