By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ekiti State Police Command has debunked rumour that one of its personnel died while chasing yahoo boys.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu in a statement on Wednesday said that, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) from Ikole responded to a distress call from members of the public over the activities of some cultists who have been terrorizing the area.
He said: “The Command wishes to state clearly that: On the 28/12/2021 at about 18:30hrs, a distress call was received from the DPO Ikole-Ekiti by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for reinforcement for the possible arrest of some suspected cultists who have been terrorizing the people of Ikole-Ekiti and its environs.
“Upon the receipt of the report, the RRS Commander deployed three patrol vehicles with adequate operatives to that axis for the operation.
“Unfortunately, while on their way, one of the three patrol vehicles developed a mechanical fault, went off its lane and hit an oncoming motorcycle riden by a policeman who had closed from work and was returning home.”
He explained further that, the victim was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention but later died.
“The Policeman was rushed to the hospital for medical attention but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor while eight other RRS operatives in the patrol vehicle sustained different degrees of injuries and are currently in the hospital receiving medical attention,” he added.
The command also condemned an online media platform that reported what it called ‘fake news’.
“In view of this, the Ekiti State Police Command is at loss at the mental status of the reporter that propagated the fake news.
“The reporter (name withheld) did not patiently and professionally confirm the story but shamelessly chose to disrespect the life of the policeman that was lost while on national assignment.
“The action of the reporter and his platform is very disgraceful, unfortunate, ungodly, inhuman and not inline with the practice of good journalism,” he said.
He urged the public to disregard the fake news from the online media
“Members of the public are therefore, enjoined to disregard and discountenance the news and consider it as one of those fake news on the social media that are aimed at causing unnecessary tension, portray the Nigeria Police Force in bad unpleasant garb and procreate an uprise against the force.
“Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Commissioner, Tunde Mobayo, on behalf of the Command, sympathizes with the family of the deceased police officer and pray God grants him eternal rest.
“The commissioner has visited the injured police officers in the hospital and will also visit the family house of the deceased ASP in other to sympathize with them,” he said.