The police have released a new information about a final year student of Accounting, Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Yemi Olaniyan, who went missing after telling a female friend he was going to take refuge at Ojodu Police Station, Lagos State.
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The police had been subject of vitriol for days after news emerged that Olaniyan was stranded in Lagos on the night of February 28, and in his phone conversation with a female friend simply identified as Oyin, said he would take refuge at Ojodu Police Station till the following day only to go missing, prompting insinuations that the police harmed the undergraduate.
The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, at the police headquarters in Osogbo on Wednesday presented the student to newsmen after he turned himself in.
Adeoye stated that the information that Olaniyan spent the night at the Police station and that his whereabouts became unknown because the Police had harmed him was misleading.
“Findings showed that the boy paid fees last when he was in 200 level and he is now in 400 level.
“The information in the public was tilting towards Police harming the boy when he never slept at the station,” the CP said.
Speaking with journalist, Olaniyan said he changed his mind after informing his friend, Oyin, that he would spend the night at Ojodu Police Station, claiming he later spent the night at a shopping complex, and left for Ilorin the following morning where he went into “email job” to raise his school fees which he said he lost to the MMM Ponzi scheme.
His word, “I went to Lagos and it was getting late. I could not return to Osogbo that day. I decided to go to Ojodu Police Station to pass the night.
“One of my friends, a lady called me and I told her that since I could not make it back to Osogbo that day, I decided to pass the night at Ojodu Police Station.
“After speaking to her, I changed my mind. I just looked for a space at a shopping complex and I passed the night there.
“First thing the following morning, I got a free ride going to Ilorin. When I got to Ilorin, I started doing menial job to raise money.
“I had to work to raise money because I have spent my school fees. I used my school fees for MMM and I lost the money.
“I didn’t deliberately mislead the public. My friend that released the information online later called and said I should return home.
“She said SSS people were on her trail. She said she would commit suicide if I didn’t return. Because of that threat, I left Ilorin and went to one of our neighbours, who is a retired officer of SSS.
“The man, after listening to my story, led me to the SSS office. I am indeed very sorry for whatever embarrassment that misinformation might have caused the Police.”