FG Set To Commence Rehabilitation Of Lagos/Sango-Ota Expressway

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (File Photo)

 

The Federal Government says it is set to immediately commence the rehabilitation of failed portions of the Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta federal highway.

The Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, announced this on Tuesday during a teleconference between the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the minister’s team.

This followed an intervention by Governor Abiodun over the deplorable state of federal roads in that corridor.

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In an earlier statement, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, had said areas of immediate attention are the failed portions around Sango-Ota on the Lagos – Abeokuta express road and the Otta – Idiroko road.

According to him, those portions of the federal roads have become a nightmare to motorists and commuters.

A team of engineers from the Federal Ministry of Works is now expected on Thursday for preparatory assessment ahead of the rehabilitation works.

Present at the meeting called at the instance of Governor Abiodun was the Minister; Managing Director, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Nurudeen Rafindadi; Director of Federal Highway (Construction and Rehabilitation), Engr Folorunso Esan; among others.

Governor Abiodun assured residents of the state that his administration will leave no stone unturned in his commitment to building and upgrading public infrastructure across the state.

Police Kill ‘Two Bandits’ Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

The Ogun state police command on Saturday said two persons have been gunned down during a gun duel with suspected kidnappers.

The police said it also recovered two AK 47 riffles at Bere forest in Onigaari along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

In a press statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said this was made possible as a result of information received by the command from members of the public that the AK-47 bearing hoodlums, numbering about six, were sighted in the forest, possibly waiting for the appropriate time to strike.

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“Upon the information, the commissioner of police, Edward Ajogun quickly deployed the command’s tactical teams, coordinated by the DPO Owode Egba division, CSP Olusola Oniyiku to the forest in search of the bandits,” the statement said.

“While the combing was going on, the hoodlums, on sighting the policemen, opened fire and a gun battle ensued.”

At the end of the encounter, he said that one of the bandits was shot dead on the spot, while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

“Searching the forest further, one of the bandits with bullets wound was arrested in the bush but gave up the ghost few minutes after.

“Two AK-47 riffles with breech numbers 1983NF1040 and 1987-3-CA-1212 with five rounds of ammunition were recovered from them.

“The latest riffle recovery makes it four AK-47 riffles recovered by the command within the period of two weeks. ”

He said that sachets of tramadol and assorted charms were also recovered from the bandits.

“The commissioner of police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered for massive manhunt for the remaining members of the gang,” the statement added.

“He also appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals not to hesitate to inform the police if anyone with gunshot injuries is seen in their area.”

Missing Islamic Cleric Found Dead In Ogun

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A prominent Islamic cleric and Chief Imam of Atiba community in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Sheikh Mushafau Bakare, has been found dead.

Sheikh Mushafau was reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen on Wednesday night.

However, he was found dead inside his newly acquired Toyota highlander in the early hours of Thursday, around Ikangba area in Odogbolu local government area of the state.

The Ogun state police were quick to dismiss any reports of kidnap and assassination of the late chief Imam.

Speaking on Thursday, the Police public relations officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the Sheikh may have died of hypertension as a family source revealed the autopsy conducted on him revealed no trace of violence on him.

DSP Abimbola also stated that the body of the late Islamic cleric was found in his car by police officers from Obalende area of Ijebuode while on a routine patrol around where his car and body was found.

He assured that the police has commenced investigation on the sudden and unnatural death to unravel the circumstance leading to his death.

It was gathered that a search party was conducted when the Cleric said to be in his 60s was declared missing by his children, and Muslim faithful in the town.

The search proved futile.

The cleric was said to have been buried according to Islamic rites.

Ogun LG Polls: APC Wins All 20 Chairmanship Seats

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The All Progressives Congress has won all 20 chairmanship seats in the local government elections held in Ogun State on Saturday.

Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission Babatunde Osinbodu declared the results on Sunday afternoon at the commission’s headquarters in Abeokuta.

Osinbodu said that the candidates from the 20 local governments were declared winners having complied with the requirements of the law.

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Meanwhile, results from Lagos State, where elections were held across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas are still expected.

Ogun Govt Urges FG To Secure Release Of Detained Nigerian In Benin Police Net

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun at a briefing.

The Ogun State government has called on the Federal Government to immediately secure the release of a Nigerian citizen currently languishing in detention in the Benin Republic.

In a press statement on behalf of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun signed by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin also called on the national boundary commission to step up action to demarcate Nigeria’s border with the Republic of Benin.

He however called on Nigerian security agents to promptly ensure the security of border communities from external invasion.

Last week, pastor Kunle Garb, a resident of Igbokofi village in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun state was abducted at the village market, by gendarmes who crossed illegally into the Nigerian territory to carry out the daring act, after scaring away traders and other Nigerians at the market.

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Pastor Garb, an activist, who has been consistently campaigning against the incessant harassment of Nigerians by the Beninese in attempts to forcefully annex the Nigerian territory was taken away in a Gestapo manner by the armed security agents from the neighboring country.

He has allegedly been charged to a court and remanded under inhuman conditions in the Benin Republic and prevented from having access to his lawyers, doctors, and members of his family.

In a protest to the Federal Government, Gov. Dapo Abiodun narrated the ordeal of Nigerians living in the borders towns of the State and Benin Republic. He also called for prompt action by relevant Federal authorities to prevent further harassment of Nigerian citizens and encroachment on the Nigerian territorial borders.

“The Governor also called on the National Boundary Commission to step up action to clearly demarcate Nigeria’s international borders with the Benin Republic, while calling on Nigeria’s security agents to properly secure Nigerians in the border communities and our country’s borders with the neighbouring country” he concluded

Ogun Govt Inducts 71 New Principals In Public Schools, To Recruit 3,000 Teaching Interns

 

The Ogun State Government has inducted 71 principals across public secondary schools in the rural areas of the three senatorial districts of the state.

The state chairman of the Teaching Service Commission, Joshua Olalekan, who represented the government at the event, said this will give the necessary leadership and improve the dwindling standard of education in the state.

At a ceremony held at the Lisabi Grammar School in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Tuesday the newly promoted principals were charged to adhere strictly to professional ethics, fairness, equity and good performance in the discharge of their duties.

Speaking further, Olalekan noted that plans have also been concluded to recruit 3,000 teaching interns across the three senatorial districts of the state, to further boost the standard of education.

Woman Arrested For Selling Daughters In Ogun

 

The Police in Ogun State have arrested a woman, Blessing Ebuneku Agoro (35) for allegedly selling her two biological daughters who are aged four and two.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at the Redeemed Camp divisional headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.

She was said to have sold the two children to a couple in Port Harcourt at the rate of ₦300,000.

The husband of the suspect reported that he traveled for some time, and when he returned on June 8, he couldn’t find his two daughters.

He stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.

The command’s PPRO said upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Redeemed Camp division Chief Superintendent of Police, Alabi Akinjide detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s Code Of Conduct Department.

“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that, her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children and two other children she had with another man.

“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who are in dire need of children, and she sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of ₦300,000.

“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are now both assisting the police in their investigation” the PPRO said.

The Commissioner of Police in the state CP Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He has equally directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

Two Killed As Security Officials Clash With Rice Smugglers In Ogun

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Two persons have been confirmed killed while ten others sustained injuries as men of the Nigerian Customs Service and Military personnel clashed with suspected smugglers in Ogun State.

The spokesman of the Command, Hammed Oloyede confirmed the incident

It was gathered that the incident occurred at Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government of the state on Thursday when a patrol team from Ogun Command Area I intercepted 320 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg) stockpiled in a building.

It was further confirmed that during evacuation of the said goods, some ‘diehard’ smugglers in collaboration with hoodlums attacked and opened fired on the patrol team .

Four Customs operatives, one Soldier and five civilians assisting in evacuation reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.

It was learnt that the patrol team, in repressing the attacks, also gunned down two of the suspected smugglers and left many others with gunshot injuries.

The customs area 1 command said those injured have been rushed to the hospital for “proper medical attention and are currently responding to treatment.”

According to him, the patrol team succeeded in evacuating the items, arrested one suspect, Taiye Kujo and six motorcycles used by the suspected smugglers.

Oloyede said, “Investigation is ongoing to fish out more perpetrators of this barbaric act.

“In this regard, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Peter Kolo assured the general public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter his Officers and Men from discharging their statutory responsibilities.

“He further appealed to the Traditional Rulers and community leaders to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling activities and attack on security operative as anyone caught shall be made to face the wrath of the law.”

Mother Of Five Arrested For Pouring Hot Water On Husband In Ogun

 

A 43-year-old housewife and mother of five, Bisola Awodele has been arrested in Sango Ota area of Ogun State for pouring hot water on her husband thereby causing him first-degree burns.

According to a press statement by the police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested following a report by the husband, Peter Phillips.

“The victim reported that his wife, a mother of five accused him of getting drunk always as a result of which she picked a pot containing already boiled water, and poured it on his body,” the police spokesperson said.

“Upon the strength of the report, the area commander Assistant Commissioner of Police, Muhideen Obe quickly directed his men to effect the arrest of the suspect.

“The team swiftly moved to the scene where the suspect was promptly apprehended”.

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Upon interrogation, the suspect explained to the police how her husband was fond of coming home drunk always without contributing anything to the welfare of her and the children.

“She stated that on that fateful day, the husband came home drunk as usual, and while she was complaining about the husband’s act of drunkenness, the man started insulting her and her parents which infuriated her, the consequence of which she poured the hot water on his body.”

The public relations officer said the preliminary investigation also revealed that the suspect gave birth to a baby about eight months ago, but she killed and secretly buried the baby out of frustration

“The investigating team has since followed her to the secret grave of the killed baby, where the carcass was exhumed,” the police communique disclosed.

While the victim has been taken to the General Hospital Ota where he is presently recuperating, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.

Insecurity Won’t Stop COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution In Rural Areas — Ogun Gov

We have installed a solar-powered cold chain for the #COVID19 vaccines – Dapo Abiodun

 

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun says security challenges will not stop those at the grassroots from getting COVID-19 vaccines.

The governor who disclosed this in a series of tweets on Thursday added that the state will soon launch the Western Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, as a measure to address the challenges.

“At the meeting, we held with all Ogun State’s 20 Local Government Transition Chairmen earlier today, I disclosed this as I expressed confidence that the recent security challenges that is gradually phasing out will not stop the vaccine from getting to the grassroots.

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“Specifically, two major measures are being put in place to address insecurity and access to remote areas.

“In addition to the Peace Committee, we will first launch the Amotekun security outfit in Yewa in the coming weeks. We will also rehabilitate the Papalanto-Ilaro Road, as well as construct link roads in other areas,” the governor said.

Abiodun also revealed the state’s readiness for the arrival of the vaccines, saying it has installed a solar-power cold chain.

“We have installed a solar-powered cold chain for the #COVID19 vaccines that have now arrived in Nigeria, and will be prioritising frontline healthcare workers in its administration.”

 

 

Two days after Nigeria received the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said  the country will commence the vaccination against COVID-19 on Friday, March 5.

The Executive Director of NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib announced this on Thursday at a presidential briefing held at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He revealed that the government would kick-off the exercise at the National Hospital in Abuja where the frontline health workers there would be the first set of people to be vaccinated.

Shuaib also hinted that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would also take their vaccine shots a day after the health workers were administered the vaccines.

Ogun Deputy Speaker Arrested For Alleged Breach Of Public Peace

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The Deputy Speaker for the Ogun State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, has been arrested for alleged assault during the revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Confirming his arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, explained that the Deputy Speaker who represents Ijebu-North at the state Assembly was arrested after he allegedly led suspected hoodlums to invade the residence of the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, in Oru-Ijebu, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that Kadiri was being held at the Criminal Investigation Department at the Police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta for the offence.

The Deputy Speaker was alleged to have led thugs to invade and vandalise the residence of a former State Legislator Adebiyi Odugbesan.

Kadiri was said to have allegedly accused the SSG and Adegbesan of hoarding the registration materials for the ongoing APC registration and revalidation exercise in the state.

According to DSP Oyeyemi, Kadiri is being currently investigated.

“Some people reported him (Kadiri) to the police, accusing him of leading thugs to the house of a former lawmaker, where they attacked him and vandalised his House,” he said.

“Another person also reported that he led thugs to the residence of the SSG and also vandalised the SSG’s house.

“A Supervisory Councillor in his local government also reported that, he forcibly seized the registration materials and when the police went there to recover the materials, this same man led about 20 men and assaulted the Supervisory Councillor in the presence of the police and also held the policemen hostage for almost two hours.”

“Nobody is above the law, anybody who runs foul of the law has to face the music, that is why he was arrested and is being investigated and he will be charged to court after the conclusion of the investigation”.

But, reacting to his arrest, Kadiri denied the allegations, saying they were orchestrated to tarnish his political image.

Speaking through his aide, on Friday evening, Kadiri noted that the SSG was the brain behind his arrest.

He also accused him of clandestinely orchestrating his impeachment as the Deputy Speaker of the OGHA.

Kadiri said since the appointment of Talabi as the SSG by Governor Dapo Abiodun, he has been at loggerheads with him, particularly on matters that have to do with politics in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

“The matter is simple. The SSG is just calling a dog a bad name in order to hang him. He has been out to paint me black in Ijebu North because of politics. I have nothing to do with any invasion; I was even instrumental to how the crowd beat retreat that day.

Meanwhile, 24 lawmakers in the Assembly have called for the impeachment of Kadiri.

The lawmakers in a letter, dated Tuesday, February 23 which they jointly signed and addressed to the Clerk of the House, accused Kadiri of alleged “abuse of office, threat to lives and properties, conduct likely to cause breach of peace and attempted murder, committed in his constituency as petitioned by Chief Adebiyi Odugbesan from his constituency”.

They urged the House to commence the process of removing Kadiri from office as the Deputy Speaker of the House, with immediate effect.

How Ex-Convicts Formed A Robbery Gang In Prison, Got Arrested – Police

A File Photo showing an officer holding a bunch of handcuffs at SARS headquarters in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The police say they have arrested two former convicts who formed an armed robbery gang while serving jail terms at a custodial centre in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Both men, identified as Abiodun Oshoba and Mustapha Sakiru, were arrested by security operatives in connection with a motorcycle robbery, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyeni, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday.

The owner of the bike, Aminu Iliyasu, was said to have lodged a complaint at the Sagamu Police Station, saying he was robbed of his motorcycle by the suspects at gunpoint.

He explained that the ex-convicts pretended to be passengers and boarded his motorcycle, requesting that he should take them to a hotel at the G.R.A area of Sagamu, a town in the state.

On their way to the place, the suspects reportedly brought out a gun and ordered their victim to stop, after which they dispossessed him of the bike and made away with it.

Following the report by Iliyasu, the Divisional Police Officer for Sagamu Division, Okiki Agunbiade, was said to have mobilised his men and in conjunction with members of the vigilante group, they blocked all the exit points in the area and commenced a stop and search operation.

“Their efforts yielded a positive result when the motorcycle was sighted at one of the exit points, ridden by Abiodun Oshoba with the plate number folded, and on sighting the policemen, he abandoned the bike and took to his heels.

“He was chased and apprehended by the policemen, and his arrest led to the arrest of his accomplice, Mustapha Sakiru. A locally made pistol with one live cartridge was said to have been recovered from them,” the statement said.

It added, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the duo met in Igbeba prison where they served different jail terms and decided to form a gang after their terms in the prison.

“While Sakiru Mustapha was jailed in 2016 for hijacking a truck, Abiodun Oshoba was jailed in 2019 for snatching a phone; both of them came out of prison in 2020 and decided to continue their devilish trade.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Awolowo, ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) for discreet investigation and prosecution.