Makinde Asks Security Agencies To Rearrest Wanted Suspected Serial Killer

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has given marching orders to security operatives to ensure the re-arrest of Sunday Shodipe.

Shodipe is the wanted prime suspect in the series of murders in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Makinde, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni, at a Town Hall meeting in Akinyele, said the re-arrest of the suspected mastermind of at least six ritual killings in Ibadan, must be made a top priority of security operatives.

According to him, the state government places a premium on the security of lives and properties in the state and residents should remain calm and not take laws into their hands.

The governor said he shared the pains of the people of Akinyele over the incessant killings in the area, stressing that people must continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials to bring an end to the menace in the area.

“All of us have followed the incidents in Akinyele; the arrest of the principal suspect in the case and, of course, his escape from custody, after being arraigned in court.

“We are here in this Town Hall meeting and Governor Makinde has directed that we should let the people in the community know that as governor, he shares their pain; and as people of Oyo State, we share in the pain and what has happened is condemnable and unacceptable in all materials particular,” Owoseni who is a retired Commissioner of Police said.

A file photo of Sunday Shodipe who is declared wanted by the police in Oyo State.

 

He added, “Be that as it may, the governor also wants us to dialogue with the people, with a view to ensuring that as much as security challenges can affect economic development, so also are barbaric actions like taking laws into people’s hands.

“Yes, the people have the right, having suffered such pains, to come out to protest. But when we do our protest, we should do it in a way that will not continue to destroy the property of people because the properties of people we are destroying could also be members of our family.

The governor and the Inspector General of Police, according to Owoseni, have given marching orders to the Commissioner of Police in Oyo and all his officers to work with the people in the community, so as to ensure that the suspect is rearrested.

He, therefore, urged the people to cooperate with the police to put an end to the incessant killings and crime in the community.

“Just like the state gave the security agencies the wherewithal and tools to apprehend that suspect in the first case, so also is the governor deploying whatever is necessary and the enablement that will make them succeed.

“And they must work in partnership with the members of the community in the spirit of community policing,” the retired police commissioner said.

Meanwhile, police authorities in Oyo say all relevant tactical teams have been put on red alert for the rearrest of the fleeing suspect.

They, however, urged residents not to take laws into their hands when they come across the suspect, but hand him over to the nearest police station.

Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Akinyele LG Residents In Ibadan

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested three suspects in connection with the recent killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

Parading the suspects on Friday at the Command Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, the Commissioner of Police, Joe Enwonwu, gave the names of the suspects as Sunday Sodipe, Adedokun Yinusa, and Shehu Usman.

He noted that no fewer than five persons were killed during the attacks on residents of Akinyele LGA carried out in June.

Among those who killed included 18-year-old Barakat Bello; a pregnant woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa; 21-year-old student, Grace Oshiagwu; Olusayo Fagbemi; and a five-year-old boy identified as Mujeeb.

Another 45-year-old woman, Adeola Bamidele, and her daughter, Dolapo, were also attacked in another failed attempted murder in June.

The commissioner described the suspects and others paraded as assailants troubling the settled water in Akinyele LGA and suspected criminal elements carrying out defilement of minors and teenagers in the state.

He said, “On 4th June 2020 at about 2230hrs, unknown hoodlums who have been terrorising members of the public in Akinyele, Ojoo and Moniya areas of Ibadan invaded the residence of one Azisat Shomuyiwa (female), a 29-year-old pregnant woman at Ijefun, Adisa community, Ojoo Area Ibadan.”

“Meanwhile, after a discreet investigation by a team of SARS operatives, one Shehu Usman was arrested in connection with the crime and one Techno mobile phone belonging to the slain woman was recovered from him.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect denied his involvement in the crime but gave useful information which subsequently led to the arrest of one notorious hoodlum who identified himself as Sunday Shodipe,” Enwonwu added.

According to him, the suspect confessed to have singlehandedly masterminded the crime and explained in detail how he invaded the victim’s residence where he brutally attacked and robbed her before she was later murdered in cold blood.

The police commissioner also disclosed that the police have arrested five persons in connection with armed robbery and one Indian hemp dealer.

He said six suspects were also arrested in connection with defilements of some residents of the state and four others were arrested in connection with the attempted murder of Fagbemi and her daughter.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included one hand shovel and three mobile phones.

FG Offers Free Healthcare Services In Oyo

Health, Oyo, HealthcareAt least 700 people from three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Oyo State have received free health services under the ‘Rapid Response Initiative’ of the Federal Government.

The Federal Ministry of Health kicked off the initiative at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

The Chief Medical Director at the UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, said that the initiative was aimed at providing access to quality healthcare services to poor people in their local communities.

The programme, which was scheduled to hold its first phase within the localities of all the 11 LGAs in Ibadan, started in Akinyele, Ona Ara and Ibadan Northwest LGAs.

Patients were assessed and treated for various ailments ranging from hypertension, diabetes, hernia and eye defects among other complex health issues.

Professor Alonge disclosed that more than 300 people have been given referrals to UCH out of which at least 60 would be operated upon free of charge.

“One thing we have been seeing which is interesting is that we have a lot of people whose blood pressures are ranging from 300, 200 to 120, 220 and that is one of the things we are worried about and they are a lot.

“About one third of them almost have one problem with their eyes, cataract and cornea opacity. Again all of those ones will have to be attended to.

“We have a retired matron, a public health officer who is from Moniya and she took it upon herself yesterday (Sunday) and two days ago to go to the mosques and churches to do the enlightenment.

“This is a good lesson for us. So we will do the same (by) looking for people in that particular locality and use them as focal persons to help us spread the news,” he said.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Oyo State, Dr. Babtunde Latunji, who accompanied other doctors to launch the outreach, acknowledged the initiative’s focus on providing free access for rural dwellers and those in the urban centres within the city.

“Because of poverty or cost of affordability, they have been keeping to themselves and they can’t actually seek for the health intervention that rather addressed their issues.

“You have cases like glaucoma, you can have cataract you can have hernia, you can have cleft palate, even VVF and other gynaecological cases in this environment.

“So with this kind of intervention, we are hopeful that perhaps people will be able to access free health services and their health condition will be a little bit ameliorated,” Dr. Latunji stated.

Professor Alonge, Dr. Latunji , 20 doctors from pediatric, ophthalmic and general surgery departments, as well as about 30 relevant health workers have been drafted to attend to as many patients as possible within the local governments listed for the free medical outreach.

Oyo Govt. Hosts Amala Fiesta, Wows Participants

Oyo Govt. Hosts Amala Fiesta, Wows ParticipantsThe just concluded 3-day Amala Fiesta organized by the Oyo State government has left participants and exhibitors amazed by the benefits they can get from patronising local foods.

Participants, partners and exhibitors have commended the state government for the opportunity to promote the local food culture and specifically showcase the benefits of Amala and related agricultural produce.

They described the programme, with the theme ‘From the Farm to the Table’ as a fascinating event which the State government used to add value to the agricultural chain.

Participants said that the government, through the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism should be applauded for the food tourism initiative with attendant multiple beneficiaries including farmers, food vendors, research institutes, corporate organisations, artisans, traders and the general public.

The participants, partners and exhibitors were representatives from Canteen Workers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter; International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, (IITA); Tourist Care and Hospitality Association of Nigeria (TCHAN); All Women Farmers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter.

There were also representatives from Iseyin, Akinyele, Ibadan North, Ibadan South East local governments and Oyo State Cocoa Development Unit.

They encouraged members of the public to consume less of chemically produced foods and urged them to take more of natural foods, stressing that natural foods are more nutritious than chemically processed foods.

Biscuit From Cassava

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the fiesta at the weekend, the Director General of IITA, Nteranya Sanginga, said that the Oyo State government has helped to showcase what IITA has been researching on.

He added that the government should be commended for the opportunity given to the exhibitors and farmers to showcase the output of their researches and efforts.

According to the DG who was represented by the Head, Food and Nutrition Laboratory of the Institute, Mr. Nwaoline Gregory, “In IITA, we want food security for the country. The programme has helped to bring out what we have been researching on in IITA.

“People were surprised that we can make biscuit, chin chin and other snacks from cassava. If not for the Amala fiesta, we might not have had the opportunity to reach so many people at this particular period.

“IITA is ready for capacity building for women and youths and we will continue to give our support to farmers in the state and the country as a whole. We thank the Oyo State government for organizing this programme”, the IITA DG said.

Eating Amala With Relish

Also, President, Canteen Workers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, Mrs. Amdalat Iyadunni Lawal said that the government should be praised for helping them to promote their trade by espousing the benefits of Amala through the event,

She said: “When we were approached, we were not keen about the programme. But during the unveiling of the logo, we became convinced about the commitments of the state government when we saw people on tie eating Amala with relish and we were more amazed when some of them requested for additional portion.”

While thanking the state government for its support to women in agriculture in the state, the President, All Women Farmers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, Mrs. Arinola Aderibigbe called for more support and empowerment for farmers in order to have massive production of agricultural produce by women who are actively involved in agriculture.

Developing Agriculture 

In its remarks at the closing ceremony, the state government assured participants, partners, exhibitors and members of the public of its continued support to the development of the agricultural sector in the state.

The government noted that it has put necessary machinery in place for farmers in the state to produce agricultural products in larger quantities.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, who spoke through the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju noted that the state government has never treated issues relating to agricultural sector in the state trivially, and does not intend to.

He consequently encouraged farmers to partake in its empowerment programmes, such as Agric-Oyo.

“I want to assure participants at this fiesta, that the government is taking agriculture seriously. We are very aware of the importance of farmers in the society that is why government brought about this initiative called Agric-Oyo, which has empowered farmers across the state”.

In closing the Amala Fiesta, he said: “Let me appreciate those who made this event a success, you have contributed immensely to government’s dream in promoting our local delicacy and make it more acceptable both locally and internationally.

“Through your support and participation, the government has fulfilled the important roles of promoting our food-culture and boosting the economy of the state through job creation,” Arulogun emphasized.

Highlights at the grand-finale were presentation of gifts to the Chairperson, Association of Canteen Owners, Oyo State branch, Mrs. Amdalat Iyadunni Lawal for her contribution to the success of the event.

There were also winners in the Food Vendors Category and Exhibitors category.

Omolayo Food Canteen clinched the first position in the Food vendors’ category, while Iseyin Local Government Farmers Association walked away with the first prize in the Exhibitors Category.

Collation Of Results Continues Across Nigeria

ibadanThe collation of election results are ongoing across Nigeria, a day after the presidential and National Assembly elections held across the oil rich nation.

In Oyo State collation continued through the night till Sunday morning  in 11 Local Government Areas.

The collations are still on in Oyo, Ogbomosho, Iseyin, other parts of Oke Ogun and Abarapa areas of the State.

There was massive turn out of voters who got accredited and voted peacefully in Ibadan north, Ibadan north-east, Ibadan north-west,  Lagelu , Akinyele , Ona Ara south-west, Egbede, Ogbomosho south and Ogbomosho north.

However, issues of card reader failure were recorded in about five units in ward 9 in Ibadan South-west Local Government Area and Ogbomosho North where the House Leader, Mulikat Akande Adeola, had to wash her hands with soap more than five times, trying to ensure the card reader read his finger print.

Meanwhile, there had not been any reported case of violence or electoral malpractice yet, except for a man caught by the Oyo State police command with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Permanent Voter Card register on the eve of elections.

Reporters are waiting at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in the State to see which results are being brought in.

But no collation centre has submitted results yet.

Kaduna Collation

In Kaduna State, collation of results has commenced across the 255 wards and 23 Local Government Areas.

Channels Television’s correspondent monitoring the exercise reports that the process is peaceful and orderly, with party supporters keeping an eagle eye on the electoral officials counting the results.

This is to ensure that there is no manipulation of votes along the way until the final results are announced by the commission.

Party agents, security officials and electoral officials slept at the various collation centres, while awaiting the arrival of polling agents.

At Rigachikun Ward in Igabi Local Government Area and Ungwar Seriki ward in Kaduna North Local Government Area, there was heavy security presence to ensure a hitch free exercise.

Electoral officials and some party agents described the election as peaceful and transparent, as party supporters expressed hope of victory at the end of the entire exercise.

At the end of collation of results at the Local Government level, all election results would be moved to the State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office for final collation and delivery to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ondo Collation

In Ondo State, election results collation started at about 9:45am local time at the St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure, the collation centre for Ondo Central Senatorial District.

The Six Local Government Areas in the district are; Akure South, Akure North, Ondo West, Ondo East, Idanre and Ifedore.

Amongst these Local Government Areas, only those from Akure South and Ifedore had arrived at the collation centre. The officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are collating the results. The electoral body said it was  expecting results from the remaining Four Local Government Areas.

The atmosphere is calm and there is huge presence of armed military men and policemen.