Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 25-year-old man, Bisi Omoniyi for murder.
The suspect was nabbed on October 15 after allegedly killing a 50-year-old man over a woman he purportedly wanted to pass the night with.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident via a statement issued on Sunday, said the arrest followed a distress call received at the Owode Egbado Divisional Police Headquarters.
According to him, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Olabisi Elebute quickly mobilised the patrol team to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.
Efforts made to resuscitate the victim proved abortive as the police say he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty when rushed to the hospital.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Akinyemi Wahab Alani a.k.a Ajiolopon was with his woman friend one Kafayat Sakariyau in her room apartment at Ajilete purposely to pass the night with her when the suspect, who also intended to pass the night with the same Kafayat came knocking but was denied entry,” the statement read.
“The suspect who came from Ibasa area of Okeodan forced his way into the woman’s room and met the deceased in a position the suspect described as unacceptable to him.
“Consequently, a fight ensued between them and the suspect picked a cutlass in the room and macheted the victim to death.”
Police spokesman explained that the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary for autopsy, adding that the woman in question has since fled the crime scene.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
Operatives of the Federal Operating Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service in Lagos have been attacked by suspected smugglers during an operation along the Sagamu inter-change in Ogun State.
The patrol team had intercepted 12 vehicles laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice en route to Lagos.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by the spokesman of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone, ‘A’ Theophilus Duniya, the smugglers mobilised themselves with the support of their sympathisers and attacked the team with dangerous weapons, leading to an exchange of gunfire.
In the process, two of the attackers were reported killed and one suspect was arrested while two customs operatives sustained injuries.
Operatives were able to leave the scene with four of the 12 vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice earlier intercepted.
Meanwhile, the acting Controller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, has ordered a full investigation into the incident, saying that such attacks will never deter customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties.
Nigeria’s dominant parties – the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) each held their state congresses across the country on Saturday.
The move is part of preparations for the 2023 general election, which is less than two years from now.
Channels Television gathered that while the exercise was successful in some states, some parallel congresses took place in some other states such as Lagos State.
A faction loyal to ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode held a parallel state congress that took place at the Baptist Academy, Obanikoro and produced Beatrice Omotayo Tugbobo as the first female APC chairman in the state.
After emerging as the consensus candidate, the 65-year-old Beatrice said it was high time for women who are marginalized after elections have been won to take to the front seat.
This is even as former Commissioner for Rural Development in Lagos State, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi was elected as the new chairman of APC in the state.
He was elected by card-carrying members of the party at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan on Saturday.
The congress was led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission and also the Electoral Committee members appointed by the party’s National Caretaker Committee in Abuja.
Ogun APC Battle
The battle for the soul of the APC took a dimension on Saturday with the conduct of parallel congresses of two factions – one loyal to the incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun and another to the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
In Abeokuta, shooting was recorded at the venue of a parallel APC congress in the Ogun State capital.
The incident occurred on Saturday during the exercise organized by a group led by Senator Amosun, the lawmaker representing Ogun Central district at the palace ground of the Alake of Ake in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Although the cause of the violence has yet to be ascertained, party faithful at the venue is said to have scampered to safety.
On the other hand, Yemi Sanusi, the immediate past caretaker chairman emerged as the substantive chairman of ruling the party at a state congress held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, while Tunde Oladunjoye emerged as the publicity secretary, while Aderibigbe Tella was elected secretary.
The candidates emerged through the consensus option with delegates affirmed their election through the voice votes.
In the southeast, it wasn’t as smooth in Abia State as different congresses were held at Umuahia Township Stadium and the other at Ekene Dili Chukwu Motor Park.
The congress at Oguta witnessed a large turnout of APC members and the congress committee led by Rt Hon Babatunde Kolawole from Ondo State while the stadium congress had all the state actors including the Minister of State for Mines and Steels Development, Uche Ogah and the spokesman for the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu.
APC faithful in their hundreds gathered at the Ndubuisi Kanu Square Owerri, the Imo State capital elect new state officials that will steer the affairs of the party through a consensus arrangement, MacDonald Ebere emerged as the state chairman of the party.
While congratulating the new state executives, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma charged them to ensure that they reconcile all aggrieved members.
“I want to urge you not to betray the confidence reposed on you by our dear people. Go out there, carry out political evangelism, preach the good message, tell the story the way it is and our party will grow from strength to strength,” he said.
The state elections follow the conclusion of the ward and local government congresses, as well as the appeal process.
The exercise led to the emergence and change of guard of state officials that will pilot the affairs of the parties in the states for four years.
But the PDP also conducted the exercise in seven states – Oyo, Kwara, Lagos, Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, and Ebonyi.
Some of the states where Saturday’s congress is taking place have legal issues, where the state structure has been dissolved, where there is an internal crisis among members, or where there are cases of expiration of existing structures.
Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were among PDP party leaders who voted in the election at the Ribadu Square in Yola, the state capital.
According to the party’s leadership, the conduct of the elections is necessary to ensure a proper constitution of the party’s structure in the states ahead of the PDP national convention.
The national convention has been scheduled to hold from October 30.
There has been a shooting incident at the venue of a parallel state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.
The incident occurred on Saturday during the exercise organised by a group led by the lawmaker representing Ogun Central district, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at the palace ground of the Alake of Ake in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Although the cause of the violence has yet to be ascertained, party faithful at the venue are said to have scampered to safety.
The situation was later brought under control while the process continued after calm was restored by the security operatives at the venue.
Reports indicate that the APC state congress conducted by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led group has been peaceful.
The exercise is taking place at the MKO Abiola Stadium in the state capital amid tight security, as authorities deploy operatives to strategic locations to maintain law and order.
Delegates from the 20 local government areas of the three senatorial districts of the state are participating in the congress while about 100 aspirants are expected to vie for the 35 contestable positions to fill the offices of the state chairman, secretary, and publicity secretary, among others.
The option of a consensus had been adopted in line with the party guidelines, but an election is inevitable where there is no agreement.
The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested two suspected kidnappers while they were trying to collect ransom.
In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were identified as Muhammed Abubakar and Clinton Niche.
They were said to have been apprehended following a report lodged at the Agbara Area command by one Stephen Ajibili who said that his seven-year-old son was abducted by unknown persons while he was sent on an errand.
The victim’s father had claimed that the abductors had called him and demanded one million naira to secure his son’s release.
“Consequent upon the report, the acting Area Commander Agbara, CSP Kayode Shedrack, quickly mobilised his detectives to embark on a technical and intelligence-based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act,” the statement partly read.
“The efforts of the detectives paid off when the suspects who had directed the victim’s parents to drop the ransom somewhere were ambushed and apprehended by the police detectives. The suspects subsequently led the policemen to a bush where the innocent young boy was tied to a tree by his abductors.”
Upon interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they are three in number, but the remaining member of their gang was the person watching over their victim while they came out to collect the ransom.
The police spokesman explained that the other suspect took to his heels after discovering that his two accomplices have been arrested.
The acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abiodun Alamutu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Kidnapping Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He also directed that the fleeing member of the gang be hunted and brought to justice within the shortest possible period.
The fear of an imminent attack has forced banks and shops to shut down in the Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State.
Channels Television gathered that commercial banks and shops have closed since Monday following letters allegedly sent to some of them by suspected armed robbers.
This situation has left some residents and customers stranded which has been seen as a proactive measure by the banks to forestall the alleged threat.
Despite this incident, the banks maintained that they would only resume operations if the Ogun State Government assists the police with Armoured Personnel Carriers to be mounted close to their branches.
Reacting to the development, some residents of Ijebu-Ode lamented that they have been travelling to places like Sagamu, Abeokuta, and others to deposit or withdraw money.
But the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said there is no reason for fear of attacks, saying the police had assured the banks and residents of their safety.
“They are just entertaining fear where there is none; even the Area Commander and the DPOs have assured them that there is no need to fear,” he said.
“Why should they be afraid because there are no Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)? Even if the APCs are working, is it not the police that will operate them?
“The police are on the ground to provide adequate security of lives and properties; they are the ones that know why they are entertaining fear. We have assured them of their protection and our presence everywhere in Ijebu-Ode and everywhere in Ogun State. There is no reason to be panicking.
“Despite all these assurances, they still doubt the sincerity of the police, I don’t know the motive behind this,” he added.
Police have arrested a 64-year-old man for allegedly defiling a two-year-old girl in Ogun State.
The suspect, Ayotunde Taiwo, was arrested by men of the state police command on Tuesday after the victim’s mother, lodged a complaint at the Agbado divisional headquarters.
In a statement by the spokesman of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the victim’s mother explained that she noticed that her daughter could not walk well.
According to her, when she inspected her body, she saw blood gushing out of her private area.
“When she asked her daughter about what happened to her, the little girl pointed to the house opposite their own house,” the police explained.
“On getting to the house, the suspect was met washing his blood-stained boxer shot, indicating that he just had unlawful carnal knowledge of the little girl.
“Upon the report, the DPO Agbado division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga sent his detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested”.
The police added that the victim has been taken to hospital for medical treatment.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun has, however, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Family Support Unit at the Ota area command for further investigation and prosecution.
Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three suspects in connection with the diversion of goods valued at N4.7 million belonging to Hayat Kimya Company.
Police spokesperson DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a brief communique on Sunday explained that the suspects Oluwaseyi Oyetunde, Segun Oluwaseun and Chijoke Ogbu were arrested following a report made at Agbara Divisional headquarters on the 29th of August 2021, by one Oluwatosin Ayodeji.
According to him, Ayodeji reported that Oluwaseyi Oyetunde, a driver with the company loaded goods worth of N4.7 million to be delivered to a customer in Lagos, but since the 24th of August 2021, the said driver has absconded with the goods and the truck.
The team embarked on an intelligence-based investigation and traced the driver and the truck to Lagos State where he was promptly arrested with the empty truck.
On interrogation, the driver confessed that he diverted the goods to the receivers, who bought them at a giveaway price.
His confession led the policemen to the shops of the two receivers, Segun Oluwaseun and Chijeoke Ogbu, where parts of the stolen goods were recovered and the two receivers arrested.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered a full investigation into the case with the view to recovering the remaining stolen goods, and to formally charge the suspects to court for prosecution.
Two suspected kidnappers have been killed during a gun battle with the police in Itori, Kwekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement said that the suspected kidnappers were killed on Sunday when policemen in Ewekoro divisional headquarters received information at about 7:30 am, that some armed hoodlums with face masks were sighted hibernating in a bush at the back of ICT Polytechnic, Itori.
“Many suspected kidnappers have been traced to the same forest before, the anti-robbery team of Ewekoro division was quickly dispatched to fish out the hoodlums,” the statement said.
He said that on sighting the policemen, the gang opened fire on them and the policemen engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 40 minutes.
At the end of the encounter, two members of the syndicate were gunned down while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.
Recovered items include; one locally fabricated shotgun, two live cartridges, two battle axes, empty shells of AK 47 riffle ammunition, three android phones, two small phones, 8 pairs of slippers, and two school bags.
The State Commissioner of Police CP Edward Ajogun while commending the gallantry display of his men warned criminals to stop testing the willpower of the command under his watch because doing so will continue to spell doom for them
He also directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang and, reiterated the stand of the command to wage war against crime in order to make Ogun state free from criminality.
Police authorities in Ogun State have arrested four suspected killers of a Point of Service (PoS) terminal operator, Abiodun Odebunmi, and an Uber driver, Idowu Ademiluyi.
Police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects – Kehinde Jelili, Oluomo, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye, and Jamiu Akinola – allegedly set ablaze Odebunmi’s remains after stealing N4m from him.
While noting that the suspects were members of a syndicate which specialized in robbing PoS and Uber operators in the state, he said they were nabbed on Wednesday following a report lodged at the Onipanu Divisional Police headquarters by a PoS attendant, Aanu Salaudeen.
Oyeyemi explained that Salaudeen, who worked for Odebunmi, reported that her boss left their office at Aparadija the previous day to meet a customer and had gone missing since then.
“According to Salaudeen, they had earlier done a transaction of N1.5m with the person who invited her boss the previous day, and it was the same person who called her boss to meet him at Oju-Ore to do another PoS transaction of N4m,” the statement partly read.
“Upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man. Their efforts paid off when the burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at the Arobieye area of Ota without any trace of his assailants.
“The CSP Femi Olabode-led homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating.
“On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara State.
“With determination to apprehend him, the team continued trailing him and they later got information that he was in Benin Republic, where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, after which he would soon be coming to Nigeria.
“Having got the information about the day he would be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at a boundary community between Ogun and Lagos states.
“On interrogation, Kehinde Jelili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun State, confessed to killing the victim.”