Zamfara Police Command has debunked the alleged attack on witnesses of the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar

Zamfara state police command has through its public relations officer,Muhammad shehu, debunked the alleged attack on witnesses of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party.

Atiku’s counsel had told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal at its last sitting that the witnesses were on their way to Abuja from Zamfara when they were attacked .

Mr Muhammadu in a statement on Sunday in Gusau said the attack never happened, describing the claim as “highly misleading.”

Mr Muhammadu said

The attention of the command has been drawn over newspapers stories published by some national dailies on Saturday 13 July, 2019.

That some witnesses of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who were travelling from the state to Abuja have been attacked in the state.

According to the reports, the witnesses were travelling to Abuja from Zamfara to give witness at Presidential Aspirant Election Tribunal in Abuja.

They claimed to have been attacked by bandits in Zamfara State, a situation that forced them to scamper into the bush which forced the court to adjourn sitting.

As far as the state police command is concerned, the claim is not true and has no basis; we wish to draw the attention of members of the public that the story is not true.

“Based on the crime statistics available to the command, there was no attack by bandits either on villages or on any person or group of persons travelling on any highway in the state.

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Mr Mummadu further said that since the beginning of peace and dialogue initiatives with bandits in the state, led by Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, that crime rate has been drastically reduced.

Over 100 kidnapped victims have been rescued from the bandits through the peace dialogue”, he added.

He called on media organisations to always verify their reports before publishing them .

“I am using this medium to appeal to media organisations to always verify their reports before publication,’’ the spokesperson said.

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