The Ogun State Police Command has debunked rumours making the rounds that some members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect were arrested at the Akute area of the state.
The police spokesman in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Tuesday, said the report of such an arrest, was untrue.
He 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 Franciscal Friars of the Emaculate 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 pointed out that the students were dressed in their normal white robes with beards, which sparked suspicion that they were insurgents.
He said, “They were taken to the Police Divisional Office for interrogation where their identities were confirmed.”
Adejobi, a Dpeuty Superintendent of Police, added that 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, went to the Police Division in Ajuwon to identify the arrested students as their catholic members, who are actually on training in the school in Sagamu.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, said “The information being peddled around is not true and we therefore appeal to the general public to always clarify issues before spreading wrong and unconfirmed information via all available means, particularly sensitive issues on security”.