The Ogun State Police Command, on Tuesday debunked rumours that it arrested some members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. The command’s position was made known via a statement signed on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State by the PRO, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, a copy of which was made available to Street Journal.
Below is the full text of the statement:
The attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a rumour being widely circulated that the command has arrested some members of Boko Haram Sect in Akute area of Ogun state.
The Command wishes to debunk the rumour and set the records straight that those seen and challenged by members of the public at Akute area were actually students of Franciscal Friars of the Immaculate Seminary School Sagamu Ogun State who came on a visit to a friend at Kayode Afolabi Close, Mubarak Estate Akute,Ogun State, before a distress call was put across to the Divisional Police Officer in Charge of Ajuwon Division.
The intending catholic priests were on their normal white robes with beards which gingered up the suspicion of some people,thus took them for Boko Haram Sect members. They were taken to the Police Divisional Office for interrogation where their identities were confirmed.
The leaders and representatives of the said seminary school in Sagamu and the Catholic Priest in Akute as well as the host of the students have come to the Police Division in Ajuwon to identify them as their catholic members who are actually on training in the school in Sagamu.
The information being peddled around is not true; and the command therefore appeals to the general public to always clarify issues before spreading wrong and unconfirmed information via all available means,particularly sensitive issues on security.
The Commissioner of Police Ogun State has however assured the good people of Ogun State adequate protection of lives and property”.
DSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI
PPRO OGUN STATE
FOR COMMISSIONER OF POLICE