Defence & Security

‘Police personnel, not gunmen, occupy Buhari Estate in Lagos’

By Paul Michael, Abuja

Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has debunked a rumour in a viral video that Muhammadu Buhari Estate in Badagry, Lagos State, was recently invaded by gunmen in an attempt to launch attack on residents.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a press statement at the weekend, said gunmen did not invaded the property as is erroneously being circulated in the video.

Adejobi added that the estate is a property of the Nigeria Police Cooperative Multipurpose Society, owned by the NPF. He said the estate is being occupied by officers, who purchased the property under the Cooperative Scheme and their families.

He said, “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to state categorically that the Muhammadu Buhari Estate situated at Agemowo, Badagry, Lagos State, is the property of the Nigeria Police Cooperative Multipurpose Society and by extension, the Nigeria Police Force.

“The Estate is occupied by Police Officers, who purchased the property under the Police Cooperative Scheme, and their families, and not armed men as speculated in a viral video where a mischievous alarmist alleged that the estate has been invaded and dominated by armed men, in an attempt to launch an attack on Nigerians resident in Lagos State.

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“It is unpatriotic and indeed saddening that the maker of the video, who seemed educated and ought to know the dangers of disinformation, hurriedly and maliciously created and circulated the piece of falsehood, with a clear intent to cause unnecessary and avoidable panic.”

Adejobi asked members of the public to discountenance the video, saying the claims are totally false and frivolous.

“The Nigeria Police Force urges the general public on the importance of carrying out due diligence before churning out narratives with sentimental colourations to prevent causing disaffection in light of the multi-ethnic nature of the nation,” he added.

According to him, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has directed the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force and the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi, to commence discrete investigation into the video, and possibly bring the originator to book as the alarmist’s act is punishable under the law.”

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