Nigerian Police force
The Gombe State Police Command has denied the report that it has arrested suspected kidnappers in the state's Government Reserved Area (G.R.A.).
The command described the report as misleading and unverified.
Ir added that the report is the work of mischief makers to cause panic amongst the populace.
This was contained in a statement signed and issued on Tuesday by the spokesperson of the command, ASP Mahid Mu'azu Abubakar.
Abubakar, while clarifying on the report said the command had arrested two people in the G.R.A for alleged impersonation.
He added that the suspects were nabbed following credible intelligence in their attempt to commit an offense.
"The Gombe State Police Command has come across a misleading and unverified statement going viral on various social media platforms, which was featured in Hausa language on Facebook and WhatsApp, over a purported arrest of suspected kidnappers at G.R.A Gombe State who according to the unverified source laid siege at an unnamed location in the G.R.A.
"The viral fake news is not only mischievous, but a calculated attempt to create panic and fear in the minds of the law-abiding citizens and to derail our focus in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the electioneering process especially now that public campaigns and rallies, has reached its climax.
"To set the record straight, on the 23/Jan/2023 based on credible information, Police tactical team apprehended two suspects at G.R.A for alledged Impersonation and Attempt to Commit an Offence.
"While two other suspects were atlarge, case is under investigation.
"Therefore the Command wishes to call on the good people of the State to disregard the fake news, and verify security related issues."