Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammad Jalige, has debunked the reports that the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, intercepted one million Chadians from entering Kaduna State to vote.
It was reports that popular entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, shared a post on his Instagram page claiming that 100 trucks conveying over one million Chadians to Kaduna were arrested ahead of the presidential elections.
The political activist also said that Obasanjo intercepted one million Chadians from entering Nigeria to Kaduna to vote.
The post read: “Obasanjo Blocked 100 Trucks Containers Carrying Nearly 1Million Chadians From Entering Nigeria To Kaduna To Vote APC,” the post reads.
“Obasanjo received a call from a junior immigration officer (name withheld) that unknown 100 trucks carrying over 1 million Chadians got access to the Nigeria border and were heading to Kaduna.
“Obasanjo responded immediately around 2 pm in the afternoon, Obasanjo called the immigration boss but no response from him, Obasanjo asked his personal security officials to block all the roads leading to Kaduna and finally, the trucks were captured.
“The trucks with no plate number have nearly 1 million Chadians all with Nigeria PVC when they were interrogated, they pretend not to hear English, Obasanjo ordered that the PVC be collected and destroyed immediately.
“Chad President was phoned immediately by Obasanjo and he denied knowing about such incidents, since there was no place to keep such a multitude of people, the trucks were ordered to turn back to Chad.”
Speaking on the purported arrest, the Kaduna state police command spokesman, Mohammad Jalige, denied the incident.
He said the news was false as the police would have released an official statement if such ever happened like the case of 15 people recently arrested.
He said: “This is not true. We are not aware of anything like that. It doesn’t even make sense. The last time 15 people were arrested, it was all over the news not to talk of 1 million ”
According to Cable, the pictures in the social media post were also subjected to Google reverse image search and it showed that the photos are old, adding one of the pictures has been online far back as 2020.