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Benue police warns rumour mongers, deny death of 36 people in Katsina- Ala

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Benue state police command said it came to it knowledge that about 36 people were allegedly massacred in Katsina – Ala local government area in Benue state which the police team were deployed there to ascertain the truth or otherwise.

“On 28th May, 2021 at about 0080hrs, police teams were deployed to Villages in Michihe Council ward, Kastina-Ala Local Government Area, to ascertain the authenticity
of the news going viral on social media about thirty six (36) corpses recovered at a scene”.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DSP Sewuese Anene, said upon arrival at the Council ward, the detectives observed that there were no corpses or graves to signify any form of burial and no official reports have been made to the police in the area.

According to her, more police operatives have been deployed to the area for routine patrols and surveillance.

“Members of the public are advised to desist from rumour mongering and hate speeches that create unnecessary tension within the state. Media practitioners are also advised to ensure that they practice investigative journalism to ensure accurate and balanced reporting as this will help the police to channel limited resources to the right places at the right time.

It will be recalled that the social media platforms were awashed with pictures of dead bodies said to be from Katsina – Ala locals who were allegedly killed by suspected herders and Gana’s followers.

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