The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday warned those in the habit of making unguarded, inflammatory and unsubstantiated utterances to desist from them or be sanctioned.
The warning was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, in Abuja.
Abubakar, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the force would no longer condone any provocative, divisive and inciting comments that are not clearly corroborated by facts or evidential proof.
He added that such utterances were capable of breaching public peace.
“Such statements are capable of desecrating our national symbol and identity and promoting a regime of lawlessness,’’ he said, warning that such utterances would be met with appropriate legal sanctions.
The police chief said: “Just as the force is not ignorant of the fundamental rights of citizens, such as the rights to freedom of speech, it will not condone any provocative, divisive and inciting comments.’’
The IG urged Nigerians to emulate former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and others who boldly took a firm stand against terrorism.
According to him, the present times call for such courage and uncommon patriotism from all opinion leaders.
He added that the unrelenting war against terrorism and other related crimes must be won with the cooperation of all Nigerians.