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Bandits video trending is not new- Police

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Bandits video trending is not new- Police

Nigeria police have said the bandits’ video trending on social media is not new video. Police said the video was made in 2018.

 

Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the video circulating was obsolete and fake news.

 

Adejobi said this on Wednesday, June 26, advised against recirculation of old video to spread fake news. “The Nigeria Police Force hereby addresses a trending video depicting a group of persons suspected to be armed terrorists carrying assault rifles with a commentary in Hausa language that has recently gained significant attention and caused widespread concern,” he said.

 

Police said the poster of the old video did it with intention to create unnecessary panic, disruption and mislead the citizens.

 

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“After thorough and detailed video graphic analysis conducted by the NPF Cybercrime Centre, it has been confirmed that the video in question was originally created and circulated on 28th May, 2018. Our findings reveal that the video was recently reposted with a misleading narrative with the deliberate intention to cause unnecessary panic and disruption within the country,” he added.

 

Adejobi urged “the public to remain calm and avoid spreading unverified information, the Nigeria Police Force issues a strong warning to individuals who engage in the deliberate spread of false information, an act which is irresponsible, criminal and punishable under the law reiterating that such can cause significant harm, incite panic, and destabilize our country. The Police assures that anyone found to be involved in the creation or dissemination of misleading content will face the full extent of the law.

 

“We encourage everyone to rely on official channels for accurate updates and to report any suspicious activities or content to the authorities.”