Kwara Gov’s Aide Resigns For ‘Personal Reasons’

A file photo of Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

 

The Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development to the Governor of Kwara State, Ibrahim Attahiru, has resigned his position.

In a letter addressed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday, the aide cited personal reasons for his resignation.

The letter was written to the governor through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government in Ilorin.

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Attahiru also thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve in his cabinet.

“I wish to formally tender my resignation as the Special Advisor on Sports and Youth Development,” the letter read in part.

“Your Excellency sir, my resignation is due to personal reasons. Thanking Your Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Executive Governor of Kwara State for the opportunity and confidence reposed in me.”

The resignation letter.

 

Wife Of Ex-Bauchi, Osun Military Administrator Freed After Days In Captivity

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

The wife of the retired military administrator of Bauchi and Osun states, Mrs. Jumoke Bamigboye, on Monday night regained her freedom from her abductors who reportedly kidnapped her on Saturday.

Mrs. Bamigboye, who is the wife of Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye, was abducted in the Oko Olowo area of the Ilorin metropolis in the Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara state.

Mrs. Bamigboye, a Magistrate in Kwara state and a member of Rotary Club International, was reportedly kidnapped by some gunmen on her way from the farm on Saturday.

It was gathered that she was returning from her farm in the Oko Olowo area where she was said to have gone to supervise garri processing meant for supply to her customers.

The kidnappers were said to have contacted her family, demanding a ransom of N100 million for her release until it was later negotiated to N50 million as of Monday evening.

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Colonel Bamigboye confirmed the abduction to journalists on Monday night before her release.

“She was returning from the farm on Saturday evening when gunmen waylaid and forced her out of her car. They took her away to an unknown destination. They later got in contact and demanded ransom to be paid before her release. Efforts are on top gear to secure her release,” he said.

However, while confirming her release on Tuesday, Bamigboye said that she was released on Monday night but not after the payment of ransom which he did not disclose.

“She was set free and released last night. We thank God for her safety but not without payment of ransom,” he added.

Bamigboye said that his wife had been taken to the hospital for medical attention after her release from her abductors.

While commenting on the development, the Kwara State Police Command Public Relations officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, said that Mrs. Bamigboye was released by the kidnappers last night (Monday).

He said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with her kidnap. Okasanmi was, however, silent on whether any ransom was paid to the kidnappers before she was released.

“Yes, she has been released. Three suspects were arrested and an effort to get the remaining suspects underway, please,” the police spokesman noted.

Meanwhile, sympathizers have been trooping to the residence of Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye in the GRA area, Ilorin, to congratulate him on the release of his wife.

Some of the sympathizers sighted included the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, his chiefs, and Oloris while he was receiving telephone calls every minute from far and wide from eminent people who were congratulating him.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected Illegal Miners In Kwara

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

The police in Kwara State have arrested eight suspected illegal miners and recovered three trailer loads of marble stones in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying the suspects were arrested along the Share, Tsaragi, and Patigi areas of the state on October 30.

He said the arrest was made possible following a petition and a letter written to the state Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama.

According to the police spokesman, residents of Patigi Local Government Area and the Association of Licenced Miners of Kwara State had complained that illegal miners have turned their ancestral lands into a beehive of illegal mining of mineral resources.

The situation, Ajayi noted, had resulted in ecological problems and sabotage to the economy of both the state and the Federal Government.

“Based on this petition, a team of Kwara State Police Command’s operatives was dispatched to the area to arrest and if possible, recover and impound any illegally mined minerals in the said area,” the statement read in part.

“The police team swung into action and on 30/10/2022 at about 02:00hrs the suspects named hereunder were arrested with three trailer loads of suspected marbles illegally mined.”

The suspects are Abdulbagi Sadiq, Isah Amisu, Mohammed Zanihat Idris, Alhassan Rabiu, Mohammed Abdulbagi, Ibrahim Sule Balarabe, Mohammed Dalhatu Idris and Abubakar Tasiu.

Noting that the exhibits recovered have been transported to the state police headquarters, the PPRO stated that the suspects after interrogation and confessions have been charged to court.

He added that economic sabotage and any acts inimical to the health and security of lives and property of the citizens and people of the state would be resisted.

The police spokesman called on the residents of Kwara State to join hands with the police to rid the state of all forms of criminality.

Kwara Deputy Governor Alabi Loses Aide

A photo combination of Kwara State Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi and his aide, Kehinde Obafemi.

 

Kwara State Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi, has lost his Chief Detail, Kehinde Obafemi.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Modupe Joel, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, Alabi expressed rude shock over the sudden demise of his aide.

The deceased, died on October 30, after a brief illness.

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“The Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi described the sudden death of his Chief Detail, Mr Kehinde Obafemi as a rude shock,” the statement read.

“Mr Kehinde Obafemi passed away on Sunday 30th of October 2022 after a brief illness. He was until his death the Chief Detail to the Deputy Governor of Kwara State.

“Alabi prayed that God will grant the soul of the late Kehinde Obafemi eternal rest and give his family, friends and associates the courage to bear the loss.”

Robbers Ambush Man In Kwara, Cart Away Millions Of Naira

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Robbers have ambushed a man in the Sabo-Oke area of the Ilorin metropolis in Kwara State, carting away millions of naira. The incident happened on Monday. 

The man was said to be conveying the cash in a Lexus car before he was ambushed.

“The matter has been directed to the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, for discreet investigation,” the spokesman of the Kwara State Police Command Okasanmi Ajayi said while confirming the incident.

According to eyewitness accounts, the daylight robbery occurred near an abandoned refuse disposal truck at Sokoto Street in the Sabo-oke area around 1 pm in the full glare of residents, shop owners, and pedestrians.

It was also gathered that the armed robbers, numbering four, wore facemasks and fired gunshots to scare people before pouncing on their target.

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One of the eyewitnesses narrated that the hoodlums, who were in Toyota Camry (Muscle) car, had trailed a Lexus car marked, “Sarkin Samarin Bacita” on the number plate with two occupants inside at the time of the incident.

“The car should be that of a traditional title holder in Bacita in the Edu Local Government Area of the state,” the eyewitness told Channels Television.

“The Lexus car was going on the street with two people inside the vehicle when suddenly the Toyota Camry (Muscle) with about four guys in masks, heavily armed, overtook it and carted away cash said to be about N6 million inside a bag.”

The eyewitness, who said that no one was injured in the attack, added that some police officers later accompanied the two victims to the scene of the robbery to carry out an investigation.

Decomposed Bodies Of Two Ladies Recovered In Kwara CMD’s Office

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

Two decomposed bodies have been recovered in the office of the chief medical director of a government hospital in Kwara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said one of the decomposed female bodies was found buried underground inside his office while the other was in a trash bin.

The spokesman identified the suspect as the Chief Medical Director of Kiama General Hospital, Kiama, in the Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State, Dr Adio Adeyemi Adebowale.

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“The CP immediately ordered the setting up of a high-powered investigation team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the State CID to unravel the mystery surrounding the kidnap case and other unresolved cases before his assumption of office,” the statement read.

“Based on the CP’s order, an investigation into the cases began yesterday 30/9/2022.”

It was gathered that Adebowale, who is also a homicide suspect in Edo State was invited to the state police command and is now facing prosecution in Kwara State.

Upon interrogation, the suspect said he killed the victim – Ifeoluwa – identified as his girlfriend and dumped her in a bush in Alapa in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State before it was later traced to his office.

The police spokesman stated that a series of investigations led operatives to the suspect’s office in Kaima General Hospital.

On getting there, police personnel found the office tiles to be freshly done and suspected foul play, a situation that led to the removal of the tiles.

The police investigation team and members of the community present were shocked to find the decomposed body of the CMD’s former girlfriend, Ifeoluwa, buried underground after the tiles were removed.

Items recovered from the doctor’s office include two handsets found in the handbag of one of the ladies – all found in the drawer.

Also discovered in the office were two female handbags, a female wig, a veil, and female pants.

Channels Television gathered that Ifeoluwa was declared missing by her relatives in the Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara State since November last year before he was discovered buried inside the former CMD’s office.

The second victim, Nofisat Halidu – found inside the trash bin –  was also declared missing by her husband, Mr Halidu, in Kaima since November 22, 2021.

Kwara Undergrads Found Dead In Hostel

The entrance of Kwara State University, Malete.

 

Two students of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Tobiloba Daniel and his suspected lover, Arewa Abayomi have been found dead in their hostel.

The deceased were both 200 level students of university and were writing the ongoing examinations when the incident happened.

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According to one of the students who spoke in confidence, “We suspect there are lovers and we became concerned when they were not seen during the ongoing examination in the University and also in their class for three days.

“It was when some of their friends got to their hostel outside the school that they found them both dead and naked. But suspect it’s a case of poison,” he said.

The Director, University Relations, Hajia Saeedat Aliyu said there is no official communication on the matter.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident with our correspondent.

“The information was that the two of them were found dead inside their room and the police were alerted,” he said.

“Our officers pull down the door and they were taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for autopsy. But investigation into the matter is ongoing.”

Police Dismiss Video Of Protest By Constabularies In Kwara

A file photo of policemen on duty.

 

Police authorities in Kwara State have dismissed a viral video regarding a protest by some officers over alleged non-payment of one year’s salary.

About 1,056 special constables had manned some strategic areas of Ilorin on Saturday in protest, alleging that the Kwara State Government was owing them for 18 months.

The protesters complained that they have not been paid any salary by the state government since the completion of their training in April 2021.

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But the Commissioner of Police in the state, Tuesday Assayomo, said the Command is not owing the salary of any conventional policeman or the allowance of the special constabulary shown in the video.

According to the police commissioner, the constabulary only receives allowances paid by the state government.

”It is important to state that the concept of community policing and recruitment of special constabulary is voluntary in nature, meaning they are not on monthly remuneration like the conventional policemen,” he said.

“This much the constabulary were briefed before taking up the job, besides, the job is not a full-time job.

“Due to the complaints of the constabulary regarding non-payment of stipends by the state government, they were invited today for a meeting by the state government on ways by which their complaints could be looked into.

“It was surprising that the same set of constabulary after the meeting with agents of the state government could go online with a video claiming that the government was owing them salaries for a year.

“Therefore, members of the public are advised to disregard the viral video as it was designed to embarrass the police and also to draw an undue sympathy from the public.”

Assayomo said the special constabulary is at liberty to honourably disengage from the service if they so wish.

Kidnappers Abduct 10 In Kwara, Police Rescue Four

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

Ten persons have been kidnapped along Obbo-Ile/Osi road in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The victims were coming from Egbe, Kogi state in a commercial Hummer bus with Registration No: Abuja KUJ 613 AA, on Monday night before the gunmen ambushed and abducted them.

The gunmen were said to have taken over the road with their guns and asked all the occupants on the bus to come down with immediate effect.

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It was gathered that the gunmen marched the victims into the bush and asked them to call their relatives for their freedom from captivity.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a statement on Tuesday.

He however claimed six were kidnapped, contrary to reports that the gunmen whisked away 10 passengers.

According to the police spokesman, the intensity of the pressure during the search and rescue efforts led to the abandoning of four of the six abductees who were rescued and are presently with the police.

“Information regarding the kidnap of six occupants of a Hummer bus Reg No: Abuja KUJ 613 AA between Obbo-Ile/Osi road by five armed hoodlums at about 2315hours of 15/8/2022 was received today 16/8/2022 at about 0730hrs,” the statement read.

“On receipt of the information, detachments of conventional policemen, Tactical teams, Vigilante and hunters were immediately dispatched to the area for possible search, rescue and arrest of the suspects.

“Consequently, the victims’ vehicle, loaded with foodstuffs was found abandoned, inside of which was recovered an empty shell of 7.62mm ammunition.

“The intensity of the pressure during the search and rescue efforts led to the abandoning of four of the abductees who have now been rescued and presently with the police. The kidnappers who are believed to be in the bushes with the two remaining victims would soon be smoked out and arrested.

“The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo psc (+) wishes to assure the families of the yet-to-be-released victims, that no stone would be left unturned in rescuing the remaining victims still in the custody of the kidnappers .. He further advised commuters to avoid night journeys, especially on isolated roads.”

Farm Workers Allegedly Kill Owner In Kwara

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

Kwara State Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday remanded three suspected farm workers in prison custody for allegedly killing their boss, Jamiu Ibrahim, 45, during an armed robbery operation.

The suspects, Isiaka Sabi, Hassan Bature and Ardo Umaru on June 29 allegedly conspired and killed the farm owner of Idofin Odo-Ashe, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that Isiaka Sabi was an employee of the deceased.

Police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the “case was transferred from Oke Ero Divisional Police Headquarters, Ilofa Kwara State to the Criminal Investigation Department, Ilorin for discreet investigation on July 7, 2022.”

The FIR added that one Jamiu Abdulrauf of Ita Asalapa Isale Banni Aloore, Ilorin reported the case at the Oke-Ero police station.

“That on the same date at about 0000hours, five unknown gunmen invaded into Asalapa farm settlement via Idofin Odo-Ashe and took his brother one Jamiu Ibrahim ‘male’ aged 45 years out of his room into a guinea corn farm behind his house where he was fired with a gun and abandoned to die in the pool of his blood,” the report stated.

FIR report revealed that the suspects killed Ibrahim Jamiu for refusing to give them money.

It reads, “Concerted effort of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) Oke-Ero led to the arrest of one Isiaka Sabi, Bature Hassan and Umaru Ardo of different farm settlements in Idofin Odo Ashe, who were fingered in the killing of Jamiu Ibrahim.

“During discreet investigation conducted at SCID Ilorin, it was revealed that Sabi Isiaka, who was a labourer working for the deceased, invited one Hassan Bature and Umaru Ardo of different farm settlements and planned to rob Ibrahim Jamiu on July 26 but executed the plan of attacking Ibrahim Jamiu on 29/6/2022.

“During the discreet investigation, Sabi Isiaka confessed to having conspired with one Bature Hassan, Umaru Ardo, Janyo Dogo and Ahiyah (at large) to rob the deceased.”

The police report said that the defendants and the two at large attacked the deceased with guns and cutlasses.

At the hearing of the case on Thursday, Police Prosecutor, Thomas Adebayo, urged the court to remand the suspects in prison for 21 days pending the outcome of their investigation.

“We are still investigating the case. Efforts are still on towards arresting the remaining suspects at large by the police authorities. However, we pray the court to remand the defendants in Oke-Kura Correctional Facility, Ilorin,” the prosecutor said.

“Our prayers are in line with Section 299 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kwara state 2018. We have nine grounds to support our application, supported also by nine paragraphs affidavit dated July 22, 2022, and deposed to by Inspector Mohammed Kamaldeen of the state CID, Ilorin, Kwara State.

“The state Attorney General is fully aware of the case because the duplicate of the case file had been forwarded to the justice ministry via a letter dated July 22nd, 2022.

“The receipt copy from the letter is evident having formed part of the evidence in this case. We have not in any way infringed on the fundamental human rights of the defendants.”

Counsel to the complainant, Shuaib Oniye, aligned with the prosecution.

In her ruling, Magistrate A Mogaji, said in line with “the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of the state, I hereby order that the suspect be remanded in Oke-Kura Correctional facility.”

She then adjourned the case to September 1 for mention.

17-Year-Old Kwara Student Allegedly Commits Suicide Over Exam Failure

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

A 17-year-old student of Offa Grammar School, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, identified as Adegoke Adeyemi, has allegedly committed suicide following his failure to gain promotion to the next class in his school.

Police sources said the student, who was found hanging on a tree, resorted to taking his life after failing to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS2.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara Command, Okasanmi Ajayi,  in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday night, said the senior secondary school student was asked to repeat the class but was ashamed and took his life.

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“The victim, who was later identified as Adegoke Adeyemi ‘M’ aged 17years, a student of Offa grammar school, was believed to have hanged himself as a result of his failure to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS 2, which necessitated his being asked to repeat the class,” the statement read.

“Information was received by the Divisional Police Officer, Offa, at about 15:34 hours of 2/8/2022 to the effect that, a boy’s lifeless body was seen hanging on a tree behind Ariya garden hotel, Offa. A team of policemen from the divisional headquarters was swiftly drafted to the scene.

“The corpse of the deceased student was removed from a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel, Offa, by a team of policemen from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Offa, at about 15.34 hours on Tuesday.

“The corpse was taken to the Offa General Hospital for autopsy, while an investigation has been launched into the matter.”

Meanwhile, the police PRO said the Command made a breakthrough in the arrest of one notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultism team at ACE Supermarket, Unity Road, when it accosted the cultist named Monday Ojoagbu.’

The wanted cult suspect and other members of his gang were said to be on a mission to carry out another gruesome attack on a yet-to-be-identified target.

While others escaped, the police spokesman said the leader was apprehended by the police at the supermarket where they were traced at about 6 pm on Tuesday.

He added: “In an attempt to arrest the suspect, while also avoiding likely collateral damage in the process of the arrest, it was difficult to simultaneously arrest the other members of his gang who escaped using customers of the supermarket as shields.

“Investigation of the matter is ongoing. One locally-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspect.”

He said efforts are in progress to arrest his fleeing accomplices, reiterating the commitment of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Tuesday Assayomo, to rid the north-central state of criminal activities.

Man Sets Own House Ablaze Over Frustration

The house located in the Eyenkorin area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital was set ablaze on July 3, 2022.

 

An unidentified man has deliberately set his own house on fire in Kwara, authorities at the State Fire Service said.

Mr Hassan Adekunle, who is the spokesman for the Director of Kwara State Fire Service, Falade Olumuyiwa, confirmed this in a statement.

He revealed that the incident occurred at about 10:28 am on Sunday at Lekki Phase One in the Eyenkorin area of Ilorin, the state capital.

Adekunle, while quoting reports, said the man claimed to have deliberately sprayed the three-bedroom building with petrol and set it on fire due to the high level of frustration from his wife.

According to him, the fire could have left the building completely in ruins but for a resident in the area who promptly alerted the fire service about the incident.

Adekunle added that the swift response of personnel of the fire service brought the ravaging fire under control and prevented it from spreading to other buildings in the area.

Olumuyiwa, in his reaction, appealed to residents of the state to be more vigilant in their homes, offices, and wherever they may find themselves.

See photos of the building set on fire below: