Ogun Police Arrest 47-Year-Old For Parading As Lawyer

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

A 47-year-old man Tajudeen Olufemi Idris has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for parading himself as a legal practitioner

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement on Monday, the suspect was arrested at Magistrate Court 6, Ifo while appearing before Chief Magistrate I. A Arogundade in a civil trial between one Ifeanyi Chuckwu and Ayo Itori where he claimed to be a legal counsel from Tajudeen O. Idris & Co Chambers

“His conduct and presentation before the Chief magistrate arose suspicious about his qualification as a lawyer and this prompted the Chief magistrate to ask him of the year he was called to the bar, which he claimed to be 2009,” the police said.

“Further enquiry revealed that his name is nowhere to be found amongst those called to bar in 2009, hence, police were notified.”

“Consequently, the Divisional Police Officer, Ifo Division, CSP Adeniyi Adekunle detailed his operatives to the scene where the suspect was apprehended and he is currently undergoing investigation.”

The spokesman, however, said that the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun has expressed concern about an increase in the number of people impersonating as lawyers thereby swindling unsuspecting people of their hard-earned money.

The CP recalled that not less than five cases of fake lawyers have been reported since his assumption of office in less than two months

The Commissioner of Police has, therefore, called on the State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association  (NBA) to put necessary machinery in place to checkmate the activities of these fraudulent people.

He also appealed to those who wish to be a lawyer to take a cue from the determined effort of a traditional ruler in the State, “The Towulade of Akinale who at 75yrs of age still endeavours to study Law as a result of his interest in the legal profession, rather than impersonating.”

Ogun Govt Announces Automatic Promotion For Students, Fixes Resumption Date

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
A file photo of students in SS 3, writing their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday, August 17, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

All students except those in tertiary institutions have been given an automatic promotion to the next class by the Ogun State Government which announced September 21 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

This is in addition to the earlier resumption of students in exit classes.

According to Mr Somorin, the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, approved the reopening of schools for all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions.

He noted that a resumption schedule for public schools has been developed as part of efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines.

Students in primary one to three will attend classes from 8.00 am to 11.00 am, while pupils in primary four to six will learn from 12 noon to 3:00 pm.

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In secondary schools, students in JSS 1 to JSS 3 are to attend classes from 8.00 am to 11.00 am and students in senior classes will be in school from mid-day through to 3:00 pm.

However, the CPS noted that technical and vocational colleges will operate their normal school hours of 8.00 am to 2.00 pm, while tertiary institutions are “allowed to commence reopening from 21 September 2020 as may be determined by their respective management.”

The Governor’s spokesman added that private schools are expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements.

He stated that students between the ages of 3 to 5 will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.

“It should be noted that the government had earlier announced that all students had been given an automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.

“However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the State-owned Boarding Schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September 2020,” the statement read in part.

“The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October 2020.”

Mr Somorin noted that part of the COVID-19 guidelines issued for reopening of schools is still in effect because the management of the virus has been deliberate in ensuring safety for children while minimising the disruption in the school learning calendar.

Read the full statement below:

The Ogun State Government has announced Monday, 21 September 2020 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session in addition to the earlier resumption of students in SS3 who are currently writing the West African School Certificate Examination.

In a Press Statement issued in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Dapo Abiodun announced that this second phase of the reopening of schools is extended to all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions.  However, as part of the efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines for school operations, the school hours are staggered as follows for public schools.

  • Primary 1 to primary ​​​​8.00am    to 11.00am
  • Primary 4 to Primary 6​​​​12.00noon to 3.00pm
  • JSS 1 to JSS3​​​​​8.00am to 11.00am
  • SS1 to SS3​​​​​12.00noon to 3.00pm
  • Technical and Vocational will operate their normal school hours from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm

Early Child Care Development and Education classes i.e 3-5 years of age will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.

  • Private schools are also expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements.
  • Tertiary institutions are allowed to commence reopening from 21 September 2020 as may be determined by their respective Management.

It should be noted that the government had earlier announced that all students had been given an automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.

However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the State-owned Boarding Schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September 2020.

The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October 2020.

The Statement emphasised that the COVID-19 guidelines earlier issued for reopening of schools are still in effect and include:

  • Provision of Sick bays / Isolation rooms in schools.
  • Training and designation of some teachers as first-line responders
  • Use of face masks
  • A regular check of body temperature with infrared thermometers
  • Provision of adequate hand washing facilities and alcohol-based sanitisers for students and teachers;
  • Maintaining physical distancing of 2 meters
  • Decontamination of schools prior to resumption;
  • Suspension of the general assembly.

“Our approach to COVID-19 pandemic management has been deliberate, methodical, focused, inclusive and carefully balanced between life and livelihood and this has manifested in the steps we have adopted to the reopening of schools, ensuring the safety of our children whilst minimising disruption in their education. The guidelines are applicable to all schools in the state whether private or public.

I have directed the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology to provide all public schools with the required items to meet the guidelines and private school owners are enjoined to do the same.

I charge our students to take full benefits of the reopening of the schools for their educational advancement and wish them a very fulfilling 2020/2021 academic year”, the Governor said.

e-signed

Kunle Somorin

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Police Kill Suspected Armed Robber In Army Uniform

 

The Police in Ogun State say its operatives have shot and killed a suspected armed robber who was dressed in an Army uniform.

The suspected robber was shot dead in the early hours of Friday along the Shagamu/Benin expressway, following a distress call received by the police in Ijebu Ife at about 2:45 am that a gang of armed robbers in military camouflage fully armed had blocked the expressway and were dispossessing motorists of their valuables.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, upon the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Ijebu ife Chief Superintendent of Police, Raphael Ugbenyo, quickly mobilised his anti-robbery team as well as a team of special anti-robbery squads (SARS) to the scene where the suspect was gunned down.

“On sighting the policemen, the robbers engaged them in gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, one of hoodlums was shot dead while others escaped into the nearby bush with various degrees of gunshot injuries,” he said.

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Oyeyemi further stated that two mock guns, a cellular phone, assorted charms and a search light were recovered from the scene.

“The corpse of the dead robber has been deposited in the mortuary, while effort is on to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang,” the PPRO noted.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP, Edward Ajogun, who praised his men for their efforts ordered a thorough combing of the entire area so as to bring the escaped members of the gang to justice.

He also appealed to members of the general public especially hospitals to alert the police if anyone with bullet injury is seen in their area.

The Commissioner of Police has, therefore, reiterated his earlier warning to criminals to steer clear of Ogun State, adding that the command is ready more than ever to take the battle to their door steps.

Ogun Govt Seeks To Construct FG Corridor Roads

 

The Ogun State Government has hinted on plans to take over the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some major Federal Government roads within the state.

This was disclosed by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, who briefed State House journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa on Thursday.

According to the governor, the move is in conjunction with the Lagos State Government.

While listing the impact his administration has made in its first year in office, Mr Abiodun said that Ogun State remains a gateway to Lagos and the rest of the country.

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He stressed that it is important for his administration to focus on providing key infrastructure across the state, in order to boost business confidence and industrialisation.

“We see ourselves as the expansion corridor for Lagos and it requires that we provide the right infrastructure to allow people to come between Lagos and our state and to go back.

“In our first one year, we have intervened in almost 90km of roads, out of which 22km has been completed and they are ongoing. We are now going to the next phase – these are internal and border roads.”

The governor said he also came to inform President Buhari on the challenges facing the state, one of which is the deplorable condition of the two major roads,  which he said is the only link to Nigeria’s biggest industrial hub, the Agbara Industrial Estate.

He stressed that the situation with the Agbara-Atan road has become a major threat to investors and multinationals in the state.

“Our biggest industrial hub in this country is the Agbara Industrial Estate; there is a road that goes from Agbara to Lusada and to Atan, that road leads the estate and it is in such deplorable state that trailers coming from the port to the industrial estate and back, continue to have accidents and delays, to the point where some of the multinationals are threatening to leave the country.

“We have decided to intervene in this road as a state and we want the President to know that we are going to construct this road at our expense and inform the Federal Ministry of works that we will be making the demand for a refund of the construction of that road,” he stated.

Stressing further, governor Abiodun said the plan for the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road, is for Ogun and Lagos States to collaborate to rebuild the road and commercialise it, noting it would be impossible for the Federal Government to attend to all the roads under its control at the same time.

“Lagos, Ota and Abeokuta road is the second busiest road in the country, and as a state government with Lagos, we have asked Mr President to transfer the road to us and we will commercialise it.”

He, however, noted that President Buhari was pleased with the discussion and has promised to give the necessary support to see the economic growth of the region.

The governor also revealed that 1870 houses will be built across three senatorial districts as part of efforts to sustain the economic development in the state.

Ogun Cancels COVID-19 Test Requirements For Returning SS3 Boarding Students

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

 

The Ogun state government has stepped down its stand which held that the COVID-19 test is to be used as a mandatory requirement for returning students in exit classes. 

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the cancellation of the initial injunction via a Twitter statement on Monday.

In his communique which was titled “Ogun Makes COVID-19 Test Free For All Returning SS3 Boarding Students”, Governor Abiodun further stated that the admittance of students into boarding houses in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of such private schools.

Parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun had protested over the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government, but the governor has assured that the test will now be carried out free of charge for all returning students.

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The governor ordered the Government Laboratories in the state to carry out tests for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost.

He also directed that all those who have paid for tests be refunded.

According to the governor, the new directive has become imperative because the health of children remains an utmost priority to his administration.

The governor, however, noted that in view of the total number of boarding students to be tested (5,340 private and 500 public), and bearing in mind the limitation of the state’s installed testing capacity of 500 tests per day, it may not be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results prior to the resumption or even exams which commences on 17th August 2020.

He recommended that students who do not have to stay in boarding houses should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions. Adding that face masks will be availed to all students in both private and public schools.

Ogun Govt Clarifies Requirements For COVID-19 Test For Students

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun (File Photo).

 

The Ogun State Government has clarified it position on the COVID-19 testing for students in exam classes returning to school ahead of their terminal exams.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the presentation of a COVID-19 free certificate by SS3 students will form a major prerequisite for allowing them into boarding schools across the state, as those schools are expected to be reopened from Monday.

The statement also noted that the government is expected to bear the full costs of the COVID-19 tests for the students of government owned schools while parents/ owners of private schools are expected to do same for their students.

Soyombo said it became necessary to remind the general public, particularly parents and operators in the education sector, of the government’s position after a protest was staged by parents of some of the students who presented themselves for the test over the alleged payment of #25,000 before the test could be carried out.

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“This is part of the measures being put in place to avoid community transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic amongst our children in the boarding facilities and invariably, the state as a whole,” she said.

“A key additional requirement is presentation of certificate of negative COVID-19 test before a student is admitted to the boarding facility in both public and private schools in the state.”

“All private school owners are also expected to ensure that all their boarding students are certified COVID-19 test negative before being admitted into their boarding facilities.”

“To further assist the private schools, Ogun State Government has negotiated a huge discount in the cost of COVID-19 Test with some healthcare service providers.”

The special adviser, however, stated that private school owners and parents are free to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as the service provider is certified by the NCDC as COVID-19 Test service provider.

“Indeed, Certificate of negative COVID-19 Test from other locations across the country will be tenable provided, as usual, it is from an NCDC certified centre and the test has been performed within 72 hours of the date of resumption.”

Speaking further, Soyombo said only boarding facilities directly operated by schools will be allowed to operate to enable the government to monitor such facilities for compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

She enjoined parents and school owners to work together to ensure that health and safety of the students is of paramount consideration .

“Should any private school owner and parents desire a waiver of COVID-19 Test requirement for boarding students, a joint representation of the school owner and the parents should be made to the government and this shall be considered on a case-by-case basis,” she added.

Amongst other initiatives put in place by the government is the distribution of face masks to all the schools in the state (public and private).

COVID-19: Failure To Wear Facemasks Will Attract Six Months Imprisonment – Ogun Govt

 

The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has announced that anyone who is caught moving about without a facemask, will be severely punished.

According to him, flouting the order can earn such persons up to six months imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

The governor said this at a briefing on Wednesday, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir (Ileya), celebrations.

He also noted that the state will not be celebrating owing to COVID-19 restrictions which discourages large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying.

“We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime,” Abiodun said.

“All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

“These include: 10 pm-4 am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.”

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See full statement below.

It is worrisome that Ogun State, like Nigeria, has witnessed an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since my last related press briefing.

Despite our having screened over 10,000 persons and also tested about 5,611 people as at yesterday, 28th July, 2020; we have 1,326 confirmed cases; out of which 1,068 have been discharged; while we have an unfortunate record of 23 related fatalities; with 227 active cases.

As we intensify efforts as a government therefore, I urge everyone to adhere to advisories rolled out by health authorities.

One of the two major discourses in the public domain is the reopening of schools.

Despite having initiated e-classes for students, we understand the uniqueness of physical classes, so we have made available Risk Assessment Forms on http://ogmoest.org to public and private schools to evaluate readiness for the adoption of the FG’s resolve to allow SS3 students resume on 4th August to prepare for SSCE (to begin on the 17th).

A mandatory virtual training is also being organised for school staff on decontamination, medical equipment, toilet facilities, flexibility of closing times, and special requirements for boarding schools.
The other discourse is the reopening of worship centres. After rigorous deliberations by the related Committee, I can announce that worship centres will tentatively reopen on Friday, 14th August, on the condition that they adhere to agreed guidelines, failing which we shall not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on erring centres. These are on the use of facemasks and hand sanitizers; distancing; and provision of medical, toilet and hygiene facilities including Veronica buckets. Others include:

A. Muslims to perform ablution at home and go to Mosque with personal praying mats;

B. Certified medical personnel to check worshippers’ temperature before admittance to venues;

C. Handshakes, hugs and air conditioners to be avoided in all centres;

D. Provision of isolation rooms, as well as digital cameras to record services, in each centre;

E. Adequate medical support to be provided for sick persons;

F. Duration of services not to be more than an hour and a half, while intervals in the case of multiples should be of the same duration;

G. Constant sensitisation on COVID-19, its dangers, preventive measures, and especially the susceptibility of the elderly, to be included in sermons;

H. Large worship centres (with more than 200 worshippers in a given service) to further pursue concurrence with the State Government Committee, towards ensuring ventilation and effective entry and exit management procedure and the avoidance of item sharing during Holy Communion;

Earlier today in an unrelated address, I announced that going by the counsel of the Ulammah and the resolution of the NSCIA, Ogun State will unfortunately not be celebrating the coming Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya), which comes up on Friday, 31st July, owing to COVID-19 restrictions which disadvise large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying. We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime.

All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

These include: 10pm-4am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

I will not stop appreciating all first responders in health, security and the media, as well as individual and corporate organisations, for their unrelenting contributions and sacrifices towards flattening the curve on the COVID-19 spread and easing the effects of the pandemic.

Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Raping Two-Year-Old In Ogun

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An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Adekunle Olalere, to life imprisonment for raping a two-year-old girl.

Olalere who resides in the Mowe area of Ogun State was convicted on one count of having sexual intercourse with the two-year-old, a charge which he pleaded not guilty to.

However, delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi held that all evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable, hence the convict was guilty as charged.

“Based on the evidence, I find and hold that the convict, had sexual intercourse with the child and is guilty as charged,” he said and thereafter, sentenced Olalere to life Imprisonment.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Oluyemisi Aruleba, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offense on March 22, 2017, at No 18, Bashorun street off Unity road, Olowotedo area in Mowe.

According to her, the convict forcefully had sexual intercourse with the two-year-old girl.

Aruleba said the victim’s mother had been residing with Olalere because she helps the wife to sell foodstuff and other things.

“The victim’s mother met her two-year-old daughter crying, and noticed she was not walking properly, she checked her daughter’s private part and noticed it was swollen.

“She took the child to the hospital where it was confirmed that there were sperm cells in her private part and it was also revealed that the child had been sexually abused,” she said.

According to Arulebe, the offenses contravened Section 32 of the Child Right laws of Ogun 2006.

Three Dead, Two Injured In Ogun Road Accident

File Photo of a road accident in Ogun State.

 

Three persons have died while two others are said to have sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident involving a diesel truck and a Toyota Corolla car around Ajegunle on Papalanto-Ilaro road in Ogun.

The Ogun State Traffic Compliant and Enforcement Agency confirmed this on Wednesday.

According to the spokesperson of the agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi, the accident was caused by over speeding on the path of the truck driver who in the process collided with the Corolla car coming from the opposite direction.

Akinbiyi noted that five people were in the Toyota car marked JJJ 91 GD while two people were in the truck with no registration number.

The TRACE spokesperson added that the injured victims were taken to Ilaro General Hospital while the deceased were deposited at same hospital mortuary.

“The truck was inbound Papalanto from Ilaro while the Toyota corolla car was outbound Papalanto to Ilaro when the crash occurred,” he said.

“According to eyewitness account, the truck was on top speed when it suddenly lost control due to break failure and collided with the car that was coming from the opposite direction.

“The accidented vehicles have been deposited at Ewekoro Divisional Police Command, including the truck driver and the motor boy.

He, however, commiserated with the families of the deceased while also enjoining motorists to avoid excessive speeding and ensure they maintain their vehicles before setting out on a journey.

Border Closure: Police Intercept Truckload Of Youths In Lagos

 

The police have intercepted a truckload of youths said to be from different parts of the north at the border between Lagos and Ogun states.

According to the police, the arrest was made following an intelligence report that the truck laden with tomatoes which was Lagos-bound, was also carrying a large number of young men.

The youths who appeared to be in their 20s and 30s were ordered to disembark from the truck, as the police said they would be taken to the task force office for further investigation.

There had been several cases of security personnel intercepting trucks carrying young men headed for the south mostly from the northern part of the country.

As a result of the development, many have raised concerns about the continued violation of the order restricting inter-state travel, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Two-Year-Old Baby Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Ogun

 

The management of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has confirmed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive for the coronavirus at the centre.

The child was said to have been admitted into the facility eight days ago on account of breathlessness.

According to a statement issued by the head of public relations and communication for the centre, Sugun Orisajo, investigations were subsequently carried out on her which revealed that she was positive for coronavirus.

“Due to the persisted high temperature, she was isolated, hence no member of staff or other patients were unduly exposed,” he said.

“To confirm the initial suspicion by a team of care givers, on the third day, she was screened for coronavirus while her treatment continued.

“The samples of her test returned positive for corona virus few moments ago.

“The girl is already receiving treatment at the Centre’s isolation ward while the facility where she was initially admitted has been decontaminated.”

Meanwhile, the management has initiated a contact tracing of her relatives.

Ogun Officials Inspect Roads, Water Channels In Isheri

 

Officials of the Ogun State government have been visiting coastal areas in a move to ascertain the condition of existing water channels and their effectiveness in controlling flood.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya as well as the special adviser to the governor on environment, Ola Oresanya, led other officials on tour of the Isheri boundary community to inspect the drainage system and the on-going road rehabilitation on Channels TV avenue.

The commissioner explained that the reconstruction is targeted at fixing bad portions on the 3-kilometere road, beginning with the first phase from the entrance of the community to the LSPDC estate.