The Osun State Police Command has denied a media report that a driver was arrested at Ilesa Ibadan express road for allegedly selling 18 passengers to kidnappers in Osun.
The report had said the driver was caught with full loading of luggage without passengers along Ita-Ore road in Ekiti State.
But in a statement, the Command Police Public Relations Officer, Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin described the report as rumour and fake news.
Olawoyin stated that there was no such case reported in Ijamo, nor any other Police Station in Osun State. He said the news was 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, ” Olawoyin said
Olawoyin urged the general public to disregard the news, and warned 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.