He was arrested when the voice note went viral and people from all works of life started calling the command’s emergency number expressing concern over the safety of their loved ones in the state.
A man identified as Wakilu Ogundairo has been arrested by the Ogun state police command for allegedly making a Whatsapp voice note in which he raised a false alarm of Boko Haram invasion of Imosan Ijebu with cache of arms.
He circulated the voice note on social media, thereby causing panic in the mind of law-abiding citizens.
According to a statement released by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command, the suspect was arrested when the voice note went viral and people from all works of life started calling the command’s emergency number expressing concern over the safety of their loved ones in Ijebu ode and Ogun state as a whole.
”The commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, then quickly directed the DPO obalende division to move into the area and find out the authenticity of the said WhatsApp voice note.
In compliance with the CP’S order, the DPO Obalende division, SP Salami Murphy, moved into the area for thorough investigation. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the only people in that location were farm labourers from Benue state who are carrying out their legitimate business devoid of any form of violence.
Having found out that the viral voice note was a false alarm, the DPO and his detectives there and then embarked on technical investigation which eventually led them to the hideout of the man behind it.
He was subsequently arrested and taken to custody. On interrogation, he confessed that he only make the voice note to scare members of the public and that there is no invasion anywhere.”the statement read
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered a thorough investigation into the past activities of the suspect, with the view to charge him to court as soon as possible.