Police Inspector, Others Die In Ogun Cult Clash

Police Inspector, Others Die In Ogun Cult Clash
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A police inspector and a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) were among those who lost their lives during a cult violence that erupted in Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

He said the gun battle, which began on Sunday evening at Oke-Sopen area of Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government of the state, lasted till the early hours of today.

According to reports, the crisis allegedly trailed a political rally organised in Ijebu-Igbo by the Senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu.

Several other persons were said to have sustained injuries in the deadly fight which sparked panic and unrest across the town.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since dissociated itself from the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer, on his part, said the command was working hard to ensure the perpetrators were fished out and brought to justice.

He revealed that the Police Area Commander, Ijebu-Ode had been directed to move to the town to maintain law and order, noting that that only three persons died in the clash.

Contrary to the report that in incident claimed the lives of several persons, Oyeyemi maintained that only the police inspector, the OPC member and a suspected cultist lost their lives in the incident.

He, however, advised residents not to panic as adequate security measures had been put in place to curtail the violence.

Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

Ogun Police Parade Three Suspected Militants

police parade, Suspected MilitantsThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded three suspected militants alleged to have participated in the series of attacks on riverine communities in Arepo, Ogijo and Warewa.

Several lives were recently lost during series of attacks and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarter in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists that modalities were being put in place by the Command to commence aerial patrol of vulnerable communities.

He said that the modalities would especially affect riverine communities where activities of vandals and militants are being currently felt.

The CP also lamented that the rate of cultism, especially among the youths in the Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo and Ijebu Ode areas of the state was worrisome.

The Police also paraded other suspects for various offences ranging from cultism, murder, kidnapping and impersonation.

Some of the suspects confessed to the crimes they were being paraded for.

Ogun PDP To Commence State Congress In February

pdpThe Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has fixed February 2016 for the commencement of its congress.

The congress is expected to usher in new executive members at the ward, local governments and state levels to pilot the affairs of the party in the coming years.

The disclosure was made by the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Bayo Dayo, in Ijebu-Igbo on Sunday, during a reception organized for members of the party representing the state at both the National and State Assemblies.

While admonishing party faithful and supporters to continue to be united for the progress of the party, Mr Dayo said that the era of impunity and indiscipline among members was over in the PDP as the party was ready to maintain sanity and reposition it for victory

Responding to questions from reporters after the event, the Vice Chairman, House Committee on States and Local Government Administration representing Ogun East senatorial district, Mr Buruji Kashamu, lauded the ongoing fight against corruption by the Federal Government.

Mr Kashamu, however, urged Nigerians to rise above party and religious persuasions in this direction

The party also reflected on the Appeal Court’s judgment which returned members of the party serving at the State and National Assemblies, who were hitherto sacked by the Election Petition Tribunal, as a reflection of the hope for the masses from the judiciary.

Ogun State Police Command Discovers Kidnappers Den In Ijebu-Igbo

Kidnappers arrested in Ogun StateThe Ogun State Police Command has discovered a den belonging to kidnappers in a neighborhood in Ijebu Igbo Area of the State.

Five suspects including a serving councillor in the State have been arrested by the police in connection with the discovery.

From a distance, the uncompleted building in 7, Egbe Road, Ijebu Igbo Area of Ogun East Senatorial District would pass for any other building where people live and earn their legitimate income.

But with a closer look, it’s not. Latest discovery by the police reveals it is a den for kidnappers.

Inside the building, in one of the dark rooms is a shrine with charms and other fetish items lavishly displayed.

While some of the suspects confessed to their crime, others denied any link.

Presently, five suspects are in police net including the serving councilor from Odogbolu Local Government Area of the State.

The Police Commissioner in the State, Valentine Ntomchukwu, said the two building would remain sealed while investigations continue.


Governor Amosun Warns Against Sale Of PVC

As governor amosunNigerians count down to the general elections, the Ogun state Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has warned against the sale of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by residents of the state, stressing that such act may deny the expected change in the polity.

Governor Amosun made the call while addressing party supporters in Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government on Saturday on the second round of campaign to the local government for his re-election bid.

The governor while promising more developmental projects in the area, however, pledged not to betray the confidence reposed in his administration if voted in for a second term.

The Governor was received with cheers  by thousands of residents and party supporters in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun West Senatorial District.

After this, the train moved to the Ijebu Igbo motor park, where the crowd were already waiting to receive him.

Governor Amosun solicited votes from the electorates for his party, and those candidates seeking various positions at state and national level under the APC and also stressed the need for residents to obtain their PVCs.

Some residents of the area said they clamour for his re-election, based on what they describe as a result of his monumental achievements across the three senatorial districts of the state.

As the elections draw nearer, politicians have kept up the tempo of the campaign for violence-free elections in the interest of peace and harmony by engaging in a several peace accord.

Yetunde Onanuga Named Governor Amosun’s Deputy For 2015 Governorship Election

Ogun-State-governor-Ibikunle-Amosun-The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has announced Mrs Yetunde Onanuga,  from Ijebu Igbo in Ogun East Senatorial District as his running mate in the 2015 governorship election in the state.

Mr Onanuga, 54, will replaces Prince Segun Adesegun who serves as the current deputy governor of the state

At a meeting held on Tuesday at the Gateway Hall in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Governor said her nomination became imperative in order to give all sections of the state good representation and a sense of belonging

In her response,the governor’s running mate pledged her loyalty to the governor, the party and party leadership, promising that she would not betray the confidence reposed in her by the party’s leadership.

Mrs Onanuga is the current Director of Finance and Administration in the Lagos State Ministry of Environment.

Alao-Akala Dissociates PDP From Oyo Impeachment Plot

akala 2The former Oyo State Governor, Mr Adebayo Alao-Akala has dissociated the Oyo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the purported impeachment plan of the State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, by a faction of the state House of Assembly.

The former governor was speaking  from Ijebu Igbo ,Ogun state, south west Nigeria,  after a meeting  with the chairman of the PDP mobilization and organization committee, Prince Buruji Kashamu, party supporters and  officials in the State.

He also expressed his plans to contest the governorship race in the State in 2015, saying that the current administration in the state is only buying time.

Meanwhile in the face of the on-going realignment and maneuvering among political camps, the Ogun State chapter of the PDP has denied any immediate plan to merge with any political party in the build up to the general elections in the state.

The State chapter also vowed to give the ruling party a good fight to reclaim the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ogun Government Constitutes TASUED Governing Board

TASUEDThe Ogun State Government, on Wednesday, announced the constitution of the Governing Council for the State-owned Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode.

The Council has as its Chairman, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Bamiro, while other members include the current Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Obilade, Mr Afolabi Sorinmade, Professor Ayo Alabi, Professor Seun Omotayo and Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, read.

Others are Honourable Kunle Elegbede, Comrade Tunde Oladunjoye, High Chief George Ibirinde and Mr Derin Adebiyi.

The Statement added that the Council would also be joined by representatives of the State Ministries of Education and Finance, two members each from the institution’s Senate and Congregation.

A graduate of the institution elected by the Alumni Association and that of the National Universities Commission (NUC) are also to serve on the Council.

In a related development, the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has approved the appointments of new Rectors for the State Institutes of Technology.

The Rectors are Professor (Mrs.) Jumoke Bilesanmi-Awoderu, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunke Olanike Akinkurolere, Dr. Adeola Odedina and Dr. Kolawole Oyeyinka for the Institutes in Ijebu-Igbo, Igbesa, Itori and Sapade respectively.



Amosun Promises to Fish Out Okuneye’s Killers

Amosun scraps Tai Solarin University of EducationOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has given assurance that the State Government would do its best to get the killers of foremost Ijebu-Igbo businessman, Mr Adetola Okuneye who was murdered during a Sunday church service, at the age of 70.

Okuneye was killed at Oke-Sopen, Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

This incident occurred when 10 armed men suspected to be assassins, on Sunday morning invaded the premises of St. John’s Anglican Church located at Oke-Sopen area of the community.

Obasanjo Remains Our Leader- S/West PDP

The South West zone of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying he remains a strong leader and mentor of the party in the country.

The PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman in the zone, Chief Ishola Filani, spoke at the party’s rally in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State just as the party’s zonal secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu, denied the alleged
exclusion of the ex-president in the affairs of the party.

Filani said the South West PDP leadership and state chapters in the zone have confidence in Obasanjo, who, according to him, has made people of Yoruba land proud with his various achievements both as former military and civilian leader in the country.

He said, “Obasanjo is the only person who was head of state under the military, who was twice president as civilian president and who has continued all over the world to look for peace and ensure that governments internationally are in order.

“I, on behalf of the six states in the South West PDP, tell the whole world that the PDP in the South West pass vote of confidence on him.

We have implicit confidence in Baba Obasanjo as our father and leader.”

The event also featured the defection of about 5,000 members of opposition parties into the PDP.

The event was attended by the Osun PDP Chairman, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa; his Oyo State counterpart, Yinka Taiwo, Ogun PDP Chairman, Adebayo Dayo, Prince Buruji Kashamu, Hon. Kayode Amusan, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, Otunba Leke Adekoya, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, Alhaji Agboola Alausa, among other leaders.