NDLEA Clamps Down On Cannabis Dealer In Oyo

Bayelsa: NDLEA Secures 19 Convictions In 2016The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has recorded a major breakthrough in its fight against illicit drugs across the country, as it confiscates over 1,000 kilos of fresh cannabis seed meant for 2017 planting season.

The contraband was seized from one Mr Sunday Obi during a stop and search operation by men of the Oyo state command of the NDLEA in Ogbomosho.

The representative of NDLEA commandant in Oyo state, Mrs Omolade Faboyede and the Public Relations Officer, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi  said some of the documents found in the suspect’s car which all bear conflicting names led them to his residence at Olode Adegbayi, Ibadan, where more surprising discovery was made.

“A total of 126 bags of cannabis sativa and 6 bags of cannabis seeds weighing 1,441.2kg was confiscated bringing the entire seizure to 1,477.7kg.

“This is perhaps the largest seizure made from a single individual by the NDLEA in Oyo state in recent time”.

However, according to the suspect, he said he had been to prison over same offence where he claimed to have learnt some lessons.


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.

Oyo Police Avert Clashes Between Herdsmen And Farmers

PoliceThe Oyo State Police Command has averted a communal clash that could have turned bloody between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Agbanda village, Ikoyi Ile in Ogbomosho.

The Oyo State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who led the Police to the village appealed to the farmers and Fulani settlers to allow peace reign and warned that any further breach of order would not be tolerated.

The indigenes accused the herdsmen of allegedly destroying their farmland and raping their daughters and wives.


Police Kill Robbers In Shootout In Oyo

police-on suspectsThe Oyo State Police Command has uncovered the hide out of notorious robbers who have been terrorising Oyo and Ogbomosho axis of the state by looting, raping and killing residents.

The discovery led to a shootout between the gang of robbers and the police, with the police killing one of the robbers while two others sustained serious gun injury.

The Oyo State Police Command, Mohammed Katsina, said the command had been trailing the gang since May, when they robbed a household of their valuables and raped the women in the house.

While describing the latest feat as a significant one, Mr Katsina added that the command would not rest until the path of decency and lawful conduct was entrenched within the state and adjoining environs.

Mr Katsina expressed gratitude for support of members of the public and also gave assurances that the war on crime would continue.

Police Parade Inter-Border Robbers In Ibadan

CheckpointsThe Oyo State Police Command has warned members of the public to be more vigilant while boarding public vehicles so as not to fall prey to kidnappers who disguise as cab drivers within the metropolis.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, who made this known at a press parade in Ibadan disclosed that some taxi drivers now pretend to be cab drivers and kidnap unsuspecting passengers in the process.

Mr Katsina added that some gang of armed robbers were caught while disguising as bridal convoy after snatching exotic cars at gun point.

The Police boss added that some fake soldiers and Police who have been terrorising Oyo and Ogbomosho environs were also caught after a tip off.

Parading various sets of criminal at the State Headquarters in Eleyele, the Commissioner of Police told the press  that despite the fact that criminals are getting smarter by the day, the command has devised means of catching them in the act, no matter how sophisticated.

The Commissioner said that he would remain undaunted in his quest to achieve a sane society where residents are free to move and conduct their businesses without fear.

The Command further enjoined members of the public to feel free to provide information on any unusual movement or conduct in their environment even as it urges better community policing strategies among residents.

Child Trafficking: Nigeria Immigration Arrest Benin Republic Man

Child Trafficking The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has arrested a 26 year old native of Republic of Benin for attempting to give out three girls for house keeping in Nigeria.

Briefing journalists in her office, the State Comptroller of Immigration, Abimbola Ojo, explained that the suspect was apprehended in Ilesha Baruba, the headquarter of Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State while trying to cross into the Nigerian border with Republic of Benin with the girls.

The suspect, Sunday Yakubu, was said to be taking the girls to Ikoyi near Ogbomosho to work as house maids.

Sunday Yakubu, who spoke in Yoruba, admitted to the crime of child trafficking and blamed poverty for the crime. He added that the girls who are between the ages of ten and 13 are the younger sisters of his wife.

Oyo APC Reacts To Election Results, Opposition Protests

APcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has advised followers of the Governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party and the Labour Party, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala to jump out of what it called their “sinking ship” ahead of the April 11 governorship election.

The APC, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by its State Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said that the dismal outing of the PDP, Accord and Labour Party candidates had clearly shown them as paperweight politicians.

The APC thanked Oyo residents for keeping faith with the party, as demonstrated by the overwhelming victory of the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 28.

The party also counseled the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde, to join the winning team in order not to mortgage his political future.

The statement further said that the voting pattern of the last elections had clearly shown their belief and support for the APC led administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as their political sophistication.

APC said that the showing of Akala-led Labour Party in some parts of Ogbomoso out of the five zones of the state was a further attestation to the party’s position that the Ex-governor was only a local champion that lacks general appeal in the political matrix of the state.

According to the party, the palpable and remarkable achievements of Governor Ajimobi in the last four years in social and physical infrastructure, welfare, environmental sanitation and urban renewal, are enough to vote him in for a second term.

Some of the political parties in Oyo State protested the results declared by the electoral body for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews alleged malpractice, calling for the cancellation of the polls.

As a way of registering their displeasure, members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, chanting songs amidst very tight security.

Collation Of Results Continues Across Nigeria

ibadanThe collation of election results are ongoing across Nigeria, a day after the presidential and National Assembly elections held across the oil rich nation.

In Oyo State collation continued through the night till Sunday morning  in 11 Local Government Areas.

The collations are still on in Oyo, Ogbomosho, Iseyin, other parts of Oke Ogun and Abarapa areas of the State.

There was massive turn out of voters who got accredited and voted peacefully in Ibadan north, Ibadan north-east, Ibadan north-west,  Lagelu , Akinyele , Ona Ara south-west, Egbede, Ogbomosho south and Ogbomosho north.

However, issues of card reader failure were recorded in about five units in ward 9 in Ibadan South-west Local Government Area and Ogbomosho North where the House Leader, Mulikat Akande Adeola, had to wash her hands with soap more than five times, trying to ensure the card reader read his finger print.

Meanwhile, there had not been any reported case of violence or electoral malpractice yet, except for a man caught by the Oyo State police command with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Permanent Voter Card register on the eve of elections.

Reporters are waiting at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in the State to see which results are being brought in.

But no collation centre has submitted results yet.

Kaduna Collation

In Kaduna State, collation of results has commenced across the 255 wards and 23 Local Government Areas.

Channels Television’s correspondent monitoring the exercise reports that the process is peaceful and orderly, with party supporters keeping an eagle eye on the electoral officials counting the results.

This is to ensure that there is no manipulation of votes along the way until the final results are announced by the commission.

Party agents, security officials and electoral officials slept at the various collation centres, while awaiting the arrival of polling agents.

At Rigachikun Ward in Igabi Local Government Area and Ungwar Seriki ward in Kaduna North Local Government Area, there was heavy security presence to ensure a hitch free exercise.

Electoral officials and some party agents described the election as peaceful and transparent, as party supporters expressed hope of victory at the end of the entire exercise.

At the end of collation of results at the Local Government level, all election results would be moved to the State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office for final collation and delivery to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ondo Collation

In Ondo State, election results collation started at about 9:45am local time at the St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure, the collation centre for Ondo Central Senatorial District.

The Six Local Government Areas in the district are; Akure South, Akure North, Ondo West, Ondo East, Idanre and Ifedore.

Amongst these Local Government Areas, only those from Akure South and Ifedore had arrived at the collation centre. The officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are collating the results. The electoral body said it was  expecting results from the remaining Four Local Government Areas.

The atmosphere is calm and there is huge presence of armed military men and policemen.


Oyo State Politicians Sign Peace Accord

OYO STATECandidates running for National Assembly seats from various political parties across Oyo State have signed the much awaited peace accord promising to maintain peace and dignity of the electoral process in all their undertakings.

Candidates from three geo-political zones in the State namely Ibadan, Oyo and Ogbomosho trooped to various police formations in their zones to append their signature on the peace document.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina, who presided over the event, admonished all who signed and the parties they represent to uphold the law, maintain peace and respect the sanctity of life or face the wrath of the law.

On their part, the candidates who are mostly Senators and House of Representative members promised to do all possible for credible and peaceful polls.

The much awaited peace pact began in Oyo State, taking the Commissioner of Police to three out of the five geo-political zones in the State.

In Ibadan the Oyo State capital, where the peace accord was first signed, the area command at Iwo Road hosted several politicians from various political parties, coming to commit to the peace accord.

The police boss in the State, who presided over the event, told all politicians and their party hierarchy that it would no longer be business as usual after the commitment to peace.

Katsina vowed that every breach of peace would be met with stiff penalties.

At the historic Oyo town, persons vying for Senatorial and House of Representatives seats all appended their signatures to the important document in the presence of Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operatios, Mr Musa Kimo and promised to abide by it in words and deeds.

The story was not different at Ogbomosho where National Assembly candidates from all the five Local Government Areas in the zone signed and promised to ensure peace during campaigns, during and after elections.

Meanwhile, the peace accord would also be signed by politicians in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa areas of the State during the week ahead.

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Workers Protest Non Payment Of Arrears

Llautecheaders of five different unions at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo Chapter, led other members on a peaceful protest on Friday demanding payment of their outstanding arrears since 2013, among other demands.

The Health workers under the aegis of Joint Negotiation Council, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo Chapter, paraded within and outside the premises of the hospital in Osogbo with various inscriptions on placards.

For sometime now, health workers have been faced with various challenges and with the peaceful protest they intended to press home their demands which they say has long been overdue.

With various placards reading “Enough is Enough”, “Pay our Salaries”, “We are ‎living in Hunger” and many more, the workers said that they were having outstanding arrears of about N150 million to collect from the Osun State Government which had accumulated since 2013.

They also said pension and free medical care for staff is a germaine issue that needs to be attended to by the government and the hospital.

The Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Prof Femi Fadiora, while appealing to the workers, however made it clear that the issue of pension was already receiving positive attention as it was before the State House of Assembly.

With these assurance, the workers expressed hope that something positive would be done. They have given the government till Tuesday, otherwise the union would embark on a strike.


Adekunle Among Most Celebrated Military Commanders Of His Generation – Jonathan

AdekunleNigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has extended commiserations to the family of late Brigadier-General Benjamin Adekunle, who passed away on Saturday.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, the President joins the family and other Nigerians “in mourning the very courageous soldier who achieved national fame during the Nigerian civil war for his gallant leadership of the 3rd Marine Commandoes in the successful effort to defend the unity and territorial integrity of the country.

President Jonathan believes that General Adekunle’s civil war heroics, which made him easily one of the most celebrated military commanders of his generation, have ensured that he will always be honoured and remembered as a valiant soldier who served his fatherland exceptionally well at a very trying time in its history.

As the Black Scorpion’s soul returns to the Almighty Creator, President Jonathan enjoins his family, friends, former military colleagues and all who mourn his passing to also give thanks to God for blessing the nation with fearless soldiers and patriots of his calibre who stand ready to lay down their lives for the peace, unity and progress of their country.”

President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty would comfort the grieving family and associates of General Adekunle and grant his departed soul eternal rest.

Obasanjo, Amosun Mourn Benjamin Adekunle

ObasanjoFormer President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has has joined other prominent Nigerians describing the death of the late General Benjamin Adekunle as shocking.

In a statement in Abeokuta, Obasanjo said that the contribution of Adekunle during the country’s civil war was a no mean efforts, which would be remembered for so long a time.

According to the former president, “I received with shock the news of the death of my colleague, friend and course-mate, Gen. Benjamin Adekunle today. I can recall with fond memories what he was able to achieve as a course-mate at Teshi, Accra Ghana.”

He added that the late retired General, “made no mean contribution for the Nigerian civil war. His efforts would be forever remembered and May his soul rest in peace. I am very shocked about by this news today,” Obasanjo stated.

He expressed his condolence to the family of the late retired General, affirming that “his vacuum will be difficult to fill in the family, but, I pray for them to have the fortitude to bear this loss.”

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is also mourning the demise of one of the Nation’s gallant military officers, describing him as a civil war hero.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun said that he was greatly saddened by the news of the death of the war veteran.

He said that the incident happened at a time the wisdom and knowledge of the likes of General Adekunle is needed to curb the unfortunate acts of insurgents in the nation.

This is so sad. Black Scorpion, as he was fondly called, played a significant role in the unity and search for peace in our country as he fought gallantly in the Nigerian Civil War, principally to preserve its sanctity as a leader of the 3rd Marine Commando.

“History has recorded him well. His name cannot be easily forgotten in the history of modern day Nigeria,” the governor said.

Amosun commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Nigerian Army, as well as his friends and associates, praying that almighty God grants his soul eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.