Lagos Police Command Spokeswoman, Ngozi Braide, says the command has set up a team to monitor and arrest people who raise false alarms in the state.
Braide told news reporters in Lagos that circulating false alarms using the social media had done more harm than good to society.
“We have set up a team to monitor people raising false alarms in Lagos. This move is to check rumour mongers. Very soon, some people will be brought to book for misinforming the general public. It is a crime. It is wrong for some people to sit somewhere and cook up false story and send it to members of the public. It is evil against the nation. It destabilises the society, people become uneasy and insecure. Our men are working on them now. Anyone caught will be dealt with according to the law. We also advise members of the public to ensure that they confirm from security agents around them before spreading any news. People should always be vigilant and security conscious. The alarm that followed the strange object discovered on the Lagos Island is a welcome development. We want more of such information. The people were not sure of what they saw and they raised alarm, which is acceptable. People should not patronise rumour, call the PPRO’s line No. 08125151603 for confirmation.
Other security lines to call are 08060357795, 07055350249, 08065154338, 07055462708, 080632992641, 07079279349 and Abuja lines 08086669910, 08092569884,” she said.
Peter Gana, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of investigations, also advised Nigerians to always provide the police with information. Gana said the activities of terrorists had made many people to react easily to false alarms.
“Please be watchful of your environment, the police are available but they cannot police your homes for you. However, you can be our eye, be security conscious and report strange faces in your environment,” he said.
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