Osun State Police Command has debunked a news that a bus driver from Abuja who was going to Lagos/Ibadan but paased through Kabba/Ekiti was nabbed on Monday at Ijamo, Ilesa Osun State for selling eighteen passengers in his vehicle to kidnappers along Ita-Ore in Ekiti State.
Police spokesperson, SP Opalola Yemisi in a statement issued on Tuesday and obtained by TOS News described the news as false and mischievous, saying that there was no such case reported in Ijamo nor any Police Station in Osun State.
The statement reads in part: “The attention of Osun State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds which read thus: “People of Nigeria. If your relative was missing early this morning 19/07/2021 travelling from Abuja down to Lagos/lbadan (passing through Kabba/Ekiti)a driver had been arrested this evening at Ilesa Ibadan express road with full loading of luggage but the whole of eighteen passengers had been sold to the kidnappers along Ita-Ore road in Ekiti State. Now the driver is in the police custody at Ijamo Ilesa Osun State. Please kindly send this message as received. The plate number of this bus is KPA116LG Kogi State black color.Thanks
“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state empathically that, there was no such case reported in Ijamo, nor any other Police Station in Osun State.
“The news is false and mischievous. What really happened was that, a driver abandoned his good samaritan passengers who offered to rescue some victims at a scene of accident at Efon Alaye on their way from Abuja, and took to hiding with his vehicle at a point near Ilesa. He was however accosted, upon information from Ijamo Policemen by a Police Patrol Team led by DPO Efon Alaye Division.The Driver thereafter was taken to Efon Alaye, the neighbouring Ekiti State Command with the vehicle, being the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.
“Osun State Police Command, therefore, urges the general public to disregard the news, and wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories in future, as such could not only instill fear in the members of the public, but also create unnecessary panic, tension and commotion in the land.”