The Adamawa State Police Command said on Tuesday that a rumour connecting a certain vulture found in a house in Maiha, in Maiga LGA of Adamawa State, to a possible attack by Boko Haram has no substance and must be disregarded.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Othman Abubakar, who gave an update on the story during a telephone conversation with DAILY POST, said the vulture in question had been in the said house long enough to have manifested a Boko Haram attack if that was what it represented.
“It is a rumour and that is what it is. There is no substance in it,” the PPRO stressed.
The state Commissioner of Police, Adamu Madaki, had on Monday confirmed the seizure of the suspicious vulture following a complaint against the vulture and the woman who owns it.
Madaki had said an elder of the town called to complain that a woman had brought a vulture and that the last time someone brought three vultures into Maiha, the area was a few days later invaded by Boko Haram insurgents.
Madaki said since the community seemed to be disturbed by the presence of the strange Vulture, the police decided to take custody of it and conduct some investigation.
A source with knowledge of happenings around the controversial vulture who spoke in confidence with our correspondent on Tuesday afternoon indicated that the police command was convinced that the vulture is harmless and the command is merely holding it to calm the anxiety in Maiha.
The source said, “One of the media stories claims that someone who was being sought by the police turned into the vulture to evade arrest. This is very untrue because the said person is known to us to be in prison custody as we speak. This angle of the story is clearly false, just as the angle about Boko Haram is most unlikely.”
The source added, “The vulture will remain with the police probably up till the weekend when the dust raised by it in Maiha would have subsided.”