Policemen have surrounded a property belonging to the family of the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The property has in recent days been a subject of controversy between the former Senate President and the current Kwara State Government.
Prior to this development, the state House of Assembly had deliberated on a petition against the ownership of the expanse of land which was reportedly not paid for, prompting the call for the executive to take over the property.
The matter has also triggered political arguments between the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State and the state government.
Another illegal rehabilitation centre has been uncovered by the Kwara State police command in Ilorin the state capital, with one hundred and eight inmates living in inhuman conditions.
The centre held in its confines one hundred and three males and five females with ages ranging between twelve and forty, several of whom were chained.
The victims looked malnourished and unkempt, allegedly as a result of being denied food for days.
While some of the rescued inmates admitted to being wayward and drug users, they described their experience as horrific, and asked the government to ensure the closure of such centers across the country.
The police say the victims will be investigated to ascertain the claims of being dropped at the centre willingly, before they are returned to their parents.
This affected the athletes who usually go to the stadium for training as they were also denied entry.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, the need to forestall any breakdown of law and order informs the heavy security presence as the call for revolution is against the law.
A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, before Justice Babangana Ashigar, has postponed the bail hearing of four officials of the State Government arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office on money laundering.
Those arraigned include the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Government House, Abubakar Ishiak, Director of Administration And Finance, Shina Akorede, Controller Finance and Account, Rasaq Momonu and cashier of the Kwara State Government House, Hafees Yusuf.
The four men were first arraigned on May 2 on two counts of money laundering and making cash payments of N20.3 million.
The payments were allegedly made to one Energy Multi-Trade Unique Interbiz Limited through the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jimoh Sarafadeen Kolade, for services rendered to the Kwara State Government house.
The sum was said to have exceeded the limitation of 10 million Naira payable to a corporate body and thereby resulting in an offence contrary to Section 1 (b) and punishable under Section 16 of the same act.
At the hearing today for their bail application, the prosecuting counsel, Christopher Mschelia, urged the presiding judge to accelerate the proceedings of the arraigned officials in order for the trials to commence.
In response, the lead counsel to the defence, Abdulwahab Bamidele, however, noted that the case was bordering on money laundering which does not involve human lives, hence it is bailable.
Countering the position, Mscheli, insisted that any case on the nation’s economy is equivalent to human life.
After listening to both parties, Justice Ashigar then postponed the date for hearing on bail application till further notice and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.
Several vehicles were damaged on Sunday in Agbaji, Kwara State after thugs attacked the home town and family house of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Several persons were also said to have been injured in the process.
The attack comes few days after some thugs were said to have attacked supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also in the state.
Saraki condemned the attack, claiming that it was masterminded by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I just finished assessing the level of damage done to my family quarters and community today in Agbaji, Ilorin by the thugs of a factional All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state,” he wrote on Twitter hours later.
I just finished assessing the level of damage done to my family quarters and community today in Agbaji, Ilorin by the thugs of a factional All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state. pic.twitter.com/d8jUKOdprJ
He also urged members of the PDP not to retaliate, saying that regardless of the attacks, the party will continue to run issues-based campaigns across the country.
Violence and bloodshed must have no place in our politics. I urge all the people of Ilorin and our supporters to remain calm and not retaliate. We will continue to run an issues-based campaign across the state and the nation. Let us all strive for peace in this election season. pic.twitter.com/F3mWWWaDiV
A woman suspected to be a kidnapper has been lynched in Ilorin the capital city of Kwara State.
An eyewitness told Channels Television that the woman was caught at an Islamic School while trying to forcefully take away a set of twins earlier on Monday morning.
It was gathered that the timely arrival of their mother resulted in the rescue of the children after which a mob descended on the suspect and set her ablaze.
The spokesman of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the incident. He said some persons have been arrested in connection with the killing.
“Before we got the information, the deed had been done and as we speak, policemen are already there making effort to arrest the culprit and I can assure you we are going to do just that because it is lawless for people to take life of another human no matter the offence and allegation.”
He said residents should allow the law to take its course and not indulge in jungle justice.
The Osun State government has disclosed that it has released the sum of N18 million for the preparation and participation of athletes and officials for the 2017 ‘3rd National Youth Games’ holding in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Addressing pressmen in Osogbo, on the preparations of the state team, the Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Need, Hon. Biyi Odunlade said the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had already released the money for the event.
Odunlade noted that, the governor approved and released the total sum of N18 million for the camping, preparation, and participation of athletes and officials in the Games and that the athletes and officials are all in high spirit as they set out for the Games in two days time.
Hon. Odunlade said the governor, a sport loving governor, believes that sports enhance physical and mental development and that his love for sports facilitated the quick release of funds for the state participation in the Games.
A total of 68 athletes would be representing the state in 17 events, which includes; Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Scrabble, Weight lifting, Karate, Judo, Table and Lawn Tennis and others.
He said the athletes going for the Games had been training within and outside the state for a long time and that the expectation of the state/government from the athletes are: ten Gold medals, 15 silver, and 19 bronze medals.
He said the officials and athletes were well prepared, motivated and ready to move and that by Thursday, they would all be in Ilorin for the Games.
He said his Ministry is saddled with Sports and Youths Development and that the Youths Games will provide an avenue for engaging the youths to channel their energy positively.
“in the concern that we must develop the youths, we must develop sports. Besides laurels, sports is a positive attraction for all round development of the body.
“When you do sports, all negative distractions would go as your health will improve and your vision about life would equally improve as you become more righteous,” he said.
The National Youth Games would kick-off on September 7 to 17.
There was pandemonium in Sawmill, Ilorin, Kwara State on Friday when a policemen attached to a branch of First Bank in the area, allegedly went berserk and shot three people.
Bank customers, passers-by and shop owners in the area scampered for safety as the policeman shot sporadically for about 10 minutes.
The incident happened at about 4:30 pm and three victims including one Akin Olaniyi were hit by the stray bullets.
Eye witnesses informed Channels Television that the policeman earlier had a face-off with a commercial motor cyclist.
The policeman who was said to have been drunk challenged the motorcyclist for driving illegally through the median on the road.
Consequently an argument reportedly ensued between them.
It was learnt that the policeman thereafter went into the security post within the bank premises, took his gun and threatened to shoot the motorcyclist.
According to eyewitnesses, in what seemed like a scene from an action film, the policeman reportedly opened fire, shooting volley of bullets, which hit the motorcyclist, a teenage boy and a man returning home from his workplace.
Giving account of the incident a commercial motorcyclist, Raheem Kazeem said: “The policeman was coming from a joint where he usually goes to drink dry gin when he accosted the motorcyclist and challenged him for passing the route.
“The policeman who was on mufti at the time, ordered the Okada man (bike rider) to turn back but he refused to turn back, which led to a fight. The security man then threatened to kill the motorcyclist.
“The policeman left only to come back armed with a gun. He first of all shot into the air, which made people around run for dear lives.
“The officer then took the bike into the bank premises before he came back again and began shooting sporadically. In the process three people were hit by stray bullets.
“A teenage boy who was running errands for his mother was among those hit by bullets”, he recounted.
A resident of the area, who simply identified himself as Dimeji said there was panic when gunshots were heard.
“We thought it was cultists’ attack when gunshots were heard. People scampered for safety; motorcyclists left their motorcycles and took cover. It was later we got picture of the incident. It is quite unfortunate”, he added.
Recounting his ordeal on Saturday when Channels Television visited one of the victims, Olaniyi, who was admitted at the Ilorin General Hospital, he said he hid behind a container when he heard gunshot but was eventually hit by the bullets.
“I was on my way home from work when I heard gunshots and saw people running. I took cover behind a container but bullets pierced the container and hit me on the side. I guess I passed out immediately and when I opened my eyes I saw myself on hospital bed.”
A source at the hospital revealed that a surgery was being performed on the victim to extract bullets while he is still expected to undergo another operation to remove the remaining.
Reports say the policeman was later taken to an unknown hospital for treatment from injuries suffered from a mob action.
Reacting to the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi said he was “yet to be fully briefed on the matter”.
Three persons escaped death when a section of a storey building collapsed in Tanke area of Ilorin South Local Government, Kwara State.
According to an eyewitness, Joy Williams, the building which was among five gigantic structures collapsed on Thursday morning.
Williams said: “I was inside when I heard a loud voice and when I came out, I saw a section of the building collapsing. After then, I heard someone calling for help and passersby came to his rescue”.
“While rescuing him, the people also found out that there are other people trapped in the building. The third victim was seriously injured while we watch them rush the victims to the hospital,” he added.