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Katsina police debunk palliatives diverting allegation


The Katsina State Police Command has urged Nigerians to ignore a video on social media alleging the diversion of palliatives by its officers.

In a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Abubakar-Sadiq, the police said the video was misleading and aimed at tarnishing the good image of the force.

After a thorough investigation, it was revealed that the bags of rice seen in the video in the police motor vehicle were intercepted and recovered from some unscrupulous entity,” the statement said.

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The unscrupulous entities fraudulently obtained more than the necessary share of the palliatives and the police returned them to the venue of distribution.”

The police said the video misrepresents the facts and attempts to exploit the good efforts of the officers deployed to the venue to provide support, security coverage and ensure the smooth run of the event.

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The police assured the public that the accusations made in this video were grossly misleading,” the statement said.

Sharing unverified information contributes to misinformation which has a detrimental impact on the reputation of officers saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing law, order and the overall well-being of the community.

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The police urged the public to work with them to combat the spread of misinformation and build a stronger and more understanding society.

The command also reiterated its commitment to serving the good people of the state with all honesty and integrity.