The police in Osun State have arrested an unnamed driver who abandoned his passengers at an accident scene on Ita-Ore Road in neighbouring Ekiti State and fled with their belongings.
The police had accosted the driver on Ilesa-Akure Expressway and demanded to know how he got the luggage.
He explained that he abandoned the passengers when the insisted on helping some accident victims as they were heading from Abuja to Lagos.
The police, however, debunked claims that the driver sold the 18 passengers to kidnappers.
The vital report said the driver was being held at a police station at Ijamo in Osun State and gave the registration number of the said vehicle as KPA116LG Kogi State.
But the police command said there is no truth in the report whatsoever, stating “empathically that there was no such case reported in Ijamo, or any other police station in Osun State.”
Spokesperson for the command, SP Yemisi Opalola Olawoyin, described the news as “false and mischievous.”
She explained: “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 Ekiti State command, with the vehicle, being the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.”