IGP Deploys Police Special Intervention Force To Ile-Ife

IGP Deploys Helicopters, Anti-Bomb Sqaud To Kaduna AirportThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, has deployed Police Special Intervention Force to Ile-Ife, Osun state, following the clash that occurred on March 8, 2017 and resulted in the loss of innocent lives as well as destruction of property worth Millions of Naira.

The Special Intervention Force, comprises Five units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) specially trained Anti-Riot Policemen, Five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife.

They would be led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja and their operations would cover the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood.

Furthermore, the statement revealed that the Police Special Intervention Forces are already on the ground working in synergy with the Osun State Police Command to ensure that total peace and normalcy is restored and sustained in Ile-Ife and environs.

“To achieve success in the operations, the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates, Police standard operations procedures and rule of engagement. The Force will ensure the full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Ile-Ife and environs by the Osun state government.

“The personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force will carry out 24 hours surveillance and patrol, stop and search; continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots, with a view to arrest promptly trouble makers, their sponsors and nip in the bud, any further attempt to cause violence and other criminalities in the general area.

“The deployment of the personnel will equally cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, Government and private infrastructures and facilities in Ile-Ife and environs.

“Joint Investigation Team made up of Personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, (FSARS), SIP and Osun State Police Command CIID headed by an experienced Commissioner of Police under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police (FCIID), are already in Ile-Ife and have succeeded in arresting the arrow-head and principal suspect including some of his thugs that caused the death of most of the innocent victims.”

Idris, therefore, called on citizens to support security officials in eliminating crime in the state.

“Traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians are hereby called upon to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force in the discharge of their responsibilities, and propagate peace, demonstrate love, and tolerance to promote harmonious co-existence with their fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic inclinations and differences.”

The Police boss then assured residents of  adequate security and protection of their lives and property.

He urged them to be law abiding and to give a chance for peace to prevail.

Governor Aregbesola Imposes Curfew In Ile Ife

Rauf Aregbesola, Osun, BudgetOsun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has imposed a two-day curfew in Ile Ife, Osun State.

The declaration followed a communal clash which left seven persons dead with several others injured in the ancient city of the state in Southwest Nigeria.

Spokesman for the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said the curfew takes effect from 6:00pm to 7:00am, and would be in force till Friday.

He added that the decision was “compelled by the breach of the peace in the area which has led to avoidable destruction of lives and property”.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Aminu Koji, who confirmed the casualty figure to reporters, said normalcy has returned to the areas affected by the clash.

Ile Ife Communal Clash: Police Confirm Seven Dead

He explained that the clash was caused by an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa man on Tuesday, and was consequently brought under control on the directive of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The DCP said the incident left many homeless while goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

Man Docked For Alleged Assault In Osun State

Man Docked For Alleged Assault In Osun StateAn Osun Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife has docked one Dayo Adebayo, 29, for alleged assault on a pregnant woman.

The prosecutor, Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Febraury 13, around 11:45 pm at Ehindi Street, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi, said Adebayo assaulted the woman named Blessing Monday, by hitting her with his fist across her face, causing various injuries.

He added that the offence was contrary to and punishable under section 356 of the Criminal Code (Cap 34 Vol 11), Laws of Osun, 2002.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence leveled against him.

Defence counsel, Mrs Innocent Akhigbe, therefore pleaded for the bail of the accused in most Liberal terms, promising that her client would not jump bail and would provide reliable sureties.

Magistrate Risikat Olayemi granted the bail of the accused in the sum of 5,000 Naira with one surety each in like amount.

Olayemi added that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means, and must reside within the court jurisdiction and the address of the accused and surety to be verified by the prosecutor.

She further stated that both the accused and surety should present two recent passport photographs as well as provide tax clearance certificates for three years.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned to March 20, 2017 for hearing.

Protesting Landlords Seek Relocation From Mining Area

landlords-in-mining-area-protestMembers of the Landlords Association of Olopo in Ilode Area of Ile-Ife in Osun State on Friday launched a protest, demanding for their relocation from a mining area, which they said endangered their health.

They want the state Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and the Federal Government to come to their aid, insisting that mining activities had caused them heartaches.

With placards emblazoned – “Save our souls; we are for peace; rescue us and we are dying among others” –  they protested against the hazard of mining activities in the area.

Excavating Precious Stones

The Chairman of the Landlords Association of the area, Mr Olafare Olarotimi, passed the group’s appeal on Friday while briefing reporters in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Mr Olarotimi said that MARSS Mining Company and NASAUDE International Mining Company Limited were involved in excavating precious stones called Tourmaline in the community and the resultant effect of their activities had been a source of worry for the residents.

He added that the power from the blasting had adverse effect on their health, listing blindness, hypertension and blockage of the flow of water which leads to erosion, as some of the things they suffer.

According to him, all houses in the area had been affected, leading to collapse, cracking of walls and destruction of the roofing among others.

“Majority of us have relocated our aged parents to safety areas, for our lives and property are no longer safe in this area.

“Anytime we are leaving home, our children must follow us, for we are not sure of any hazard that may occur before our arrival back to the house. Maybe the house might have fallen or cracked before we come back,” he expressed.

“I Was Not Born Blind

Olarotimi stated further that the community had written letters to the office of Osun Commissioner of Police, when Mr Olufemi Oyeleye was the CP and the President of Ife Development Board (IDB), Professor Muibi Opeloye among others, but all efforts have not yielded any positive result.

He then warned the two companies to vacate the land and allow them to leave in peace while demanding that, as alternative, the government should relocate them, for the companies to have full access to their mining work.

“We are for peace and harmony and we pledge our hundred per cent support to the government on mining of Tourmaline and other mineral resources in our vicinity, for our nation needs it to boost the economy.mining

“But at the same, the government should expedite our relocation in the interest of saving our lives and property, for the blasting has caused environmental and health hazard, heavy erosion among others to our families,” he told reporters.

Also, one of the affected landlords, Mr Benson Adewoyin, lamented over collapsed building, just as he condemned the lackadaisical attitude of the companies towards their souls.

“When these people visited my resident and viewed the effect of the blast, they promised to pay me two million Naira, but only 200,000 Naira was given which could not repair half of their destruction,” he stated.

Meanwhile, a septuagenarian, Mr Adeniji Akinola, linked the loss of his sight to the flame of the blast.

“I was not born blind, but became blind through the power of the constant bombing.

“I regret building my house in this community. Now I cannot see again neither can I be able to work or do anything on my own.

“I am appealing to the State and Federal Governments to come to our aid in rescuing us from the hands of the powerful ones and save our souls, for we are dying,” Mr Akinola appealed.

After the press briefing, Channels Television’s correspondent in Osun, Bosede Sodiq, made attempts to speak with the manager and workers of the two mining companies, but they were not available to respond to the landlords’ claims.

Court Remands Men In Prison For Parading As Secret Cult Members

Court Remands Men In Prison For Parading As Secret Cult MembersAn Ile-Ife Magistrate Court on Friday remanded three accused persons: Omidiran Abayomi, 24; Arowolo Olayemi, 18 and Ademola Elijah, 21, in prison custody for parading themselves as secret cult members.

The Prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Abdullahi alleged that the accused committed the offence on September 28, 2016 around 12:30 am at Oke-Atan Area in Ile-Ife.

Abdullahi said that the accused persons conspired within themselves to commit felony, house break-in, stealing, and paraded themselves as members of a secret cult.

He added that the accused conducted themselves in a manner that breached the peace of the community, armed themselves with an axe and resisted arrest by the Police officers.

According to him, the accused assaulted one Rafiu Abodi by using their knife to inflict injuries on him, which was injurious to his life.

The plea of the accused was not taken by Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode. He asked their defence counsel, Mrs Olubunmi Salawu, to come with written application.

Ijiyode ordered the prosecutor to duplicate the case file to state ministry of justice and he remanded them at prison custody.

The case was adjourned the case till March 23 for hearing.

OAUTHC Recorded 14 Successful Open Heart Surgeries In 2016 – CMD

OAUTHC Recorded 14 Successful Open Heart Surgeries In 2016 – CMDThe Chief Medical Director of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Prof Victor Adetiloye, has disclosed that the hospital recorded 14 successful open heart surgeries in 2016.

Adetiloye, made the disclosure while chatting with some journalists in his office in Ile-Ife, Osun state.

He said that the success story of the surgery operations were achieved based on the competence of the doctors they have on ground.

The CMD added that the medical experts presently serving in the hospital are of international standard as they were trained abroad.

Adetiloye explained that the routine surgery that people travel abroad to perform have been successfully handled and recorded with much success at a  lesser cost in OAUTHC.

He appealed to Nigerians who are of the opinion that they must travel abroad before they can get solution to their health challenges that this can easily be done in OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.

In the same vein, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Uvie Onokpoya stated that the condition of having a hole in heart which has three sections of surgery that people travel abroad to perform with over six million naira in India had been attended to by the medical experts with less than a million naira.

Onakpoya charged people who have medical challenges to always patronize the indigenous hospital, OAUTHC.

He added that people should first visit the hospital to examine the degree of their ailment whether it could be done in Ile-Ife teaching hospital, if not, such patient can seek a referral to other hospitals outside the country.

He explained that OAUTHC has modern equipment, coupled with well trained and highly skilled professional medical experts.

He said: “We would strive to do more of the open heart surgery this year, as it has been scheduled to begin very soon in OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.

“What we are doing here is to save people from financial and emotional embarrassment, wear and tear of the body for the people who travel abroad for such treatment.

“For instance people go overseas for minor surgery like anoraphy which is very common and can be successfully done here in OAUTHC without much stress with little amount.”

The management eulogised the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Sen Iyiola Omisore, Dr Themo Edmund, Dr Ramon Adedoyin and Feature Hope Foundation, based in UK, for their gesture toward the development of the hospital.

The hospital authority called on Nigerians to collaborate with the government to provide more modern equipment and to give training and retraining of medical personnel to alleviate health challenges that make people to run abroad for treatment.

Former Daily Times Boss Appointed OAU Governing Council Chairman

OAU Lecturers Divided Over ASUU Strike, Faction BoycottsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, as the Chairman of the newly constituted Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

The former Council of the University was sacked mid last year over some crises in the University.

The crises erupted as a result of alleged procedural anomaly in the process of selecting a new Vice-Chancellor for the University.

Education Minister, Mr Adamu Adamu, announced the appointments in a statement made available to Channels Television’ correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, on Wednesday.

He said the new Governing Council would serve for a term of four years, in the first instance, with effect from December 28, 2016.

Other members of the OAU Council are Professor Felix U. Madubuike, Mr Inowei Akono, Mr Adekunle Sanni and Muhammad Bello Kaoje.

Yemi Ogunbiyi’s Profile

Yemi Ogunbiyi, a founding Chairman of Tanus Communications, once served as the Managing Director of Daily Times of Nigeria.

He received his secondary education from the Ibadan Boys High School and later went to the University of Ibadan where he studied English Literature. He then went to New York University for his Masters degree.

Together with notable scholars like Kole Omotosho, Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyinka, Mr Ogunbiyi was part of the Drama and Literature Department of the University of Ife, later renamed Obafemi Awolowo University by military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

He has served as an Executive Director of the Guardian Newspapers in Charge of Public Affairs and Marketing. He also served as a Member of Global Advisory Board of Repro India Limited.

According to his profile published by Bloomberg, Ogunbiyi was a Lecturer at Brooklyn College in the United States after his university education.

He returned to Nigeria in the late 1970s and taught at the University of Ife. He has written a few books on African Literature and also edited the book, “Drama and Theatre in Nigeria: A Critical Source Book” which is a comprehensive work on Nigerian drama.

The entries in the book included various drama articles from the Nigeria Magazine which were becoming sparse and expensive at the time.

Police Arrest Hit-And-Run Driver Over OAU Medical Student’s Death

Police Arrest Hit-And-Run Driver Over OAU Medical Student's DeathThe Police in Osun have detained a driver who hit a 400-level medical student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Mr Seun Olorunfemi and fled the scene.

The student who was knocked down by the driver in Ile-Ife was rushed to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital where he eventually died.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Folasade Odoro confirmed to Channels Television correspondent that the driver was eventually apprehended and that he is currently in Police net.

“I can confirm to you that the driver has been apprehended and detained. Necessary investigation would be carried out and appropriate steps would be taken,” Odoro said.

Our correspondent learnt that the late medical student was one of the best students in his department and very active in church programmes on the campus.

When other students, especially those of the College of Health Sciences heard about the death of Olorunfemi, they were devastated and the Christian community at the university was also thrown into mourning.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju said that the untimely death of Olorunfemi was painful.

“The OAU management sympathised with the family and relations of the deceased as well as the College of Health Sciences,” Olanrewaju said.

Why OAU VC Was Accused Of 1.4 Billion Naira Fraud

Why OAU VC Was Accused Of 1.4 Billion Naira FraudThe rubble over the allegation against the acting Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Anthony Elujoba, appears not be dying anytime soon.

It was revealed to Channels TV correspondent by an insider in the institution who preferred to be anonymous that the Acting Vice Chancellor who is under investigation over alleged diversion of 1.4 billion Naira of the university’s fund, is believed to have violated the rule by drawing the remunerations of a substantive holder of his office.

Prof. Elujoba and the university’s Bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu, were on Tuesday in Ibadan quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the allegation.

He was appointed acting Vice-Chancellor for a period of six months with effect from July 21.

According to the terms and conditions of the appointment as approved by the Federal Government, Prof. Elujoba’s fringe benefits include N120,000 monthly as furniture allowance.

Investigations however revealed that part of the allegations against him in a petition to the EFCC was that he received over seven million Naira as advance payment of the allowance for the five-year tenure of a substantive vice-chancellor.

The petition alleged that the acting Vice-Chancellor and Bursar diverted monies from the university’s Fixed Assets and Endowment Fund, without approval from the Federal Ministry of Education and the Governing Council of the University, to pay themselves unapproved allowances, including the 7 million Naira as furniture allowance to Elujoba.

Prof. Elujoba and Mrs. Akeredolu, who arrived the Iyaganku office of the anti-graft agency in Ibadan at about 5PM on Tuesday, were quizzed for some hours and released on bail.

Before their arrival at the EFCC offices, scores of workers of the university and supporters had besieged the premises in solidarity with the officials.

When contacted, the EFCC Head of Media in the zone, Ayo Oyewole, declined to give details of the allegations against the acting Vice-Chancellor.

However, he confirmed that he was released on bail while further investigation was continuing.

The spokesman of the university, Biodun Olanrewaju, has however defended the accused officials, arguing that the acting vice-chancellor could not have been involved in financial malpractice as he was not in charge of the university’s finances.

“It is the bursar that is in charge of money, not the acting Vice-Chancellor. This is a man who does not even collect hospitality allowances or security vote as collected by other vice-chancellors,” Mr Olanrewaju said.

He said Prof. Elujoba was brought into the university to stabilise the institution at a time of crisis.

“As acting vice-chancellor, he does the same work as any vice chancellor. Forget about the title, he coordinates the affairs of the university just like a substantive vice-chancellor,” he added.

Insinuating that the development had political undertones, Mr Olanrewaju said Prof. Elujoba had already been recommended by the Senate of the institution as substantive vice-chancellor “with overwhelming majority of 295 votes against 8 votes for his opponent”.

The university’s spokesman also defended the loyalty demonstrated for the embattled vice-chancellor by workers at the EFCC office.

“You could see how all union members of the university stormed the Iyaganku office of EFCC in Ibadan to rally round him. That was to show that the man did not steal or embezzle as alleged,” Mr Olanrewaju stated.

OAU Protesters Storm EFCC Office Over VC’s Detention

Protesters, OAU, EFCCAngry protesters comprising students and staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile Ife on Wednesday stormed the zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The demonstrators are calling for release of the acting Vice Chancellor of OAU, Professor Anthony Elujoba, who is in the agency’s custody over allegations of illegal diversion of 1.4 billion Naira.

Professor Elujoba and the university’s bursar, Mrs Aderonke Akeredolu, were invited by the EFCC for questioning, as a result of a petition which came from the university’s community.

The VC was accused of diverting the institution’s fixed assets and endowment fund without approval from the federal ministry and governing council of the university to pay some unapproved allowances from which he purportedly paid himself seven million Naira as furniture allowance.

Routine Procedure

A mild crowd of supporters had gathered at the EFCC office in Iyaganku, even before Elujoba’s arrival and later became rowdy as the investigation progressed.

The spokesman for the anti-graft agency in the zone, Mr Ayo Oyewole, told Channels Television crew that the invitation was sent since November 25, consequent upon the petition filed by members of the university community, less than five months after the interim VC assumed office.

He noted that the angry outbursts from the protesters were totally needless as he stressed that the interrogation was a routine procedure.

Oyewole maintained that investigation would continue until all questions were satisfactorily answered beyond reasonable doubt.

The protesters, however, believed that the interrogation was an attempt to oppress the acting VC.

Professor Elujoba became the acting Vice Chancellor of OAU in July 2016, after a period of crisis of leadership within the management and board of the institution.

Aregbesola Tasks Media On Information On State Of Economy

rauf-aregbesolaThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has asked media organisations in Nigeria to urgently use their platforms to educate Nigerians on the implications of the economic situations, with a view to getting everyone to understand the situation.

Mr Aregbesola specifically said radio broadcasters had great roles to play in doing this and further promoting the peace of the society by discouraging hate messages and promoting those that enhance communal peace and stability.

The governor gave the task to the media at the official commissioning of Oodua FM, established by a former member of the House of Representatives and an actor, Honourable Rotimi Makinde, in Ile-Ife.

He said the disturbing war carnage scenes beamed into homes daily by foreign channels should be enough lesson for all that promoting hate messages is inimical to peace.

The governor encouraged journalists to dedicate themselves to peace and do away with divisive messages in discharging their duties.

“Radio stations must at this time of hardship do all they can to support government’s efforts in promoting innovative and technology-based ideas to move the nation forward.

“My advice for the owner and the entire management of this station is to use the medium wisely to promote peaceful coexistence among the people in Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.

“Please do not politicise your activities at this radio station. Let this establishment be for the promotion of the highest values and ethos of Yoruba people.

“Strive to let this station be for the promotion of peace, harmony, love and affection among Nigerians especially Yoruba people.

“Shun any divisive tendency and use this station for educational purpose. Use it to promote our culture and balanced entertainment.

“Also, use this station to promote industry, productivity and efficiency as these, will go a long way in rescuing our society from the current recession we are all in,” he advised.

He condemned in its entirety the manner in which some broadcast media houses have been bastardising the profession on self-serving interests, saying that if not that his government’s programmes and policies resonate with the people, an unnamed Osun-based radio station would have thrown the state into confusion through its hate messages.

The governor said: “The time has come for journalists to be at the forefront of nation building and do away with subjectivity, favouritism and personal emotions”.

Akure Monarch Orders Foodstuff Sellers To Reduce Prices

Akure Monarch Orders Foodstuff Sellers To Reduce PricesThe Paramount Ruler of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi alongside the Deji-in-Council has asked foodstuff sellers in Akure to immediately cut down the high cost of foodstuff in Akure and its environs or risk their shop being closed down.

The Deji ordered the slash in prices of these commodities at his palace after an exhaustive meeting with the leadership of the various groups of foodstuff sellers in Akure.

This was sequel to a recent market survey of some foodstuff like rice, palm oil, groundnut oil, garri among others across major towns like Osogbo, Ibadan, Ogbomosho, Ile-Ife, Ilesha, Ado-Ekiti, and Lagos in the south west.

The palace found out that the prices obtained in these communities were at variance with what is sold in Akure. The prices of rice, garri, palm oil was too exorbitant when compared with other cities, making it almost the highest in the whole of south-west.

Oba Ogunlade expressed displeasure at the astronomical rate at which foodstuff is being sold in Akure compared with other neighboring towns.

He said: “It is so sad that the prices of commodities had been unnecessarily hiked in Akure with no justifiable reason. This is unfair and totally unacceptable.

“Considering the present economic hardship in the country, we cannot continue to watch our people die in hunger and pains due to needless hike in price of the basic need of life which is food.”

Oba Aladetoyinbo said that with the market survey carried out by the palace, it is glaring that the situation in Akure is becoming unbearable for families and things may go worse if not quickly tackled.

“I wonder why a bag of rice will be sold for between N21,000 and N23,000, 20 litres of palm oil now sells for between N20,000 and N21,500, a rubber of garri now sells for N200, when other communities sells for N16,000, N10,000 and N100 respectively,” he said.

“We are watching the market situation in other towns and I will ensure a downward review of the price as situation may demand to be at par with other neighboring towns,” he vowed.

The Monarch then ordered an immediate reduction in the price of rice which is being sold at an average of N21, 000 to N19, 000.

After much plea from the palm oil and garri sellers in the city, the Deji gave them one week to revert the prices of their commodities to N11, 000 and N100 respectively.

Oba Aladetoyinbo, however, expressed appreciation to the market men and women who agreed with him on the need for the splash in prices, considering the economic realities in the country.

He thanked them for their cooperation and understanding over the matter.

Meanwhile, Oba Aladetoyinbo has set up a task force to monitor the situation and ensure strict compliance with the new prices. He also vowed to close down the shop of any defiant seller.

The monarch, however, prayed for the quick recovery of the nation’s economy.