Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, has urged residents, especially users of social media as a source of news, to be mindful of the source of their information to avoid spreading rumours.
According to a Daily Post report, Ayorinde, in a statement, said a case in point was the alleged brutalisation and killing of a 7-year-old pilferer that reportedly happened at a certain location in Lagos being circulated on social media.
According to the statement, the Lagos State Police command has duly issued a statement questioning the authenticity of the story.
The police had asked for eye witnesses or anyone with verifiable information to come forward as the Police continue with their investigation.
“While we condemn in its entirety every form of crime and jungle justice, it is important to plead caution whenever a human life is involved,” Ayorinde noted.
“So far, there is no indication that the dastardly act being peddled on social media happened anywhere in Lagos State or that it is a recent case.
“The Police have promised to carry out further checks and will welcome every useful information.
“Available information at the moment does not suggest that such killing happened last Saturday at either Orile-Iganmu or Badagry.
“There is no any corpse that fits the description in any area being touted; just as the location of anyone with useful information to corroborate the sad tale being peddled cannot be established”.