In response to a surge in complaints regarding the absence of captions accompanying certain images on social media, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has clarified its position, asserting that it has never been their standard practice to share photos without accompanying statements or captions.
The announcement comes as a reassurance to the public, emphasizing the force’s commitment to transparent communication.
The clarification was made through an official statement posted on the police force’s social media accounts. The statement highlights that when the Police share press releases, they are consistently accompanied by multiple photographs to provide a comprehensive context for the information presented.
This practice aims to ensure that the public receives a well-rounded understanding of the events in question.
The police force acknowledged the unique dynamics of platforms like Facebook, where individual engagement with photos can result in their appearance separately on followers’ timelines without the original captions.
The NPF said in a statement:
“We’ve noticed an increase in complaints regarding photos posted without captions. Please be informed that it has never been our practice to share images without accompanying statements or captions. Typically, when we post Police press releases, they are accompanied by multiple photos.
“We understand that on Facebook, individual engagement with photos can sometimes lead to them appearing separately on followers’ timelines without the original caption. If you need the background story, please refer to our main page here, where the original post, including the press release and accompanying photographs, can be found.
“We kindly ask for your patience and encourage you to familiarize yourselves with the functionality of the Facebook application. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”
To address this issue, the statement directs users to the main page, where the original post, including the press release and accompanying photographs, can be found for those seeking the complete background story.
While expressing gratitude for the public’s engagement, the Police Force urged patience and encouraged users to familiarize themselves with the functionality of the Facebook application.
The appeal for understanding and cooperation underscores the collaborative effort required to maintain effective communication between the force and the public.