By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Police Command has allayed the fear of residents over the alleged influx of armed men suspected to be bandits from northern states into Shasha market, in Ado-Ekiti.
The State’s Police Commissioner, Tunde Mobayo debunked the viral messages on different social media platforms alleging that some Hausa/Fulani people carrying AK-47 riffles entered Shasha Market.
Mobayo, in a statement by the Command Spokesman, Sunday Abutu described the information as not only misleading but also fabricated lies by mischief makers to cause unnecessary panic in the state.
According to the Police, the purported messages should be disregarded by the members of the public as there is no record of such incident.
The statement reads, “The story is not just false, but a lie from the pit of hell, fabricated and spread by the enemies of the society to cause unnecessary panic.
“The Command wishes to state explicitly that: Yesterday being Tuesday, 8th June 2021 at about 5pm a truck loaded with bags of beans, dried fish, onions and other food items from Sokoto State heading to Akure, Ondo State, stopped at Shasha Market junction, Ado-Ekiti to offload five bags of fish.
“In the process, they were accosted by Amotekun personnel and interrogated but were later cleared to offload the bags of fish and proceed with their journey after confirming that nothing incriminating as alleged was found with them.
“More so, the said truck did not even enter Shasha Market, but only stopped at the Junction, and had earlier stopped by at Ifaki-Ekiti where some bags of beans were offloaded.
“The Command hereby implores members of the public especially the good people of Ekiti State to disregard the unfounded rumour, as there is no iota of truth in it.
“The Commissioner of Police pledged that the Command will continue to work with relevant bodies to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the good people of Ekiti State.
“The Commissioner also warns against the spread of false alarms that are capable of causing apprehension in the Society as anyone found wanting will be made to face the wrath of the law.”