The Zamfara State police command has denied the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate in the 2019 election that bandits attacked their witnesses travelling to Abuja to testify against President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Election Tribunal.
The State Police command said nothing of such was brought to its knowledge.
Recall that PDP and Atiku had told the Tribunal on Friday that their witnesses were not available because they were attacked by bandits in Zamfara State, which made the court to adjourn proceedings.
However, in a statement by the Spokesperson of the command SP Muhammad Shehu, he said “It is pertinent to categorically state that as far the crime statistics of Zamfara state is concerned, there was no any attack by bandits either on villages or on any person or group of persons traveling on any highway in the state.
“Since the inception of the ongoing peace and dialogue initiative in the the state, attacks, kidnapping and other heinous crime in the state have been reduced drastically to about 98 percent, a situation that has restored peace and stability in the state.
“Therefore, the command wishes to refute the entire story as misleading and a calculated attempt to undermine the current effort of both the state government and the police to bring lasting peace for social and economic development in the state.”