- The Kano police command faults reports that it has launched a manhunt for a journalist in the state
- Spokesperson for the command, Magaji Musa Majia, accuses mischief makers of being behind the reports
- The Nigeria Police Force discredits trending online video on police boss
The Kano police command has dismissed reports that it has launched a manhunt for the journalist who released a trending video where the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, was portrayed fumbling to read a speech.
The command in a press statement signed by Magaji Musa Majia, the police spokesperson in the state on Saturday, May 19, described the alleged manhunt for the journalist as false, Vanguard reports.
The statement said there was no manhunt for any journalist what so ever by the Kano police command.
The release read in part: "The attention of Kano State Police Command is drawn to trending headlines in some national dailies and online Media that the ’’ Police Launched prove, threaten bloggers arrest’’ over IGP’s trending video.
“The Command hereby debunks the news as false in its entirety and an act by mischief makers. No journalist was arrested nor invited by the Command for interrogation over the video clip.
“It is crystal clear that the Command maintain cordial relationship with the State Chapter of the N.U.J, the Correspondence Chapel and all bloggers. The media outlets responsible for the report had their correspondents here in Kano but none consulted the Command to verify the news.
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“No manhunt of any journalist what so ever by the Kano Police Command, please."
In a related report, the Nigeria Police Force has discredited a trending online video in which Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), was portrayed struggling to read a speech.
The police in tweet on Thursday, May 17, while responding to questions from a tweeter user, Adekola Adewale, who asked about the authenticity of the video, said the clip was doctored.
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