The Nigerian Police Force has released a statement posted on Twitter of a man and a woman and a firearm which Nigerians allege was linked to the images.
Police on Tuesday released a photo with the following caption: From left to right: Duleji Abubakar alias Ori Jeje and Talatu Ibrahim found six Ak47 rifles.
Social media users, especially Twitter, immediately began to criticize the host, saying the images had been mixed.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the police did not deny the combination of the photos, saying they were taken separately, but said they were combined because of their connection to the same story and easier for people to understand.
Police said they did not include the photos to deceive people or for any other purpose.