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The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Adebowale Williams has warned against spreading falsehood and unverified information likely to cause panic among residents.

This is contained in a statement by police spokesman Adewale Osifeso on Wednesday.

Williams in the statement advised the media and public against spreading false information over the 140 passengers intercepted by Amotekun Corps in Ibadan on Tuesday.

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“Preliminary investigations revealed that the truck and its passengers who are predominantly farmers and traders were heading to Ogere, Ogun state from Kaura Namuda, Zamfara,” the police statement explained.

“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 year, four women and three girls.

“The truck was thoroughly searched and its passengers profiled by a combined team of the police, SSS and Amotekun (Western Nigeria Security Network) 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,” added the police statement.

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The Police says it will continue to maintain a proactive stance to ensure that lives and property are secure.

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