The Anambra State Police Command would like to address a misleading publication by Sahara Reporters concerning the arrest of a robbery suspect in Obosi last week.
The publication alleged that the suspect was tortured to death while the other suspect was released.
We find it unprofessional that Sahara Reporters made such claims without verifying the facts with the Police Command, despite having easy access to clarification.
This is not the first time Sahara Reporters has engaged in such deliberate misinformation to discredit the Command.
They previously misquoted a statement made by the Commissioner of Police during his Press Briefing, which they did not attend, in an attempt to create disaffection against the Command.
In truth, the two robbery suspects were not subjected to torture nor handed over to any vigilante group.
Upon receiving the report of the arrest, the Commissioner of Police promptly ordered that they be taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds sustained during their arrest.
Both suspects were taken to the hospital, where unfortunately, one of them passed away overnight.
Two days later, the other suspect managed to escape from the hospital while outwitting his police guard.
As a consequence, the police officer responsible for guarding him was arrested and is currently under investigation.
Appropriate disciplinary actions, including the possibility of dismissal, are being pursued.
We urge the public to disregard the false propaganda being spread by Sahara Reporters, aimed at tarnishing the image of the Command.
The Anambra State Police Command remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of all residents in the state. We shall continue to uphold professionalism and protect the rights of both suspects and citizens alike.