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Ogun Police Debunks Rumored Arrest of Boko Haram Members

Ogun Police Debunks Rumored Arrest of Boko Haram Members

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

Ogun State Police Command has on Tuesday debunked the rumored arrest of Boko Haram sect members in the state, as being speculated.

The Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement in Abeokuta explained that those suspected by residents were students on a visit to a friend. It would, however, be recalled that, residents of Akute in Ifo local government area of the state had put a distress call to the police on sighting strange faces in white robes with beards who were later discovered to be catholic priests.


"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," a statement by Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi said.


"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 Francisca 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," he explained.


Adejobi further revealed that the intending catholic priests wore their normal white robes with beards which gingered up the suspicion of some people, who thus took them for Boko Haram Sect members.  He said, 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 command said.


Adejobi said, the Commissioner of Police has however assured the good people of Ogun State of adequate protection of lives and property.