Abuja, Nigeria- At least 14 suspects have been arrested by law by the Nigerian Police for raising a false alarm about the alleged disappearance of private body parts in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The alarm, according to the police, incited anger among irate youths, resulting in the lynching of people falsely accused of being responsible for the alleged disappearances.
FCT’s Commissioner of Police, Haruna Garba, revealed that the 14 suspects are facing charges for disseminating misleading information that posed a grave threat to public safety.
“The FCT Police Command has recorded over 10 cases of alleged disappearance of male organs across the territory and the escalating incidents of mob action by irate youths.
“It takes the intervention of the police command to prevent the loss of lives and property and restore law and order. Fourteen suspects who claimed that their male organs have disappeared were taken to the hospital where the medical doctor confirmed that their male organs are intact and active.
“Consequently, they were charged to court for giving false information and inciting public disturbance. I wish to seize this opportunity to appeal to the residents of FCT to warn their wards and children to desist from raising false alarm.
“In addition, they are enjoined not to resort to jungle justice or mob action as innocent lives may be lost in the process. In the same vein, I wish to advise residents of the FCT to be wary of the kind of vehicles they board.
“It is advised that they should board painted taxis from designated motor parks. It is risky to board an unpainted taxi otherwise known as ‘kabu-kabu’ as they may fall victims to these robbers known as one-chance.”