Thunder strikes 18 kidnappers dead

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The Adamawa Police Command has said the alleged killing of 18 suspected kidnappers by a thunderstorm did not happen in the state.

According to a statement signed by the spokesman of the state police command, SP Suleiman Nguroje, on Saturday in Yola, the incident happened in neighbouring Republic of Cameroun and

The police command is reacting to viral social media reports on Friday that thunderstorm had killed 18 kidnappers in Toungo Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Nguroje said the alleged killing was not in Nigeria but it occurred in neighbouring Cameroun village called “Pawati”.

“The attention of Adamawa State Police Command is drawn over a publication “Cross Border Banditry, Thunderstorm kill 18 Kidnappers iin Toungo, Adamawa Border Community.

“In order to keep the record straight such incident never happened anywhere in Toungo, Adamawa State as alleged but in Pawati Forest, somewhere in Cameroun Republic.

“It’s not in dispute that Toungo Local Government is bordering with villages under Cameroun Republic which a times criminals comes in to Border Communities and commit crimes.

“But with this border closure, measures had been taken by the Command to prevent such,” the statement read in part.

While urging members of the public to disregard such report, the police assured members of the puplic of its commitment to protecting lives and properties.

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