The Nigeria Police Force on Saturday debunked viral claims of the existence of a kidnappers’ den in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Force Spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this through his Twitter page on Saturday after a video indicating such information went viral.
Several videos shared on the internet showing a burning bushy area along the Goodluck Jonathan expressway have allegedly indicated the presence of suspected kidnappers/criminals who hibernate in the bushy area to attack their victims.
The videos claimed that these criminals attack innocent commuters whose vehicles may have broken down in the area and they rob them of their belongings and then escape into the bush.
Those who made the video also claimed that the flames were a result of the police discovery of a kidnapper’s hideout, and as such, operatives had destroyed and razed the area.
Another video also showed two gruesomely injured criminals, suspected to have died from the raid operation, but Adejobi debunked the content of the videos.
He tweeted: Fake News: No kidnappers den was discovered near the NPF Headquarters, Garki Abuja. Not at all. The news or video being shared was mere misinformation and a mischievous act of the enemies of the state to continually create fears in the residents of FCT and Nigerians in general.
“However let me reiterate that the police command in the FCT, on the directive of the IGP, has embarked on an aggressive raid of black spots and destruction of some shanties that might be hideouts for criminals in Abuja.
“So no cause for alarm as we have taken necessary steps to decimate activities of hoodlums and criminal elements in the FCT and across the length and breadth of Nigeria. Thanks.”
The FCT Police Command on August 3, said it carried out a raid on untended bushes and abandoned structures within the city centre and suburbs.
The command had also debunked claims of a kidnapper’s den within the territory, thus, advising its residents to go about their daily activities.
It vowed to adequately police the city, which has palpably been clouded by panic and the fear of terrorist attacks.