Driver arrested for stealing belongings of passengers who rescued accident victims
TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
The Osun State Police Command said a driver has been arrested for driving off the belongings of his passengers who alighted to rescue accident victims on the Ilesa-Ibadan express road in the State.
The Police made this known while debunking a viral information on social media that the commercial bus driver sold-off his passengers to some kidnappers while on transit.
The information that was circulated on social media on Tuesday claimed that the driver who was conveying the passengers to Ibadan, had stopped along Ita-Ore road in Ekiti State and sold the passengers to some kidnappers on Monday.
The message reads, “People of Nigeria, if your relative was missing early this morning 19/07/2021 travelling from Abuja down to Lagos/lbadan (passing through Kabba/Ekiti), a driver had been arrested this evening at Ilesa Ibadan express road with full loading of luggage but the whole of eighteen passengers had been sold to the kidnappers along Ita-Ore road in Ekiti State. Now the driver is in the police custody at Ijamo Ilesa Osun State. Please kindly send this message as received. The plate number of this bus is KPA116LG Kogi State black colour. Thanks.”
Reacting, the Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, SP Yemisi Opalola, debunked the viral message and explained that the passengers were not sold off to kidnappers.
Opalola said the driver and the passengers on board had met an accident scene at Efon Alaye in Ekiti State before all the 18 passengers volunteered to rescue the accident victims.
She said the driver capitalised on the good gestures of his passengers and drove off. Opalola noted that the belongings of the passengers were in the bus that the driver carted away.
The PPRO revealed that the fleeing driver was arrested by Police patrol team led by the Divisional Police Officer in Efon Alaye, Ekiti State, through the tip-off from Ijamo Policemen in Ilesa, Osun State.
“The message that circulated on social media was untrue and mischievous. What really happened was that, a driver abandoned his good samaritan passengers who offered to rescue some victims at a scene of accident at Efon Alaye on their way from Abuja, and took to hiding with his vehicle at a point near Ilesa.
“He was however accosted, upon information from Ijamo Policemen by a Police Patrol Team led by DPO Efon Alaye Division. The driver thereafter was taken to Efon Alaye, the neighbouring Ondo State Command with the vehicle, being the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.
“Osun State Police Command therefore urges the general public to disregard the news, and wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories in future, as such could not only instill fear in the members of the public, but also create unnecessary panic, tension and commotion in the land,” Opalola appealed.
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