The Ogun State Police Command has debunked rumour that headless bodies of three suspected female students were dumped in an area in Ijebu Ode on Monday.
A message circulated via BlackBerry about the incident caused confusion in the town.
It reads, “Three headless bodies suspected to be that of females were thrown off a Range Rover Sport Jeep at Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road just now.
“One is fair in complexion with University of Lagos identity card (Yetunde Ajao) inside her bag. The second is an Olabisi Onabanjo University student, Oyindamola Esan, also fair in complexion and tall.
“The last one is short, plump and dark with no identity. Please kindly notify their families and friends if you know them before the bodies are run over by vehicles.”
But the spokesperson for the state police command, Muyiwa Adejobi, told our correspondent that the rumours were mischievous and simply untrue.
“When I heard about it, I alerted our men who went there but saw nothing and got no report of such thing in the area,” Adejobi said.
It was also learnt that many residents of the town, who read the broadcast, abandoned their activities and went to Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road in search of the corpses.
One of them, Tolu Olaleye, said, “We have been here for the past three hours searching all the bushes, but we are yet to see anything. People have turned this road to tourist centre.”
A visit to UNILAG by PUNCH Metro showed that there was no student in its database with the name of Yetunde Ajao.
A source said school officials had cross referenced the institution’s data with the name without success.
The source said, “We also received the message about the headless bodies of three girls, one of which was believed to be a student of UNILAG. We checked all our digital records but the name Yetunde Ajao did not come up.”