Police Say Online Media Report on Bloodbath at CBN False, Misleading


Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Friday described as false and misleading a New York-based online medium, Sahara Reporter, that the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, almost caused a bloodbath, during his last visit to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emiefele, in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, which was made available to the media on Friday.

The statement read: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to the online publication of Sahara Reporters of 4th August, 2016 captioned ‘How Acting IGP Almost Caused Bloodbath At Central Bank Of Nigeria Headquarter.’

“This story in its content and character was absolutely misleading and untrue in all its ramifications, indeed a misrepresentation of facts.”

According to the statement, there was no such scenario as described by Sahara Reporters, adding that the report was certainly a creation of the figment of the imagination of the reporter whose motive can only be described as yellow journalism designed to discredit a public officer of proven records locally and internationally.

The statement stressed further: “The IGP Ibrahim Idris’s official visit to the Governor of Central bank with full complement of the police management team was a scheduled courtesy call that was planned and coordinated by the two organizations.”

Further details later