By Suleiman Shehu
The Oyo State Police Command debunked the reported kidnapping of 18 passengers along the Igboora-Eruwa area in the state on Thursday morning.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that some online media reported that unidentified gunmen hijacked an 18-seater bus, abducting all of its occupants.
State Police Commissioner Ngozi Onadeko, however, refuted the report on Thursday by parading 4 suspected kidnappers and 33 other suspects to command headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.
The suspects were arrested on charges ranging from sodomy, snatching and pickpocketing.
Onadeko said that when the command heard about the kidnapping, he made efforts to verify its authenticity and found that no such thing had happened.
“I will urge people to refrain from carrying baseless rumors that will create fear in society.
“The Oyo State Command will continue to work hard to ensure the safety of lives and property.
“People should give us credible information that will allow us to nip crime and criminality in the bud in the state,” she said.
Onadeko, however, said she believed the parade of suspects would send a warning signal to criminals and help reduce crime in the state. (NOPE)
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