We Didn't Declare Anybody Wanted in Anambra — Police Debunk Media Reports

Jun 21, 2022 - 08:39
Jun 21, 2022 - 09:49
We Didn't Declare Anybody Wanted in Anambra — Police Debunk Media Reports

By Izunna Okafor, Awka

Anambra State Police Command has debunked media reports flying around the social media, alleging that it declared nine persons wanted for alleged crimes bordering on cultism and attacks on security personnel among others.

Reacting to the reports which have taken up the social media space, the State Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu said it was the handiwork of some mischief makers.

Dissociating itself from the reports, the Police authority said police have processes of declaring persons wanted, which include receiving report from a complainer for alleged crime by a suspect, conducting investigations and making efforts to arrest the suspect, which, when proven abortive, would then lead to securing a court order to declare the persons wanted, and which the Command also has its own format of declaring and punishing.

He said: “If you look well, you will see that this is not even our format of declaring people wanted. So I don't have any information on who did that. It is just an act of mischief. Police did not declare anybody wanted.

“Processes of declaring people wanted are: one - there has to be a reported case or an incident that police are investigating, two - during the investigation, police must have tried to arrest those suspects who are being accused, three - when police must have tired all they can do to catch those people involved, and they could not, then they would declare them wanted.

“And prior to declaring persons wanted, one of the suspects in custody or an eyewitness must have indicted those people directly; and then the police would now get a court order promptly declaring them people wanted."

“So, this one that is flying around on the social media, the Command is not aware of it; and we dissociate ourselves from it. If anybody has any complain on any incident, the person must come to the Command so that we can follow the due process and do proper investigations before we can look for the suspects,” he added.

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Izunna Okafor Izunna Okafor is an award-winning Nigerian novelist, poet, journalist, essayist, editor, translator, publicist, Igbo language activist and administrator who hails from Ebenator in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. He writes perfectly in English and Igbo languages, and has published several books in both languages. He has received over 25 awards, and has over 2000 articles published online, both nationally and internationally, cutting across creative writing and journalism. See his full profile at: https://9jabooks.com/profile/484