Ogun State Police Arrest Suspect For Impersonating Ooni Of Ife

Man Arrested For Raping 13-year Old GirlThe Ogun State Police Command have arrested Abiodun Joseph, 26, for opening WhatsApp and Facebook accounts using the picture of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye, to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.

Parading the suspect alongside other suspects, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspect was arrested while perfecting his plan to dupe another individual after defrauding two persons of N600,000.

“On Wednesday, an information was received about a man impersonating the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye, on Facebook and WhatsApp platforms to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

“Upon information, Policemen attached to Ijebu Ode Area Command swung into action and subsequently arrested one Abiodun Joseph, 26,” the commissioner said.

The suspect confessed to the crime while being paraded.

“I opened a WhatsApp and Facebook accounts using the Ooni’s picture and I have duped two people to the tune of N600,000, though I am regretting my action.

“When I left secondary school, I had no sponsor to allow me further my education, so I learned how to repair phones and computers. That is what I have been doing before I was arrested by the Police for impersonation,” he said.

The command also paraded two other suspects for armed robbery and kidnapping, while another was allegedly killed after a gun duel with the police.

“Today, April 24, some hoodlums numbering about eight came to Obalende at Ijebu Ode with the intent to attack and kidnap expatriate of 6×6 quarry, they came in a truck with some of them dressed in full military uniform.

“But they were accosted by our anti robbery team from Obalende who engaged them in a gun duel, at the end of the encounter, one of them was fatally injured, one arrested and others fled,” the commissioner of Police stated.

Items recovered from the suspects were two pump action guns, four locally made single barrel gun, 75 live cartridges and sum of 87,600 naira.

While assuring members of the general public of their safety, the Commissioner of Police, however, sought the cooperation and understanding of residents on intelligence sharing and information that could lead to the arrest of criminals in the state.

Former Gov. Osoba Tasks Media Practitioners To Be Objective

Former Gov. Osoba Tasks Media Practitioners To Be ObjectiveA former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, has tasked media practitioners in the country to be objective and always consider the national interest in their reportage.

He gave the advice in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at the 2016 World Television Day celebration, organised by the Broadcast Journalists’ Association of Nigeria (BJAN).

The former governor said journalists, whether in the broadcast or the print media must hold the truth, objectivity and national interest as hallmarks of their reportage, as the watchdogs of the society.

He said, “Whatever you are doing as a journalist, you must allow objectivity, truth and national interest to always prevail as the watchdogs of the country.”

Osoba, who was represented by a former member of House of Representatives, Adekunle Adeyemi, at the event said that as a journalist himself, he would continue to associate with good causes by media practitioners.

The guest speaker at the event, the Head TVC News Nigeria, Mr. Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, who considered television as a powerful medium, lamented that news reportage in many privately-owned stations in the country has been commercialized, in order for the owners to make profit.

Kolade-Otitoju who spoke on “Media Commercialization and Objectivity in Television News and Programmes in Nigeria” insisted that overwhelming influence of such media proprietors on news managers had made it difficult for them to be in tune with the code of ethics of the National Broadcasting Commission.

He said: “It is quite painful that in many privately-owned television houses, news is a commercialised product, because the owners of the television stations want to make profit.

“They fail to follow the rule of the National Broadcasting Commission on the requirement that a differentiation be made between news and commercials.

“Television stations now present those commercials as news.”

Kolade-Otitoju also noted that it was due to the crave for survival that has made many television stations to engage in “strategic mutual partnerships” with state governments, which he said, involved only reportage of positive stories about them.

He, however, advised the media practitioners not to lose focus on their responsibility to the society, as watchdogs.

The Coordinator, Mass Communication Department, Crescent University, Abeokuta, Dr. Yemi Obalanlege, who spoke on the theme: “Digital Switch Over and The Future of Television News in Nigeria,” urged Nigeria to ensure it meets the digital switch over deadline in broadcasting to avoid being a dumping ground for other foreign countries.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr.  Dayo Adeneye, also appealed to the media to always put professionalism and patriotism into consideration in their reportage.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who considered the media as strategic partners in nation building, urged practitioners to always put the peace and tranquility of the country into consideration in their reportage.

The President of BJAN, Kazeem Olowe, assured that the broadcast journalists would continue to be people’s advocate and promoter of truth, fairness, justice and equality.

He said, “We will continue to write credible reports, serve as watchdogs in the society and remain committed to promotion of professional standard.”

How Police Uncovered Fraudsters’ Den In Ogun State

fraudsters-denPolice on Wednesday uncovered a den in Ogun State believed to be operated by fraudsters and used for organised crimes.

The police say unsuspecting members of the public have been swindled of money and other valuables.

Located inside the bush at Abule Ifa area of Siun, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, many victims were thought to have fallen victims to their pranks.

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Some items discovered inside the den by the police

Leading others, including the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, said two suspects had been arrested and would be made to face the consequences.

A Place For Organised Crime

The building from outside looks like a place where movies are shot, but on the inside, it bore marks of a place where illegal activities occur.

It is located inside the forest, hidden from the prying eyes of other members of the community.

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An underground bunker well sealed with cement, but forced open by security operatives

A cursory look at the buildings revealed that the den was equipped with underground bunkers, no doubt many unsuspecting members of the public must have been duped of their money and other valuables.

“I think you have gone around yourself and see some funny stuffs they put in place.

“This is not a theatre place. This is a place for organised crime, where fraudsters use to deceive innocent citizens and part with large sums of money.

“I have gotten a lot of report about them and we have been monitoring them and we have successfully arrested two of them,” Mr Ali told reporters.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the den. They claimed to have been in the business for months now.

One of the victims who was lured into the den narrated his ordeal.

He said: “When I got inside, they were in the dark and they were talking to me saying that they wanted to make me the richest person in this country. In this wise, I asked them what my next action should be.

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Two suspects arrested by the police

“They said that they will cut down the Iroko tree, calve a box for me and that I will have to look for a house where nobody will enter and put it there.

“They said I will have to put 40 million Naira there and that it will be converted to dollars”.

In a related development, the State Police Command also paraded a 32-year-old house-wife and mother of one alongside two others for allegedly hiring hired assassins to eliminate her husband over unresolved marital issues

The woman in question, Oluchi Onyebuchi, has, however, debunked this claim asking the police to investigated the claims and ascertain her culpability or otherwise.

Ogun LG Polls Described As ‘Peaceful So Far’

Edo Voters, security concerns, edo electionAs Ogun State kick starts its Local Government (LG) elections on Saturday, accreditation and voting have commenced simultaneously in the 20 LGs and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

Channels Television crew monitors the polls in Abeokuta, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

The exercise witnessed relatively large turnout of voters in some of the polling centres while few electorates showed up at some other centres.

The exercise has been described as peaceful so far as residents vote their representatives at the grassroots without any hitch.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who monitored the process, expressed satisfaction with the level of comportment.

As early as 8:00 am, eligible voters were seen casting their vote while security personnel were deployed at strategic places to sustain the peaceful conduct of the elections.

However, there was disagreement among some party agents and the presiding officer at a polling unit in Ita Eko, over the simultaneous accreditation and voting strategy adopted by the electoral body.

At some other polling units, accreditation and voting started behind schedule, a situation attributed to the mix up in the materials taken to the voting centres.

Results of the exercise is expected from different LGs and LCDAs later in the day.

Amosun Flags Off Campaign For Ogun LG Polls

re-run election in abia state. Amosun- Ogun electionOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has flagged off the campaign tour of Local Governments (LG) in preparation for the LG poll into the 20 LGs and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

Leading other members of the State Executive Council, party official and supporters, Governor Amosun thanked supporters of the All Progressives Congress for their support for his administration’s policies and programmes.

He also assured the residents of more developments, saying that all ongoing projects will be completed before the end of his administration.

The Governor warned against any form of violence before, during and after the polls, urging residents of the state to come out and vote.

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) announced October 8 for the conduct of the elections in the state.

The Chairperson of the OGSIEC, Mrs Risikat Ogunfemi, also admonished politicians to play by the rules of the game, just as she asked youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used as instrument of violence by politicians.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Zone 2, which comprises of Lagos and Ogun States, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali said that the Police would not condone any forms of irregularities and indiscipline during and after the polls.

Representing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the stakeholders meeting held with members of political parties and security chiefs in Abeokuta, the state capital,the AIG also warned men and officers against all forms of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, expressed the readiness of the Police for the Saturday polls, saying that about 5,000 Police officers would be deployed for the exercise.

Navy Partners With Police To Strengthen Maritime Security

Police and NavyThe Nigerian Navy and the Police Force are collaborating to provide adequate security to the nation’s maritime domain, with strategic asset and vast resources.

To strengthen surveillance and capacity to protect the waterways in Lagos State, the Navy, on Saturday, drilled police officials on basic marine operations.

Combating threats such as piracy, pipeline vandalism, unregulated fishing, terrorism and other marine related crimes were examined at the training.

The Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, said that the training would help the police.

“The event we are witnessing today (Saturday), is the demonstration of the collaboration between the leadership of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Police Force to improve the proficiency of our personnel in maritime operations and in simplified term, the concept of the basic.

“Maritime operation course is designed for marine and riverine operations for personnel of the Nigerian Police Force,” he said.

Responding, Deputy Commissioner of Police, who represented the AIG Marine Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, thanked the Nigerian Navy for the attempt to incorporate the police in the fight against maritime crime.

“I thank the Naval Command for arranging the platform for our officers and men.

“We are always ready at any beck and call to come forward and collaborate with the navy and carry out our security duties for the safety and security of our people and the provision of the Constitution of this country (Nigeria) which has given us the powers and rights to perform as security officers,” he said.

As the nation strides towards a better future, protection of commonwealth is of utmost importance, this no doubt makes the programme desirable.