The Oyo State Police Command has intercepted a 147 passengers aboard a blue Iveco truck with registration number BWR 143XD, from Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State to Ogere town in Remo North Local Government area of Ogun State.
Penpushing reports that, the Command Public Relations Officer Adewale Osifeso who confirmed the development said the vehicle was driven by a 30 year old Abdulahi Aliu, adding that the passengers were “predominantly farmers and traders”.
The police spokesperson in a statement on Wednesday explained that the truck was intercepted on Tuesday, assuring that the command will continue to maintain a proactive stance towards ensuring that the lives and property of the people are properly secured.
Penpushing further reports that, Osifeso said solid communal partnerships with stakeholders, confidence-building patrols, and technology-infused surveillance duties are among the strategies amassed toward comprehensive security provisions for the residents and guests of the state.
The Command imagemaker said the Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, warned against spreading falsehood and unverified information capable of creating unnecessary panic amongst residents, and equally advised the media and public against spreading false information about the 140 passengers arrested in Ibadan.
”Preliminary investigations revealed that the truck and its passengers, who are predominantly farmers and traders, were heading to Ogere, Ogun State from Kaura Namoda, Zamfara. The blue Iveco Truck with Reg No. BWR 143XD, driven by Abdulahi Aliu, 30, was conveying 147 passengers comprising;140 men aged between 12 and 30 years, four women, and three girls’, he stated.
“The truck was thoroughly searched and its passengers profiled by a combined team of the Police, men of the Department of State Services, and Western Nigeria Security Network, Codenamed “Amotekun” to eliminate possibilities of ferrying escapees from any recorded jailbreaks within the country.
“The search revealed that the truck was conveying eight motorcycles and bags of beans and onions to be dropped off with their owners at the Bodija Market. Upon the conclusion of the process, the truck and its passengers were escorted out of the state and have since been handed over and received by security operatives in Ogun,” he said.
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