The Police in Niger State has clarified the incident that took place in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, stating that 13 people were killed and not 37 as wrongly reported by some National dailies (not Elanza News).
According to the Police, publication in some media platforms on 12th January, 2022 and some national dailies indicating that 37 persons were killed in Nakundna and Wurukuchi communities, Shiroro LGA is unfounded, baseless, and untrue.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Wasiu A Abiodun said: “The Command wishes to state that on 10/01/2022 at about 1000hrs, suspected bandits/terrorists attacked some villagers who were harvesting crops in their farm at Nakundna village near Kaure in Shiroro LGA, and unfortunately, thirteen (13) persons lost their life as a result of the attack.
“However, tactical teams were drafted to the scene led by Area Commander, Shiroro as details of the incident were not immediately available due to the rough terrain and lack of communication network in the area.
“The Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi hereby condoles with the families of the victims and reassures Nigerlites/residents that the Police and other security agencies will not relent in the ongoing onslaught against banditry and other criminality in the State.”
Elanza News reports that the Commissioner equally admonished reporters to avoid rushing to publish stories without adequate verification in order to avoid causing panic and public outrage.