Five Killed, Houses Burnt After Farmers-Herders Clash In Ogun

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Five persons have been reported killed in a fresh clash between farmers and herders in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Properties including four houses, maize bans, and other valuables were also burnt during the clash.

According to locals, trouble started on Wednesday when herders and some Ohori farmers engaged in a bloody clash at Idofa village, leading to loss of lives and properties worth millions of naira.

A community leader explained that the people of Aworo community in Yewa North Local Government had chased the herdsmen from their village to Idofa in Imeko, killing three of them and their cows.

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The farmers accused the herders of destroying their farms and water sources through open grazing of cows; a practice the Ogun State Government had banned when the State Governor Dapo Abiodun signed into law an anti-open grazing bill.

Residents of the village were reported to have fled the village on Friday, for fear of being killed in a possible reprisal attack by the herdsmen.

“The Aworo people chased the herdsmen from Yewa North to Idofa in Imeko. They killed three of them there and killed their cows.

“On Thursday, the Fulani herdsmen returned in the dead of the night to launch an attack. They killed two persons, set houses and other properties on fire. One of those killed was burnt in a house beyond recognition. It took the intervention of the police and the Amotekun corps to calm the situation,” the community leader who spoke under condition of anonymity said.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident said more men and officers of the command have been deployed to the area to maintain peace and order. Nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident.

“We heard about it. It is an unfortunate incident, and we are investigating it. We have called on all stakeholders, including the Fulani communities that have been living in that place, who testified that they did not even know the reason for the attack.

“We are investigating to ensure that those who carried out that dastardly act are apprehended in other not to cause further crises.

“The situation is under control as more policemen have been deployed to the place. The Commissioner of Police have directed that the Area Commander should take charge of the security situation in the area,” the police spokesperson said.

Residents and those who were affected have therefore called for the state and Federal Government’s attention in resolving the conflict to come to the aid of the displaced persons.

Buhari Inaugurates Five Projects In Ogun, Promises More Infrastructure

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday inaugurated five key projects in Ogun State, assuring Nigerians that two major Federal roads under construction, the Sagamu-Benin Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, would be commissioned before the end of 2022.

Addressing residents of the State, the President heaped praises on Governor Dapo Abiodun, for delivering visionary and trail-blazing projects for the people, even in the midst of prevailing and challenging circumstances occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement by his special media aide, Femi Adesina, the president described Abiodun as the ‘‘performing Governor of Nigeria’s Gateway State,’’.

President Buhari added that the governor is a worthy example of ‘‘promises made, promises kept.’’

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The President noted that the lofty projects: the Gateway City Gate; the 42-Kilometre Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta Road; the 14km Ijebu-Ode-Epe Expressway and two Housing Estates for low, medium and high income earners at Kobape and Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta, respectively, could not have materialised without the State government’s huge investment and commitment to security of lives and property.

‘‘This has made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful States in the country and investors’ destination of choice.

‘‘You (Prince Abiodun) have justified the mandate of the people of Ogun State. You have represented our Party very well,’’ the President said.

The President expressed delight that the 14km Ijebu Ode-Mojoda-Epe Road commissioned by him has been reconstructed into a modern expressway by the State government.

He noted that the impressive road would complement the Sagamu-Benin Expressway that the Federal Government is currently reconstructing; also due for commissioning this year.

‘‘Just across the road is the 42-kilometer Sagamu-Interchange-Abeokuta Road which the state Government has reconstructed and equipped with street lights.

 

‘‘That road enjoys a direct linkage with the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway that the Federal Government is rebuilding and due for completion later this year.

‘‘I am particularly impressed by the quality and standard of your road projects, and the creative way you have deployed resources to reconstruct and rehabilitate them.

‘‘It is significant to note that the two road projects being commissioned today are federal roads. This is an example of constructive engagement, cooperation and collaboration between the States and Federal Government.

‘‘These roads also fit well into our rail transportation masterplan that connects Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital to Kano, with Ogun State having more rail stations, along the Lagos-Ibadan rail corridor.’’

On the housing programme of the Ogun Governor, the President commended its inclusiveness, saying it is equally heart-warming that it cuts across different social strata, capturing the low, medium and high income earners.

Admiring the Gateway City Gate Project, the Nigerian leader said ‘‘it is not just a Park beautification project. It depicts that something new is happening in Ogun State, a welcoming entrance into the State Capital at the centre point of the State.’’

He added that the project is also an ICON depicting the joining of hands for building the future of Ogun State in togetherness.

‘‘Your Excellency, well done! I am proud of what you have done for your State and your people.

‘‘You have made our great Party, the APC, proud too. You are a worthy example of promises made, promises kept.

‘‘These lofty projects could not have materialised without your huge investment and commitment to security of lives and property.’’

Responding to requests by the State governor to give priority to the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta and the Sango Otta-Idiroko Roads respectively, the President assured the people of Ogun State that these roads will receive Federal Government attention.

The President announced that the Federal Government would consider extending tax credit as funding option for the reconstruction of these roads, as done for the 100km Sagamu Interchange-Papalanto-Ilaro Road.

Similarly, the President promised to consider the approval of the reconstruction of Sagamu-Ogijo Road by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited under the tax credit scheme.

The President thanked the residents of the State for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage in the Gateway State, which is his first visit to any State in the New Year.

‘‘This welcome by the large crowd brings back the nostalgia of my first arrival on this soil as a young infantry officer in the Nigerian Army at the then Lafenwa Barracks in Abeokuta, not long after independence.

‘‘The traditional hospitality of the people of this State has not waned a bit. Today, I am “Omowale” and very happy at this homecoming to meet my brothers and sisters whose goodwill I have always enjoyed. Thank you.’’

The President also congratulated the people of Ogun State for having such a focused, deliberate and inclusive Administration under the watch of Prince Abiodun, urging them to continue to support the governor for the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda of his Administration.

‘‘The reward for success is more hardwork to meet the increasing expectations of the people.

‘‘When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultations with stakeholders, like we have witnessed in Ogun State, the trajectory of our national development will be enhanced.’’

The President, who was bestowed with “honourary indigeneship” of the State, said: “It is also with a sense of responsibility that I receive and cherish the honourary indigeneship bestowed on me as symbolised by the presentation of the key to the Gateway State by Governor Abiodun.

“I will leave Ogun State with fond memories and look forward to enjoying the privilege of my honourary indigeneship.”

Buhari Visits Ogun State, Commissions Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid a visit to Ogun State to commission some projects.

He arrived on Thursday morning and was received by dignitaries including the state Governor Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State former Governor Gbenga Daniel, among others.

The President in the company of Governor Abiodun commissioned the 14km Epe/ Ijebuode Express Road in the state.

 

At the Sagamu interchange, President Buhari was joined by Ogun State Governor Abiodun; Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu; Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Rauf Olaniyan.

At the interchange, President Buhari commissioned the Ogun city gate and the 42km Abeokuta/ Sagamu road.

Other projects to be commissioned include two housing projects. 527 units of a low and medium Housing Scheme at Kobape and the high-brow, 83 duplexes at the Kings Court Estate at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Thereafter, the President is expected to hold a town hall meeting with critical stakeholders and party faithful at the June 12 cultural centre in the state capital.

These projects according to the state government are expected to bring direct benefits to residents of the state and improve the socio-economic development of the state as one of the emerging economies in the country.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Members Of Kidnap Syndicate In Ogun

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The Ogun State Police command says its operatives have arrested two suspected members of a kidnap syndicate terrorising Ijebu-Ode and its environs.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi made this known in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the state capital on Monday.

He said that the suspects, Samuel Oke Abiodun (46) and Denis Blessing (28) were arrested following series of Kidnap cases in Ijebu-Ode, consequent upon which the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, gave a marching order to all the Divisional Police Officers in Ijebu-Ode to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act within the shortest possible time.

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“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO Igbeba division CSP Musiliu Doga and his crack detectives embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which subsequently led to the arrest of Denis Blessing on the 8th of December 2021 in his house at Ijebu-Ode,” the PPRO said.

“His arrest and confession led to the apprehension of Samuel Oke Abiodun in his hideout also at Ijebu-ode.”

Oyeyemi further stated that on interrogation, the two suspects confessed to having participated in four different kidnap operations in Ijebu-Ode.

“He confessed to being part of a syndicate that kidnapped one Alhaja Salam Mojisola on the 6th of December 2021 at the entrance of her house situated at Akinsanya Street Mobalufon Ijebu-Ode.

“They also confessed to the kidnapping of one Mrs Olaitan Daodu on the 26th of January 2021. Also, one Mrs Abimbola Bolanle Lateefat, the Deputy Director I.C.T department at Tai Solarin University of Education was also kidnapped by the gang on the 20th of May 2021.

“They also participated in kidnapping one Mrs Adegoke along Atan-Ijebu road”.

According to the police, the assignment of the duo is to scout around, identify and monitor their would-be victim from their business places to their houses, and inform other members of the gang who will then block the victim mostly at the entrance of their houses and abduct such person.

Items recovered from them include a Toyota Camry with registration number GGE 200 FN which is their operational vehicle

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, who commended the resilience of his men in smashing the syndicate, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The Commissioner of Police also directed a massive manhunt for the remaining members of the syndicate with the view to bring them to justice, while he also assured residents of the state of police readiness to fish out any criminal hibernating within the state.

2023: Appointees Nursing Political Ambition Should Resign, Says Gov Abiodun

A file photo of the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has directed all serving political appointees with 2023 political ambitions in the state to resign on or before January 31, 2022, to pursue their dreams.

The governor was quoted to have said this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Somorin.

Abiodun said while it is legitimate to have such ambitions, the directive became expedient to avoid some observed distractions and the loss of focus in the discharge of their current responsibilities.

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“As an administration unwaveringly committed to delivering on its electoral promises, any activity that is capable of undermining the implementation of the Building Our Future Together Agenda of the Administration will not be tolerated,” the statement read.

Governor Abiodun advised that those who cannot wait till the appropriate time for the 2023 electioneering process should take their leave to pursue their ambitions without constituting a clog in the wheel of the implementation of government programmes and activities.

My Resignation Was Due To Personal Reasons, Says Ex-Ogun State Attorney General

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A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State, Akingbolahan Adeniran says he resigned because of personal reasons and not due to “massive corruption” in the government as speculated in some quarters. 

In a statement issued on Monday, Adeniran faulted reports claiming he resigned from his post due to corruption in the Ogun State Government.  

“While it is true that on 8 November 2021, I formally notified His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR, the Governor of the State, of my decision to resign from the cabinet, I must state that contrary to the online news publications, my reasons for resigning are purely personal,” he said. 

“I am not aware of any ‘massive corruption’ in the administration.”

He said during his time in the cabinet, the present administration was able to reach some milestones such as the improvement of access to justice for the people of the state via the Ogun Public Interest Law Partnership which matches indigent clients with pro bono lawyers.

According to him, the rights of the citizens were more protected during his stint, as he thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve in the cabinet. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such an amazing group of administrators, technocrats, and experts in various fields of endeavour,” he further stated. 

“I have learnt a lot from you all and pray that God will continue to use you to improve the lives of the good people of Ogun State.”

Man Stabs Wife To Death In Ogun

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A 24-year-old man, Majiyagbe Olamilekan, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly stabbing his wife to death with a pair of scissors.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Wednesday said that the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the police in Ode Remo divisional headquarters at about 3:00 pm.

“It was reported that the suspect locked himself and his wife one Seun Mojiyagbe up in their room and started beating the wife. It was the wailing of the wife that attracted the neighbors, who made all efforts to persuade the suspect to open the door but he refused,” Oyeyemi said.

He added that upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Ode Remo division, CSP Olayemi Fagbohun, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene where the door to the couple’s apartment was forced open. The victim was then found lying down unconscious in the pool of her own blood.

“She was quickly rushed to the state hospital in Isara Remo where she was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.

“The husband was promptly arrested and taken to custody, while the corpse of the victim has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy,” the statement read in part.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole was said to have ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation with the view to charge him to court as soon as possible.

Governor Abiodun Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law In Ogun

 

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has signed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill and the Ranching Bill into law.

While signing the bill in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital on Thursday, the governor said the move became imperative in order to protect all critical stakeholders and their businesses in the state.

According to him, an implementation committee to be headed by the state Commissioner for Agriculture with the membership of other critical stakeholders would fashion out the modalities for the full and smooth take-off for the implementation of the law within six months.

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The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Taiwo Oluomo and other members of the House were present to witness the signing.

With the signing of the bill into law, Ogun State now joins Rivers, Bayelsa, Oyo, Ekiti, Abia, Lagos and Enugu who have also signed the bill into law.

Southern governors in Nigeria had reached a resolution on July 5, 2021, that member states would enact the law against open grazing of cattle in their states on or before September 1.

Gunmen Kidnap Pregnant Woman, Two Others In Ogun

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Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have abducted a pregnant woman and two others in Ogun State. The abductors demanded a N30m ransom.

The incident occurred in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state

A source told Channels Television that they were abducted on Sunday evening, while two others escaped.

It was gathered that the victims were ambushed along Igbo-Ora-Sokoto Road while on their way to visit a friend in the Rounder area of the local government.

The hoodlums were said to have contacted the victims families and placed a N10 million ransom on each of them.

While narrating the incident, the source said “the victims went to greet someone at Karigo Bus Stop at Rounder when the incident occurred

“The road was bad and so they parked their vehicle somewhere in the area and while heading to their destination on foot, the kidnappers swooped on them. They were five inside the vehicle; two people escaped on Sunday.”

“They have called now and demanded N10 million for the release of each of the victims. The families have gone to report at the police station. One man and two women [were kidnapped]; one of them is pregnant,” the source explained.

“One of them is a thrift collector in the market here [Itoku Market and] one is a civil servant.”

While confirming the incident, the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, however, explained that the victims went to the forest for a special prayer before they were abducted.

“Our people have been on their trail,” he added. “In fact, while I was discussing with the officer in-charge, they were still in the bush in that area trying to get all those people.

“So, the command is aware of it and we are investigating it.”

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

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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.