By Jude Atupulazi
The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, CP Echeng Echeng, has charged media practitioners in the state to always bring to play the practice of ethical investigative journalism, especially in building social peace and enhancing public safety.
The CP made this disclosure, Monday, while reacting to a report published about an 11-Year-old boy kidnapped during Mass In Anambra and a Facebook user, ”Anambra Connect”, tagged St Anthony’s Catholic Church on fire.
His words, ‘These incidents were not reported to the police. From the publications, the circumstances surrounding the rescue of the kidnapped boy were misgiving and how the said fire was put off without recourse to the appropriate agency was dubious. A visit to the church premises shows no fire of any such occurred and the church buildings, intact. It is obvious that the intention of the publisher is to incite tension and discredit the peace we enjoy in the state.’
However, the CP assured the citizens, especially Ndi Anambra, that the confidence reposed in the police and other security agencies would not be taken for granted, especially in providing security services. He encouraged them not to live in fear of any threat at all times and always trust that the police would their problems. He also warned the originators and peddlers of what he described as the mischievous and sensational reaction/publication to desist forthwith, warning that they would not be spared if apprehended.