Violence erupted at the Agodi Gate area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday when prison officials allegedly shot a motorcyclist.
According to eyewitness reports, the okada rider had an argument with prison officials who wanted the access route to the prison cleared but the situation degenerated into violence leading to a crisis in the area.
Thereafter, the police station at Gate was burnt allegedly by some angry motorcyclists.
The okada rider who sustained a gunshot wound is, however, alive and receiving treatment, while security operatives led by the Joint security task force Operation Burst have taken over to restore normalcy in the area.
Meanwhile, contrary to some reports that the face-off was between the police and motorcycle riders, the police spokesman Gbenga Fadeyi said no policeman fired any shot at the scene.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Joe Enwonwu, has warned hoodlums to quietly return the prohibited firearms in their possession.
He made the call in a statement on Friday, asking the miscreants to have a rethink before the full wrath of the law catches up with them.
Enwonwu noted that the weapons were carted away by the thugs who hijacked the protests and used the opportunity to attack some police stations in the state.
He recalled the repeated pleas and advice to the #EndSARS protesters and others, that miscreants would hijack the demonstration and capitalise on the situation to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.
The police commissioner was worried that all that were envisaged had actually come to pass, adding that undue hardships and needless deaths were meted out to some innocent citizens and police officers in Oyo.
He appealed to genuine protesters to yield to the plea of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to stop the protest but allow for a while for the government to address all their demands.
Enwonwu insisted that the miscreants were using it as an opportunity to carry out coordinated attacks to loot people’s properties.
According to him, stealing police arms is extremely dangerous and can be inimical to the general safety and co-operate existence of the people.
The police commissioner, therefore, pleaded with the residents of Ibadan metropolis and its environment to be on the lookout for those “enemy of progress”.
He asked them to promptly report any group or persons that were not personnel of the police, military, or other security agencies in possession of such arms to the nearest police station for recovery and necessary action.
Enwonwu also advised parents and guardians and all stakeholders to warn their children and wards to desist from acts that can lead to a breakdown of law and order, as well as wanton destruction to lives and property.
He urged the residents of Oyo to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of threats or molestation from any quarter, saying the military and other sister security agencies were complementing the efforts of the police to restore calm to every part of the state.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday visited scenes of violence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, assuring to compensate victims of the attack.
Accompanied by security aides, the governor visited different spots in which violence has erupted in the state. Makinde visited Idi Ape/Iwo Road axis, where he spoke to the protesters in English and Yoruba languages.
He said his administration is committed to securing the lives and properties of the residents of the state but warned youths to stop fomenting trouble or destroying properties.
At Testing Ground in Iwo Road area, Makinde engaged with youths and residents in the area. He promised that those arrested would be released and those who lost their properties will be compensated.
Makinde said further that, “Whatever affects the eyes equally affects the nose. Whatever affects you also affects me. So, I urge you to be peaceful, because I don’t want this to escalate beyond this point.
“He also promised to meet with the Commissioner of Police in the state.
“I am going to meet with the Commissioner of Police now, but, in the meantime, my people will wait here in this school to collect the list of those who were affected; those whose houses were burnt, those whose property was destroyed.
Even if you are part of those whose cars were set ablaze, write down your name too . “Let me also assure you that those who have been arrested will be released before the end of the day,” he said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday, October 5, 2020, arraigned one Henry Oluwatoyin before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
Oluwatoyi was dragged before the court on a two-count charge bordering, on obtaining money under false pretence and possession of documents containing false pretence.
Count one read: “That you Oluwatoyin Henry sometime in 2019 at Ogbomoso within the Judicial Division of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Thousand, Two Hundred United States of America Dollars ($1,200 USD) from one Betty Mosley when you falsely pretended that you are a female citizen of United States of America by name Amanda, which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.”
He pleaded not guilty to the charges, consequent upon which EFCC counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand him in custody pending trial, while defence counsel, Samuel Olagoke informed the court that he has filed a bail application on behalf of the defendant, which he urged the court to entertain.
The judge turned down the defence’s plea and adjourned the matter till October 19, 2020, for the hearing and determination of the bail application.
He ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC custody pending the adjourned date.
Three days after he was rearrested, the suspected serial killer in Oyo State has revealed how he escaped from police custody and went back into the dastardly act for which he was apprehended earlier.
Nineteen-year-old Sunday Shodipe made the revelation on Wednesday when he was paraded along with other criminal suspects at the Police Command Headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital.
Those also paraded by the police include members of a robbery gang suspected to have perpetrated the bank heist in the Okeho area of Ibadan, as well as some suspected kidnappers among others.
During a chat with reporters, Shodipe who spoke in Yoruba disclosed that he went back to Akinyele Local Government Area, where he was said to have killed some residents, to perpetrate another killing on the instruction of his handler.
He said, “My escape from police custody was masterminded by my handler, a herbalist known as Mr Idris Adedokun. When we were together in the cell, he called one of the police officers – one Inspector Funsho to allow us take a bath.
“Inspector Funsho did not allow us, but after three days, my handler assured me that he had everything under control and that I would soon be able to take my bath and run more errands for him.
“He later told Inspector Funsho that he needed dry gin as a herbalist for his personal use but he was denied access to such luxury in detention. My handler’s lawyer came to the police station in Mokola and took N200,000 from him to hold brief for him.”
The suspect added, “My handler told me that my confession landed us in trouble, that I should not have confessed. After my escape, I went back to Akinyele on my handler’s instructions and matchetted another woman but she did not die in the process.
“While on the run, I usually go to Bodija market with caps to hide my identity because I knew I was wanted by the police. I do not know those who captured me but I suspected when they asked for my help to push their car but I didn’t run.
“I was not at rest because I knew the police were after me. I was caught along Bodija but I live in Moniya.”
Back In Custody
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Chucks Enwonwu, who paraded Shodipe and others, confirmed the killing of another person by the suspect.
He identified the victim as one Mrs Oladeji Funmilayo who did not die during the attack but lost the struggle at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan where she was declared dead.
“Without mincing words, all police tactical teams, including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Swift Response Squad, Federal and Safer Highway patrol teams… have been working assiduously to keep crimes and criminality in the state to the barest minimum and also make the good citizens of Oyo State sleep with both eyes closed,” Enwonwu said.
He added, “Consequently, this has yielded positive results and some criminal elements, including those arrested at the robbery incident of July 28 at a first generation bank in Okeho, the arrest of the prime suspect in the serial killings of Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya Ibadan – Sunday Shodipe a 19-year-old who escaped from lawful custody in August 11, 2020 but rearrested on August 23 at Bodija area of Ibadan.
“The escape has generated many ripples considering the circumstances behind his escape.”
Enwonwu disclosed that the prize of N500,000 provided by the Oyo State government for the rearrest of Shodipe had been given to the bounty hunters.
He told reporters that the Command has made headway in series of high profile criminal investigations in the state.
According to the police commissioner, the suspected serial killer is back in custody and some of the Okeho bank robbery syndicate in which a mobile police officer was killed have been arrested.
He thanked the residents of the state for valid intelligent tips that made the arrests possible and assured them that the police were better equipped to confront and win the war against crime in Oyo.
‘I Had No Choice’
Another suspect who was one of the bank robbers in Okeho, Mohammed Ilyasu, also narrated his ordeal.
Ilyasu claimed that as an electrician, he was invited to Ibadan for work but he never knew he was being engaged for a robbery operation.
He explained that he got to know about the robbery plot when he got to Okeho, stressing that he declined to be a part of the robbery group.
“I am an electrician and a graduate of the University of Abuja since 2010. I studied economics and served in Ekiti state in 2011/2012,” the suspect told reporters.
He said, “There were three people in the car, so he (the man who invited Ilyasu) brought out a pistol that I have received secret information that I can’t leave the group but participate in the robbery and after series of threat, I caved in.
“I had no choice; that was how I got into it. I regret everything that happened. The night I came, he brought out a rifle and taught me how to use it, instructing me to just shoot it into the air during the robbery.”
Shodipe, who was on the run for 12 days, was rearrested with the help of private investigators who came from Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He was handed over to the police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, thereafter, took him into custody.
Four AK-47 rifles, two assault rifles, four locally made pistols, as well as live and expended ammunition were among the items recovered from the suspects.
The Oyo State Police Command says it has mobilised tactical teams to unravel the mystery behind the shooting of some police officers attached to Ikolaba Police Station at New Bodija, Ibadan.
According to a press release on Saturday signed by the Command’s spokesman, Gbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, a corporal, Dada Christopher, was killed and another officer, Busuyi Ayodele, sustained injuries after gunmen attacked the station on Friday night.
The station guard’s AK-47 rifle was also taken away by the attackers.
The police, three officers on duty were standing in front of the Station around 9 pm when the gunmen, in a yet-to-be-identified car, opened fire on them with locally made guns, the statement said.
One police officer escaped, the statement said, while two were shot.
Eyewitnesses accounts of residents around the area attested to a possible gun battle.
“I really do not know what happened,” one eyewitness who identified himself as Ezekiel said. “I was at my brother’s house when I heard gunshots. I thought it was a tire that busted, but I learned this morning that it was gunshots. I heard that some robbers probably came to attack the station, but I did not see them.”
According to the police, a manhunt is ongoing to arrest those responsible for the action.
Unknown gunmen on Friday attacked a police station at Ikolaba residential area in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo state command, Gbenga Fadeyi told Channels Television during a phone conversation that he got wind of the attack around 9pm and was not sure of the level of damage yet.
Fadeyi added that the Ikolaba police station has been fortified by a tactical team while investigations are ongoing .
The motive of the gunmen is yet to be ascertained but there are unconfirmed reports that a policeman was killed in the ensuing shootout with the police.
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.
The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned a director who had served in acting capacity as Permanent Secretary, in the Oyo State Ministry of Agric and Natural Resources, Alhaji Rasaq Kolawole, for allegedly defrauding one Ibikunle Alonge of N4,400.000 (Four Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira).
Kolawole was arraigned before Justice Aderonke Aderemi of the Oyo State High Court on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, on one count of obtaining money under false pretence.
The offence is against Section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
The victim of his alleged crime had written a petition to the EFCC in which he accused the top public servant of fraudulently collecting the sum from him as part payment for a piece of land situated at Alabata Olosoko area of Moniya, Ibadan.
He further alleged that it was after making the payment that he got to know that the land actually belonged to one Mrs. Ali (now deceased ), adding that all efforts to get a refund thereafter were unsuccessful.
The charge read: “That you, Alhaji Kolawole Rasaq on or about the 2nd of October, 2018, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N4,400,000 (Four Million and Four Hundred Thousand Naira only) from one Alonge Ibikunle through Pastor Adeyemi Fabayo by falsely pretending that it was part payment of the cost price of eleven and half plots of land situated, lying and being at Alabata Olokoso area, via Moniya area, Ibadan which you purported to have sold to him.
Kolawole, however, pleaded not-guilty to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi, prayed the court for a date for the commencement of trial.
Thereafter, Justice Aderemi admitted the defendant to bail on self-recognizance and adjourned the matter to June 24 and 25, 2020 for trial.
Governor Makinde made the remark after receiving a briefing from the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Sina Olukolu, at the Gbagi Police Station where the culprits were detained overnight in Ibadan, the state capital.
He said that the travellers were apprehended at the Asejire Dam axis of the Ibadan-Osun boundary, adding that they claimed that they were travelling from Sokoto en-route to Akure.
The governor insisted that the travellers would remain isolated until the results of their COVID-19 tests were received.
He said, “We are not able to explain how they got here in the first place because there is inter-state lockdown throughout the country.
“They claimed they came from Sokoto and they must have passed through so many states.”
Governor Makinde revealed that he has given directives to the effect that the travellers would be kept isolated in Ibadan until the results of their COVID-19 tests were received.
He, however, noted that he had contacted the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, saying the travellers would be sent back to Sokoto State afterwards.
The governor stressed that governors in the country were still discussing on how to enforce the inter-state lockdown throughout the country, to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
“It is a discussion going on with the rest governors in Nigeria because inter-state lockdown was put in place for a particular reason and what we have agreed to do is, in each individual state where you have inter-state motor parks, there must be on lockdown.
“If they are locked down, at least 80 to 85 per cent of our problems would have been solved. It is an ongoing discussion and I believe that will be the ultimate way to go,” he stated.
During an interrogation, the driver of the bus, Muritala Aliyu, said they passed through old roads and bushes from Sokoto to Niger and Kwara States and then got into Ogbomoso, from where they entered Ibadan.
He added that they were going to Akure “to reconcile with their family members”.
Members of the medical team of the COVID-19 Task Force were at the police station to administer COVID-19 tests on the travellers to determine their status.
Gunmen have kidnapped a set of twins at the residence of an Islamic cleric in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The two-year-old twins are children of a former Chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrim’s Welfare Board (Muslim wing), Sheikh Taofeek Akeugbagold.
In a social media post where he broke the news, the victims’ father said the kidnappers attacked his residence at about 8pm on Saturday night after he went out for a Ramadan lecture.
He lamented that his wife was barren for 12 years before she was blessed with the twins and pleaded for their safe return.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Shina Olukolu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday.
He revealed that the police have arrested four suspects from the domestic staff of the cleric and were being questioned.
Mr Olukolu explained that the Islamic cleric had reportedly been threatened by two members of his staff who had been sacked, although he did not report to the police.
He noted that the sacked employees had been threatening their former boss on the phone before gunmen invaded his residence and kidnapped his two children.
The police commissioner added that one of the sacked workers who threatened the cleric was at large as he had moved away from his apartment.
As at the time of this report, no demand for ransom has been made but the police said investigations have commenced and gave an assurance that the children would be found and reunited with their family.