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Close ears to falsehood, Ondo CP tells residents

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The  Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, has described as false, a speculation that  a helicopter was  dropping arms and ammunition to a rebel group in the state.

In a statement signed by the command’s  Public Relation, ASP Teo-Leo Ikoro, on Wednesday in Akure, Adie urged Ondo residents to shun the rumour.

The Nigeria News Agency   reports  that there was tension in Arimogija in Ose council area of Ondo State at  the weekend over rumoured  supply of weapons by a helicopter to herdsmen to unleash terror on the community.

Adie said:  “People of Ondo State need to totally close their ears to the falsehood going round that a helicopter was seen dropping arms and ammunition to a rebel group in the forest of Arimogija, a boundary town between Ondo and Edo States.

“This is the handiwork of mischiefmakers.

“How possible could this be these days of trained and untrained paparazzi dominating our social media space and none could have a video or a picture of the said helicopter?”

Adie said that the command was doing everything possible to protect the people of the state.

He said the command would not succumb to any blackmail or falsehood to dent Ondo’s reputation as the state with the lowest crime rate.

He warned mischievous elements to channel their thought to sensible and productive matters that would bring peace, tranquility and development.

NAN reports that a rice farmer, Mr Jacob Oduche, his son, Adura, and one Mr Victor Ejeh had been allegedly murdered in their farm in the forest of Arimogija, raising tension  in the community.

The tension was, however, doused by the timely intervention of the police which  prevented  breakdown of law and order

On the alleged murder, Adie said: “I have  ordered a discreet investigation into the  case, while a combined team of policemen and soldiers is on the trail of the killers.”

He called on Ondo residents  to use the period of COVID-19 pandemic to reflect on their attitudes instead of engaging in rumours that could cause chaos.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ijeoma Popoola
(NAN)

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