The Anambra State Police Command has described as false, the purported discovery of a large cache of arms in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The arms, about 50 AK47 riffles, believed to have been stockpiled by Fulani Herdsmen in preparation for an attack on the community, was reportedly found when some children went into the bush to get firewood.
The ‘discovery’ said to have sent fear into the community as a leader in the town, Aaron Igwebueze said residents had beefed up security in the neighbourhood as a result of the development.
The police in Anambra, through its spokesman, Haruna Mohammed in a statement on Tuesday in Awka, however discribed the story as false, adding that nothing like that was discovered in the state.
Calling on members of the public to disregard the story as it was the figment of the imagination of mischief makers, the command warned those circulating the story to desist or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
“The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a story that some children went to fetch firewood at Okija in Anambra State and discovered about 50 pieces of AK-47 guns allegedly hidden by Fulani herdsmen in wait for a planned assault.
“The children were said to have reported to some elders, who handed over the rifles to the police. The story is false and orchestrated by mischief makers, who are bent on creating chaos in the state in order to achieve their selfish desires.
“Persons circulating this inciting story are warned to desist forthwith as anyone apprehended will face the full wrath of the law”, the statement said.
The command also assured the people of the state of adequate protection, urging them to shun fake news and go about their legimate business.
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