Police, DSS profile 147 truck passengers intercepted in Ibadan The Nation Newspaper

By Segun Showunmi and Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan

Security agents have spent a great deal of time screening and documenting some 147 persons intercepted on a truck in the Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The passengers, travelling from Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, were headed for Ogere in Ogun State, it was said.

It was reported that the passengers shouted for joy upon arriving at Bodija on Tuesday.

Eight motorcycles and some foodstuff were found on the truck.

Police said the travellers were predominantly farmers and traders.

There were speculations that the truck passengers were terrorists.

Police spokesman Adewale Osifeso, in a statement yesterday, said the truck and its passengers were later escorted out of the state and handed over to security personnel in Ogun.

The police statement said the 147 persons were travelling in blue Iveco truck with registration number BWR 143XD driven by one Abdulahi Aliu, 30.

Operatives of the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and Amotekun thoroughly searched the truck to rule out any chance that it was transporting inmates who had broken jail.

Eight motorcycles, bags of beans and onions, supposedly meant to be dropped off with their owners at Bodija market, were discovered during the search.

Oyo Commissioner of Police Adebowale Williams thanked the people for the timely information that led to the intervention of security operatives.

But he warned against spreading what he described as falsehood and unverified information capable of creating unnecessary panic among residents.

Of the 147passengers, 140 were male aged between 12 and 30 years, while four were adult female. Three female children were also among them.

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