The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has warned Nigerians to desist from using police emergency numbers to obtain loans from loan shark companies including Palmpay.
Egbetokun made this warning through a statement issued by the Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), CP Haruna G. Garba on Friday, July 28, 2023.
He revealed that non-state actors have also been using the emergency lines for misleading purposes.
“The CP enjoins non-state actors who have been engaging the Police emergency lines in their mischievous posts, aimed at misleading members of the public and those submitting same to obtain loans to desist from such and only use the emergency lines for its intended purpose as deliberate steps will be taken to arrest and prosecute the purveyors of these illegal acts,” the statement reads.
Furthermore, the CP debunked a viral report claiming that kidnappers dressed in police uniforms abducted 17 residents in the Apo area of Abuja.
The Commissioner of Police FCT hereby wishes to inform members of the public that contrary to the falsehood making the rounds on media platforms alleging that kidnappers who adorned the Police uniform to perpetrate their illicit acts have kidnapped 17 persons from the Apo area in Abuja, it is a figment of the author’s imagination as no incident of such happened within the FCT,” the statement clarified.
CP Garba urged residents to cooperate with the police for improved service delivery and emphasised the importance of using the Police Control Room numbers to report suspicious activities: “08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883,” she added.