The Edo state police command has debunked claims that a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) was arrested by security operatives for his alleged involvement in kidnapping and other criminal activities along Benin-Ehor Road in Edo State.
The state police spokesperson, Kontongs Bello in a statement countering the report captioned “DPO EHOR DIVISIONAL POLICE ARRESTED BY THE SPECIAL ANTI-KIDNAP TEAM FROM THE OFFICE OF THE IGP OF POLICE, ABUJA IN CONNECTION WITH KIDNAPPING AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES ALONG BENIN-EHOR ROAD”, described it as work of mischief-makers aimed at tarnishing the image of the force and to incite the general public against the police.
Bello stated that it is obvious that criminal elements have already noticed that Ehor is no more profitable for them and have decided to come out with the fake report to divert the attention of the police and the people assisting them with information about criminal activities.
The police spokesperson also disclosed that the DPO in charge of Ehor Division, CSP Benjamin Benafa who reported at the division on July 2 and took over duties and responsibilities of the division the next day, has been instrumental in the rescue of nine passengers kidnapped in the state.
The statement read;
“The report which is already going viral on various social media handles and platforms is totally the work of mischief-makers aimed at tarnishing the image of the force and to incite the general public against the police, particularly Edo State Police Command.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu Psc (+), therefore, calls on the good people of Edo State and its residents to disregard the report and go about their lawful business.
“The officer is presently at his duty post in Ehor, not arrested as been mischievously circulated.”