The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to photos of suspects shared on Its official social media handles which were said to be falsified.
This is contained in a press statement on Wednesday by DCP Frank Mba.
It reads, “The attention of the Police has been drawn to comments in the social media erroneously suggesting that the photos of the suspects shared on the Police handles on 1st December, 2020 were falsified.
According to the statement, ” The Force wishes to state categorically that there was absolutely no misrepresentation or any intention whatsoever to deceive members of the public.”
“To set the record straight, in the case involving one Talatu Ibrahim, female, 40years old from Shinkafi LGA, Zamfara State from whom six (6) AK49 rifles were recovered and one other, Duleji Alhaji Abubakar a.k.a Ori jeje who gets arms supply from her to carry out series of kidnapping and armed robbery in Kwara State, the pictures are authentic and true representation of the suspects and exhibits.”
“However, the pictures were taken separately and merged into one screen for seamless understanding of the story line. The arms showcased in the picture were the exhibits recovered by Police operatives from the suspects.”
“Similarly, with respect to the photo of the re-arrested inmates who escaped from lawful custody at the Oko correctional centre, Benin city during the Endsars protest, one of the suspects, alhaji hudu musa a.k.a mai cellular, had already been taken out of investigation purposes at the time the group picture was taken on 1Decemberber 2020, a day after the public parade of the suspects.
His picture was therefore taken separately and merged with the three others in the group picture for presentation purpose and to enable readers and users have a one-stop glance of the suspects in the story for easy follow-up and understanding.” he said.
“It is imperative to state that editing photographs only becomes unethical or condemnable if the purpose is to create non-existing facts, misrepresent the facts or engage in outright falsification of the images or figures for purposes of deception or other ulterior goals. None of these was the case in the above two scenarios.
He, therefore, enjoins members of the public to discountenance reports and comments that the images were falsified.