The Imo State Police Command has denied any attack was unleashed on Afor Atta Divisional Police Headquarters in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State on January 1, 2023.
An online platform, OkeomaNews had reported that gunmen attacked the station.
But the police spokesman in the state, CSP Michael Abattam insisted that no such attack happened since there is no Afor Atta Divisional Police Headquarters in the first place.
In a statement, Abattam said the alleged burnt police station was formerly an out-post under the Divisional Headquarters located at Njaba in Njaba Local Government Area of the state.
He added that after it was attacked in 2021 by hoodlums led by one Ejima, the personnel were relocated to the Divisional Headquarters leaving the outpost out of use since then.
Abattam said the police consider the publication as not only unprofessional but also at variance with the ethics of journalism.
He therefore demanded a retraction of the offensive story within 24 hours failing which the police would take legal action against the publisher of OkeomaNews.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Ahmed Barde has called on the people to disregard the report and urged journalists to always verify their stories before going to town with them.
The CP said doing so would prevent the spread of false news and hitting up the polity.