Police Arrest Two Suspected Vandals In Ogun


The police in Ogun State have arrested two suspected vandals of telecommunication mast in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested following a distress call received from residents of the area.

According to him, the suspects Monsuru Bankole and Kehinde Bello are 20 years and 48 years respectively.

“The hoodlums numbering about 10 invaded an Airtel telecommunication mast at Abule Ogun area of the town and they were about carting away the backup batteries of the mast.

“On receiving the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer Ifo division, a Chief Superintendent of  Police, Adekunle Samson, quickly mobilized his anti-robbery team and swiftly moved to the scene.

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“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but they were hotly chased and two members of the gang were arrested while others escaped,” the statement partly read.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects are a Volkswagen bus with registration number APP 871 XH, 12 telecoms back up batteries valued at about N3million, gas cylinder, iron cutter, and other house breaking equipment.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered a massive manhunt for the escaped members of the gang.

The police boss also “directed that the arrested suspects be thoroughly investigated with the view of charging them to court as soon as possible.”

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.

GSM Network Breaks Down In Yobe, Borno

Three days after the declaration of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, residents of Yobe and Borno States have continued to live without network on all the GSM Mobile Services in operation in the two states.

In the early hours of Thursday, the residents thought network services would be restored shortly but the situation continued into Friday, causing serious communication problems.

The residents, however, attributed the lack of network services to the activities of security operatives who have been carrying out operations against the dreaded Boko Haram sect, and because there has been no attack on the facilities by the sect members since the pronouncement of the state of emergency in the three states.


Gunmen destroy more telecom masts, kill 16 in Yobe

No fewer than 16 persons were on Thursday killed in both Damaturu and Potiskum, Yobe state as suspected sect member continued the destruction of telecommunication masts in Northern Nigeria, a source at the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital said.

The Damaturu destruction is coming just 24 hours after same operation was carried out by hoodlums in Maiduguri and Kano.

The destruction of the facilities was accompanied by killings and burning of some structures in the restive Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe state North East Nigeria.

The state commissioner of police, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the destruction said the coordinated attack started around 8pm through the night as five persons lost their lives during the attack but hospital sources claimed 16 corpses were brought to the hospital for claims by relations.

The commissioner said the masts of Etisalat, Globacom and Airtel in the two towns were burnt by suspected armed hoodlums believed to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, by launching Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs at the masts.

He said that seven masts were destroyed in Damaturu while Potiskum loss Five.

Mr Egbuniwe said the attackers also razed down the offices of Yobe state Ministry of Religious Affairs, the state Pilgrims Welfare Board, Hajj Camp, Local Government INEC Office and most of the structures at the Government Secondary School Damaturu believe to be the most populated public school in the state capital.

He said one of the Fire fighting vehicles of the state fire service was also burnt by the assailants.

Four arrested

The Joint Taskforce (JTF) in the state confirmed that four suspects have been arrested and are being interrogated in connection with the recent attacks.

The suspects according to the JTF were arrested along Gujba road in an attempt to lunch another attack on a mast along the road.

The coordinated destruction of telecommunication facilities is the first to be carried out in the state since the commencement of the insurgency.

Thursday’s vandalisation disrupted smooth communication within and outside the state capital as the only surviving network the MTN was erratic throughout the day.

FG Commissions Ultra Modern Voice Of Nigeria Mast

The vice president architect Namadi Sambo has commissioned the Voice of Nigeria’s (VON) ultramodern super transmitting station and its revolving antenna, located at Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja stating that the project is in line with Federal Government’s commitment to meet the 2015 global deadline for the digitisation of the broadcast industry and international best practices.

The  vice president who represented president Goodluck Jonathan at the occasion said that VON established in 1961, as an external arm of the then Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation was in recognition of the critical role the country was playing in freeing other African countries from the shackles of colonialism.

He charged the management and staff of VON to as a matter of priority develop programmes that would make the Radio station the choice of listeners in and outside the shores of Nigeria.

In his words,”You have the duty of helping to inculcate in all Nigerians abiding peace and pride in Nigeria and the knowledge that we all have a stake in ensuring that our strive towards sustained economic growth and development is not compromised by breaches of peace and security in any part of the country.”

In his remarks, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, called on President Jonathan to ensure the immediate completion of the second phase of the VON project. He also appealed for additional funds for the nation’s information sector for the smooth execution of government transformation agenda.

“With this commissioning , we will now have the most modern radio transmission station in Africa. We will be joining other five countries to claim ownership to this type of technology. The technology we have acquired will make it possible for the Voice of Nigeria to simultaneously broadcast signals to all parts of the world” said the minister.