Tinubu Pays Condolence Visit To Makinde Over Demise Of Olubadan, Soun And Akala

 

Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Saturday, paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, over the demise of two prominent traditional rulers and a former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala.

While speaking at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Tinubu said that the departed traditional rulers – the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1 – as well as former Governor Alao-Akala, would be greatly missed.

Makinde said Tinubu stood for politics without bitterness.

 

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, quoted Tinubu as saying that the reign of the two prominent traditional rulers was peaceful, adding that the duo contributed to the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

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The statement also quoted Tinubu as adding that the late Governor Alao-Akala equally contributed immensely to the political development and the love radiating within the political arena in the state.

The former Lagos governor also commended Governor Makinde for “demonstrating good character” as far as governance is concerned in the state.

He said: “I want to thank you, the governor. It was only last night that I thought of my coming here and we are here today. Having lost a former governor of this state, the Olubadan of Ibadanland and Soun of Ogbomoso, it is just for us to go back to the sense of value of people and their lives.

“With this situation, we share in your loss. You, as the governor on the saddle of power, take responsibility for the situation here. I want to say that we thank God Ibadan has been peaceful and not a den of violence but peaceful.

“Every other thing that has happened has taught us in the book of religion that we are just passing through and we will leave one day. But no matter how long, it is difficult to absorb the loss easily.

“Thank you for being accommodating. We gave you a short hour notice and you responded.

“That is a demonstration of a good character, which is rare. People get, sometimes, intoxicated with power and the arrogance of office can be overwhelming, but not with you. Thank you for receiving us so quickly.”

Tinubu is full of praises for Makinde.

 

In his remarks, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, said that the former governor of Lagos State stood for politics without bitterness.

According to him, politicians, may fight, struggle for political positions, but power can only come from God and He gives it to whomever he likes.

Makinde equally appreciated the former governor of Lagos State, wishing him well in his political endeavour.

He said: “I want to welcome you to Oyo State. We are really grateful for this visit. This is the year political parties will elect their candidates towards the election that is coming next year. So, what this had demonstrated to us is, you stood for politics without bitterness.

“During this political season, you may have to question yourself on why you need to come to the Government House because people might have another interpretation to it. But you sent a message across to me and I was delighted to host you in Ibadan.

“We lost two traditional rulers almost in quick succession. First, it was Soun of Ogbomoso land, and we were planning for the burial when the Olubadan of Ibadanland also joined his ancestors. We were still in the middle of that when former Governor Akala also died. I can see that in Oyo State, we try to take politics out of what we call ‘omoluabi’.

“We may fight, struggle for political positions but we know power can only come from God and He gives it to whomever He will like to give it to at whatever time.

“We really thank you for this visit and want to let you know that we have taken proper notice that you have risen above politics and all that is going around here to come and share with us at this moment that we are grieving. We say thank you.

“Let me also use this opportunity to wish you well in your political quest to govern this nation. We want the best for this country and only the best is good enough at this particular time.”

Senator Tinubu’s visit to the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, came after he had paid condolence visits to the palaces of the Soun of Ogbomoso land, Olubadan of Ibadanland, and residence of the late Governor Alao-Akala, where he sympathised with the respective families.

Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Is Dead

Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji (File Photo)

 

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has died.

The monarch who was 93 years old died on Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State.

An official statement from the palace is, however, yet to be released.

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Oba Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan following his coronation on March 4, 2016.

Prior to his coronation as the Olubadan of Ibadan, he was the Balogun of Ibadan land.

His death has attracted tributes from various political and traditional leaders across the country, including President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors.

President Buhari, in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Oyo State, the royal family, the Olubadan-in-council, and the people of Ibadan on the passing of the monarch.

He affirmed that the late Olubadan was a visionary and compassionate leader who used the spheres of his influence as a respected traditional ruler, and a lover of the creative industry to advance the progress of his people by encouraging and motivating them to give their best in their vocation and to the nation.

“While his demise understandably leaves a huge void to fill, the President urges the people of Ibadan and Nigerians from different walks of life to honour the eternal memory of the deceased by imbibing the virtues he cherished so much: generosity, peace, tolerance, and devotion to unity,” the statement said.

“As the funeral rites of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland get underway in Ibadan, the President trusts that the process of selecting his successor will be guided by wisdom, understanding, and good judgment that exemplified the life he lived.

“President Buhari prays God to grant the soul of Oba Adetunji eternal rest and comfort the family, friends, associates, and subjects he left behind.”

 

Five Internet Fraudsters Jailed For Impersonation In Ibadan

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

 

Five internet fraudsters have been convicted in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, for impersonation.

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan gave the ruling on Thursday.

The convicts, Ogunbayo Peter Oluwatobiloba (aka Racheal Brinkley), Charles Jude Albert, Kolawole Bankole Opeyemi, Bello Tobiloba Abdullahi, and Obitokun Olugbade Solomon, were found guilty of impersonation, an offence which contravenes section 22(2)(b)(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the same Act.

Bello and Kolawole were convicted and sentenced to ten months imprisonment each; Ogunbayo, nine months; Obitokun, eight months, while Albert was sentenced to five months in prison.

They had earlier pleaded guilty to their respective charges in line with the conditions of the plea bargain agreement reached with the Commission.

Justice Agomoh also ordered Kolawole to restitute his victim the sum of $5,100USD (Five Thousand One Hundred United States Dollars). The convict is also to forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro Max and one iPhone 7 plus to the Federal Government.  Bello is also to restitute the sum of $200USD (Two Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim through the Federal government of Nigeria and forfeits one black iPhone 11 to the Federal Government.

Ogunbayo is to restitute the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) and N145, 000 (One Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand Naira) to his victim through the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In the same vein, Albert will forfeit one iPhone 12, one iPhone 6, one Access Bank ATM card, and one Airpod to the Federal Government.  He will pay the sum of $400USD (Four Hundred United States Dollars) as restitution to his victim, while Obitokun was ordered to restitute the sum of $25USD (Twenty Five United States Dollars) to his victim, and also forfeit one Techno phone to the Federal Government.

EFCC Nabs 12 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan

 

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, October 15, 2021, arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters at Alapata and Awotan areas of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects include: Adetola Oluwaseyi Francis, Yusuf Sadam Opeyemi, Usman Adam Abudulahi, Usman Adams Shehu, Ogunleye Timidehin Paul, Omobowa Oluwagbemileke Israel, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Kamorudeen Sodiq Akano.

Others are; Adeboye Abdulazeez Ayodeji, Ojekunle Tobiloba Micheal, Adewole Peter Adewunmi and Adetola Olamilekan Abidemi.

According to the EFCC, the suspects most of whom claimed to be undergraduates were apprehended following actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

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At the point of the arrest, series of fraudulent documents and other instruments allegedly used in committing the suspected crimes were recovered from them.

The items include: Toyota Corolla, sophisticated phones and laptops.

The agency stated that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

Protests In Ibadan Over Alleged Killing Of Teenager By Amotekun

 

Protests rocked Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, on Wednesday after a teenager was allegedly shot in the early hours of the day by Amotekun operatives.

Angry protesters brought the corpse of the 16-year-old boy to the state secretariat as they demanded justice.

According to them, he worked for a printing press around the Mokola area where late-night printing usually takes place.

The boy was reportedly on his way to buy food around 2:00 am when he was shot allegedly by the Amotekun operatives.

Traffic and commercial activities were brought to a halt on Wednesday as the protest went on.

Meanwhile, the state Amotekun Commander Col. Adeyanju Olayinka, has denied the involvement of his operatives.

According to Col Olayinka, his men were at different areas in Sango responding to a distress call around the time the incident occurred.

He asked members of the public who have evidence of the incident and the involvement of the Ametokun officers, to come forward with such, promising that justice would be done.

Suspected Armed Robbers From Ibadan Arrested In Ogun

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A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.

 

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested two armed robbery suspects in the Agbara area of Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, identified the suspects as 28-year-old Olanrewaju Sikiru and Olayemi Obisesan, 25.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended on Sunday while carrying out an operation, adding that the arrest followed a distress call received by the Police Divisional Headquarters in Agbara.

According to Oyeyemi, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area, Saleh Dahiru, received the call at about 1:30am and mobilised his men to the scene at the OPIC Estate in Agbara.

“On sighting the policemen, the robbers opened fire on them, and the team retaliated. At the end of the encounter, two among the robbers were arrested with gunshot injuries while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

“On interrogation, the arrested suspects informed the police that they came all the way from Lalupon area of Ibadan in Oyo State to join others in Agbara for the robbery operation,” the statement said.

Items recovered from the suspects included two double barrel locally made pistols, 12 live cartridges, two expended cartridges, two laptops, 18 different phones, a cash sum of N14,590, and a motorcycle.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, commended the quick response of the security operatives to the distress call and ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang.

He also appealed to residents, especially those working in hospitals to notify the police if anybody with gunshot injury was seen in their area.

At Least Five Killed In Oyo Gas Tanker Accident

 

At least five persons have been killed and several others, injured following an accident involving a gas truck in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The accident occurred around 9:00 am on Sunday at a popular herbs market in the Bode area of the city as a result of a brake failure from the tanker which was fully loaded with domestic gas.

This comes barely 24 hours after another accident involving a truck and motorcycle left three persons dead in Ibadan.

The accident occurred at the Total garden area, few meters from the second gate of University College Hospital (UCH) around 8:00 am on Saturday.

According to reports, some angry residents made attempt to burn the truck but security agents prevented them as they shot into the air to disperse them.

The Police spokesperson in the state, Adewale Osifeso confirmed the incident.

He explained that “the accident occurred as a result of a collision between a Coca-Cola Howoo truck with Reg No APP 696 XV and two motorcycles. The bodies of the victims have been deposited at the Morgue.”

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

A file photo of the EFCC logo.

 

 

 

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.