According to the Delta State Police Command, there was no demonstration in Asaba, the state’s capital.
DSP Bright Edafe, the state police public relations officer, disclosed this to our correspondent on Tuesday.
In response to the viral video that circulated on social media early on Tuesday morning showing young people in Asaba screaming the name of the Labour party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Edafe said that the footage was outdated.
But, when our correspondent first spoke with Edafe, she replied, “I don’t know if we will call it a protest or not. But, we sent police officers to the area to monitor events and keep the calm.
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However, Edafe, while updating our correspondent on the situation in Asaba, said the video was an old one.
The police further released a statement which read, “The command is aware of some video clips being circulated on various social media platforms about an ongoing protest in Delta State, particularly in Warri and Asaba. The video clip is not only false but completely misleading with the intention of creating panic in the state, which has been generally peaceful since the commencement of the 2023 general elections.
“Investigation has further revealed that the video clip is suspected to be an old video and, as such, should be completely disregarded.
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“To this end, the Election Commissioner of Police, CP John Babangida, therefore advises the public to not only ignore the video clip but desist from circulating such old video clips. The state is currently peaceful and calm, and the command will do all within its powers to see that it remains so.”
The police also released contact numbers that the public could call in case of any breakdown of law and order in the state.
The numbers are; 08036684974; 08125958005 and 09053872287.
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