Nigeria: Police dismissed rumours of attack on mosques in Markudi
The Nigeria Police, Benue State Command has dismissed rumours of planned attacks on five mosques in Makurdi and other parts of the state.
A statement issued on Friday in Makurdi, by the command said the rumours were the handiwork of mischief makers and urged members of the public to disregard them.
It reads inter alia: “These are nothing but falsehood, believably meant to cause break down of law and order in the state.
“It is indeed a difficult period; however, acts of insurgency being witnessed lately have nothing to do with religion, ethnicity or political alienation.
“Therefore, in order to overcome the ongoing security challenges, the collaboration of all is required.
“The command appreciates the calmness and understanding of the good people of the state.
“We appeal that criminal elements should not be allowed to cause any civil disturbance to achieve their selfish interest.
“The command appealed to members of the public to report all suspicious persons or group of persons to the police”.
Securty, police said have been beefed up in all strategic places including mosques and churches.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni reiterated that the violent crimes had nothing to do with religion, ethnicity or political alienation, praying the public to report suspicious persons to the police through 07058344757 or 08066006475.