Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, yesterday debunked reports making the rounds about the alleged kidnap of an expatriate in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
Owoseni made the clarification while addressing journalists at the Police officers’ Mess, Ikeja yesterday afternoon.
The police commissioner said the command had not recorded any such incident of an American expatriate, either kidnapped or attacked, in Ikorodu axis of the state.
There had been unverified reports on social media that an unidentified suspected member of the dreaded cult group, Badoo, allegedly attacked an unidentified expatriate who boarded his taxi from the Lagos airport.
The expatriate was reportedly picked from the airport by the cultist who is reportedly a cab driver.
The Badoo member then reportedly proceeded to take the foreigner home, where he then allegedly used a cutlass to attack the victim who, however, survived.
But Owoseni said the command had conducted wide search in all police divisions in Lagos and Ikorodu and had no record of such incident.
He said such video might have been put up to create mischief, adding that the social media “is not the only avenue where crimes can be reported.”
“Sometimes, people just ascribe names of places to where incidents happen. From the voices that followed that (video), Yoruba language was being spoken… languages that appear Edo are (also) being spoken.
“We want to appeal to the general public not to do anything that will disparage the country and make it appear as if it is not safe. When they see such incident, they should report to the appropriate quarters,” he said. (Premium Times)