Police releases details on Northerners found in truck in Oyo from Zamfara

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The 147 passengers Amotekun detained in Ibadan on Tuesday have been turned over to security personnel in Ogun State, according to the Oyo State Police Command.

The passengers, who are between the ages of 12 and 30, were profiled by the police, Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense, and Amotekun before the handover, according to a statement by the state's commissioner of police, Adebowale Williams, released by the department's public relations officer, Adewale Osifeso, on Wednesday.

According to him, the passengers on the truck from Zamfara State to Ogun State were discovered to be farmers and traders.

He added that items found on board the truck included motorcycles, bags of beans and onions.

The statement read in part, “At about 1500hrs on Tuesday August 2, a Blue Iveco truck with reg No. BWR 143XD, driven by one Abdulahi Aliu ‘m’ age 30 years and conveying about 147passengers comprising 140 male passengers between 12-30 years, four adult female passengers and three female children were intercepted along Iyana Bodija-Iso Pako, Ibadan by members of the public.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the truck and its passengers who are predominantly farmers and traders were heading to Ogere, Ogun State from Kaura Namuda, Zamfara State. “Subsequent upon the above, the Blue truck was thoroughly searched and its passengers profiled by a combined team of the police, men of the Department of State Services and Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun to eliminate possibilities of ferrying escapees from any recorded jailbreaks within the country.

The truck was carrying eight motorcycles, together with bags of beans and onions, to be delivered to their owners at Bodija Market, it was discovered during the search.

After the procedure was over, the truck and its occupants were led out of the state and handed over to security personnel in Ogun State, who have since received them.

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