The attention of Delta State Command Police Public Relations Officer has been drawn to an online publication by the Sahara reporters on Thursday, 10th November, 2016 captioned “Delta State Commissioner of Police frees two (2) policemen arrested for kidnapping”; in which it was also reported that the PPRO, SP. Celestina Kalu confirmed the unconditional release of two policemen reportedly arrested for kidnapping.
It is noteworthy to state that the PPRO did not confirm such story to the Sahara reporters, and she couldn’t have done so, since she just resumed duty from annual leave on Monday, 7th November, 2016 to meet the issue of the arrested policemen on ground. And based on facts from the investigation carried out so far, she issued a press release on behalf of the Command clarifying the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the policemen and the disciplinary measures being taken against them by the Commissioner of Police for professional misconduct and not for any criminal involvement. It is therefore unthinkable that the same PPRO would a day after the press release confirm to the Sahara reporters that the policemen were released unconditionally.
The Command is press friendly and the PPRO’s office door is open during office hours and her line is open 24hrs to attend to pressmen which is her primary assignment.
I wish to call on journalists to always confirm their stories before going to press and where they are in doubt the Commissioner of Police Delta State Command, CP Zanna M. Ibrahim psc, a press-friendly CP is always ready to give further clarification on any issue.
SP. CELESTINA KALU,
Police public relations officer,
Delta state command.