The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Kayode Fabode, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that the man (names withheld) was being interrogated.
Fabode urged members of the public to ignore the messages, saying there was no iota of truth in them.
The police spokesman said that the man had been sending text messages claiming that four people who answered calls from a certain GSM number had died in Ilorin and Omu-Aran.
The number according to the police belongs to a girl who was preaching to the suspect to accept Christ.
The police spokesman said that the claims in the text messages were untrue, and advised members of the public to ignore them and go about their normal businesses.
Fabode said that no death connected with the use of GSM calls had been reported in Ilorin or Omu-Aran by anyone.
“It is not true that people have died because they received or picked their calls on phone, particularly in Kwara,’’ he said.
He said that police investigations led to the arrest of the suspected originator of the text messages, who is a student of a tertiary institution in the state.
According to him, the reported claims of death in Egbe, Ilorin and Omu-Aran are not true.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the text messages had created anxiety among the people in Omu-Aran and Ilorin. (NAN)