The Nigerian Police Force has blasted some Nigerians spreading the news that bandits have imposed new heads and payments of fines on the villagers of the Sabon Birni Villages in Sokoto State.
Recall that it was reported that armed bandits have taken over Sabon Birni, a community that has been under several attacks by the bandits. It was reported that the criminals installed a new leader on the people and also collect tax as they introduced their own rules and regulations.
Speaking on the news, the Sokoto State Police Command through the Public Relations Officer, Sanusi Abubakar, said that the claim is fake, stressed that the bandits have not taken over any village in the area.
According to Daily Trust, he added that the security operatives in the region are trying their best to put an end to banditry.
He said, ” The attention of Sokoto state police command has been drawn to the above purported story in circulation online and other media outlets that bandits impose new heads on Sabon Birni villages and payments of fines. ”
” The command is using this medium to reassure members of the public particularly residents in Sokoto state that, the command did not rest on its oars in fighting against banditry and other criminality in the state.
” Investigation reveals that the above claim of bandits imposing heads on Sabon Birni villages is not substantiated. ”
He further stated that many plans and intelligent gatherings have been deployed to get to the root of the claim, stressed that the collaboration of the Police Force and other security agencies in the country under ‘ Operation Hadarin Daji’ will restore peace to the areas.
” We equally device so many proactive strategies and intelligence policing to ascertain the genesis of such claims.
” However, there is an ongoing operation in which the driven force is under ” Operation Hadarin Daji” including the military, police, air force, and special forces. Soonest, this operation will be taken to the bandits camp and normalcy will be restored in areas affected by banditry activities, ” he added.