The last may not have been heard about the crisis rocking the Labour Party as the Ogun chapter suspended the state chairman, Michael Ashade; the Secretary, Feyisola Michael, and the National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi for alleged gross misconduct and anti-party activities.
They are believed to be loyal to the Director General of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Okupe, who was earlier suspended by the state chapter of the Labour Party.
Okupe’s purported expulsion has polarized the party into factions.
It will be recalled that Ashade had announced the dismissal in Abeokuta on Thursday, saying the offences allegedly committed breached the LP’s constitution.
But the Deputy Chairman, Lookman Jagun, and four others reaffirmed Okupe’s membership and suspended Ashade, Feyisola and Arabambi, citing anti-party activities at a press briefing in Abeokuta, the state capital on Friday.
Police officers have arrested four suspected members of a kidnap syndicate said to be terrorising Abeokuta and its environs in Ogun State.
“The suspects, Ismaila Ibrahim 21 years, Musa Muhammed 26 years, Irekura Abu 43 years, and Okanlawon Muhammed 26 years were arrested following a series of kidnap cases at Soyooye and Ibara Orile area of Abeokuta,” Ogun Police Command spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said in a statement.
According to the spokesman, the suspects were nabbed following reported cases of kidnapping in the area and an order by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police Lanre Bankole to fish out the perpetrators.
“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the SP Taiwo Opadiran led team embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which led them to one of the suspects Irukura Abu who was later discovered to be the supplier of guns to the hoodlums.
“His arrest led to the arrest of Musa Muhammed while he was coming out from their hideout to buy food for their victims and members of the gang.
“The duo, after thorough investigation confessed to being members of a kidnap gang who are responsible for the abduction of one Bishop Oladimeji Joshua of Prayer City, Keesan Abeokuta, on the 22nd of September 2022.”
“They also informed the police that they were responsible for the kidnap of one Kafayat Jelili of Ogo titun area of Ibara Orile on the 27th of September 2022. Their confession led to the arrest of the remaining two, Ismaila Ibrahim and Okanlawon Muhammed,” the statement added.
Some of the weapons recovered from the suspects are two double-barrel guns and one single-barrel long gun.
In the wake of the arrest, the Commissioner lauded the Anti-Kidnapping Unit for the feat, ordering that the suspects be charged to court once an investigation is concluded. He equally ordered a manhunt of the rest members of the gang who are on the run.
The Ogun State Police Command says its officers have arrested three suspected car snatchers in the Oke Itoku area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
This was contained in a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who said that the suspects are three male adults.
“Three suspected car snatchers, Moses Adewale Abiodun, Seyi Oyenekan, and Monsuru Majekodunmi were on the 9th of November 2022 arrested by operatives of Ogun state Police Command,” he said.
The suspects were said to have been arrested following a report lodged at Oke Itoku Police Divisional headquarters by one Olusesi Akingbile who reported that while he parked his Toyota Carina E car with registration number AAB 576 TF in his house at Ijemo on the 12th of October 2022, the said car was stolen by unknown thieves and efforts to locate the vehicle proved abortive.
He said that upon the report, a message was sent to all police formations in the state to be on the lookout for the said car.
On the 9th of November 2022, the stolen car was sighted in a Mechanic Village along Ajebo Road by policemen attached to Kemta Division while on routine patrol.
“The car was quickly intercepted, and Moses Adewale Abiodun who was with the car was promptly apprehended as a preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect has two others who are members of his gang,” the spokesman added.
“The other two were traced and arrested while another blue Carina E car with registration number AAA 565 GJ suspected to have been stolen was recovered from them”
The state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be thoroughly investigated and charged to court as soon as possible.
The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the alleged killing of two brothers by some men of the Nigerian Army for smuggling foreign rice into the country in Owode, Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.
This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, saying that the Divisional Police Officer in the area quickly mobilized to restore normalcy.
This development was said to have caused pandemonium in the area as a Naval officer was killed in the process.
The incident which happened on Sunday angered the youths of the area who blocked the Sango-Idiroko International Road in protest.
The mob reportedly attacked an officer of the Nigeria Air Force, killing him in retaliation.
It was gathered that trouble started when the officers accosted the elder brother in an attempt to seize his vehicle which contained bags of foreign parboiled rice.
“In the course of the altercation between the man and the soldiers, some people called his younger brother, popularly known as Saheed Elegusi. Saheed rushed to the scene and the two of them were shot dead by the soldiers. We don’t know when soldiers become customs officers,” said an eyewitness.
It was gathered that the soldiers immediately fled the scene after shooting the siblings.
The mob allegedly set bonfires on the Sango-Idiroko International Road, affecting vehicular movements for hours.
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola said that the slain Air Force officer was in uniform when he unknowingly ran into the mob who lynched him.
“Yes, the incident happened yesterday. I think it was caused by an argument between them and the men of the Nigerian Army. We are still investigating,” he said.
While the situation has been brought under control, the Public Relations Officer, however, said that the Commissioner of Police has directed the homicide section to take over the matter and unravel both the remote and immediate causes of the incident.
A governorship aspirant, Jimi Lawal, had approached the Court challenging the delegate list used during the primary by the Sikirulahi Ogundele faction of the party and held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.
Other candidates had also approached the Court to challenge the authenticity of the Sikirulahi Ogundele-led state executive of the party in the state.
Confirming the incident, The Ogun state police command through its spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the assailants wore military uniforms.
A commercial driver who was also part of the team was said to have escaped from the kidnappers
The police spokesman said a manhunt has been launched to track and rescue the victims. According to him, the anti kidnapping unit of the police has swing into action and are on the trail of the suspected kidnappers
Two suspected baby factory operators have been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command in Agbado area of the state.
Police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement on Monday said two women, Christiana D’ivoire Iyama and Margaret Ogwu were apprehended on the 27th of August 2022 through credible information from members of the general public.
“The suspects were arrested following information received by police at Agbado divisional headquarters suggesting that Christiana Iyama who lives at No 4, Ibrahim Famuyiwa street, Agbado Ogun State, is operating a baby factory at her home address.
“There, she harbours young girls and hire men to impregnate them after which she will collect the baby on delivery and sell to her waiting buyers” the statement partly read.
The police imagemaker further disclosed that upon obtaining the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Agbado division, Superintendent of Police, Awoniyi Adekunle mobilized his detectives to the area where the said Christiana D’ivoire Iyama and Margaret Ogwu were arrested.
Preliminary investigation according to the police public relations officer revealed that Margaret Ogwu is one of the girls harboured by Christiana D’ivoire who employed the service of a man to impregnate the young lady and collected the child on delivery.
The baby was reportedly sold at the rate of N400,000 to one of Ms D’ivoire’s customers.
Ms. D’ivoire further confessed to the police that, she sold up to three children from different women to different customers.
Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole ordered that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
Members of the Labour Party under the aegis of coalition for Peter Obi presidency on Saturday held a one-million man walk for its presidential candidate, Peter Obi and his running mate, Datti Ahmed in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital
The walk, which took off from the popular Kuto market in the state capital, saw members march through major streets before terminating at the Panseke market.
Some of the members of the coalition appealed to members and party faithful to remain calm as activities towards the general elections gather momentum.
Speaking to journalists during the walk, a member of the coalition, Tolulope Philips said the walk is to create more awareness and drum support for a Peter Obi presidency.
He said Obi remains the best among other candidates for the job.
Similar marches have been held in other states including Benue, Rivers and Edo.
As activities towards the 2023 general elections gather momentum, religious leaders have been challenged to promote the much needed peace and unity among Nigerians as they actively participate in the electoral process towards the enhancement of the nation’s political space.
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, gave the advice while declaring open the 9th annual national convention of Anglican Christian Fellowship, Anglican Communion, Remo 2022, which held in Ikenne Local Government Area of the State.
At the convention themed – Go in this thy strength, the governor described the church as an essential instrument for sustaining peaceful coexistence.
He urged men of God to preach peace and speak up against violence before, during and after the elections.
The governor also charged the church to put its efforts together towards the socio-economic development of the nation, saying that the church has an important role to play in human capital development by promoting the welfare of the people as it is a mixture of the larger society.
He, however, assured that his administration would continue to promote peace among the various religious bodies and organizations by discouraging hooliganism, thuggery, vandalism and other vices across the state.
Four persons have been confirmed burnt beyond recognition in a fatal road accident Friday on the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway while sixteen others sustained injuries
The accident was said to have been caused by excessive speed which resulted in the loss of control, while the bus rammed into the median strip and went into flames
According to the Public Education Officer of the Ogun State Sector of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) Florence Okpe, the incident was a lone accident that involved a Mazda bus with registration number APP 34XH.
“The fatal crash occurred at about 07: 50hrs on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway around Oniworo, after Foursquare Camp. Twenty persons were involved, four people burnt whole sister other were injured,” she said
The injured victims were said to have been taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere, for medical attention.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Ogun State Command, Ahmed Umar, has, however, advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations
He also condoled with the families of the deceased and pray that God should strengthen.