The Imo State police command on Tuesday dismissed studies of a bomb explosion on the well-liked Izombe market in Oguta Native Authorities Space of the state.
A report emerged on Tuesday that gunmen imposing the sit-at-home order within the state killed a number of merchants throughout an assault available on the market on Monday.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, who reacted to the report in an announcement in Owerri, described it as a calculated try to undermine the already achieved peace within the state.
He mentioned: “The eye of the Imo Police Command has been drawn to a false newspaper publication on twenty first June 2022, captioned ‘SIT-AT-HOME: Gunmen Bomb Imo Market, Scores Injured.
“The command is miffed and look at this publication as malicious, false, deceptive and a calculated try to undermine the already improved safety scenario being loved within the state.
“Might I, at this juncture, state the true details surrounding the incident that truly occurred on 20/6/2022 in Izombe Central Market.
“It’s on file that there was no bomb explosion in Izombe Central Market on 20/6/2022, and there was no file on the disposal of the command that, the merchants have been in anytime warned by members of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) in opposition to Monday market.
“Nonetheless, a preliminary investigation performed by the police on arrival on the market whereas responding to misery calls on 20/6/2022 revealed that some overzealous miscreants got here to the Izombe Central Market in Oguta LGA of Imo State, on a motorbike.
“They went to a parked car the place the conductor was canvassing for passengers touring to Owerri and set it ablaze within the title of imposing sit-at-home order in the neighborhood and left nearly instantly after the act.
“Nonetheless, no life was misplaced and most people had left as a result of the market had closed for the day.
“The command considers this publication not solely unprofessional but in addition believes it’s at variance with the ethics of the career of journalism.”
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