The Nigeria Police Force has denied that it has plans to arrest journalists in connection with the doctored video of the Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris that is currently in circulation.
The police in a statement on Sunday, May 20 denied that its Kano Command is going after those believed to be responsible for the video that portrayed the IG in a bad light during an event in the northern state.
The statement signed by Kano Command spokesperson SP Magaji Musa Majia on behalf of the state’s commissioner of police, said reports of manhunt for those that released or doctored the video were untrue.
The statement read: “The attention of Kano State Police Command is drawn to trending headlines in some national dailies and online Media that the ’’ Police Launched prove, threaten bloggers arrest’’ over IGP’s trending video.
“The Command hereby debunks the news as false in its entirety and an act by mischief makers. No journalist was arrested nor invited by the Command for interrogation over the video clip. It is crystal clear that the Command maintain cordial relationship with the State Chapter of the N.U.J, the Correspondence Chapel and all bloggers.
“The Media outlets responsible for the report had their correspondents here in Kano but none consulted the Command to verify the news.
“No Manhunt of any Journalist what so ever by the Kano Police Command, please.”
Recall that it was reported about a video of the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, purportedly struggling to read has surfaced online.
The incident reportedly occurred on Monday, May 14, when the police chief visited Kano to commission the police technical intelligence unit in the state Idris was reportedly caught on video stuttering to pronounce ‘transmission’ and kept repeating it.
However, the authenticity of the video is being doubted as Nigerians are saying it could have been doctored to embarrass the police chief.