Police denounce ‘killings through phone calls’

The Kwara State Police Command has dispelled rumours of the alleged killing of people by the Boko Haram sect through phone calls.

The police denounced the stories contained in text messages as untrue and advised people to ignore them.

The alleged killings through phone calls had created apprehension among people of the state recently.

The text message reads: “Do not pick any call from this number (08061197911) because Boko Haram sect has been killing people through the number.

“They have killed four people in Ilorin this month.  Two people have also been killed at Egbe, while Mr. Adediran at Omu-Aran died this morning, send it to your people.”

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The message was widely circulated among the residents in the state as those who received the information quickly forwarded it to their friends and relations.

The police in a statement signed by the command’s Spokesperson, Olufemi Fabode, said two people have been arrested in connection with the controversial text message.

The statement reads: “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to denounce the text message being circulated that a phone number – 080661197911, belonging to Boko Haram has killed four people in Ilorin, two at Egbe and one Mr. Adeniran at Omu-Aran.

“The owner of the phone number has been traced, and the number belongs to a lady (name withheld).

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“The originator of the text message, a boy (name withheld) has also been arrested and both are presently being interrogated by police operatives at the Police Headquarters, Ilorin. Members of the public are advised to ignore the message as there is no iota of truth in it.”

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