Authorities of the Kwara State police command, on Saturday, dismissed a fake intelligence report on several social media platforms portraying Kwara as an enclave of bandits and terrorists.
The command described the report as a mischievous attempt to sow a seed of distrust and fear in the minds of the good people of the state.
The Police Command in a strong statement in Ilorin by the spokesman, Mr Okasanmi Ajayi, said the state is safe and secure, advising law-abiding citizens and residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear of attack or intimidation.
AFRIPOST newspaper reports that a fake intelligence report circulating on several social media platforms claimed that some forest reserves in parts of Kwara State have been surrounded and ready to be used as launching pads to attack Kwara State and some neighbouring states in the country.
But in its reaction, the command stated categorically that “Kwara State is safe and secured and no part of Kwara State is occupied by bandits or terrorists.
“The writer and sharer of that fake intelligence report are mischievous, desirous of sowing a seed of distrust and fear in the minds of the good people of Kwara State in particular and Nigeria in general; an attempt to create panic in the minds of peace-loving Kwarans. They have failed!”
The commissioner of police, Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo, re-stated the commitment of the police and other security agencies in Kwara State of their red-alertness to the protection and defend the life and property of citizens and residents of Kwara State.
The CP further assured the people of their safety at all times, adding that aggressive and extensive patrols have been emplaced in the state, while vigilante groups and hunters have been coopted in patrolling the forests and bushes.
The command advised the people to give information to the police whenever anything negative or sinister developments are being suspected around their vicinities.
The statement reiterated that the command would not relent in regular patrols, intelligence gathering and raiding of black spots in conjunction with sister security agencies in the state.