The Benue State Police command says there is no iota of truth in the viral video suggestive of massacre of many people in Michihe ward of Katsina-Ala LGA.
This clarification was contained in a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Anene Sewuese Cathrine (DSP)
The PPRO said that at about 8.00am, on Friday, police teams were deployed to villages in Michihe Council ward, Kastina-Ala Local Government Area, to ascertain the authenticity
of the news of a massacre going viral on social media, suggesting that about thirty six corpses recovered at a scene.
DSP Anene said that upon arrival at the council ward, the detectives observed that they were no corpses or graves to signify any form of burial and no official reports have been made to the police relating to massacre in the area.
She however said that more police operatives have been deployed to the area for routine patrols and surveillance.
The Benue State police image maker urged the public to desist from rumour mongering and hate speeches that create unnecessary tension within the state.
She particularly advised media practitioners to ensure that they practice investigative journalism to ensure accurate and balanced reporting as this will help the police to channel her limited resources to the right places at the right time.