The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday debunked rumours of a terrorist attack on the Lagos-Ibadan express way. News of the rumoured attack had started on social media and within hours, it went viral.
In a statement signed by DSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the command’s spokesman, the police stated that there was “no iota of truth” in the rumour which started from a broadcast on social media.
Below is the full text of the statement:
“The attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a rumour widely circulated on social media that Boko Haram members were on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway displaying AK47 rifles and they killed some policemen and civilians.
There was no iota of truth in this social media broadcast as nothing of such happened along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway or any other part of Ogun State.
Probably the rumour mongers took the presence of police and other security agencies at a point where a truck loaded with wheat fell across the express between Fidiwo and Ogunmakin in Obafemi Owode local Government Area of Ogun State for Boko Haram attack. The police and other security agencies including Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Corps and TRACE (Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps of Ogun State) are at the point to clear the obstruction for free flow of traffic and not a Boko Haram attack.
The rumour was a handiwork of mischief makers who wanted to create fears in the minds of the people of Ogun state and Nigerians in general.
The command therefore debunks this rumour and urges the general public to disregard it and go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck to curtail any threats or security challenges in Ogun state and even beyond its boundaries.
The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has assured the people of the state of adequate protection of lives and property; and has put all officers and men of the command on red alert to forestall any break down of law and order.
The command also wishes to give out the following telephone numbers to contact the police in case of any strange movements or faces within the state. The numbers are 08081770416 or 08081770419 or 08036197688(State Intelligence Bureau).