2023 Polls:Suicide of Peter Obi’s supporter is fake news,says,police
By Eagle Eye News24
Following the news trending the round that a 19 year-old male supporter of the Labour Party presidential candidate,Peter Obi, committed suicide in Jos, has been debunked by the Plateau State Police Command.
Speaking on the issue in an exclusive interview with the Eagle Eye News24 in Jos,the Force Public Relations Officer for the Plateau State Police Command,DCP Alfred Alabo,said that the question some people should be asking is that why did the writer of the news quote the age of the boy,the city he lives and they didn’t disclosed the exact place the suicide happened.
In his words:”The question some of you should be asking yourselves is that why did they give the age of the boy,city he lives and failed to give the exact place the incident happened.So that is not what the police will confirm because they didn’t say the matter was reported to the police station but as it is we don’t play with any information.If somebody committed suicide, who is suppose to pick up the corpse, is it not the police? They will call a police station. If no police station has reported it to us as of today,it means that somebody is trying to play a game on us”.
DCP Alabo further urged the media to carry proper check on the content of the information properly because the medium that published the suicide story quoted the age of the victim,city where he lives but failed to give further information that will lay credence to the authenticity and credibility of the story.
” If they say the incident happened in Jos ,only in Jos alone we have about seven Divisional Police Commands and two Area Command,don’t you think that we must have known about this incident.If you look at the write-up its evasive because it is not specific and if you must write a news story at least you ought to give people what they can hold on to”.
On the issue whether the news story is a fake news,DCP Alabo insisted that the Plateau State Command is yet to receive any report on the case as at press time.He further described the news story as fake news.
“We have not yet receive any report on the issue from any of our command in the state.So as it is now we probably see it as fake news. Nevertheless, we are taking it seriously to investigate if it is true.
Adding ,that the general public should disregard the news.
DCP Alabo further warned purveyors of fake news in the state to desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law.
“We are investigating the matter and we are also calling on the media to help us identify the medium that published that story”.
He further described the act as that of mischief makers that want to truncate the hard earned peace on the Plateau.
EAGLE EYE NEWS24 reports that there has been a trending news story of a 19-year-old man from Plateau State who was alleged to have reportedly killed himself over the loss of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, in the February 25, 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
According to the story, his lifeless body was found hanging from a rope in an uncompleted building.
The yet-to-be-identified young man, was said to be one of the supporters of the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate,Peter Obi, popularly known as OBIdients, left a note behind.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission had in the early hours of March 1, 2023 declared the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the winner of the presidential election.
Obi came third after the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Both Obi and Abubakar on Thursday said they will be heading to the court to challenge the outcome of the election.
Obi said he has evidence to prove he won the election.
In the suicide note he left behind, the young man was quoted as having written: “I will tell God INEC killed me.
“No hope for Nigeria for the next 20 years after Obi lost the election, I rather end it now than to live in a hell called Nigeria.”