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.
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 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.”
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”.
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.
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.
“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.”
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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.
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.
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.
Youths in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State under the aegis of Yewa-North Patriotic Forum have issued a seven-day ultimatum to suspected killer herdsmen in Yewa-North Local Government Area to vacate the state.
The youths gave the ultimatum on Friday, in a statement signed by the President of the group, Sanni Omobolaji, 24 hours after suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed five persons in Owode-Ketu, Egua in that council area.
Omobolaji, in the statement, said villagers have been living in fear and pains of the incessant killings which according to him, could only be traced to the herders.
Some killer-herdsmen had allegedly invaded Owode Ketu community and Egua on Thursday around 5:00 am and killed about five persons whose dead bodies were reportedly found in nearby bushes and in the Egua River.
“As responsible young people in Yewa-North, we have tried to ensure that our coexistence works, even when we are the legitimate owners of Yewa land but today’s gruesome killing of five of our people has shown that killer herdsmen can only live in their own world,” the statement read in part.
The youths called on the state government to immediately deploy a coalition of security agencies to seal off borders with neighbouring countries either through the bushes or through designated routes.
“We also use this medium to give a seven days ultimatum within which all killer herdsmen must vacate our local government or face the full anger of grieving people.
“If this ultimatum is taken with levity, we shall stop at nothing in ensuring that all unknown herdsmen are flushed out of our Local Government at the expiration of the seven days ultimatum”.
“We are fully ready to take our destiny in our own hands and not wait till the criminal herdsmen successfully wipe off all our promising children and caring parents.”
“Now is the best time to dissolve the marriage of inconvenience between our people in Yewa-North local government and the killer herdsmen as we cannot condone these criminals beyond seven days in our domain.”
The Ogun State Government has warned the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and their operatives to stay away from all parks and garages in the state to avoid incurring the full wrath of the law.
The warning was made known in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, on Sunday.
According to Odusile, it became necessary in view of intelligence reports by the security agencies that the union was planning to resume collection of dues and revenues on behalf of the government at the motor parks and garages in the state.
This is, however, against the existing decision of the government that bans the activities of the transport workers in all the motor parks and garages in the state.
It maintained that following crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the State that threatened the security of lives and properties, particularly public transport in the State, the House of Assembly in June 2020 passed a resolution suspending the activities of the union.
“The government has banned the activities of the union in all motor parks and garages in the State,” the statement said.
“Security agencies have been given a firm directive to arrest and prosecute any operative of the NURTW or indeed anyone, group or association that has not been approved by the government to act on its behalf that attempts to defy the decision of the government or test its resolve to maintain peace and security in all parts of the state, including the motor parks”
“Unlike what obtained in the past, this administration has been methodical and deliberate in its approach to maintaining peace at the motor parks as well as management of transport union activities, and will not allow anyone to undermine the prevailing peaceful environment”.
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has ordered the security agencies in the state to investigate the recent clash between herdsmen and farmers in the Yewa area of the state that led to the loss of life and destruction of properties.
He has also set up a Special Task Force that will maintain a presence in all areas of the state prone to herders/farmers conflict to maintain peace and quickly respond to any form of violence or crimes.
In a press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, the government is immediately setting up a joint security patrol team/task force involving all security agencies in the state to not only deal with the situation but to also nip in the bud any threat to violence or criminality.
“Our first priority in Ogun State is the safety of lives and properties of everyone, and we will not compromise on that,” he said
The governor who gave the order in Abeokuta at the end of the state Security Council meeting, also directed that those behind the recent violence in Eggua in Yewa North area local government area of the State should be brought to justice.
“We will not condone any act of criminality in the state no matter who is involved. The police and other security agencies have been directed to go after the perpetrators of this act and bring them to book. ”
“We will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace in Ogun State, and anyone who tries to test our resolve to maintain peace in our state will have himself or herself to blame”,
While commiserating with the family of the deceased, Governor Abiodun also expressed his sympathy to those who lost their farmlands as well as cows during the unfortunate incident.
“Our State is known for being a haven of peace, security, and harmonious relationship amongst people of different ethnic groups whether citizens or settlers who consider the State their home. This is a long and cherished tradition that we are proud of and which this Administration is committed to sustaining.
“We, therefore, condemn in strong terms the recent unfortunate violence orchestrated by certain elements by whipping up and capitalising on divisive ethnic sentiments to perpetuate an agenda that is inimical to public security and safety,”
While recalling the efforts of the state government to ensure the sustenance of the age-long peaceful co-existence between the local farmers and the herdsmen, the governor has convened an expansive stakeholders’ meeting to hold next week, involving farmers, herdsmen, and other stakeholders to bring about a lasting peace.
“Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and those who lost their properties in the needless violence. This Administration is determined to end this unfortunate cycle of violence and we are hopeful that all the inclusive Stakeholders’ meetings will identify specific and practical initiatives that will achieve the desired end.
“In the meantime, all residents of the State are enjoined to continue to go about their lawful businesses and report any strange movements or threats to peace in their neighborhoods to the security agencies who have been put on red alert to respond swiftly and act decisively”, the statement concluded.