ASUU begins one-week warning strike in University of Ibadan

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter, has declared a one-week warning strike over illegal pension deductions, fractional salary payments and non-payment of supervision allowance.

The decision was taken on Tuesday at a congress convened by the union and presided over by its Chairman, Deji Omole.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members also complained about excessive deductions in their March salaries.

The management of the university was also alleged to have failed to declare the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the university.

According to Mr. Omole, the warning strike is, therefore, to compel the university administration to address the issues which ASUU said bordered on the welfare of her members who are being owed since 2010.

“The congress of ASUU, UNIBADAN, at its meeting of 4th April, 2017, having received permission from the national body of the union, hereby, declare a one-week warning strike.

“The warning strike will commence from 12:01 midnight of Tuesday, 4th April, to 12:00 midnight of Tuesday, 11th April, 2017.

“The congress of the union maintains that the failure of the university administration to satisfactorily resolve all the issues, will force the union to proceed on a comprehensive and total strike,” said Mr. Omole.

The congress, which was well attended, was also addressed by the national delegates of ASUU, which included Mahmood Lawan, from Kano; Tony Monye-Emina, from Benin and Bebe Sese, from Port Harcourt.

NAN recalls that the union had in a congress resolution in March warned the university management to address its grievances, bordering on reversal of illicit deductions and non-payment of promotion arrears.

The three non-academic staff unions of the institution had also been on strike since March 13, grounding administrative activities in the institution.


Source: NAN

5 ‘Yahoo’ LAUTECH students handed over to EFCC in Ibadan

The Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday, 20th March, 2017 took over five suspected internet fraudsters arrested by men of the Oyo State Joint Security Task Force, ‘Operation Burst’ for further investigation.

The suspects, which includes Oyewole Oyeleye Olatunji (28), Adeniran Adeyinka Yusuf (29), Samuel Olumide Adeola (29), Israel Adeola (24) and Olorunyemi Savior Imonah (24) were arrested March 13, 2017 during a routine surveillance at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomosho.

They were thereafter interrogated at the Operation Burst headquarters, Agodi where they confessed to have defrauded some American women through various romance scam using different dating sites. They also confessed to have obtained different sums from their victims.

At the point of arrest, four HP Laptops, three Nokia phones, four I phones, one Infinix Hot Note Phone, a Flash Drive and four Military camouflage T-shirts were recovered from them.

Investigations have also revealed that the suspects have various incriminating documents in their Laptops and Phones. They were posing on the dating sites as American Soldiers and using different identities to defraud unsuspecting American Ladies.

Oyewole confessed to have been posing as Billy Philip, Johnson Moron and Montegro respectively.
According to him, he collected itune cards from one Stephanie and has been using the card to chat with Holly Donis, Dona Rissmiller and Mona Venziano among others who were also Americans.

Adeniran also posed as Cheryl Ann and Cindy Grant on Facebook and engaged unsuspecting ladies in dating. He had also used the medium to defraud and obtain Dollars from one Cherly Chambers.

Samuel has been posing as Gome, Rundell, and Klaus. He confessed to have collected itune card and different sums of dollars from Linda and Patricia on a dating site.

Israel had online affairs with Jeannie Mae Sherman and obtained different sums running into several thousands of dollars and itune cards from her and another One Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty One Dollars itune cards from Lritz Ortiz. While Olorunyemi using the names Terry Elizabeth and Bunt Janice Muriel had also swindled unsuspecting victims to the tune of Two Hundred Dollars and Three Hundred Dollars itune cards.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

I did not reject chieftaincy title from Ibadan monarch – Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has denied speculations in some quarters that he rejected a chieftaincy title from the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.

The gossip column of a national newspaper (not The Guardian) had reported that Tinubu turned down the offer of a chieftaincy title of Balogun on him by Oba Adetunji.

In a statement released yesterday by his Media Office, Tinubu said he held the Olubadan of Ibadan in high esteem and could not have rejected a chieftaincy offer from him.

“I hold him in high esteem. Governor Abiola Ajimobi also has respect for him. Why would I reject the offer of a chieftaincy title from him?” he queried.

FIRS shuts down two tax-defaulting companies in Ibadan

The enforcement team of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Thursday, locked up the premises of AOP Logistics Limited, at Breweries new site area, Ibadan.

The company has a tax debt profile of N863,188,498.00, the FIRS said.

The enforcement team leader said the premises of the company will not be re-opened until it pays up it tax debt accumulated between 2007 and 2011.

A senior staff at the haulage, who refused to disclose his name, claimed that the firm had recently been making some tax payments to the FIRS. He, however, failed to provide proof of such payments.

The FIRS team was also at Markfina International Limited at Kilometre 9, Kulodi, New Ife Road, Ibadan. The staff of the company, which owes N21,183,020.95, were ordered out of the premises.

Ayodele Oluwalekan, a management staff of the company, told the FIRS team that the company has not been able to pay what is owes because it stopped operations for a while, an explanation that did not impress the FIRS team leader, which ordered the premises sealed.


Source: Premium Times

REPORT: What Went Down At The #IStandWithNigeria Protests

Today marks the somewhat beginning of the #IStandWithNigeria protests which has become one of the most publicized civil protests after #OccupyNigeria in 2012.


There were several stumbling blocks which made so many Nigerians doubt the eventual possibility of the protests. Recall that some days ago, Tuface Idibia who was the face of the protests backed out at the very last moment. However, that and the subtle threats by the Police did not deter Nigerians from trooping out in their hundreds to protest against bad governance.


People trooped out in the early hours of Monday morning in Lagos to converge at the National Stadium in Surulere while those in Abuja converged at the Unity Fountain to later move to the Aso Villa with placards, chanting anti-government songs and slogans.


Heavy police presence was seen at Gani Fawehimi park, Ojota, Lagos as protesters were prevented from gaining access to the park to gather and protest.


Despite the huge presence of security forces in strategic locations, Nigerians were not intimidated from carrying out their civic rights by making public their disdain for bad governance.


At the moment, protesters in Lagos have started leaving from National Theatre, Iganmu, after being addressed by Charly Boy, Seyi Law, others. Organizers thanke the police for providing security while it lasted. Protesters mill out and head their separate ways.


While in Abuja, the protesters are back to Unity Fountain, leaving behind the pro-Buhari group who also came out to show support and loyalty to the government.


Reports reaching us has it that Port Harcourt protesters were ‘not allowed’ to converge. According to Channels Television, police dispersed protesters in Port Harcourt, making it impossible for them to gather — or even protest.


While in Ibadan, Femi Aborisade, human rights activist and lawyer, addressed the crowd as protesters in Ibadan, Oyo state, started their march at the University gate and ended it in Bodija market.


Only time will tell how impacting the protests have been.


And from the outlook of today’s protests, according to Charlie Boy, “Nigerians will march again in March”.

Nigeria secures $1.5 billion Chinese loan for Lagos-Ibadan rail

The Federal Government has secured $1.5 billion (about N450 billion) counterpart funding from China for the Lagos-Ibadan rail project set to commence in March.

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the disclosure on Wednesday when he appeared before the Gbenga Ashafa-led Senate committee on land transport to give report of his ministry’s 2016 budget and defend the proposal for 2017.

“In the first quarter of 2017, the foundation of the Lagos-Ibadan segment two of the Lagos-Kano rail project will be laid,” said Mr. Amaechi; adding that, “the implication here is that we will start the Lagos-Ibadan rail line before the end of March.

“Our target is to commence from the Apapa seaport down to Ogun and then to Ibadan.”

Lagos-Ibadan rail line is a segment of the Lagos-Kano railway project, one of the most important and ambitious infrastructural targets of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government.

In January, the government announced wholesale release of N72 billion as Nigeria’s counterpart funding for the Lagos-Ibadan railway.

Mr. Amaechi  explained to the senators that the $1.5 billion counterpart funding had been approved by China and was being processed by the China Exim Bank.

“The counterpart funding is ready, but don’t forget that we are borrowing the money from China. The China Exim Bank is processing it.

“Our 15 per cent is ready; so, we are waiting for China Exim Bank. They have managed to release and approve $1.5 billion for the Lagos-Ibadan line.

“It is also envisaged that segment three of the Lagos-Kano rail project, which is the Kano-Kaduna stretch, as well as the first phase of the coastal railway line Lagos-Calabar, commencing from Calabar to Port Harcourt with extension to the Onne Deep Seaport will commence after the conclusion of the negotiation of a financing loan agreement,” said Mr. Amaechi.

He then urged the National Assembly to approve the $30 billion national (rolling) borrowing plan of the government. He said the approval was essential for securing funds needed to finance rail projects in the country.

“The National Assembly needs to give us approval for the borrowing plan so that we can commence work. We can’t sign the loan agreement with China unless there is an approval from the National Assembly.

“What the National Assembly has approved is the counterpart funding, but we need the approval to borrow the remaining money. If you look at $6.1 billion in naira, and we are paying 15 per cent, you will know that the remaining amount is coming from China and until we have approval, we cannot do anything.

“Even now, the China Exim Bank has approved $1.5 billion for the Lagos-Ibadan line. We are not able to sign the loan agreement because we need the approval of the National Assembly.”

On the performance of the 2016 budget, the minister said uncompleted projects in the previous year had been included in the proposed 2017 budget.

Speaking for the Senate, Mr. Ashafa promised cooperation with the transportation ministry to ensure implementation of the infrastructural objectives.

WITNESS REPORT: How ‘One Million Boys’ are terrorizing Ibadan residents.

Unchallenged by elders in the community and without fear of law enforcement agents, they conduct their menacing activities in the open and residents are well-aware of their sophistication with dangerous objects. ?Sikiru Akinola writes about the deadly activities of young boys who are not up to 100 but are popularly called “one million boys”.

Kudeti, one of the most popular communities in Ibadan, Oyo state, houses the Cathedral Church of Saint David. Many successful Nigerians have lived in that community. The house of Adelabu Adegoke ‘Penkelemesi’, the late populist politician, is a stone’s throw from Adebipon Street, where ‘One Million Boys’, a notorious group, has recently turned to a ‘cathedral of violence’. Anytime they strike, the innocent residents and those who are unlucky to be at the right place at the wrong time always count their losses.

The crisis

Their base, which is opposite the Cathedral?, was always lively until tragedy struck, forcing many residents to leave their homes and abandon their shops for fear of being injured or killed.? The place is now like a graveyard.

On December 19, nobody had premonition that something bad was going to happen. At about 8 pm, while Muslims were almost ending the Ishai prayer, sounds of gunshots filled the air. Many could not wait till the end of their prayer.

A witness said the attackers arrived in a Micra car, one tricycle and more than five motorcycles. Some women later returned to pick their children. Innocent people were beaten and injured, shops and property were razed. While the operation lasted, the place became a no-go-area.

The casualties

A hairdresser, who had returned to get some things from her shop, got a bullet on her shoulder. She died before help came her way. A fragile old man, who could not escape, also sustained injuries and died the next day.

One Sikiru Muftau, leader of a rival gang, was unlucky as the lower part of one of his hands was chopped off. Muftau died before the severed part could be located.

?While families of those who lost their lives are still mourning, those who shops were razed have started appealing to government to help them.

Ayodele Opeyemi, who could not hold back tears, explained that she lost everything she laboured for, to the incident.

“From where I was hiding, something was thrown into my shop. They shot at the thing and it ignited fire,” she said.

“?One of them ordered them to set all other shops ablaze. Every shop close to the place was razed. It was after a part of where we hid caught fire that we decided to find another escape route.”

?She displayed the remnants of the burnt N90,000 that she kept in the shop before the incident.

?Ayinla Adededji, a barber who was in his shop when the incident happened, revealed that petrol-soaked bread was thrown into his shop. He said he was unsure whether the police were aware initially when ?the groups clashed three weeks earlier.

“In preparation for the festive season, I used my savings and loans to renovate my salon: tiled the floor, bought two new generators and four new clippers but everything is gone,” he lamented.

“I am grateful to God that I escaped their bullets, which were shot sporadically.”

How the fight started

Another resident said the fight broke out after a rival gang, led by one Indomie, 29,refused to lead his boys to join the group. However, another person gave a different account.

“There was a guy from the ‘Indomie’ camp who was caught with a stolen phone,” he said.

“Though A-bila was not around, his boys ‘disciplined’ the guy. The guy later went to inform ‘Indomie’ about the punishment meted out to him. Indomie’ led his boys to a reprisal, but he suffered severe injuries and was in the hospital for more than two weeks.

?”When they first clashed, the elders settled it for them. Both of them, ‘A-bila and Indomie were invited at the ‘State’ ( short word for the State headquarters of the Oyo State National Union of Road Transport Workers, Olomi) and they resolved it. They are not members of the NURTW but they just decided to invite them so that peace will reign in the community. ?We never knew they were going to clash again until that evening.”

Adekunle Ajisebutu, spokesman of Oyo police command, said nine suspects had been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Breakdown of the groups

?Before 2014, Abiola?, who leads the gang, was relatively unknown. It was learnt that the Soka issue — the ritual killer’s den of kidnappers that was discovered in Ibadan — brought him to limelight. ‘A-bila’, as he is fondly called, led others to search for his missing motorcyclist friend. And he immediately became the leader with the ‘victory’ recorded.

“There was a time a rival gang came to fight them. While others ran away, ‘A-bila?’, who was almost the youngest of the gang, led his boys and they overpowered the ‘enemies’. Since then, he has been accorded the right to lead and speak on behalf of the group,” a resident who knew Abiola from childhood said, asking not to be named.

“He should be around 28. His father is late but he has a mother, though I don’t know where she lives.? He was not that violent when he was in secondary school; he attended St. Lukes. Grammar School, Molete.

“It was after he returned from Lagos that his popularity as a thug began to soar. He is the darling of many politicians. In fact, the ‘Golf 3? car he uses was bought for him by a politician. He has contacts. His wife just packed in.”

?Most of the boys in his camp, it was learnt, are those who had nowhere to go after the demise of late garrison commander of Oyo politics, Lamidi Adedibu, whose Molete residence is a distance of less than 10 minutes to the area. ?They are all between the ages of 18 and 30, most of them in secondary schools, terrorising their teachers and colleagues.

The source continued: “Anytime they go to ‘war’, they come back with guns and other dangerous objects seized from rival gangs. And their arsenal increases, thereby threatening a peaceful future. Every day, they buy new clothes, okadas and are boyfriends to many beautiful girls, hence they see it as a gainful enterprise. Younger ones living in the community see their behaviour as one to be emulated.

?”The group formed by Abiola is populated by like minds he brought them together from one junction to the other. ‘One-million boys’ has more than one sub-group — from Beere, Born Photo, Mapo, Idi-Aro and Isale-Asaka, Kudeti, Idi-Arere, Eleta, Odinjo, Modina etc. They are more than these and that is why they are referred to as ‘one-million boys’. I cannot give the precise number of its member but they are up to 100. A-bila is the leader.

“‘Indomie’ does not belong to Abe-igi. Abe-igi Aanu, has been in existence for long. ‘Indomie’ is not the leader in the place because they don’t have caucus. What they do at the ‘base’ is to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. But since fight broke out, he has been made leader of the base.”

?An end in sight?

The State government, through Toye Arulogun, its commissioner for information, culture and tourism, has condemned the incident, threatening to use the full apparatus of government to deal with any individual who engages in any act that is inimical to the peace of the state.

But only time will tell if it’s just a threat or the police is indeed ready to incapacitate the ‘one million boys’

Iyiola Omisore: “How can I be in Ile-Ife and kill Bola Ige in Ibadan?”

Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun state, says the government has been begging him for falsely accusing him of killing Bola Ige, former attorney-general of the federation.

Omisore said his ordeal began in December 2001 when he was accused of involvement in the murder, and that he was subsequently impeached as deputy governor.

He said he had been discharged and acquitted in the case, and government had been begging him over charges of malicious  prosecution.

“When we were framed up that we killed Bola Ige, we thought it was a joke. How can somebody be in Ife and kill somebody in Ibadan? It was later they confessed that it was for politics,” he said in an interview.

“That was why I sued Oyo state government for N2 billion over malicious prosecution.

“We are still in court. They are dodging and begging me now. The judgement was very clear that we had no business in court at all.”


“We started AD. I was one of the persons funding AD in 1998. The party was formed in my suite at Nicon Hilton, Abuja. There is hardly any politician in the south-west that brought resources to politics than I did. I came into politics with my resources, wealth of experience, everything I had.”

“Omisore is more of a professional engineer, a technocrat. I have made more impact in engineering than any politician you can think of in this country today. I stand to be corrected. They want to kill that aspect of my life and play up politics.”

“Omisore’s political adventure follows a tradition that goes back to his background.

“We are the main Afenifere. We go to Owo every month. I am a man of history. My grandfather was part of Egbe Omo Oduduwa in 1941.

“So I am a part of that history. We were traditionally UPN (Unity Party of Nigeria) in the family. When it came to the time of AD, we were the ones doing Afenifere and AD together. It was Kofo Bucknor Akerele and I that gave it AD.

“We left PDP, that we were not joining them, to register another party. By the time we got to the INEC office, they had taken all the AAs. We wanted to have AA, AB, or AC. We wanted our name in front on the ballot. We wanted to tell voters, ‘Vote for number one.’ That was the idea behind AD.

“Chief Bola Ige, Baba Adesanya, and others said we should go and collect form. By the time we got there, the names given to us had already been taken. We said, let us take AD then, and we brought it back to them.”

Army commandant killed in front of Ibadan residence

Anthony Okeyim, commandant, Command Secondary School, Ibadan, was on Monday found dead at his apartment located within the school’s premises.

Adekunle Ajisebutu, Oyo state police public relations officer, confirmed the incident to reporters, saying the force was treating the issue as a suspected case of murder.

“I can confirm to you that the deceased was found dead in front of his apartment around 6:30am on Monday,” he said.

“We are treating it as a case of suspected murder.”

According to NAN, the deceased was reportedly strangled to death by suspected assassins who attacked him in front of his official quarters.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, had visited the school immediately the case was reported,” he said.

“Police investigation had begun and the investigating team is working with the military police investigating team.

“We have also beefed up security around the area.”

A friend of the deceased, who preferred to remain anonymous, said Okeyim was promoted three weeks ago and was waiting to be decorated with his new rank.

NYSC ex-member who rode bicycle from Ibadan to Makurdi narrates his ordeal

Ahungwa Isaac Sekav, a former NYSC member, who claimed he rode on bicycle from Ibadan to Makurdi has explained what he experienced in the cause of his acclaimed journey.

Sekav got a golden handshake of N500k from his state governor, Samuel Ortom and automatic employment for his ‘journey’.

Speaking after his ‘feat’, the young lad said the NYSC management threatened to seize his discharge certificate and bundle him into a bus when he first announced his decision to embark on the journey.

Recall that Isaac, who passed out 4th of November 2016 and began his tour on the 5th of November 2016, had earlier announced that he will be embarking on a “Patriotic Tour” from Ibadan to Makurdi on bicycle.

Isaac, an ex-student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), said despite the discouragement from the management and some of his ex-colleagues, he embarked on the journey to set record.

“I was threatened by the authorities of NYSC in their office that if I continue to insist on taking that risk of patriotic tour on a bicycle, they will seize my discharge certificate, put me in a car, send me home, then send my certificate to my father.

“I said ok; I left the office disappointed. But they were saying all these because of the risk for my life, even family members kicked against it. It turned out to be a success, glory be to God”.

11 reportedly killed as police, hunters clash in Ibadan.

No fewer than, eleven people reportedly lost their lives on Tuesday in Ogbere Onilanta in Ona- Ara Local Government of Oyo State when policemen and hunters clashed in the area.
It was gathered that about 40 local hunters, popularly called “Agbekoya”, exchanged gunfire with policemen and attempted to break into the police armoury.

Residents of the area claimed that 11 people died, including hunters and policemen. However, the police said only one person died.

It was gathered that problem ensued when the police insisted on checking the hunters’ convoy but they refused.

An eyewitness, who identified himself as Isiaka, told newsmen that “The men were coming in some vehicles, including a black Toyota Pathfinder.

“Some policemen, who were at the checkpoint in front of their station, stopped them and challenged them for driving recklessly. One of the hunters got down and started arguing with the police.

“He slapped the policeman. Later, we started hearing gunshots. There was shooting from both sides.

“The crisis was so much that everybody started running to avoid being caught in crossfire.”

Some workers at the Elekuro High School close to the scene reported that some policemen rushed into the compound and removed their uniforms.

Police spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said “Some robbery suspects, identified as Agbekoya militants in three vehicles, attacked policemen on stop-and-search duty at Ogbere and attempted to snatch a rifle from a policeman.

“The bandits were repelled. The hoodlums fled, only to regroup and attack the Ogbere Police Station, advancing to the armoury, shooting their way in.

“The police again repelled their attack and in the process one hoodlum was fatally injured.

“Two suspects were arrested. The injured suspect died on the way to hospital. Items recovered from the hoodlums include: five cut-to-size locally-made guns, 103 cartridges and assorted charms.

“A Sports Utility Van (SUV) was also seized. The arrested suspects have made confessions and are helping the police in their investigation.”

We use charms to defraud victims on the internet – ‘Yahoo’ boys nabbed in Ibadan

Three suspected internet fraudsters have confessed to using charms to facilitate their illicit online business.


The suspects were apprehended at their hideout at Soka area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital at about 6:30am on Wednesday by the police command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad.


Confirming the arrest in a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said “The arrest of the suspects (names withheld) was made possible following a tip off by members of the public.


“The suspects, who had been elusive for some time now, were eventually arrested after several days of intelligence gathering and painstaking investigation carried out by the police.


“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to being internet fraudsters and that they had defrauded many innocent victims they referred to as ‘clients’ of their hard earned money in naira and foreign currencies.


“They also disclosed that they often used charms to facilitate their illicit business.


“This they did by hypnotising victims and ‘commanding’ them to part with their dollars and valuable properties.


“The suspects further disclosed that those who had fallen victims included foreign nationals and Nigerians alike.


“Exhibits recovered from them included four assorted laptops and assorted criminal charms.”


While advising youths to shun crime and engage in legitimate businesses, saying the police were determined to prosecute unrepentant criminals in the state, the PPRO said, “The Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, has directed that discreet investigation be carried out about their other nefarious activities at the end of which they would be arraigned in court.”

Teenager Kidnapped In Ibadan, Rescued In Calabar

A Teenager kidnapped in Ibadan, Oyo State, has been rescued in Calabar, Cross River State.

Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, made this known yesterday in Calabar while briefing journalists on the activities of the police command in the past one month.

Ozi-Obeh said the 16-year-old kidnap victim was abducted in Ibadan on November 7 and brought to Calabar the following day. He said the minor, a student of St. Barnabas Academy at Daramola Street in Ibadan, was abducted on his way to school.

The police boss explained that the command had got across to the Ibadan Police Command with a view to safely hand over the boy to them so that he can be re-united with his family.

Also, he said one of its personnel, Kingsley Iyeke, killed another policeman, Edet Archibong, during a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists in Calabar. The commissioner said that after the incident, the police swung into action by tracing the cultists to their hideout where some of them were arrested.

He explained that during interrogation, one of the suspected cultists mentioned Mr. Iyeke, a police corporal, as their member “and that he was the one that shot the police inspector during the clash. It would be recalled that we lost one of our inspectors last month during an exchange of fire with some cultists here in Calabar.

“During our trial, we found out that truly he was their member. We have dismissed him and he will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Iyeke, 35, from Rivers, was attached to the Marine Police base in Calabar. Responding to questions from journalists, Iyeke denied being a member of any cult group, saying that he was only being set up by the suspected cultists.

In another development, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested three suspected notorious hawkers of marijuana popularly called ‘Indian hemp’.

The plain-clothed undercover policemen attached to Ikeja Division, who disguised as customers, arrested the suspects at Ipodo area of Ikeja.

Following intelligence received by the Ikeja Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Olasoji, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) that the Ikeja area has become a hub for cartels, who deal in illicit drugs, the policemen swooped on the hoodlums, arresting three suspects in the area.

One of the suspects, John Albert told The Guardian that he ventured into the business to raise money for hospital bill. “I don’t hawk Igbo always. I just started the business because I needed to raise money for my operation. We know what we are doing is illegal, that is why we run whenever we hear the sound of a siren.

“In this business, policemen are our enemies. I used to repair big generating sets and it is a job that requires too much strength. I was no longer coping, so I decided to venture into sales of Indian hemp. My friends told me that the business is lucrative.

“I make N6,500 profit after selling a full tray. I use to smoke it before but I stopped recently because I know it is bad for me,” he said.

According to another suspect, Ayo Ojo, “I was arrested by the police because I was with my friend, Albert. I don’t sell Indian hemp, but I smoke it a lot.”

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Lagos-Ibadan Road to Be Completed Soon – Fashola

Expansion and rehabilitation work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be completed soon, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.

Fashola, who reviewed his first year in office in Lagos at the weekend, said the long bridge at the Lagos-Ogun boundary on the road had to be shut because construction work was ongoing underneath it.

“Roads are depreciating assets that need constant maintenance and regulated usage,” he said, adding that the issue of overloaded trucks was being addressed.

According to him, the government is looking into the issue of double-axle articulated vehicles that transport more tonnage than most roads were built to accommodate.

Fashola also said weighbridges will be reintroduced on the roads to arrest overloading.

He said, however, that warehouses have to be built by the weighbridges to take in offloaded extra goods from arrested haulage vehicles.

The minister added that the issue of reintroducing tollgates on roads would be decided by Nigerians, noting that he had not forgotten his experience as Lagos State governor.

The minister said electricity generation had improved considerably in the last 12 months, peaking at above 5074MW for the first time in the nation’s 63-year-old electricity history earlier this year.

He said this had created jobs for hitherto idle artisans, small and medium scale entrepreneurs and empowered other businesses.

He said more than 800 containers of imported power generation and distribution components stranded at the ports had been released as a result of his ministry’s efforts and the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He regretted that about 3000MW of electricity was lost to vandalism, adding, however, that the Federal Government was discussing with agitators to end the destruction.

Fashola said electricity generation would continue to appreciate as more stations come on stream and contribute to the National Grid.

The minister appealed to electricity consumers to be patient with distribution companies over insufficient prepaid meters, noting that the privatisation of the sector was only three years old.

He said the meters would soon be readily available as more companies embark on their production in Nigeria.

The contractor handling the road rehabilitation, Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd, will divert traffic on additional sections of the road.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), in a statement at the weekend, said Ibadan bound traffic will be diverted to the Lagos bound carriageway CH38+400 and CH 43+700 to allow the laying of the wearing course.

The diversions will lead to the closure of the Ibadan bound exit road leading to Sagamu as well as the Sagamu bound exit road leading to Ibadan.

The temporary closure would be from Wednesday till November 23.

IITA, others brainstorm on efficient garri production in Ibadan

Local and international stakeholders in agriculture are brainstorming at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, on road map to efficient garri production in Nigeria.

The programme titled “garri revolution workshop road map to an efficient and equitable garri processing system” began on Tuesday and would end on October 6.

The workshop featured representatives from Global Cassava Partnership, IITA, Natural Resources Institute, Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Banana, among others.

The Director of Research Programme on RTB, Dr Graham Thiele, said the purpose of the workshop was to identify strategies to greatly improve garri processing in quantity, quality and livelihood of those involved.

He said it would build on the process of results based management led by RTB with IITA and other partners for small and medium scale cassava processing in Nigeria.

He said, “The objectives of the workshop are to identify key trends in demand for garri, describe current state of knowledge and critical gaps in garri processing.

“Prepare draft road map for next steps to improve garri processing and livelihoods, identify elements of a multi-institutional R&D project to put the road map at work in the real world.

“We need to bring together a lot of people to brainstorm on how to improve garri production; we have seen a lot of inefficiencies and wastage in the course of the production.

“We want to see how we can improve the technology in terms of garri frying, milling, etc and enhance them.

“We saw the need to improve the hygiene, environment, safety and make cassava wastes, peels to wealth, because the peels can be used for high quality livestock feed.”

He further emphasised that the strategy for an efficient and equitable garri processing system would also be extended to other countries, especially in Africa.

Ondo Elections: Why We Held Primary Election In Ibadan – Sheriff

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has explained that the basis for taking its primary election to Ibadan, Oyo State, was to prevent crisis in Ondo State.


The faction had earlier announced the conduct of the primary election at its secretariat on Oyemekun Street, Akure but later changed the venue to Ibadan where it was eventually held on Monday.


The Director of Media and Publicity of the faction, Mr Yemi Akintomidesaid the change of venue became imperative to avoid political crisis in the state.


He added that the change in the venue was also to avoid any legal action which may be taken by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party which is led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

Earlier, the Ali Modu Sheriff faction led by Mr Jimoh Ibrahim had shifted its primary election following an order of an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure.


The factional chairman of the party, Prince Biyi Poroye had said during a Press Conference that the faction would hold itsprimary poll either in Abuja or Ibadan, Oyo State.


Eventually, at the end of the primary poll, Mr Ibrahim defeated Hon. Sola Ebiseni and Prince Bamiduro Dada.


It would be recalled that the former Commissioner for Justice andAttorney General of the State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) had emerged the candidate of the PDP at a primary election supervised byofficials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Woman Jailed For Allegedly Stabbing Her Husband To Death In Ibadan

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Monday ordered the remand of 35-year-old woman, Doris Kanung, in prison custody for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran, said that the court lack jurisdiction to try the matter. He said that the accused should be remanded at Agodi Prison pending the outcome of advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution. The plea of the accused was not taken.

Oladiran, however, adjourned the case till Sept. 20, for mention. Doris, a mother of three, who reside at No. 12, Alaafia Str., Mokola, Ibadan, is facing one-count charge of murder.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Femi Omilana, told the court that on Aug. 3, at about 11.30p.m., the accused allegedly stabbed her husband Vincent Kanung, 45, with knife in the stomach following some disagreement. He said that the incident resulted to the death of Vincent. The prosecutor said the offence contravened section 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State

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Court Dissolves 83 Day Old Marriage In Ibadan

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Wednesday dissolved an 83-day-old marriage between Pa Owolabi Alowonle and his wife, Idia, for deception. Alowonle, 70, a surveyor was a widower before he married Idia, who was a widow.

The President of the court, Mr Hentic Agbaje, held that both Alowonle and Idia based their rush into marriage on infatuation and the urge to satisfy their selfish ambitions. “I don’t exactly understand why two elderly persons who are already widow and widower should carelessly rush into a marriage without proper knowledge of one another.

“Well, I only wish both of you good as you have both accepted dissolution of the union. Therefore, in the interest of peaceful coexistence, the 83-day-old union between Alowonle and Idia has ceased to be henceforth,” he said.

He, however, directed Alowonle to provide a cash of N12,000 for Idia’s accommodation and another N2,000 for the movement of her belongings within seven days.

Earlier, in his petition, Alowonle, told the court that Idia was causing disharmony in his house as well as being a threat to his life. “My lord, ever since Idia got to my home on May 18 this year, she has been doing everything possible to put an end to my life by not giving me rest of mind.

“She has been causing serious disharmony among my tenants who were peaceful before she married me. She and her daughter from time to time fight and gossip around the house giving unfounded information of one tenant to the other.

“As if that is not enough, Idia incited her daughter against me to abuse and break the long existing regulations I imposed on the house for peaceful coexistence of the tenants and my family.

“I barred any form of singing of religious songs which I know could cause problems among Muslim and Christian tenants.

“However, the daughter she brought from her late husband deliberately started singing in the house. In fact, Idia and her daughter have no respect for me,” Alowonle explained.

Idia, who did not deny any of the allegations, welcomed the divorce suit.

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Landlord Commits Suicide In Ibadan, Leaves Three-page Suicide Note.

A 48-year-old landlord on Tuesday hanged himself in Ibadan, leaving behind a three-page suicide note.


The incident happened in Idi-Ose along Akan road in Ona Ara Council Area of the city. The deceased, Popoola Adepoju, was found in his room dangling from a rope tied to a ceiling fan. Residents of the area said the father of three sent his children on an errand before taking his own life.


Adepoju’s wife told the police that her husband left the defunct National Electric Power Authority in Abeokuta two years ago but his entitlement was yet to be paid. She added that he had engaged himself in cement business on a small scale before his death.


His family initially refused to hand over the suicide note to the police but after the intervention of the general chairman of the Idi Ose community, Taiwo Alimi, it was taken to the Akanran Police Division. The deceased was interred in his house after the Divisional Police Officer at the station, Aliko Dankoli, gave the family permission to proceed with his burial arrangement.


A member of Four Square Gospel Church, where Adepoju worshipped with his family, said he attended Monday morning service in the church and never gave a sign of depression. He said, “Adepoju was a devout Christian, pious and was talented. He was always offering tangible suggestions whenever the Welfare Committee of the zone met. What could have informed this action is unclear.


We were together at the early morning service at our church on Monday. We usually have such service on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of every month. When I saw him last on Monday evening after the evening service, he never gave the premonition that he was going to commit suicide.”


A landlord in the area, who did not give his name, however gave a hint that the deceased was going through a difficult period.


He said that the deceased had wanted to sell his Honda car for N250,000 but only got a buyer who was ready to pay N150,000. He said Adepoju had planned to buy a smaller car to be used as taxi to supplement what he made from the small cement business he was doing.


He said, “he wanted to sell the car so he could buy a small vehicle which he would be using as cab to serve as a sustaining means of livelihood for his family. He however said that the amount being offered was insufficient.


He sometimes complained that things were no longer as they were before he was disengaged from work. It was a surprise when we discovered that this unfortunate incident had happened.

University Of Ibadan Students Cook Outside Their School Gate Following School Closure

As students of University of Ibadan wait for their school gates to be opened again a student sent this words in with pictures:

“Since the school management told us to vacate the halls of residence for staging a very peaceful protest against the rustification of a student (Mote) because he participated in a peaceful protest in one of the halls (independence hall) and poor state of electric and water supply, uites have also decided to stay back in school, we don’t have any plan of going anywhere!.In fact we re currently at the school gate where we are actually cooking something really delicious … Tell the VC to join us , there’s always love in sharing,…you are also invited, don’t miss out .lol” Lol. See more photos below…

University Of Ibadan Shut Down Over Student’s Protest

The University of Ibadan has been shut down indefinitely following a two-day protest by students who have now been asked to leave the campus. The students were expressing displeasure over “the suspension of a union leader by the students’ disciplinary committee” and “non-availability of some amenities needed on the campus”.

In what is becoming a norm in Federal Universities, the students complained about lack of power and water which they said made learning difficult for them.

They took their protests to Lectures halls & disrupted ongoing classes by using canes to chase
colleagues who didn’t join the protests.

They also shut down all entrances to the institution, a move which has been declared illegal by other institutions including UNILAG.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abel Olayinka said the decision to shut the institution was occasioned by violent protests which, he added, had led to “life-threatening acts and text messages” being sent and received around the campus.

Six Feared Dead In Ibadan As Hoodlums Clash

The Oyo State Police Command on Wednesday said one person was killed when hoodlums clashed in Oja’ba area of Ibadan.


However, some of the residents of the area claimed six persons were killed during the clash.


Trouble began on Tuesday evening when a group named Idowu Boys, with support from Zaccheus Boys, threatened to attack an unnamed group.

A resident of the area said Idowu Boys and the unnamed group had engaged in a deadly street fight in the past.


The source said, “Idowu Boys said they had an unfinished business with the other group after a recent clash. The members said they would attack the group after joining forces with Zaccheus Boys on Tuesday evening, so there was commotion in the area. We had to close our shops and stayed indoors because of what happened in the past.


“From what I heard, Idowu Boys said the other group killed one of their members recently and that they were prepared to take their revenge on them. They ambushed them around Gege, leading to a fight that left three dead. We later heard that six persons eventually died in the clash.”


Another eyewitness said the hoodlums initially fought with broken bottles and sticks, but resorted to the use of guns and other weapons as the fight progressed.


The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said police had restored calm in the area.


He said, “Only one person died. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a 24-hour security coverage of the affected areas with a view to protecting lives and property. Some arrests have been made. Normalcy has returned.”



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Court Rejects Seriki’s Move To Stop Olubadan’s Installation

The move of Seriki line of Ibadan to stop the installation of High Chief Saliu Adetunji as the next Olubadan of Ibadan land suffered a setback on Tuesday when an Oyo State High Court said it would not grant the wish.


Seriki senior Chief Adebayo Oyediji is laying claim to the stool left vacant by the late Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who died on January 19, 2016, despite the pronouncement by the Olubadan-in-Council that Adetunji, who is the Balogun Olubadan is next in rank to be crowned the next Olubadan.


Oyediji and other Seriki chiefs, had through their counsel, Abideen Adeniran, approached Justice Mukhtar Abimbola of the state High Court to restrain the Olubadan-in-Council from installing th?e Olubadan-designate, Adetunji, as the next Olubadan pending the determination of the applications filed before the court.


Adeniran said the applications were filed before the court because his clients were aware that the defendants had, “Perfected the plan of tampering with the Res in this case, illegally. The Res is the Olubadan of Ibadan chieftaincy stool, which is now vacant.”

Ruling on the applications, Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Abimbola said he would not grant the interim order application.


He said, “I want all other parties to be put on notice so as to be able to respond appropriately, consolidate the applications for the case to move on. Aside this, even if the vacant stool is filled illegally, the court can remove ?the occupier. The Res is not a perishable commodity. So, I hereby refuse the application for interim order. I will not grant any interlocutory injunction since there is an intervening application.”



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Police Arrests 11 Armed Robbery Suspects, Recover 18 Vehicles In Ibadan

The suspects, who were paraded at the state Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, included two exconvicts, who were released from prison few weeks ago. Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, while speaking with journalists, said all the suspects have given confessional statements and they would soon be arraigned in a court of law.

While warning criminally- minded persons to stay away from the state, he said the command would continue to improve on its crime bursting strategies to ensure the state was crime-free, adding that the command has re-engineered and re-invigorated its swift anti-robbery squad for effective crime bursting It would be recalled that two weeks ago, the state police command recovered 20 vehicles and arrested 15 suspected armed robbers.

Various items recovered from the suspects paraded yesterday include one locally made double barrel pistol, seven live cartridges, one Honda Accord car with registration number JJJ 691AX, one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 226 DN, a Toyota Camry car with registration number AAA 593 DL, one LG Plasma TV, one Toshiba Plasma TV, one unregistered Toyota Highlander, one green Toyota Highlander with registration number ABJ 42 KU and one ash coloured unregistered Toyota Camry, among others. Speaking on the armed robbery suspects and serial burglars that have been terrorising the inhabitants of Ibadan and its environs, the police boss said the four gang of robbers (Olusola Adenle, 37; Rasaq Femi, 23; Paul Olaitan, 20; and Sani Abdulahi, 26) had successfully broken into a home at the Egbeda area of Ibadan and carted away various household items.

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Olubadan Of Ibadan Dies At 101

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.


The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly lost consciousness.


It was gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.


Other details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy as at press time.


When contacted, one of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comments on the incident.


The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour. He said Oba Odulana still ate yesterday, adding that he was hale and hearty.


His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1 which pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.



Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.



Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji

Fake Policeman Arrested In Ibadan, Charged To Court

A 29-year-old suspect, Emmanuel Anebeh, was on Wednesday docked at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrate’s’ Court in Ibadan over alleged impersonation.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. Philip Amusan, told the court that the accused, of no fixed address, faced a two-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of a Police Warrant Card.

He said the accused committed the alleged offences on Aug. 14, at about 1:00 a.m. at the Ibadan/Ife Expressway at Egbeda, Ibadan.

Amusan alleged that the accused posed as a member of the Nigeria Police Force by unlawfully wearing a police uniform.

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Child Robbers: 11 Armed Robbers Aged Between 12 – 14 Years, Arrested in Ibadan

Oyo State Police Command is to rehabilitate the 11 kid robbers arrested in Ibadan, the state capital, on June 15, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, said on Thursday.

Katsina, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, added that the arrest of the kid robbers was part of initiatives by the command to ensure a crime-free environment in the state.

Katsina stated that some of the kid robbers, aged between 12 and 14, conspired and invaded a house around the Challenge Area of Ibadan, where they stole the sum of N11,000.

“Based on information, the Anti-Robbery Squad of the command was sent out immediately and they were surprised to see kids of 12 and 14 years of age coming out to make confessional statements,” he said.

Katsina, who also expressed pity on the plight of the kids, explained that they voluntarily narrated to the police details about their activities.

He lamented that the involvement of the kids in robbery activities could be attributed to lack of parental care and poverty.

“Most of these children are from broken homes and I wish parents can learn from the plight of these kids and take proper care of their children.

“One thing that keeps disturbing me is the voluntary narration and sincerity of the kids. They have no shelter of any sort and to them, their future starts and ends on the bridge.

“Their only means of livelihood is to savage innocent members of the public, be involved in pick pocketing, robbery and related criminal activities,” he said.

Katsina noted that 90 per cent of the kids arrested were not residents or indigenes of Oyo State.

“Some of them are from Benin Republic in search of greener pastures in Nigeria, in a negative way,” he said.

The police boss disclosed that one of the 11 kid robbers, a 12-year-old boy, was apprehended in Ogbomoso in a robbery-related conduct.

“In the course of the arrest, he led us to six other members of his group, where four of them were minors and the two others adults.

“The boy is from Kwara State, as we got to know from his confession. He confessed that his father was living happily with his mother until he married a second wife.

“As a result of that, there was a problem and the mother moved out with the kid robber and relocated to Ogbomoso,” he said.

Katsina, however, added that the command was currently taking care of the 11 arrested minors.

He also said that Governor Abiola Ajimobi had promised to assist in the rehabilitation and provision of adequate care for the kids.

“When I spoke with him, he said that there were rehabilitation centres in Ibadan, where the kids would be provided with basic care amenities. The governor also said that the state government would assist to provide job opportunities for unemployed youths in the state at the newly-inaugurated Waste-to-Energy projects.”

The Oyo police boss, however, called on parents and the governments of the neighbouring countries to monitor the activities of their children and wards, while admonishing Nigerians and philanthropists to assist them.

Only A Bastard Will Vote Jonathan – Yorubas At Ibadan Summit

The historic Parliament Building in Ibadan was over-filled as prominent Yoruba in all professions, princes and monarchs, governors and former governors, gathered to articulate their aspirations and minimum demands from the Federal Government.

The high point of the summit, convened by the illustrious Yoruba retired army general, Alani Akinrinade was the total support given the presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The summiteers declared unanimously, “It is Buhari or nobody else”.

A major proponent of this declaration, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade who was represented by High Chief Eddy Oyewole said, “On 28 March, 2015, let us vote for Buhari.”

He condemned the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for wasting the meager resources of the country by lavishly bribing various individuals and groups to secure their supports.

While Senator Anthony Adefuye strongly stated, “Only a bastard Yoruba will vote for Jonathan, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye said, ‘We will vote en masse for Buhari”.

Shortly after delivering the message sent by the governorship candidate of Accord Party in the state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja that he would go the way of Yoruba people.

Senator Ayo Fasanmi declared, “At this point, we Yorubas should know where we are going. PDP is distributing money to earn wrong votes. Come May 29, we will be happy when Buhari becomes the president of the nation.

“Why would Jonathan appoint ministers two months to the end of his term if not that they want to use all means to steal what is left in the coffer; that is if anything is left? By God’s grace, I, Senator Ayo Fasanmi will vote for Buhari. May 29, Buhari will be sworn in as our president.”

National Chairman, Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, Honourable Olawale Oshun said that considering the fact that Yoruba people have been suffering marginalisation within the Nigerian state for the past 16 years, Yorubas should vote for leaders who have its interests at heart in order to bring an end to this unacceptable state of affairs.

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who decried the high level of maginalisation of Yoruba in the Jonathan led administration said, “We have been subject of brazen marginalization and deliberate attempt to whittle down our historical contributions to the development of Nigeria. It will interest you to note that in the wheel of power at the centre, there are only two Yoruba people. Indeed, out of the 50 most powerful men and women in the executive, legislative, judicial and even security components of power in Nigeria, there are only two Yoruba people. These are the Chief of Staff to the President, whose choice was almost an afterthought and the Accountant General of the Federation.