The Sokoto State Police Command has debunked claims that one of the suspects linked to the death of Deborah Samuel is from Niger Republic who illegally entered the country to perpetuate the heinous act.
Recall that in the viral video released during Deborah’s gruesome murder, a man could be seen bragging and showing off the matchbox he used to set her ablaze.
However, reports emerged that the police said they couldn’t find him in Sokoto as he is a foreigner from Niger Republic.
In a recent development, the police via a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, stated that the reports are false and only aimed at undermining the efforts of the command.
In the statement titled: Rejoinder on mischievous publication aimed at undermining the effort of Sokoto State Police Command, the State Commissioner of Police, Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola, appealed to members of the public not to instigate unverified stories, rather they should be advocates of peace.
The statement reads, “The attention of Sokoto State Command was drawn to an online publication in NEWSLEAK by one Segun Adegbite on 14th may, 2022. He alleged that, a top police source told peoples Gazette that, Sokoto Police Command has categorized one of the suspects during the incident at Shagari College of Education as a foreign intruder from Niger Republic came in illegally to perpetrate the act.
“The Command is therefore using this medium to reaffirm that , the above fabricated publication which claimed its sources from the Command is falsehood and cannot be substantiated.
“The command did not issue out any statement or signed press release in that regard. The above publication is an act by some mischievous makers trying to create chaos into the mind of law abiding citizens and to distarbize the existing peaceful atmosphere restored as a result of thursday incident.
“The command is using this medium to appeal to all media outlets and members of the public to be advocate of peace and should not instigate unverified stories.
“Consequent upon the foregoing, investigation into the incident is ongoing and the Nigeria police Force will be decisive in its action and in accordance with the extant laws and provisions of the constitution on that incident.
“The Commissioner of Police Sokoto State Command CP Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola fdc,mnim enjoin the people of Sokoto state to embrace compliance with the curfew emplaced by the state government to maintain peace and order in the state.”