There has been a deluge of reactions following the release of a viral video that portrayed the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, struggling to read.
The incident reportedly occurred on Monday, May 14, when the police chief visited Kano to commission the police technical intelligence unit in the state.
Idris was reportedly caught on video stuttering to pronounce ‘transmission’ and kept repeating it.
The IGP allegedly was seen speaking incoherently in the video: “I mean, transmission, I mean effort, that the transmission cooperation to transmission, I mean transmission to have effect, ehm, apprehend, I mean, apprehensive towards the recommendation, recommended formation effective and effect, I mean, apprehensive at the transmission of…and transmission and transmission for the effective in the police command.
“All effective the transmission, other transmission, I can state without contradiction that I have commissioned what...
“Over transmission of, over transmission of, over all kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes, I mean, ehm, commission transmission, recommendation transmission.”
While some people opined that the video was an exposition of the incompetence of the police boss, many Nigerians doubted the authenticity of the video, saying it could have been doctored to embarrass him.
In a reaction to the viral video, a popular news media in the country quoted Idris, the IGP, as saying that the Nigerian Senate, whose invitation he refused to honour three times, was behind his embarrassing failure to read his speech coherently as seen in the video.
The quote: “I know how to read, I was not myself and all what I was reading to me it was the correct words but not knowing I was making out of points. This is not real, am not too foolish not to been able to read a speech, this is not my first time to read in public.
“I know for some time now I have been evading the summons of the Senate, I know they are behind this, they did this just to disgrace me, I know and strongly believe that some strong Senate members bewitched me just to spoil my name and career for not respecting their invitation.
"Many Nigerians home and abroad who have watched the video maybe thinking something else or saying how can an inspector general of police find it hard to read a written speech, but when you are under a spiritual attack anything can happen…”
Did the inspector general of police actually utter the above words in reaction to the viral video? Did he blame the Senate for the video or claim that he was under a ‘spiritual attack’?
A fact check by Legit.ng finds this to be completely untrue.
The police boss did not utter those words.
The Nigeria police, in an official reaction to the viral video, simply said that the video was doctored.
The force public relations officer, Acp Jimoh Moshood, in a police Twitter chat tagged #AskThePolice on Thursday, May 17, discredited the trending online video.
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Responding to the question from a Twitter user, Adekola Adewale, who asked about the authenticity of the video, Moshood said the clip was doctored.
Adewale asked: "I saw a video yesterday on social media about the Inspector General of Police not able to read his own speech. Some of us suspect it is a doctored video, can you clarify that please? Thank you.”
The police replied: "Thank you for your question. Yes it was doctored."
The claim made by the cited popular media that the police chief blamed the Senate for his alleged struggle to read in the video is false.
There has been no other official statement from the police or the IG himself concerning the video apart from the stated Twitter reaction.
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