The Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman has dispelled rumours of ethnic or religious coloration in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna state Command, DSP Yakubu Abubakar Sabo made this known via a statement he signed and quoted the commissioner of Police in state
The statement obtained by Naija News dispelled speculations of crisis within Kaduna metropolis.
Naija News understands that the Kaduna state Police Command urged residents of the affected local government areas that make up the city to remain calm and go about their normal means of livelihood.
In his statement released over the weekend, Abdur-Rahman immediately directed all the security operatives to intensify patrol to forestall any possible break down of law and order and to also boost public confidence.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Kaduna State Police Command was drawn to some callous and mischievous rumours going round in the town that there were crises around Sabon Tasha and Mararraban Rido areas of Kaduna Metropolis.
“The Command wishes to categorically debunk this information as fake and mischievous that was intentionally fabricated by some misguided persons to create panic and disharmony among the good citizens of the state in order to destabilize the existing peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state.”
The police explained that what actually happened was an incident that occurred when someone was suspected to have attempted to steal a pair of shoes in a shop at Sabo market and was sighted.
“Thus, while the suspected thief was being pursued by good samaritans, people moving within the neighborhood started running harpazardly thinking that it was a crisis.
“The situation caused pandemonium and rumours spread immediately within the town and beyond,” it clarified.
“Citizens are advised to jettison any of such information and to report immediately to the nearest security office any person or persons found spreading such rumour for prompt lawful action please,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Naija News had earlier reported that some unsuspected gunmen on Saturday chased away mourners from a graveyard in Kagi village.
Naija News understands that the incident occurred around 8:40 at the graveyard in Kagi village, about three kilometres from Science Secondary School Birnin-Gwari, the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.