Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Akinyele LG Residents In Ibadan

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.

EFCC Arraigns Oyo Permanent Secretary Over Alleged N4.4m Scam

Rasaq Kolawole


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.

Police Intercept 11 Sokoto Travellers At Osun-Ibadan Boundary

A file photo of a police patrol van.



Eleven travellers who contravened the inter-state travel ban have been intercepted by the Oyo State Police Command in an attempt to sneak into Akure, the Ondo State capital through Ibadan.

The travellers explained that they came from Sokoto to go back to their families in Akure, after more than four weeks of being stranded in Sokoto as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In his reaction, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said the travellers would not be released to the Sokoto State government until they undergo COVID-19 tests which had already begun.

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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 Kidnap Twin Children Of Popular Cleric In Ibadan


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.

One Killed, Two Arrested In Ibadan Gang Violence

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A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.



One person has been killed in a gang face-off at a construction site in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, confirmed the incident and the death on Sunday.

Olukolu who was on an inspection visit to the affected areas within Ibadan identified the victim as one Moshood Ekugbemi.

He explained that Ekugbemi died of multiple machete wounds he sustained from rival gang members during the fight.

The police commissioner revealed that the command has arrested two suspects in connection with the violence while efforts were ongoing to apprehend the main suspects still at large.

PHOTOS: EFCC Raids Suspected Fraudster’s House, Recovers Coffin

The six suspects arrested by the EFCC in Ibadan on March 2, 2020.



Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have raided the house of a suspected internet fraudster in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

During the raid of 38-year-old Azeez Adebowale’s residence on Monday, the operatives recovered a mini coffin.

According to the anti-graft agency, Adebowale claimed to be using the coffin as soap rack.

He is said to be among the six persons arrested following weeks of piecing together tips on intelligence received on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects which included a lady, Toyinsola Bolumole, were picked up by the EFCC operatives at locations around Oluyole and Alao-Akala Estates of the ancient city.

Others are Ifelowo Ololade, Sonuyi Ayodeji, Folarin Olayinka, and Aluko Olawale.

The commission also recovered four cars, various brands of sophisticated smartphones, and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card from them.

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15 Killed, 38 Injured In Ijebu-Ode/Ibadan Highway Accident


15 people have died in an accident that occurred on the Omen bridge along the Ijebu-Ode/Ibadan highway.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed this on Tuesday.

Also, according to him, 38 others were injured in the accident, while 12 others were unhurt.

Akinbiyi explained that the accident involved only one vehicle – a Mitsubishi Canter, marked XE-331-MKA with 65 occupants.

He said the vehicle fell into a ditch as a result of over-speeding and recklessness, while the driver was trying to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

“The dead bodies were recovered from the ditch, where the vehicle crashed and later to Sabo following the request of the Hausa community, while the injured victims have been taken to the General Hospital in Ijebu-Ode,” Akinbiyi said.

PHOTOS: Excited Ibadan Residents Celebrate Seyi Makinde After Supreme Court Victory


Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital stood still on Thursday to welcome Governor Seyi Makinde back to the state following his victory at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

Governor Makinde was received at the Ibadan airport by his cabinet members, party loyalists and excited residents of the state.

Others troop out to the streets in celebration and welcomed the governor who in return waved at them as he drove around the town in an open van and danced to music from a music band.

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Makinde while addressing the crowd described the verdict as a confirmation of the will of the people and validation of the mandate given to him.

He promised that he will not deviate from the path to fulfilling his campaign promises to lift Oyo state out if poverty into prosperity.

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Ibadan Polytechnic Examiner Bags 20-Year Jail Term For Malpractice

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A part-time examiner at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Mr. Olanrewaju Kayode, has been sentenced to a 20-year jail term for committing examination malpractice.

Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, found Mr. Kayode guilty of all charges preferred against him.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in a statement, said that Mr. Kayode had been arraigned in June 2016 on a 5-count for allegedly collecting sums of money from five students of the institution and attempting to assist them to alter and secure higher examination scores on different scripts written outside the Examination Hall.

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Mr. Kayode, a part-time examiner assessed and marked students’ examination scripts of the Department of Accountancy at the Polytechnic.

Justice Abdulmalik gave the judgement after ICPC’s Prosecution Counsel, Barrister Aderonke Bisi-Balogun proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Kayode committed all the offences leveled against him.

She stated that the convict was to serve four years jail term on each of the five counts bringing the total to 20 years imprisonment.

“The sentence is to run concurrently commencing from 20th June 2016, the first day of his arrest”, the statement added.

Eight Escape Death In Another Ibadan Building Collapse


Eight people escaped death on Tuesday when a building collapsed at a construction site in Oyo State.

The incident occurred on Eleyele Road beside the Polo Ground in Ibadan, the state capital.

Although no death was recorded, some construction workers at the site were trapped under the rubble.

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Emergency workers were said to have rushed to the scene and rescued the victims after which they were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred weeks after a three-storey building under construction collapsed in Sogoye area of Molete, also in Ibadan.

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Man Dies After Jumping Off A Mast In Ibadan

Man Dies After Jumping Off A Mast In Ibadan


A young man simply identified as Sola has committed suicide in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Sola was said to have killed himself on Saturday morning after he climbed and jumped down from the peak of a mast belonging to a commercial bank at Sango area in Ibadan.

An eyewitness told Channels Television at the scene of the incident that the victim who appeared to be deeply troubled was seen naked before the tragedy.

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According to her, Sola had made an attempt to climb a fence near some shops in the area but was prevented by the traders.

He was said to have taken another route through the bank’s premises where he gained access to the mast.

She explained that the victim climbed to the top of the mast and was shouting that he wanted to die before he eventually jumped.

In his reaction, the father of the victim who was accompanied by the mother described the incident as shocking and unbelievable.

The father refused to disclose his name but narrated that Sola had gone to church with his mother on Friday night and returned early on Saturday without any noticeable problem.

He said neither the victim’s mum nor himself knew when Sola left the house, only for them to be alerted by neighbours who saw him stripping himself on the road just before the incident.

The Oyo State Police Command confirmed the incident to Channels Television shortly after it occurred.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, disclosed that the man was confirmed dead at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan.

He said the victim was able to gain access to the bank’s premises as the security operatives on duty mistook him for a beggar requesting money from ATM users.

Mr Fadeyi added that Sola fell on the roof of the bank and was rescued but was certified dead at the hospital as he bled through the mouth.

He added that his body has been moved to the morgue but the victim’s relatives have yet to claim it.

Aisha Buhari Visits Victims Of Lagos Building Collapse

Aisha Buhari visits victims of building collapse in Lagos on Saturday. Source: Bashir Ahmad.


The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Saturday visited victims of the Ita Faji building collapse at the Lagos Island General Hospital.

Her visit was confirmed by the Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.

During the visit, Mrs Buhari prayed to God to grant families who lost loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss, while also wishing the survivors speedy recovery.

The three-storey building located on Marcey Street of the Ita Faji area of Lagos caved in on Wednesday around 9:45 am.


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At least 24 victims, mostly children who were pupils of a primary school located on the top floor of the building, were, however, rescued from the rubbles.

Nine persons were confirmed dead as the rescue officials declared the operations concluded on Thursday.

Barely 48 hours after, a similar incident occurred in Oyo State, although all eight of the victims were rescued.