The Singapore Police Force is currently investigating a 19-year-old Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student for supplying false information regarding an alleged assault.
Police told CNA in response to queries on Sun (15 Dec) that investigations subsequently revealed that the alleged assault did not take place.
“On Dec 14, 2019 at 6.24pm, the police were alerted to a case of an alleged assault on a female NTU student along Nanyang Walk,” the statement said.
“Investigations subsequently revealed that the 19-year-old student had provided false information to the police and the alleged assault did not occur. The police are investigating her for providing false information,” Police added.
An NTU spokesperson told The Straits Times in response to queries: “Police were at the NTU campus yesterday night following allegation of an assault on a female NTU student on campus”.
“We would like to assure the NTU community that there is no cause for concern about their safety on campus. The university is reaching out to affected students to provide them with the necessary care and support from the university’s pastoral care team,” he added.
At about 1.45am on Sun, the NTU Students’ Union (NTUSU) posted an Instagram Story cautioning its members to stay indoors for their own safety following a “reported case of assault” on campus the evening prior.
The same day, NTUSU said via another Instagram Story that it was “relieved to share that any incident of assault did not take place and all students are safe”.
The student union also reminded students to “be wary of sources of information” and to “take additional measures” to confirm the “legitimacy and reliability” of said sources, as “speculation and spreading of fake news can hold serious repercussions”, particularly in the age of fake news.