The Kogi State Police Command has issued a statement urging citizens to refrain from enforcing the law on their own.
This comes as tales of ritualistic organ theft from men in the Confluence State have increased.
According to information acquired by BANKPAWA in the past week, a number of men have been arrested on suspicion of being ritualists in Kogi State, particularly in Lokoja, the state capital.
However, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, issued a statement on Wednesday urging the public to remain quiet and warning that those found to be disturbing the peace would face prosecution.
Some of the allegations have been investigated by the police and medical examinations have also been carried out, but they have been found to be false, as stated in a statement quoting Kogi State Commissioner of Police, CP Bethrand Onuoha, who called on residents of Lokoja and its environs to desist from spreading fake and false information on the disappearance of male organs that is currently trending in Lokoja.
The statement said, “The false information has the sole aim of inciting public disturbance, creating fear, and disrupting the peaceful environment the state is currently enjoying.”
Police in the state are preparing to take stronger action in response to the prevalence of bogus allegations. Anyone found providing misleading information will face legal consequences.
Additionally, the Police Commissioner issues a strong warning to the public to stop practicing jungle justice.
Thus, “the Commissioner of Police enjoins the good people of Kogi State to remain security conscious and report anything that looks suspicious in their areas to the police.”