Boko Haram scare: Se­cu­rity agents comb Ogun for­est

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

A com­bined team of se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives in­clud­ing men of the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity (DSS) and the po­lice from La­gos Ogun, and Oyo States, yes­ter­day morn­ing com­bined the for­est of Ogere end of the La­gos-Ibadan ex­press­way in search of sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram sect.

The search was se­quel to a text mes­sage that went vi­ral yes­ter­day morn­ing in the three South- western states, al­leg­ing that about 20 po­lice­men were shot dead by sus­pected mem­bers of the group.

The search also in­cluded po­lice he­li­copters which pro­vided aerial sur­veil­lance pa­trol for the joint se­cu­rity team who ar­rived the area as early as 7am.

Hours af­ter the search, top se­cu­rity of­fi­cials dis­pelled the alert as a ru­mour and urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to go about their businesses with­out any fear.

As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, Pub­lic Re­la­tions of 81 Di­vi­sion of the Nige­rian Army, Lieu­tenant Colonel Omale Och­aguba, told Daily Trust that the Army author­ity does not act on ru­mours, urg­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic with use­ful in­for­ma­tion to avail se­cu­rity op­er­a­tive with it.

Though, he ad­mit­ted that the Army has tight­ened se­cu­rity along the La­gos-Ibadan ex­press way, he added that the mass de­ploy­ment was done soon af­ter the Abuja bomb blast.

“We treat ev­ery in­for­ma­tion with the ur­gency it de­serves. We do not see any in­for­ma­tion as ru­mour. We also urge mem­bers of the pub­lic to avail se­cu­rity per­son­nel with use­ful in­for­ma­tion. How­ever, the Nige­rian Army has beefed up se­cu­rity. You can see the pres­ence of our men all over; this is as a re­sult of the di­rec­tive is­sued by the Nige­rian Army author­ity to all Di­vi­sions,” he added.

Ad­dress­ing news­men, La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Umar Mako, who also dis­pelled the in­for­ma­tion as mere ru­mour, said the in­ci­dent in­volved some hood­lums who at­tempted to at­tack a truck which spilled its con­tent along the La­gos-Ibadan ex­press­way.

He said: “A truck con­tain­ing bags of wheat fell on the La­gos Iban­dan ex­press­way spilling its con­tent in the mid­dle of the road. Some hood­lums who had ear­lier at­tempted to at­tack the truck with a view of steal­ing its con­tents were chased away by po­lice­men in the area. Those were the people vil­lagers in the area saw and thought that they are sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram sect. When we got the in­for­ma­tion, we sent our men to pro­tect our own area of re­spon­si­bil­ity. I tell you with due sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity that there is no iota of truth in the in­for­ma­tion.

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