Wakilu Ogundairo was detained by the Ogun State Police Command for reportedly raising a false Boko Haram invasion alert over a WhatsApp voice message.
He was accused of sounding the alarm that Boko Haram terrorists had infiltrated Imosan Ijebu with a cache of weapons.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated in a statement released yesterday that the suspect allegedly disseminated the fake alert via social media, causing panic among law-abiding individuals.
He stated, “The suspect was apprehended when the voice message went viral and people from all walks of life began phoning the command’s emergency number out of concern for the safety of their loved ones in Ijebu Ode and Ogun State in general.
“The police commissioner, Lanre Bankole, ordered the DPO Obalende division to move into the area and investigate the veracity of the aforementioned WhatsApp voice message.”
“In accordance with the CP’s directive, the DPO Obalende division, led by SP Salami Murphy, entered the area to conduct a comprehensive investigation.
“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the only individuals there were farm labourers from the state of Benue who were conducting their lawful business without resorting to violence.
“After discovering that the viral voice message was a hoax, the DPO and his detectives conducted a technical investigation that led them to the hiding place of the perpetrator. Subsequently, he was arrested and put into custody.
“Upon inquiry, he admitted that he created the voice note solely to frighten the public and that there is no incursion anyplace.”
Oyeyemi stated that the CP had ordered a comprehensive inquiry into the suspect’s past conduct in order to charge him as soon as possible.