The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the alleged killing of 18 suspected kidnappers by thunderstorm in neighbouring Republic of Cameroon and not in the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the state police command, SP Suleiman Nguroje, on Saturday in Yola.
The police command was reacting to viral social media reports on Friday that thunderstorm had killed 18 kidnappers in Toungo Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Nguroje said the alleged killing was not in Nigeria but it occurred in neighbouring Cameroon village, Pawati.
He said: “The attention of Adamawa State Police Command is drawn over a publication ‘Cross Border Banditry, Thunderstorm kill 18 Kidnappers iin Toungo, Adamawa Border Community’.
“In order to keep the record straight such incident never happened anywhere in Toungo, Adamawa State as alleged but in Pawati Forest, somewhere in Cameroon Republic.
“It’s not in dispute that Toungo Local Government is bordering with villages under Cameroon Republic which a times criminals come in to Border Communities and commit crimes.
“But with this border closure, measures had been taken by the Command to prevent such.”
While urging members of the public to disregard such report, the police assured members of the public of its commitment to protecting lives and properties.