Following the release of the children of Kaduna based Dr Philip Ataga, who were kidnapped alongside their mother, who was later killed by gunmen, one
Following the release of the children of Kaduna based Dr Philip Ataga, who were kidnapped alongside their mother, who was later killed by gunmen, one of the kids, has revealed that she clearly recognizes a police officer as one of those who ordered the murder of her mother.
A few weeks ago, Dr. Ataga and his family were attacked by unknown gunmen who broke into their home and abducted his wife and kids. The wife was later killed before the kids who were eventually released after a huge ransom was paid to the abductors.
According to Grace Ibrahim, a family friend of the Atagas, who revealed this in a facebook post,
“The saddest thing is that a police man who is supposed to protect life and property is the man the daughter recognised (he actually came to the doctor’s house to greet, boom the daughter immediately recognised him and rest is history) and a neighbor was among all this fa. Kai! See ehn man is indeed wicked I must say”
But the state command’s pokesperson Mohammed Jalige, stated that there is no police officer from the command or anywhere in the country that is involved in the unfortunate incident that led to the killing of Mrs Ataga. The police also affirmed that the Ataga Family has already decried the news going round in some quarters of social media and has labeled it as fake.
The statement reads in full;
RE: KADUNA KILLING: DAUGHTER RECOGNISES POLICE OFFICER AS ONE OF MUM’S KILLERS
The attention of the Kaduna State Command has been drawn to some Social Media publication alleging the involvement of a Police officer in the unfortunate kidnapping and killing of Dr. Philip Ataga’s wife.
2 The Command wishes to debunk the publication in it totality as fake, fictitious, maliciously fabricated to tarnish the image of the force .To set the record straight, there is no police officer from the command or anywhere in the country that involved in the unfortunate incident that led to the killing of Mrs Ataga .The public should also note that, the Ataga Family has already decried the news going round in some quarters of social media and has labeled it as fake.
3 The Command on receipt of the fake news had immediately swung into action and investigated the purported allegation and found nothing more than malicious blackmail embarks upon by the writer whose motives is unknown. This unprofessional attitude is capable of causing mistrust between the Police and members of the general public.
4 The Commissioner of Police CP UM Muri is calling on the general Public to disregard fake news and urged media outlets to verify any source of security report from the Command’s PPRO before publication as the command will not hesitate in dealing decisively with any person (s) who engaged in such malicious action according to the laws of the land.