“It’s fake news” – Oyo police command denies kidnapping of 18 passengers


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The Oyo State Police Command says there is no truth behind reports that 18 passengers were abducted along Igboora-Eruwa area of the state on Thursday morning.

Some online media organisations reported on Thursday that unknown gunmen laid an ambush for an 18-seater bus conveying the commuters and kidnapped all its occupants.

However, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, refuted the report on Thursday while parading 4 suspected kidnappers and 33 other suspects at the command’s headquarters at Eleyele, Ibadan.

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The suspects were arrested for offences ranging from sodomy, car snatching and pickpocketing.

Onadeko said when the command got the news of the kidnapping of the 18 passengers, it made efforts to check its authenticity and discovered that nothing of such happened.

“I will enjoin people to desist from carrying baseless rumours that will create fear in the society.

“Oyo State Command will continue working hard to make sure that lives and property are secure.

“People should give us credible information that will enable us nip crime and criminality in the bud in the state,” she said.

Onadeko, however, said she believed that the parade of the suspects would send a warning signal to criminals and would help to reduce crime in the state.


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