Alleged residents mug at traffic: FCT Police debunks viral video 

 

The FCT Police Command has debunked claims in a viral video that some residents in the territory were mugged while waiting at a traffic light.

A press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Josephine Adeh, Thursday in Abuja, said the command had been availed of fact from Nigeria Police Force – National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) investigation into issue.

“Forensic analysis conducted by the  NPF-NCCC has revealed startling findings regarding a video circulating purportedly depicting security concerns in the FCT.

“Contrary to initial impressions, the investigation confirms that the incident depicted occurred in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was posted by a South African individual on X (formerly Twitter) on April 22nd, 2024. The video falsely claims the necessity of carrying handguns for travel in Ethiopia,” the statement read.

The spokesperson further stated: “It is deeply concerning that this misleading video has been misappropriated to sow fear and misinformation among residents of the FCT.

“In response, Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igweh, has ordered a comprehensive investigation to uncover the original source of this misinformation and discern the motives behind its dissemination.”

She said, “The Command  reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all residents of the FCT and will take all necessary legal actions to address this issue . We urge the public to remain vigilant and discerning in consuming information, especially in the digital sphere.”