Syrian National, Accomplice Arrested Over Illegal Mining In Ogun.

The Ogun state government says it has arrested a Syrian and a Nigerian for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities along the industrial corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, who disclosed this while leading an enforcement team to the illegal mining site at Boun Village, Shimawa, behind Redemption Camp in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, said that the culprits would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He stated that illicit activities of miners had wrecked serious havoc to lives and property as well degraded the environment, warning that the present administration in the state frowns at the unlawful acts of making profit at the detriment of residents of the State.

“It is good to sound this note of warning to unscrupulous elements that are in the illegal business of destroying the environment in the name of mining.

“As a government, we will do our best to curb illegal mining because the lives of residents are precious to us.

“Unfortunately, the people involved make money at the detriment of law abiding residents. I can assure you that we will take holistic approach to end these activities and whoever is caught engaging in it would face the full weight of the law. For instance, this Syrian and his accomplice will not go unpunished”. he said.

The commissioner noted that the monitoring activities would continue until illegal mining was nipped in the bud towards forestalling environmental hazards.


Source: Channels TV

Governor Amosun Advocates Firm Punishment For Gender Violence Offenders

The Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun has advocated for firmer punishment against perpetrators of gender based violence, asking Nigerians to speak up on all forms of violence and abuse against women in the country

The governor made this known in Abeokuta, the state capital while leading others on a campaign, aimed at creating the necessary awareness on the need to protect the rights of women in the society

He also restated the commitment of his administration towards supporting initiatives that would give the women folk the necessary sense of belonging in the scheme of things

According to the representative of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the House is ready to give legislative backing to any initiative that will promote the course of women, which is in the criminal code of the state.

The representative further stated that women are regarded as the most vulnerable in the society, their rights are being infringed upon by socio-cultural and most times, religious practices.

The awareness campaign was led by the governor, his wife and the President of Women Arise, which was to bring to the fore, the need to put a stop to all forms of violence against women.

After the awareness walk and the speeches, the governor was recognized with an award for his disposition to women development by the President of the initiative.


Source: Channels TV

Ogun Government To Plant 1.5 Million Trees Across Forest Reserves

The Ogun state government said it is planting about 1.5million trees in 2017.

This is to regenerate seven of its depleted forest reserves, which have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity by activities of illegal timber operators across its forest in the state.

This disclosure was made by the State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kola Lawal, during the International Day of Forestry with the theme ” Forests Energy” held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Commissioner said that the state government is reviewing its various laws on forestry to strengthen existing laws, and recommend stricter punishment for illegal operators across the state.

”We have nine forest reserves in Ogun state, seven out of the nine have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity but the state government under Governor Ibikunle Amosun, has done a lot in its afforestation programme, for example, in 2016 we planted 500,000 seedlings, this year (2017) we are planning to plant 1.5 million seedlings so that we can regenerate our forest reserves”.

”We know the government alone cannot do it, that is why we are frightening our relationship with private investors and private sectors”, he said.

The Commissioner further said: ”The current forestry laws in place was last reviewed in 2006 but because of the governor’s mission to rebuild the state, we are reviewing the existing laws because they can no longer stand the challenges of the current time, this you are going to see in the next couple of months when the reviewed laws are going to be presented to the State House of Assembly for passage”

” Most of the laws are obsolete, that is why we need to have a look at them with a view of reviewing them, there are some without punitive measures which allow these people to do whatever they like in the reserves, we know we should strengthen and enhance the law to be able to arrest the situation” he concluded.


Source: Channels TV

Ogun Government To Partner River Basin Authority On Power Generation

The Ogun State Government, has said it is ready to partner with the Ogun-Osun river basin authority to develop nine megawatts of electricity at the Oyan dam.

Governor, Ibikunle Amosun gave the indication when he received the executive management of the basin authority at his office.

The Governor also sought for collaboration in the area of agriculture.


Source: Channels TV

Ogun Government Advocates Incorporation Of Security Studies In Schools

The Ogun state government has called for the incorporation of security studies and intelligence gathering in the curriculum of schools in the state, to inculcate the habit of security consciousness in pupils even at their younger age.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, while playing host to the Provost, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, College of Security Management, Mrs Rachael Awosusi.

She stated that the Corps would be a strong partner in promoting the new curriculum in the school with a view to broadening the horizon of the younger generation on security consciousness.

On her part, Mrs Awosusi said the purpose of the visit was to familiarise with the top management of the ministry and also see areas where they could work together, while assuring that the corps would continue to promote security and its consciousness among students in the state.

Mrs Mujota, further revealed that the ministry was already contemplating a training programme on intelligence gathering and information management for its staff in the college.

She also lauded the corps for providing security during the summer camp held in 2016, at Akin Ogunpoola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area.


Source: Channels TV

Ogun Police Arrest Suspected Serial Burglar.

The Ogun State Police Command has paraded a 40-year-old man suspected to be a serial burgler responsible for many robbery operations in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Items found in his care include many television sets, generators, mobile phones and other items suspected to have been stolen.

Parading the suspect, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect was arrested after a tip off from members of the community.

While assuring members of the general public of the resolve of the command to protect life and property of residents, the Police PRO solicited more collaboration in the area of intelligence gathering to ensure effective policing

“This man identified as Tosin Adeleye has been a resident of this area for quite a long period of time.

“He is believed to be a destitute going about begging for alms but the Police believed that he was not actually a destitute but having an ulterior motive. That is why surveillance was mounted around him.

“We have been trying to investigate him for quite a period of time now and based on our intelligence gathering we moved into where he was living and on getting there, we conducted a search and what we recovered are those things you are looking at.

“That is to tell you that this man is not actually a destitute. Somebody who is believed to be a beggar is in possession of about 20 TV sets, 11 handsets, generators, roofing sheets.

“How he came about these things is why we are going deep into the investigation to find out what actually is his motive and occupation.

“He has never been a radio repairer and if he is one, is he also a generator repairer? Far from it.

“This is one of those people who pretend to be somebody in the daylight and something else in the night,” he concluded.


Source: Channels TV

Ogun State Declares 396, Others Free Of Lassa Fever.

The Ogun Commissioner for Health Dr. Babtunde Ipaye, has said that 396 people have been declared free of Lassa Fever according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard, after being placed under surveillance.

The persons were said to have had primary and secondary contacts with the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Idi- Aba in Abeokuta, who died of Lassa fever in December 2016.

Ipaye also revealed that 19 close contacts to another new suspected Lassa fever case, came out negative after been tested.

The Commissioner, who made this disclosure during an interview in his office with Journalists at Oke- Mosan in Abeokuta, explained that during the process of monitoring the 396 contacts, another suspected case was recorded with about 50 contacts traced to the victim.

According to him, the blood samples of the 19 primary contacts out of the 50, were then tested and confirmed to be negative.

Ipaye said the suspected victim who later died at University College Hospital, (UCH) in Ibadan, cannot be counted for Ogun State, saying that the remaining 39 secondary contacts have been placed under close monitoring with one thermometer and health officer attached to each of them to monitor their temperature.

He added that so far, none of the contacts have shown abnormal temperature since they began monitoring and that the medical officers attached to each of the contacts would continue to monitor until the specified period in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard, is exceeded before they could be medically adjudged to be free of the disease.

The Health Commissioner said the 39 contacts would in less than a week, be declared free to include the 19 close contacts that were tested nagative.

He then urged members of the public not to panic, while assuring citizens that the government was on top of the situation.

He also stressed the need for the people to cultivate high level of hygiene, keep food items away from rats and get rid of all kind of rats in and around their environment.

Dr. Ipaye also advised members of the public to report any case of malaria symptoms that may have exceeded three days of treatment to the nearest General Hospital.


Source: Channels TV

Hoodlums attack Ogun hospital staff for delaying treatment of accident victims

Hoodlums, commonly known as area boys, on Wednesday disrupted medical activities at the Ogun State Hospital, Ifo, in Ifo local government area for almost one hour.

The attackers stormed the hospital when some commercial motorcyclists were brought in to receive medical attention following a crash which occurred at Papalanto along Abeokuta-Lagos Road.

On arrival with the ?victims, the area boys were asked to obtained cards for the patients, but they revolted, insisting that the victims must be attended to immediately before obtaining hospital cards.

Shortly after, they began to beat up some of the hospital staff, just as many of the workers hurriedly abandoned their duty posts to avoid being attacked.

A staff of the hospital, while narrating their ordeal, said the area boys wanted all the accident victims to be treated the same time even though there was only one doctor on duty.

Pandemonium broke out at the hospital as the invaders threatened to set the hospital ablaze.

They were stopped by a team of police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, arrived the hospital to deposit a corpse.

Some of the hoodlums were arrested and taken away, but later released after few hours, a witness said.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Taofeek Somade, confirmed the incident, saying the quick intervention of the police saved the situation.

Mr. Somade said the hoodlums were arrested and whisked away by the police.

Similarly, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the attack.

Soldiers drafted to restore peace to warring Ogun, Ondo communities

Soldiers have been drafted to quell a violent conflict between two communities in Ogun and Ondo states.


PREMIUM TIMES reported how violence erupted between Makun-Omi and Ajijere communities in Ogun and Ondo States respectively.


The two communities fought over the ownership of a boundary village, Limorisa, between them.


The soldiers were deployed after a security council meeting in Ogun State.


Residents said calm is gradually returning to the affected areas.

Violence erupts between neighbouring communities in Ogun, Ondo

There have been clashes between neighbouring communities of Makun-Omi and Apijere located in Ogun and Ondo States respectively, leaving many people injured.

The violence was caused by both communities laying claims to the ownership of Limorisa , a border village between the two communities.

A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that local guns and other cudgels were freely used in the violence on Wednesday morning.

The witness said majority of the residents of Makun-Omi have deserted the community and some of them shot.

A High Chief and secretary to the traditional ruler of Makun-Omi, Biodun Odumade, while speaking from his hideout, said the community has been sacked by invaders, who he said were militants from the neighbouring community.

Mr. Odumade said the violence erupted when Makun-Omi residents resisted attempts by the invaders, who he said arrived in a boat to take over the controversial border community

“We are just 10 kilometres to Apijere community in Ondo State, with Limorisa a boundary community. We have been exercising ownership of the land since 1940,and we receive royalty, until recently when we were attacked,” the community leader said

“As I am talking to you now, some of our people have been shot. Even the youth corpers posted here had to escape alongside others through a bush path,” Mr. Odumade said.

He called on security operatives to come to the rescue of the community.

The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Adeoluwa Taiwo, could not be reached as his phone was not available as at the time of this report.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Taiwo and the state’s security chiefs were holding an emergency meeting on the crisis as at the time of this report.

Details later…

Ogun PDP factions expel Buruji Kashamu, Gbenga Daniel.

The festering crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, over the weekend, saw two factions of the party engage in counter actions that meant sacking each other’s leaders for alleged anti-party activities.

The faction led by Sikirulai Ogundele and loyal to former Governor Gbenga Daniel had on Friday announced the suspension of Buruji Kashamu, a Senator, and ?others, including Dayo Bayo, Pegba Otemolu, Semiu Shodipo, Fatai Adeyanju, Segun Seriki, Daisi Akitan, and Bowale Solaja.?

The exercise, the Daniel faction said, followed the report of a panel constituted in June to investigate allegations of financial improprieties and anti-party activities against the listed party chieftains.

“Based on the preliminary report of the panel however, submitted to the Executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ogun State Chapter, we found merit in the allegations and hereby adopt the report and findings of the Panel which include recommendation to suspend the above mentioned,” said a statement by Mr. Ogundele on Friday.

The statement added that the accused persons refused to honour several invitations by the panel to respond to allegations of misapplication and outright diversion of party funds.

But in a counter action, the faction loyal to Mr. Kashamu, held a press conference on Saturday to announce the sacking of Mr. Daniel and a member of the House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu.

The chairman of the Daniel faction, Mr. Ogundele, and Tolu Bankole were also affected by the counter exercise carried out by the Kashamu faction chaired by Bayo Dayo.

“These charlatans that have now become an embarrassment and huge nuisance to the party are not acting solo, they are being promoted and sponsored by Hon. Ladi Adebutu whose inordinate and desperate desire to contest for the office of Governor in 2019 have made him go berserk and reckless in the pursuit of that asinine mission, even when the time for such is not ripe.

“Ladi Adebutu is also not acting alone as he clearly does not have the intelligence and capacity to orchestrate the degree of political subterfuge he has soaked himself in, but he is being aided and guided by the big masquerade in Sagamu, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, whose dwindling political relevance and desire to grab from the wealth of Chief Adebutu Kessignton has made him surrender leadership to the little Ladi,” said Mr. Dayo, speaking for Mr. Kashamu’s faction.

He said the affected politicians could not appeal the verdict as they had become “cancerous” to the party.
The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission accepted candidates from Mr. Daniel’s faction for the last local government elections in the state.

The ruling APC in the state eventually won all the chairmanship seats.

Candidates loyal to Mr. Kashamu’s faction were rejected following a court order.

Pastor arrested in Ogun for alleged rape

A pastor, Adekunle Francis, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.


The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday, said the suspect forcefully had sex with the victim under the pretence of praying and anointing her.


He said the suspect, at Ipamesan in Sango town, lured the girl into an uncompleted building on November 22 and raped her.


“The suspect, who was arrested on 22nd of November was said to have lured the girl into an uncompleted building under the pretence of praying and anointing her and forcefully had sex with her,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.


The police spokesperson said the victim later complained at Sango Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer, Akinsola Ogunwale, dispatched a team of detectives to the scene at Ipamesan Sango Ota where the victim was promptly arrested.


“On interrogation, he confessed to the commission of the offence attributing it to the work of devil,” the police said.


He said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to Anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation

Two men arraigned in court for stealing 29 bags of rice in Ogun State.

The Police in Ogun on Tuesday arraigned two men, Ojo Ada, 54, and Tonny Odili, 56, in an Ota Magistrates’ Court for alleged theft of 29 bags of rice valued at N450,000.

The defendants, whose addresses are unknown, are facing a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Tsav Dominic, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 12, at about 12.30 p.m. in Sango Garage, Ota.

Dominic said that the defendants conspired and stole 29 bags of rice valued at N450,000 belonging to one Gbemisola Adepoju.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened sections 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Adebayo Alebiosu, granted the defendants bail of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

Alebiosu said that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and should be gainfully employed.

She ordered that the sureties should swear to an affidavit of means and submit four recent passport photographs to the court.

The magistrate also said that the sureties should produce evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government and their addresses should be verified by the police.

Alebiosu adjourned hearing in the case to Nov. 23.

Army ‘arrests’ 37 Boko Haram suspects in Lagos, Ogun.

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on Thursday says it arrested 37 suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Lagos and Ogun States within the last 15 months.

The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet, disclosed this in Lagos while handing over to his successor, Maj.-Gen. Ebenezer Oyefolu.

Edet said the Division, under his watch, arrested the terrorists in different parts of the two states.

“As Boko Haram is being defeated, the terrorists run to other parts of the country. From the period I took over in August 2015 till date, we arrested 37 Boko Haram suspects.

“We will continue to arrest them and hand them over to the appropriate authorities,’’ he said.

Edet said his most challenging moment as GOC 81 Division was the abduction of three of his operatives by militants in Ijagemo Area of Lagos.

“I had to work round-the-clock to secure their release,’’ he said.

On pipeline vandals at Arepo area of Ikorodu, the outgone GOC said the Army worked collaboratively and cooperatively with other security agencies to rout the vandals from the area.

In his remark, the new GOC, Maj.-Gen. Oyefolu, said he would key into the successes of his predecessor to move the Division forward.

Until his appointment as GOC 81 Division, Oyefolu was the Deputy Director at Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja.

Why we sacked NLC, TUC chairmen – Ogun Government

The Ogun State Government has given reasons why it sacked the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Akeem Ambali, the head of the teachers’ union, NUT, Dare Ilekoya, and suspended another 19 public servants from the service.

The government in a statement signed by its Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, and made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday said Mr, Ambali was found to have held several meetings with politicians in preparation for the Teachers Day celebration, which was said to be contrary to the civil service rules.

The government said the dismissal of Mr, Ambali and others has nothing to do with the indefinite strike embarked upon by the workers.

The state government has been having a running battle with workers over allegations of illegal deductions from salaries.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun had while reacting to the workers strike at a town hall meeting held at June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, described the aggrieved workers as brainless and senseless.

The government, while further justifying the sack,? declared that the panel set up to investigate the allegations found the affected officials guilty of contravening the public service rules and recommended their dismissal from the service.

‘The panel recommended that with the facts available to it, Mr Akeem Ambali gave interviews, press statements and met several times with politicians for the D-day. The government therefore dismissed Mr Akeem Ambali from the public service”, the statement noted.

The Ogun government also justified its sack of the head of the teachers’ union, NUT, in the state, Dare Ilekoya, saying it acted on the recommendation of the panel.

“Those recommended for dismissal include Comrade Akeem Ambali, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Comrade Dare Ilekoya, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT. They were all found to have contravened the Public Service Rules 04401, 04402 (c&d) and 04406 (a) due to their involvement in the political rally they held under the guise of World Teachers Day celebration event.

“Also the government approved the suspension of another nineteen public servants for contravening the public service rules. The government has already directed the appropriate agencies such as the State Local Government Service Commission to implement the approved recommendations with immediate effect.”

The labour leaders have condemned the sack and suspension and vowed to continue with their strike.

Amosun Is Trying To Use Thugs To Intimidate Us – Striking Workers

Yesterday Striking workers in Ogun State alleged that thugs suspected to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun beat up public servants and labour union leaders

One of those affected, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The thugs came in a Toyota Camry and some others came on motorcycles; they descended on union leaders and some of us who had gathered at the secretariat, beating us blue, black.

“The thugs covered the number plate of the car, in order to shield the identity of the owner from being traced. This is sad.”

Another worker said, “They attacked our members at Laderin Estate, Kuto Roundabout and Oke Ilewo.”

The state NLC chairman, Akeem Ambali, who confirmed the attack on workers and labour leaders, said

“This is the first time in the history of this state that workers will be attacked by the agents of the state. We have heard that some people have hired some thugs to attack us. But we thought it was all a rumour. But we were shocked this morning when some thugs came in a black Toyota Camry with number plate LND 555 BD to the place where the labour leaders were standing at Kuto roundabout.

“They attacked our members at Kuto, Oke Ilewo and Laderin Housing Estate.

“They beat up two labour leaders, Comrade Benco and Comrade Olayemi, among others.

“The NLC office has been sealed off by 30 armed men, but I have gathered that two cultists have been trailing me.

“My life is not safe and I have gone underground. My life is not safe with this government.”

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Ogun State: Striking workers have no brains – Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, has lambasted workers of the state civil service who have threatened to go on strike over unpaid allowances and wages, saying they have no brains.

This is coming after the organized labour, on Wednesday, made real its threat to commence total strike in the state.

The workers had snubbed a meeting initiated by foremost traditional rulers in the state.

At a town hall meeting organized yesterday by the Ministry of Budget and Planning at June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital, the governor, while reacting to their actions, said he would not succumb to the demands of the workers.

He said it was insensitive of the workers to be threatening to go on strike even when the economic recession is biting hard on all states.

Governor Amosun said, “We all know this, yet some are not using their brains. They don’t have brains and they don’t know what they are doing. They don’t have sense.

“I cannot give what I don’t have. Teachers alone collect N2 billion monthly.

“If you want to join politics go and resign, you can then become card carrying member of political parties, you can start printing posters if you want to contest,” the governor blasted.

Recall that the Ogun government had vowed to invoke ‘no work, no pay on any worker who does not resume at work.

Man Beats 10 Year Old Son To Death In Ogun

The police in Ogun have arrested a 37-year-old man, Rasak Adekoya for allegedly beating his son to death.

Adekoya was apprehended by policemen at Ago-Iwoye after residents reported him for severely beating the deceased, Wariz Adekoya, 10.

He was said to have descended on the boy on the allegation that he stole from him.

It was gathered that the suspect always assaulted the child, a situation that infuriated his neighbours.

It was also gathered that old and new scars were seen all over the deceased.

Contacted, the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) said the corpse has been deposited in the motuary.

“The corpse has been deposited at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Mortuary, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo for autopsy. The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered that the suspect be transferred to Homicide Section of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Eleweran, for further investigation. As soon as investigation is concluded, the suspect would be arraigned in court.”


Man beats 10-year-old son to death

Ogun, Enugu, Abia teachers want better remuneration

Ogun State teachers have asked for better condition of service and remuneration. They made the appeal in Abeokuta, the state capital, at the ceremony to mark the World Teachers’ Day.

Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Dare Ilekoya, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in Abeokuta, the capital, said that the time had come for both the federal and state governments to accord them the “necessary” recognition.

His words: “The teachers as veritable agents of change need to be empowered both financially and intellectually. It is time to re-appraise the roles of teachers and accord them the necessary recognition without struggle.”

Governor Ibikunle Amosun assured the teachers that his administration would continue to create a good and conducive environment for them to operate.

Amosun, represented by his Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, called on stakeholders to join hands with the government to move the sector forward.

But the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Akeem Ambali, said the union would not go back on the 21-day ultimatum given to Amosun government to address the issue of unpaid allowances of the state workforce.

In Enugu, teachers bemoaned the age-long non-payment of retirement or death benefits to retired teachers and next-of-kin of the deceased teachers.They lamented that the last time gratuity was paid to primary and secondary school teachers in the state was in 2002 and 2009 respectively.

Represented by the state Chairman of the NUT, Ozor Paul Nnaji, the teachers decried the fact that even pension was not paid on regular basis, particularly as it concerned retired primary school teachers who might have to stay for some months without it after retirement. Abia teachers urged the state government to ensure that their rights were given to them.

The state NUT chairman, Akparanta Chizobem, who stated this in his address to mark the day, disclosed that primary and secondary school teachers were owed four months and five months salaries respectively.

He said: “We humbly appeal to government to value the teacher and improve on his status to give his best to better the society, as the working condition of the teacher is the learning condition of the child.”

Ogun State Signs Agreement To Build Africa’s Second Largest Refinery

The Ogun State Government, on Wednesday, signed an agreement with a consortium of four private companies to build the second largest refinery in sub-Saharan Africa and the largest petroleum product depot in Nigeria.

The Chairman, Petrolex Group, Mr. Segun Adebutu who led other partners in the consortium to the office of the Ogun State Governor for the agreement signing ceremony, said the two projects, when completed would generate not less than 2000 employment opportunities for the citizens and greatly increase the socio-economic condition of the state.

He said the refinery is situated in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking during the ceremony, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, assured the consortium of his administration’s commitment to fully support the project.

“We have the political will and we would support the project fully. You can be rest assured that I will get involved, when necessary, in order to ensure that the project is a success,” the governor said.

Governor Amosun added that, “any government that will get it right indeed must be private sector driven.”

In this respect, Governor Amosun said Ogun State does not just want any investment but that which will truly support the dreams, goals and economic drive of the present administration in the state.

The Governor disclosed that his administration will always support people of like minds who will in turn bring positive economic development to the state.

The firms involved in the consortium include Petrolex Oil and Gas, Hyundai, Ajayi Legal Partner and Wema Bank PLC.

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor



Ogun Farm Manager Killed While Harvesting Crop With Daughter

A farm manager, Gbenga Kiki, has been strangled by unknown persons while harvesting crop on a farmland in Orisada-Eyo community in the Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that 37-year-old Gbenga, a father of two, who managed the farm for his boss, whose name had yet to be ascertained, was killed penultimate Sunday, while harvesting tomatoes.

It was learnt that the farm manager had left for the farm on his motorcycle around 12pm.

Our correspondent gathered that Gbenga went with his nine-year-old daughter.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the family members became apprehensive when Gbenga failed to return.

His daughter was found at a junction some hours later, and was taken home by a Good Samaritan.

Gbenga’s corpse was reportedly discovered on Thursday on the farmland by some members of a vigilance group, with some signs of violence.

Our correspondent learnt that the matter was reported at the Owode Police Division, while two suspects were arrested.

The deceased’s mother, Celina Kiki, told our correspondent that Gbenga had left for the farm to harvest some tomatoes for Sallah.

She said, “It was around 12pm on Sunday. I prepared food for him and asked him to eat before going to the farm as he had much work to do. He insisted on going, adding that he would return to eat as he was not going to stay long. He went on his motorcycle.

“He said I should keep the food for him. When it was, however, getting late, I became worried that he had not returned. Minutes later, I saw a man riding his motorcycle home. The man brought back Gbenga’s daughter. I was shocked and knew that something bad had happened. The girl could not explain anything.

The attackers must have dropped her at a junction while they went to carry out their wicked act.

“We kept on searching for Gbenga until Thursday when his corpse was found on the farmland. We do not know who killed him. I am still in pains.”

A community leader, who identified himself only as Odebiyi, urged the police to be thorough in their investigation.

He said, “The two suspects arrested should be quizzed thoroughly by the police. They may have useful information about the case. One of them is known as Dauda. He was a former manager of the farmland where Gbenga worked.”

A resident told PUNCH Metro that Gbenga usually did not work on Sunday, adding that the killers were suspected to have called him on the telephone to come and sell tomatoes to them.

“I saw his corpse. He was strangled and his corpse was dumped in the bush around the farmland,” he added.

The head of the vigilance group in the community, Gafar Raji, said the police should strengthen security in the area, adding that the community had not been attacked by gunmen in the past.

The Ogun State acting Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police were investigating if there was a foul play in Gbenga’s death.

He said, “The matter was initially reported as a case of missing person. But when the corpse was eventually found in a bush, no mark of violence was discovered on him. The owner of the farm and another person were invited for questioning. The police will still investigate if there was any foul play in the death.”

Police Rescue Two Kidnapped Chinese In Ogun

The Police have rescued two Chinese Nationals – Shen Ximing and Wei Futang – from kidnappers in Ogun State.

Shen and Wei, who were last week kidnapped in Odeda in Odeda Local Government Area, regained their freedom after exchange of gunfire between the abductors and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives.

They were kidnapped while working on a quarry site at Odeda, but were rescued about a week later.

They are recuperating at an undisclosed hospital

Acting police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi told reporters at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta, that the expatriates were rescued on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi, an Assistance Superintendent of Police, said a police team, comprising men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and FSARS, were deployed to combat the abductors.

He added that the kidnappers  abandoned the victims and took to their heels, following pressure piled up on them during a gun-battle at their hideout.

The police spokesman added that the expatriates, who were rescued unhurt, have also been handed over to their company.

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Four Die In Ogun After Drinking Ogogoro

Four people have died in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after drinking local liquor known as ogogoro ..

Three of the victims died instantly while the other one died later.

The vendor of the liquor which is suspected to bear high concentration of ethanol, Mr. Salako Taloju, has been arrested by the police.

He is a gateman who operates a kiosk opposite the Ibara – Abeokuta home of a prominent Egba politician.

The police simply gave the names of three of the deceased as Baba Imeko, Baba Onwenue and Easy.

The trio, he added, were living in the neighbourhood.

Taloju himself was heavily drunk when the police came for him yesterday. He attempted to resist arrest, pleading that he was innocent, but the Police ignored his plea and whisked him away in their vehicle.

Taloju said: “we have been drinking together for a long time. I do not know why they have to accuse me now of killing them, I have even taken out of the liquor and nothing happened.”

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Stolen Kia Car Sold For N10, 000 In Ogun

A member of a robbery gang, Jimoh Wasiu, on Thursday narrated how they stole a Kia car and sold it for a meagre N10, 000.

Mr. Wasiu, 37, made the disclosure while being paraded before journalists at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, headquarters in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He was paraded alongside two other members of the gang, named Damilola Daramola (38) and Tunji Makinde (38).

Mr. Wasiu said the gang was formed in 2015 and had only snatched two cars. One of the stolen cars was the Kia they sold for N10, 000.

He said the group specialised in snatching cars and tricycles on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who paraded the suspects, said the gang operates on Lagos-Ibadan Highway.

Five suspected cultists were also paraded. They were accused of terrorising Ogijo and its environs before they were arrested.

Mr. Oyeyemi said the cultists killed a man at a filling station.

The police spokesman disclosed the identities of the suspected cultists as Oluwatosin Mosaku, Tunde Adeleye, Olajuwon Kashimawo, Sunday Ajayi and Sharafa Oladipupo.

He said Mosaku, popularly known as Mega Tea, was a notorious cultist who had killed many people in Ikorodu, Lagos state, while Kashimawo was allegedly responsible for the death of a-16-year-old boy that was killed on Tuesday at MRS Petrol station in Ogijo.

He said Ajayi, popularly known as Egbere, had been on police wanted list for snatching a rifle from a police corporal at Oko-Oba in Ogijo located in Sagamu local government area of Ogun State.

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5000 OPC Members Armed For War Against Ijaw Militants

5000 members of the Reformed Oodua People’s Congress (ROPC) have converged in Ogun state to confront militants who have been causing havoc in the Arepo and Imushin communities.

Punch reports that the members of the group arrived the state in 100 buses, looking ready for battle.

Eyewitnesses say the OPC members, who came from Lagos and other parts of Ogun, carried all manner of charms and weapons.

A source who spoke to newsmen also said They were over 5,000 and they filled the whole community. They carried all kinds of charms and a few of them even carried placards, protesting militant’s invasion of the South-West.

“They said they were ready to enter into the creeks to face the militants and kill them and all they needed was the permission of the traditional ruler. Some of them said they could transform to snakes and lions, once they get into the creeks.

“The traditional ruler, after thanking them for their concern, asked them to leave because he had not received authority from higher authorities to allow them fight the militants. He urged them to get approval from the government before doing anything in the community.

The President of the group, Dare Adesope, also said “On July 19, we issued a 14-day ultimatum to the militants to end their activities in the South-West and we said if they didn’t leave, we will challenge them and defend our people. That ultimatum elapsed yesterday (Monday).

The recent military action against the militants might have been influenced by our ultimatum, because prior to the release, the Federal Government didn’t do anything.

“We decided to go to the community in 107 buses and some cars, to show that the Reformed OPC is still on the ground and our aim is to protect the lives and property of everyone that is residing within our area of jurisdiction.

“Our silence all this while is not an act of cowardice. It is because we believe in dialogue before action. It is wrong for anyone to be kidnapping, raping, robbing and killing our people.

“We say no to that and we don’t want anything like that again in Yoruba land. After today, if we hear anything again in the area, we know what to do.

A combined team of security forces bombarded the hideouts of the militants in the creeks of Arepo in Ogun state.

Another Chained Child Rescued In Ogun As Culprit Flees- Police

The Ogun Police Command has rescued   another child, 10-year-old Promise Udeh, found chained in a house at Saraki, Adigbe area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.

She was rescued on Thursday around 7.30 pm when neighbours living close to the building where she was chained alerted the police.

She was rescued barely a week after the police and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps rescued a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, chained by his father, Francis, for over a month for stealing.

The father and his step-mother, Kehinde, would soon appear in court.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Promise was chained by her aunt, Chiamaka Okafor, who accused her of stealing N4,000.

She was said to have been chained for two days (Wednesday and Thursday) before she was rescued.

Oyeyemi said Chiamaka is currently on the run but her husband, Sunday Okafor has been arrested.

Narrating how the police found the child, the police spokesperson said, “We had an information that the girl was chained to a burglarproof window at an uncompleted building at Adigbe area and this led our men to the scene.

“The girl told us that it was her aunty who chained her on the allegation that she stole a sum of N4,000. The woman is now on the run, while her husband, who is an accomplice, has been arrested and he is helping us in our investigation.”

Chiamaka, however, escaped arrest on Friday around 4pm, when the Divisional Police Officer of Adigbe led a team of policemen and journalists to the home of the Okafors, tucked in the inner part of the area.

On sighting the police team, she allegedly fled through the backdoor, leaving behind her four children including a baby of about six months.

One of them, Godwin said,”our mummy has gone to buy baby food.”

A frantic search for her in the neighbourhood did not yield any positive result. However, three of the Okafors’ relatives and a tenant who occupied the boys quarters in the house, were arrested.

The tenant, Segun Poviesi, who’s a Beninese, said the landlady (Chiamaka) was still in the house, barely few minutes before the arrival of the police team.

He said, “She was still around about two minutes before you arrived here. I could hear splash of water from the bathroom of the main building. But I did not know how she escaped.”

But his fiancee, Omotoyosi Odu, confirmed that Chiamaka, who is the landlady, indeed chained Promise, adding that she was starved for the two days before she was rescued. She told the policemen that the victim was first chained to burglarproof iron in the Okafors’ kitchen, before she was later transferred to a room in the uncompleted part of the boys quarters.

She said, “At a point, when the girl was chained to the window in the kitchen, she was crying out to me that ‘I should please give her food.’ Other neighbours too heared her cry.

“Then the landlord had left home for their shop at Pansheke Market. Later, the girl was moved to the boys’ quarters and chained again. Some of us tried to intervene but she warned us to steer clear, because it was none of our business.”

It could not be established whether Promise is a relation of the Okafors or a housemaid.

Meanwhile, Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the new state Commissioner of Police, has ordered the arrest of the fleeing suspect,Chiamaka, who allegedly chained the victim

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Ogun Adopts Chained Boy

Ogun State Government has adopted a nine-year-old minor, Korede Taiwo, who was chained for weeks by his father for stealing in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of the state.
The boy, who was rescued by the Nigeria Civil Defence Corp and the Nigerian Police, was admitted  to the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.
Speaking during a visit to the boy at the hospital, wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun expressed satisfaction over his  health.  She said  the state would take up the responsibility of   sponsoring his education.
“I am happy to see him active and responding to treatment and with the way things are, he would soon be discharged from the hospital. The state government has taken full responsibility and would ensure his safety and his education,” she said.
Mrs Amosun condemned the ill-treatment of the boy by his father, and charged parents to take good care of their children by providing for them to avoid situation that could lead them into stealing and other vices.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye said  the state government would give the child the best in the areas of medical and social support, explaining that Korede would still be at the hospital for another week to enable him recover fully.
The Head of Department of Paediatric, at the hospital, Dr.  Morufat Ogundeyi said he was admitted for child abuse and chronic malnutrition and also being investigated if he has any other infection.
Ogundeyi said Korede needs special care and rehabilitation to help him develop and interact well with other children. She said  the child was mentally alert, and if given opportunity he would do well like any normal child of his age.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni said the present administration has zero tolerance for all forms of abuse.
He noted that the case had been taken over in line with due process, adding that the culprit would be brought to book.

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Cultists Kill 11 In Ogun To Mark Anniversary

No fewer than 11 persons have been killed by suspected cult members in Igode and Fakale communities in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Four persons were also injured while houses and cars were vandalized in the attack that lasted for about 10 hours.

It was learnt that the hoodlums, said to be Aye Confraternity members, had gone on the rampage at about 11am on Wednesday to commemorate their anniversary tagged 7/7.

The grand finale of the anniversary was reportedly held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Emuren, a neighbouring community.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 25 on motorcycles, came from Emuren, wielding guns and cutlasses.

Their targets were said to be members of the Eiye Confraternity, a rival cult. The bandits, who reportedly wore masks, shot dead three welders at a junction bordering Emuren and Igode.

The welders were said to be returning from a work site on a motorcycle.

The rampaging miscreants reportedly proceeded to the Fakale community, where they opened fire on a crowd watching a football match in a viewing centre, killing seven persons.

It was learnt that one of the deceased, identified simply as Dare, was a member of the Oodua People’s Congress.

Others were identified as Ibukun, Ismaila, Sunday, and a steel rod seller, Dare Olakanmi.

Three of them were said to have been buried.

However, the police had yet to remove the remains of the three welders as of 12pm on Thursday.

Four others, who were injured, were said to have been taken to a hospital in Sagamu.

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Buhari Dressed In Agbada Commences Inauguration Of Projects In Ogun

President Muhammadu Buhari has started inaugurating projects executed by the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the capital city of Ogun State, Abeokuta.

The President, who arrived at the state on Monday for its 40th anniversary, left the Presidential Lodge inside Ibara Housing Estate, at 10am in company with his host, Amosun, for the project sites.

The projects inaugurated by President Buhari so far in Abeokuta were the Itoku-Sapon flyover named Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti Flyover, Ultra-modern market at Sapon, the partially completed ultra-modern market, Omida.

He is currently in the palace of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, where they are having a closed-door meeting.

The president will also inaugurate a modern estate named after him, President Muhammadu Buhari Estate, located along Abeokuta-Siun- Kobape-Sagamu Expressway, among others, before he leaves.

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Governor Amosun Set To Develop Agriculture In Ogun State

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated his administration’s determination to continue to develop the agriculture sector. This is in a bid to improve the socio-economic life of the people in the state.


The Governor made the pledge during his first media chat for the year 2016, which held at the state-owned television, OGTV, where he explained some of the polices of his administration.

Agricultural development took centre stage, especially at a time when state governments are looking for alternatives to dwindling federal allocation.

“Whatever we grow, we must process; whatever we process we must market, once it is ready. There will be a lot of added value from the packaging, presentation and selling of the product, everybody will be involved.

“Once that is done, we will attract all these investors, industrialists and entrepreneurs to come and assist us in developing Ogun State,” he said.

He also highlighted some of the projects penciled down for commissioning to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state and debunked the rumour making the rounds that the government might have concessioned some of the newly built model schools to private operators.

On some of the challenges facing the state in the area of security, the Governor appealed to stakeholder to continue to support the government in flushing out crime.

Amosun also pledged his commitment to the development of more infrastructure in the state.

Most recently, the Ogun State House of Assembly passed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of 200.2 billion Naira.

Ogun Sacks Top Education Officials Over Exam Question Critical Of Govt

Ogun State Government has fired at least six officials of its Ministry of Education over an ‘offensive’ Senior School English language summary passage which formed part of questions set by an examiner, PREMIUM TIMES reports.


An examiner, Adegbenro Joel, was alleged to have prepared the English language exams questions for the third term academic session of the State Unified Examination in public secondary schools.


The exam had a summary passage that took a critical look at the alleged negligence of education by government.


The controversial summary passage read, “There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of the education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on education sector but, with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves.


“Many school run by the government which were formally known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glory. No wonder many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed.”


Governor Ibikunle Amosun reportedly got infuriated after his attention was called to the passage, and allegedly ordered the sacking of the officials of the ministry directly in charge of that examination.


Reliable government sources said those fired over the development include an acting Permanent Secretary, Folashade Oresegun; three directors including, Ganiyu Odunsi, and a deputy director, curriculum and evaluation, simply identified as Mr. Majekodunmi.


The examiner, who is a teacher at Mayflower School, was also sacked, our sources said.


Other sources said the dismissal of Messrs Oresegun and Odunsi was later converted to compulsory retirement while the four other affected officials remain dismissed.


When contacted,the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said he was not competent to comment on the matter.


He said “the issue is a civil service matter, the best person to comment is the state Head of Service. Please call Head of Service”.


But when contacted, the Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle, said “I am aware that not all of them were dismissed, some were terminated, some compulsorily retired.


“When the issue came up, the state government put in the necessary process, a panel was set up to investigate and based on their recommendations, the civil service commission has to decide. It is a decision that has been related to the affected officers.


“The normal process was that a panel was set up, the report forwarded to the Civil Service Commission for the civil servants, the Teaching Service Commission, for the teachers.


“The decision was in line with the civil service rule, due process was followed to the latter.”


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Many Boko Haram Suspects Arrested in Lagos, Ogun, Says Ex-Army GOC

Despite past attempts by Boko Haram insurgents to infiltrate Lagos, the Nigerian Army said it was able to nip their acts of terror in the bud by arresting them.

Reports gathered that the suspected members of Boko Haram were arrested during several raids conducted in both Lagos and Ogun States by the 81 Division headquarters.

The sect has in the past tried to infiltrate the South-west, especially Lagos, to set up their terror cells, but were blocked at every turn by the security agencies.

Chief among the attempts was the plot by a suicide bomber who blew herself up near THISDAY’s Lagos office last year and that of the lone suicide bomber arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 81 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Tamunomeibi Dibi, said despite the peculiarities of the state, the command was able to ensure maximum security.

Dibi, who made this disclosure at the handover ceremony to the new GOC, Major General Isidore Edet, said many of the sect members were arrested during his tenure.

Although he did not put a figure on the number of persons arrested and what they did with them, he said they were many who were arrested.

He called on soldiers in the division to remain vigilant and also ensure that the insurgents do not infiltrate Nigeria’s economic hub and its environ.

He said: “We all know about the security challenges around us and the Boko Haram challenge. We also know about the peculiarities of Lagos.

“We have been able to prevent the incursion of the Boko Haram sect into Lagos. A good number of Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Lagos.

“You are all aware of the challenges we are going through; the problem of Boko Haram. The fact that you are not in the North-east does not mean you are not fighting the war.

“We are all involved in the war because wars of this nature do not have a front or a rear end. So far, we are winning the war and I want you to do more. Be more vigilant and ensure security of your environment, your barracks.”

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Ogun Police Issue Shoot-At-Sight Order Against Ritualists, Human Parts Dealers

Police in Ogun state will henceforth shoot armed cultists and “ritualists” at sight, the state command announced Thursday.

The commissioner of police, Abdulmajid Ali, gave the order shortly after parading 23 suspected criminals at the State Police Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, saying that the command will not tolerate ?the rising cases of cultism and ritual killings.

He said the shoot-at-sight order will not amount to extra-judicial killing because the intention of armed criminals is either to kill or maim.

Mr. Alli said police would soon raid various campuses to apprehend suspected cult members, adding that the command had identified their abode and would get rid of them at all cost.

At the briefing, the commissioner announced that the suspects paraded were arrested in connection with murder, kidnapping, cultism and unlawful possession of human skull while several weapons, including guns, cutlasses, assorted charms and expended cartridges were recovered from them.

On the killing of Iyaloja of Ijebuland, Sadiat Elewuju, who was murdered on July 8, the police commissioner disclosed that one person had been charged to court for the killing but declined to reveal the identity of the suspect.

“Our investigation so far confirmed that he perpetrated the act? but tried to hide under a cover that six people were seen.

“We didn’t want to parade him because it’s a case that we have already charged to court. From all available information and the investigation conducted, the boy is a very close person to the woman. He was the person that saw the Iyaloja last, ?he was also the one that took care of her,” the police boss said.

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Arase Deploys New Commissioners Of Police In Lagos, Rivers, Ogun

Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has deployed new Commissioners of Police in Lagos, Rivers and Ogun states.

According to him, the move is to inject fresh ideas in the security architecture of the states, and some other Force Headquarters Formations.

A statement signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle said the postings are with immediate effect.

In the deployment chat, Ajani Fatai Owoseni was posted to Lagos, Chris Ezike, Rivers, and Abdulmajid Ali, Ogun state. Dan Bature will now take charge of Intelligence at the FCIID, Force Headquarters; Valentine Ntomchukwu is now CP Administration, Department of Logistics and Supplies, Force Headquarters and Hyelasinda Kimo Musa, CP Federal SARS.

Others are Kayode Aderanti, CP Administration, Department of Operations, FHQ; E.J Ibine, CP Port Authority, Eastern Command and Ogbusua Aja Oleh, CP Provost, FHQ.

The IGP expressed the hope that the new postings will reverse the crime wave in the affected states, while also strengthening administration in the affected strategic Force Headquarters Formations.


Egba Chief Shot Dead After Celebrating 75th Birthday, Assailants Leave Note Behind

An Egba Chief, the Oluwo of Ikanna, Chief Moses Oyebade was Wednesday night shot dead by suspected assassins who gained access into his house around 12:00am and shot him several times till he died. The assailants left a note in English and Yoruba which read: ‘Useless man. Oni dokudo (promiscuous).’ The chief however only celebrated his 75th birthday in Lagos two weeks ago before the incident.

The Ogun State Police command has however vowed to bring the perpetrators of the act to book.

June 12: Ogun Declares Friday Work Free Day

The Ogun government on Thursday declared Friday work-free day to mark the 22nd anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election in the state.

Notice of the holiday is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa in Abeokuta.

An indigine of the state, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola was widely believed to have won the 1993 presidential election but the poll was annulled by the then military government.

The Ogun government, therefore, urged residents to spend the day in peaceful celebration of the anniversary and to pray for the repose of the soul of late Abiola.

The statement also urged residents to pray for the political and socio-economic growth and development of Nigeria.

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Three-Year-Old Abducted In Lagos Rescued In Ogun

The three-year-old girl, Oluwabunmi Ajelero that was abducted on Sunday at the Surulere Baptist Church, Ojuelegba Road, Lagos State, has been rescued. The girl was said to have been kidnapped by two unidentified men who sneaked into the church premises while the girl was playing with other children at about 1pm.

Oluwabunmi’s parents and other members of the church were inside the church immersed in the service when the incident happened.

The Lagos Police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said Olawunmi was rescued by a police team drawn from divisions in the state, adding that he was not aware that the family paid any ransom.

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Osinbajo Speaks Up About Alleged Father & Mud House

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has cleared the air on an alleged photograph of his father which went viral recently.

He took to his Twitter handle and shared the photograph, which was taken during a campaign tour in Yewa last week.

He explained in another tweet, “He isn’t my father, brother uncle or blood relative. But. He is a Nigerian father. He deserves our respect. #Change”

“We need to change a govt. that has impoverished our people by grand corruption and misgovernance.”