Three Women Abducted In Ibadan Regain Freedom

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

Police authorities in Oyo State Police Command say three women abducted by gunmen at Onipe on Ibadan/Ijebu-Ode Road have regained their freedom.

In a statement on Friday, a spokesperson of the command, Mr. Adewale Osifeso, said the victims who were abducted on Monday were freed as a result of pressure mounted on the criminals by combing their hideouts by policemen, hunters, and vigilantes.

“Oyo State Police Command under the leadership of CP Ngozi Onadeko psc, mnim, fdc has recorded yet another remarkable achievement in its fight against Crime and criminality.

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“Today, Friday 16th April 2021, at about 0900hrs, three (3) abductees namely; (1) Adebayo Abosede ‘F’ (2) Ogunrinde ‘F’ and (3) Okeowo Theresa ‘F’ who were abducted on 12th of Aril,2021 at Onipe, a suburb along Ijebu-ode/Idi-Ayunre axis of Oluyole Local Government Area, Oyo State regained their freedom.

“Their release was a result of pressure and meaningful intelligence from police along with effective Utilization of hunters and vigilantes who under the supervision of the police combed the suspected location in search of the abductees before recording the breakthrough.”

“The Commissioner of Police is hereby using this medium to appeal to the good people of the state not to relent in sharing credible and timely information with the Police for effective discharge of its duties while vowing to continue to uphold the mandate of protection of lives and properties,” the command’s communique partly read.

Makinde Visits Burnt Auto Spare Parts Market, Pledges Palliatives For Traders

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, visits the razed Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan on April 4, 2021.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has visited the Agodi Gate auto spare parts market in Ibadan which was gutted by fire on Friday.

Several shops and properties were destroyed on April 3 after a fire razed the largest auto parts market in Ibadan and the Araromi market at Agodi Gate.

Traders wailed as the fire which started in the early hours of Saturday raged on for many hours.

But the governor, who inspected the market alongside top government functionaries, expressed shock over the loss of goods worth millions of Naira.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, visits the razed Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan on April 4, 2021.

 

He said he was in the market to assess the extent of damage done by the fire incident, promising that his administration will come to the aid of victims of the inferno by providing palliatives for them.

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“We won’t allow you to bear the brunt alone. So, I will ask the leadership to send your representatives. And by tomorrow (Monday), we will sit together and look at the immediate palliative we can do for you,” Makinde said.

“I greet every one of you here this afternoon. I have seen the extent of destruction and I know how important this market is to the economy of Oyo State.

“I was here during the electioneering and interacted with you. I am still trying to process in my head the way forward but I want to let you know that the government will come to your aid.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, visits the razed Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan on April 4, 2021.

 

“The second thing is, I want all of you to go and think about it very well; is it time for us to move this market to a far more organized setting?

“Please, think about it. Do we need to move this market to a better place that will be more comfortable and spacious for everyone to stay in? It is a decision that we need to all take together because I don’t want any reoccurrence of this in the state.

“And the only way for us to ensure that we don’t witness anything like this again is for us to sit down and think of a solution that will endure.”

Lagos-Ibadan Rail: We Have Borrowed $2.5bn From China Exim Bank – Amaechi

 

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Federal Government has borrowed about $2.5billion for the construction of a railway linking Lagos to Ibadan.

He stated this during an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight which aired on Monday night.

“If you look at the whole total cost, it will be $2.5 to $2.6 billion that we have borrowed from China Exim bank,” he said

The Minister explained that the Federal Government’s decision to extend the rail line to the nation’s seaports is for the economic benefit associated with it.

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He added, “But at the end of the day, the project is costing about $2 billion. The government is coughing out more than just $200 million. We are bringing out about $700 million because we have to end to the seaport in Apapa which was not part of the original design.

“So we had to take about 45kilometres rail from Ebute-Metta into Apapa seaport. Everything together is about $2 billion. There is an additional one they are going to bring to connect Tincan Island Seaport to Apapa, that will be some extra cost which we have to borrow from them.

“They also lent us about $1.4 billion for the Lagos-Ibadan while the Federal Government had to cough out about $200 million to make it $1.6 billion.”

A file photo of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during an interview on a Channels Television programme.

 

Amaechi noted that the Federal Executive Council had approved the two basic loan facilities presented by the Ministry of Transporation.

He stated that the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had borrowed $500 million for the Kaduna-Abuja rail line.

According to him, since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in 2015, the rail line “took us about $1 billion so we had to cough out the remaining money.”

“When we came, part of the project was abandoned for the inability of the government to produce the counterpart funding. So what the government did was to release the counterpart funding and money for the extra work we needed to do.

“We had to buy the locomotives and coaches to enable us to commence commercial activities. For the Kaduna-Abuja, they lent $500 million,” he stated further.

Alleged Internet Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Two In Ibadan

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The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned two persons, Aremu Ridwan Kunle and Adegboyega Adisa Adebayo before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan for alleged internet fraud.

Aremu was separately charged with eight counts while Adegboyega was docked on a two-count charge.

Their charges bordering on obtaining money under false pretence contrary to 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.

Aremu pleaded ‘guilty’ to counts 1,2,5,7 and 8 and ‘not guilty to counts 3, 4, and 6 of his charge, while Adegboyega pleaded ‘not guilty to the two counts preferred against him.

In view of their plea, prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi asked for a date to review facts of the case against Aremu on the counts he pleaded ‘guilty’ to and a date for trial for the second defendant.

He also prayed the court to remand the defendants with the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Justice Yerima ordered that Aremu be remanded at the Ojo Correctional Centre and Adegboyega, at the Oyo Correctional Centre, Abolongo. Both cases were adjourned till May 6, 2021

Fraudster Convicted, Nine Others Arrested In Ibadan

 

Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, on Thursday, March 4, 2021 convicted and sentenced one Wusu Taiwo Opeyemi to five months imprisonment for criminal impersonation.

The offence contravenes section 22(2) (b)(I) and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.)Act, 2015.

The 22-year-old undergraduate, who was arrested on October 14, 2020, was prosecuted on a one-count amended charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, for fraudulently represented himself as one Jenny Smith, an American lady.

The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur, prayed the court to convict him.

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Justice Abubakar consequently convicted and sentenced him to five months in prison. He also ordered Wusu to restitute the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In a related development, the Ibadan Zonal Office today arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were picked up at Anjogolo Estate, Oluyole Bashorun, and Airport Road, all in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, following series of intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects are: Uthman Dolapo, Amoo Riliwan Babatunde, Olatayo Ojeyina, Oris Kehinde, Cyril Stephen, Odusanya Olusoji, Audu Olusegun, Adigun Martin, and Folarin ikeoluwa.

At the point of their arrest, 5 cars, laptops, phones, and some incriminating documents were recovered from them.

They are currently undergoing interrogation and would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

Shasha Violence: Do Not Take Laws Into Your Hands, Akeredolu Tells Ibadan Residents

File: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has asked Ibadan residents not to take laws into their hands, following the violence that erupted in Shasha area of Oyo State.

Akeredolu in a statement he personally signed Saturday night said the south-west governors “note with deep concern, the most unfortunate and avoidable orgy of violence in Shasha, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.”

The governor said he is compelled to address all residents of the area, especially the Yoruba speaking people, in his capacity as the Chairman, South-West Governors’ Forum over the recent happenings bordering on security.

“Without doubt, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is most despicable and contends violently against, and abhorrently at variance with the values and hospitality for which our people are known.

“We have been known for thoroughness. We have identified with legality over the centuries; and our ethos as a civilised breed of people is such that we do not identify with lawlessness, not even illegality,” Governor Akeredolu added.

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He also asked residents to be law-abiding, saying he understands “the height of provocation in the light of recent happenings as regards Shasha, Ibadan, I, alongside my other brother governors in the region are against the willful appropriation of Laws into one’s hands.

“We do not support violence and in particular, brigandage, jungle justice and unnecessary self-help. We note with delight, the efforts of our brother Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who has taken very bold steps to stave off the further escalation of the violence by imposing curfew in the affected areas.

“He deserves every support in his avowed commitment towards peace and security in Oyo State. We shall all survive these times and live peacefully, once again in our lands.”

Fashion Designer Convicted For Cybercrime In Ibadan

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

 

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 4, 2021 secured the conviction of one Oyelakin Babatunde who was sentenced to four months of community service for cheating by Justice Omolara Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan.

The 32-year-old who claims to be a fashion designer was arrested in September 2020. He allegedly obtained money by false pretense from unsuspecting foreigners through Amazon and iTunes gift cards as well as Western Union and MoneyGram money transfer.

Oyelakin’s offence contravenes Section 421 of the Criminal Code cap 38, laws of Oyo State, 2000 and punishable under the same section.

Oyelakin pleaded guilty to the one-count charge brought against him by the EFCC.

Aside from the jail term, the court also ordered him to restitute the sum of £950 (Nine Hundred and Fifty British Pounds) to his victims and forfeit one Lexus Rs350, one silver Hp Laptop, one white iPhone 11, one golden iPhone wristwatch and one black Nokia phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Oyo Police Intensify Patrols In Troubled Areas

Hoodlums set up bonfires in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, on January 29, 2021.
Hoodlums set up bonfires in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, on January 29, 2021.

 

The Oyo State Police Command on Saturday said it had intensified routine patrols Odo-Osun, Ita bale, and Aderogba areas of Ibadan, the state capital.

Hoodlums from these areas had set out in the early hours of Friday to loot shops and set up bonfires, the police said.

A house and about two shops were looted before the police intervened, the statement by police spokesman, Olugbenga Fadeyi, added.

The Force also said it was false that over 200 houses had been razed or 29 vehicles burnt.

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“The true position of this is that no such incident happened and no such magnitude of houses and cars were burnt at Odo-Osun/Ita bale/Aderogba areas of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital,” the statement said.

“What really happened was that hoodlums from these areas came out in the early hours of 29/01/2021, in their usual manner, with dangerous weapons to loot shops and set up bonfires. A house and about two shops were looted.

“But the swift response of Police patrol teams doused tension and the hoodlums were dislodged.

“Routine patrols were intensified to forestall further attacks and lootings. Sequel to this, at about 20:15 hrs, the hoodlums from Aderogba area came out again and attempted to vandalize and loot shops at Beyerunka/Ogbori Efon areas. Police patrol teams and those of Amotekun were drafted to the area. During a hot chase by the teams, a cut-to-size dane gun was recovered from one of the hoodlums while bonfires set up were put out.

“The hoodlums thereafter fled the scene.

“Constant routine patrols have been intensified in those areas and normalcy has been restored. The Police are on the trail of these hoodlums to get them arrested and carry out prosecution accordingly.”

One Killed, Three Injured As Cocoa House Elevator Crashes In Ibadan

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

One person has been killed and three others injured after an elevator at the Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OICL) a suffered mechanical failure.

The incident at the 25-storey building, popularly known as the Cocoa House, occurred on Wednesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Head of Corporate Affairs at the company, Mr Victor Ayetoro.

Ayetoro explained that the incident occurred at about 11am when a team from the company’s contractor handling the installation of the new lift visited the building.

He revealed that the team was working on the elevator installed to improve the efficiency of work at Cocoa House when it suffered a mechanical failure.

The company’s spokesman noted that this resulted in the lift crashing into the basement pit which led to the death of one of the technicians with three others injured.

According to him, the injured technicians were immediately taken to the hospital for check-up and treatment.

The company condoled with the family of the late technician and prayed that God should grant repose to his soul and give his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.

Read the full statement issued by Ayetoro below:

Incident at Cocoa House

At around 11am this morning, the lift installation team from our contractor handling the installation of the new lift to improve the efficiency of work at Odu’a Investment Company Limited while working on the lift suffered a mechanical failure.

The said failure resulted in the lift car dropping and crashing into the basement pit.

Unfortunately, one of the technicians in the team did not survive the incident.

Three other technicians suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the hospital for check-up/ treatment.

The head office of the company has been informed and their representatives have arrived to take charge of the situation while the Police have also been informed.

We sympathise with the family of the deceased and pray that God Almighty in His infinite mercy will grant repose to the lost soul and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Amen.

Victor Ayetoro

Head, Corporate Affairs

OICL

Armed Men Abduct Farm Owner In Ibadan

 

Armed men numbering about six have abducted one Oluwole Agboola, the owner of a farm in Nagbede village in Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, SP Fadeyi Olugbenga, the men who were dressed in military camouflage, were said to have snuck into the piggery/fish farm.

“Immediately the report of the incident got to the notice of DPO Moniya, search party comprising of plainclothes/Tactical police teams, vigilantes, hunters, and Amotekun corps swung into action and were deployed to far and near bushes to comb the areas for possible arrest of the hoodlums and also getting the abductor released,” Olugbenga said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He further stated that concerted communal efforts have been intensified to complement the existing deployment already in place.

The Commissioner of Police, therefore, implored good-spirited members of the public with useful information to contact the police to assist in the arrest of the criminal elements.

Alleged Robbery: Mob Set Two Ablaze In Ibadan

Scene of the violence in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

 

A mob on Monday set two persons ablaze over alleged robbery at Molete and Oke-Ado areas of Ibadan.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state Gbenga Fadeyi confirmed the incident to Channels Television adding that one other person was injured by the mob.

He noted, however, that the reason for this act is yet to be unraveled and an investigation has been launched into the matter.

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Fadeyi confirmed that “Two persons were set ablaze by angry mob both at  Molete and Oke-Ado areas of Ibadan today 28/12/2020 at about 0900 hrs, while one other was rescued by Amotekun team, handed to the Police and treated at the Police Clinic Eleyele.”

He, therefore, warned against jungle justice in any part of the state noting that the trend is worrisome and must be checked to avoid killing of innocent people.

The police spokesman warned that act of jungle justice is condemned in strong terms as this has become a recurring decimal in the state.

He added that the Commissioner of Police Chuck Enwonwu has also warned those that are taking laws into their hands to stop forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.

Man Beaten Up, Set Ablaze Over Motorcycle Theft In Ibadan

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

A suspected robber has been beaten up and set ablaze by an angry crowd in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The police authorities confirmed that the incident occurred at about 7:30 on Friday morning at the 110 Roundabout area of Odo-Ona in Ibadan.

They noted that the suspect and his accomplice, both said to be hoodlums, robbed a commercial rider of his motorcycle at the Olomi area and took to their heels.

However, luck ran out on the two men and they were caught up at 110 Roundabout area by other riders who were on their trail.

Shortly after catching up with the suspects, the crowd descended on them before the arrival of security operatives and unleash mayhem on them.

While one of the suspects managed to flee the scene, the other was beaten to stupor and set ablaze thereafter.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, condemned the action of the crowd and warned against a reoccurrence.

According to him, the act of jungle justice has been common lately among commercial motorcycle riders and other groups and it is important for them to take the warning seriously to prevent the situation from degenerating beyond control.

The police commissioner stressed that suspects were supposed to be handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution to allow dignity in the society.