The Nigerian troops attached to the Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, in Kaduna State have arrested three teenagers over fake news of an impending attack in some communities in Southern Kaduna.
The Sector 7 Commander of OPSH, Col. David Nwakonobi disclosed this while receiving, Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who visited the Sector 7 Headquarters on a working visit.
According to Mr Nwakonobi, the suspects were arrested in Sabon Kaura village, Zangon Kataf local government of the state, following military intelligence.
Mr Nwakonobi said: “We are happy to receive you and will want the government to know, that we have arrested three persons that phoned Ungwan Kwaki village in Jema’a local government to deliver fake news of an impending attack that caused panic.
“Troops tracked the phone used by the suspects and arrested Joel Luka, Emmanuel Daniel and Sylvester Daniel who claimed to be Fulani from Dangoma coming for an attack, which was later found out to be fake, contrary to the pandemonium that saw women, children and the aged being evacuated from the community.”
He added that the suspects who are under-18 have confessed to being brain behind the fake news, assuring that the suspects would be handed over to the appropriate agencies.
In his response, the Commissioner said he would go round military and police formations on internal security operations to extend solidarity to officers and men in the front line, in view of their dedication to protection of life and property in the state.
He commended communities in the Southern Kaduna general area for the support given to security agencies, adding that the state government would continue to engage communities in peace building.
Similarly, the Commissioner visited Kafanchan Police Area Command where he was received by the Commander, ACP Danladi Ibrahim.
He also visited some community leaders in Kachia, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a local government areas before departing for Kaduna.