Worried by the incessant resort by some Nigerians to the use of unguarded, inflammatory, and unsubstantiated statements, some of which are capable of causing breach of public peace, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad D Abubakar, has issued a stern warning to those in the habit of making such statements to desist from doing so forthwith.
He noted that much as the Force is not ignorant of the fundamental rights of the citizens such as the rights to freedom of speech, it will not condone any such provocative, divisive and inciting comments that are clearly uncorroborated by any fact or evidential proof.
The IGP who noted that such statements are capable of desecrating the nation’s national symbol and identity thereby promoting a regime of lawlessness, warned further that any of such utterances will be met with appropriate legal sanctions.
The IGP therefore, urged all Nigerians to emulate the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and others who recently have boldly taken a firm stance against terrorism.
The IGP maintained that the present times call for such courage and uncommon patriotism from all opinion leaders, adding that the unrelenting war against terrorism and other related crimes must be won with the cooperation of all Nigerians.