FACT-CHECK: Assistant Commissioner of Police Shot by Cultists is Alive

CLAIM:

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, The Nation Newspaper reported that an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Edo State had died from bullet injury sustained while he  engaged in a shootout with cultists in the state.

The report published on The Nation said the ACP, who is in charge of the Area Command in the state capital died on Friday, November 13, 2020, at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

According to the report, the death of the ACP was confirmed in confidence on Saturday evening by a senior police Officer of Edo command via a telephone conversation.

FACT:

A check by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows that the Benin Area Command Metro of the Edo State Police Chief, ACP, Agabi Godiri, is alive.

CDD can reliably confirm that Godiri survived the attack by some hoodlums at the Upper Sakponba Road end of Benin City. Godiri who is recuperating at hospital in Benin was visited by a crime correspondent, Festus Alenkhe.

According to Alenkhe the ACP only sustained a slight injury during the attack as he was quick to have escaped after he was fired by the some gunmen.

Alenkhe said: “It was revealed that the policeman who was not on uniform rammed in to the gunmen who immediately opened fire into his car. But he quickly zoomed off from the area with the injury where he then called for police back-up from where he was taken to the hospital for immediate attention.”

He also said that Godiri would be discharged from the hospital soon as the Police has  warned that the public space will not be left for miscreants to dominate.

Also, the CDD is in possession of a photograph of Godiri, shared by a fact checker in the state, Godiri was seen in an arm cast with a friend at the hospital in Benin.

Several other sources, including Premium Times also reported  the State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, saying said that Godiri and others involved in the attack were responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Benin.

CONCLUSION:

The claim that ACP Godiri died after sustaining bullet injury from a gun battle with cultists in Beinin City  is false.

CDD urges citizens particularly media organizations to fact check reports, from multiple sources, before breaking the news to the public.

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