The Imo State Police Command has debunked in its entirety the news making the rounds on social media that a man whose name was giving as Ezekiel Anorue smashed his own new-born baby on the floor in Imo State.
According to the fake viral report, the man smashed the new-born baby on the floor because his wife gave birth to a girl-child when he desperately wants a male child. It also said that the woman had lied to her husband that she was carrying a male child because she has given birth to four female children and the man had threatened her over having another female child. The command however described the report as fake and misleading.
The Imo State Police command made this known in a press statement made available to THE DAILY VENDOR signed by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ikeokwu Orlando.
SP Ikeokwu in the statement expressed shock that the author of the fake news claimed that the state’s PPRO confirmed the report.
“The attention of the Imo State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on various social media platforms regarding to a story purportedly published by an unknown news agency stating about a man named Ezekiel Anorue whom was said to have smashed a new born baby on the floor because his wife gave birth to a baby girl instead of a baby boy, of which the Imo State Public Relations Officer was quoted to have confirmed the story.”
The PPRO while declaring the report as fake news, stated that the command had no record of such a case anywhere in the state, and that the PPRO who was said to have confirmed the incident never granted any interview, nor had any conversation with regards to such issue with anyone. He then wondered why “some people will just sit and cook up stories that never existed or happened”.
He however advised members of the public to disregard the news while warning to author to desist from such falsehood.
“In view of the above therefore, members of the public are by this press release advised to disregard the news while the author is hereby warned to desist from generating fake news or raising false alarm as such is capable of causing panic, chaos or breach of peace.”