The Enugu State Police Command, Wednesday, dispelled reported rape of at least 20 ladies at a musical concert, which featured popstar, Chinedu Okoli, popularly known as Flavour in the State.
The concert , which held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu on Saturday, ended with news circulating in the media that 20 ladies were raped.
However, spokesman of the Police in the State, SP Ebere Amaraizu told news reporter that neither the State command headquarters nor any of its division had received report from any victim over the reported rape.
Amaraizu, who wondered how the news was generated, said mischief could not be ruled out as those behind it must have had the evil intention to cast put terror in the minds of the law abiding members of the public and also paint security operatives, the State Government and the organizers in bad light.
“There is no reported case anywhere in the Enugu State Police command. We don’t have any incident arising from that event; whoever that has any should come forward, and we will look at it.
“That event was organized by Flavour as a way of giving back to the society, because he grew up here in Enugu.
“We won’t want a situation where people sit down somewhere and manufacture stories because he who asserts must also prove.
“You even begin to ask yourself, those people that quoted number of the rape victims as 20, how they did do they counting? Does it mean they were following the rapists around the taking the data? Or the victims were assembled at one place and raped? Who are these victims?
“So, people cannot just sit down and say 1000 persons have been raped whereas there is no evidence to substantiate that. People are just abusing the social media because I understand that someone just tweeted it and it began to spread,” he stated.
While noting that “the handiwork of mischief makers cannot be ruled out”, the PPRO further stated that “these are people who are always there to cause panic in the minds of law-abiding residents of the State, to cause terror in the their mind and to rubish the good work being done by the security agents and the State Government.
“So, as far the command in concerned, we do not have any reported case of rape arising from that event or after the event. Any person who has any claim on the contrary should come up with it and we will take it up from there.
“It is quite lamentable and disgusting for people to wallow in such imagination and feed the public with it.”