13 Die, 12 Injured In Ogun Road Accident

The scene of the accident in Ogun State.

 

About 13 persons have been confirmed dead while 12 others sustained injuries on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident involved an unregistered Volvo truck and a commercial Mazda bus opposite Wichtech roofing and pipes

“I learned the commercial bus was coming from Lagos, when it overtook the vehicle at its front wrongly, before ramming into a stationed vehicle at the roadside killing nine persons in the vehicle on the spot,” the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement, Babatunde Akinbiyi said.

The scene of the accident in Ogun State.

 

Pictures from the scene of the accident showed vehicles being turned up, with the gory bodies of some of the victims.

The commercial bus driver was said to have wrongly overtaken an ongoing vehicle on the motion which led to the loss of control while the bus rammed into a broken-down truck with waste disposal.

Channels Television gathered that the commercial bus was overloaded with 25 passengers comprising nine men, eight women and eight minors instead of 18 passengers.

While 12 injured passengers consisted of five men, three women and four minors, the 13 dead people comprised four males, five females and four minors lost their lives in the accident.

“The remaining four died at Idera Hospital where they were rescued to by TRACE and Federal Road Safety Corps (gravy) officials,” Akinbiyi said.

Akinbiyi explained that the injured victims were rescued to Idera hospital with the deceased deposited at the same hospital mortuary in Sagamu, saying the vehicles had been towed to Sagamu Police station.

He added, “TRACE Corps will continue to insist that the roadside is not a mechanic workshop where cars should park or be repaired for whatever fault because of its attendant consequences.”

Nigeria Will Not Experience Civil War Again – Gov Abiodun

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun is confident that Nigeria will neither experience another civil war nor break-up.

Speaking on Wednesday while receiving the League of Imams and Alfas in the state at his Iperu country home, the governor declared that the socio-economic challenges confronting the country will also be eventually surmounted.

While admitting that the country was going through a difficult time owing to insecurity and other challenges, he expressed the faith that Nigerians would overcome the situation in the end.

Governor Abiodun called on Nigerians not to give up, but continue to have faith and trust in God, saying no problem is too big for God to solve.

“This country will not break into two; nothing will happen to us in this country, we will not go into civil war, the unity of this country is non-negotiable, God will give us peace in this country, He will give us rest,” he said.

“I have a mountain-moving faith in God because He alone can do the impossible he said. As a government we will try our best, please continue to pray for us.”

Abiodun emphasised the need for Nigerians to unite and fight their common enemies as the diversity of the country remains her strength.

He also sued for religious tolerance among adherents of different faiths, admonishing Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Ibrahim who was regarded as the Father of Faith by having absolute trust and faith in God.

The governor explained that his administration in the last two years has been fair to all irrespective of religious beliefs, adding projects had been executed in each of the 236 wards of Ogun in line with the inclusive approach of his administration.

Suspect Arrested For Kidnapping Military Officer, Using His Uniform To Commit Crime

A map of Ogun State

 

The Ogun State police command has arrested a suspect for kidnapping a military officer and stripping him off his uniform and using it to commit a crime.

The incident occurred at Odo Pako Ota, in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The suspect was alleged to have made an attempt to snatch a Dane gun from a vigilante operative.

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The police spokesperson in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspect Waliu Oloyede was arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Sango Ota divisional headquarters, CSP Godwin Idehai that vigilante men are having issues with an army officer at Odo Pako area of Ota.

“Upon the report, the DPO led his team to the scene where the suspect, who dressed in full military camouflage uniform with the rank of W02 but could not give a satisfactory account of himself, was apprehended and brought to the station.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect was unable to give an account of how he got the military uniform, or address of the unit where he is serving, hence he was detained for impersonation”

“While in detention, police got an information that the suspect and others at large abducted W/o2 military officer at about 11:30 pm of 16th July 2021and took him to their hideout in Alagbado Lagos State where he was stripped off his uniform, collected his identity card, his three ATM cards and phone before the victim escaped from them,” the police statement read in part.

Oyeyemi said the suspect wore their victim’s uniform and used it to commit another crime before they were arrested.

The commissioner of police CP Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspect to an anti-kidnapping unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.

The CP also ordered a massive manhunt for other accomplices with the view to bringing them to justice.

Three Cultists Arrested For Forcefully Initiating Members

A map of Ogun State

 

Three members of a cult group have been arrested in Ogun State for forcing an unwilling person to join their cult group.

The suspects according to a statement signed Saturday by the spokesperson, Ogun State Police Command Abimbola Oyeyemi were arrested on Thursday, July 8, following a report lodged at Igbesa divisional headquarters.

Celestine Oyebuchi reported to the police that he was abducted by the trio of Williams Omoori a.k.a Tension, Edet Godswill, and Emmanuel Dimgba, and taken to an uncompleted building and was tortured and forced to join their confraternity.

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“He stated further that, the suspects after torturing him, gave him blood to drink as a sign of initiation.

“Upon the report, the DPO Igbesa division, SP Abayomi Adeniji, quickly mobilized his men and went after the suspects. They were subsequently apprehended at their hideout within Igbesa community,” the police statement read in part.

Oyeyemi added that the three suspects confessed been members of Supreme Vikens confraternity.

“They confessed further that they were looking for more members to join them which led them to the abduction of the complainant who may not want to join them through persuasion.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti-cultist section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.

Unlawful Cult Groups Plotting Destruction Of Properties In Ogun – Police

A file photo of policemen.

 

The police authorities in Ogun State have raised an alarm over a plot by unlawful cult groups plotting to destroy properties in the state.

Spokesman of the State Police Command in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement issued on Monday, said the warning followed intelligence reports that the cultists were “planning to mark what they called ‘7/7’ on Wednesday, being 7th of July, 2021.”

He stated that the report “also revealed that the event may result in bloodletting and wanton destruction of properties.”

To prevent a breakdown of law and order, the police spokesman warned those he described as having such devilish intentions to have a rethink and retrace their steps, noting such a move will be met with strong resistance from security agencies.

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Though the planned attack is in two days’ time, the police spokesman said the Command has placed its tactical squads comprising SWAT, Anti-Cultists, Anti-kidnapping as well as the DPOs and Area Commanders on red alert to nip in the bud any act capable of undermining the security of the state.

Similarly, the police authorities vowed to apply the full weight of the law on members of any unlawful societies who intend to use public places to perpetrate evil.

According to the police spokesman, security operatives will not fold their arms while some misguided and unscrupulous elements attempt to make life difficult for law-abiding citizens of the state.

He also appealed to parents and guardians to warn their wards to steer clear of any unlawful gathering on, before and after the said date to prevent Had-I-Know situation, adding that hoteliers should not to allow their facilities be used for any cult related gathering, as owners of such facilities will be liable for prosecutions.

While assuring members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of harassment, intimidation and molestation, Oyeyemi reiterated the commitment of the police to deal decisively with anybody who tries to breach the relative peace being enjoying by the good people of the state.

Mob Sets Truck Ablaze For Killing Motorcycle Rider, Passenger

A file photo of a truck involved in an accident.

 

An angry crowd has set a truck ablaze following an accident that led to the death of two persons in Ogun State.

The incident occurred along the Ibeshe Road in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

Sources said the truck had veered off its lane and faced an oncoming motorcycle before it crushed both the rider and the passenger to death.

The spokesman for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He noted that an angry mob descended on the truck and set it ablaze while the driver of the vehicle took to his heels.

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“It took the intervention of the police and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to calm the angry mob,” said Akinbiyi, adding that “The case is being handled by the Dangote Plant Police Post.”

He disclosed that the body of one of the victims was deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in Ilaro while the other victim has been buried by the family members.

The TRACE spokesman condoled with the families of the victims over the loss and warned motorists, especially truck drivers against reckless and dangerous driving.

He stressed that this was important to reduce avoidable crashes and deaths on all roads in the state.

Police Arrest Six Suspected Vandals In Ogun

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

Six suspected vandals have been arrested at the Oteyi area of Ibogun in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday.

The police spokesman in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi identified the suspects as Taiwo Ismaila, Egbekunle Abiodun, Abdullah Sanni, Nuru Ibrahim, Wasiu Aweda and Babatunde Sikiru.

He said they nabbed following information received by the Divisional Police officer Ibogun division that vandals were removing some rods along the rail line.

“Upon the information, the DPO, CSP Samuel Oladele led his men to the scene where the six suspects were promptly apprehended,” he said via a statement.

Items allegedly recovered from them are; 27 rail iron rods, 2 burning touches with the hose, 6 long cylinders, 3 short cylinders and one  Volvo Truck with registration number SMK 61 XY.

The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, ordered the transfer of the suspects to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

Nine Suspected Cultists Nabbed During Supremacy Battle In Ogun

The suspects being paraded by the Ogun State Police Command on May 26, 2021. Credit: Police

 

 

Nine suspected cultists have been arrested during what the police say was a supremacy battle in the Ajegunle area of Ibogun, Ogun State.

The clash was between members of the Eiye and Alaro confraternities, according to the Spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

“While the clash was going on, a distress call was made to the Police Divisional Headquarters in Ibogun, and the DPO, CSP Samuel Oladele, quickly led his men to the scene,” a statement by the Oyeyemi read in part.

“On sighting policemen, the cultists, who had already inflicted serious injuries on the chest of one member of Alora group, ran away with their injured colleagues, while police successfully apprehended the nine suspects.”

Those arrested are Sodiq Olabisi, Oluwatosin Andrew, Oladimeji Oyedele, Wasiu Raheem, Oyedokun Lekan, Yusuf Ajetunmobi, Busari Taoreed, Bolaji Raphael and Salami Toheeb.

A cutlass, five knives, two axes, five phone batteries and N4,000 were among items the police said they seized from the suspects.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Cultists Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation.

He also ordered a manhunt for the fleeing members of the group.

Four Arrested For Hijacking Trailer Load Of Flour

The four suspected robbers arrested by the Ogun State Police Command. Credit: Ogun Police

 

Four suspected armed robbers have been arrested for hijacking a trailer load of Golden Penny flour long Shagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway of Ogun State.

The suspects who carted away the items on April 16 were arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on May 5, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were identified as Eze Anthony Sopruchuckwu, Eze Chijoke Edeh, Olalekan Ayodele Muritala and Samuel Johnson.

Oyeyemi said they were apprehended following a “report lodged at Ikenne Divisional Headquarters, that a trailer, with registration number ANG 57 LG, loaded with 600 bags of Golden Penny flour and driven by one Ahmed Tiamiyu was hijacked along the expressway.”

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The police spokesman explained that the trailer driver and his motor boy were taken to the bush, where their hands were tied to their backs and their mouths cellotaped, before taken away the truck and the flours.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, was said to have directed that the case be transferred to Special Enquiry Bureau at State Headquarters Eleweran for discreet investigation.

“The DSP Ade Akiti led squad swung into action and embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation.

“Their efforts paid off, when one of the suspects was traced to Ikorodu in Lagos State and promptly arrested.

“His arrest led to the arrest of three others, while 175 bags of Golden Penny flours were recovered from the warehouse of the gang leader, Eze Anthony,” the police spokesman stated.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, who commended the painstaking investigation done by the team, has ordered that the remaining members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.

Gunmen Kidnap Varsity Official, Student, Two Others In Ogun

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four persons in Ogun State, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday.

The spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, identified the victims as the Deputy Director of Information Communication Technology of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Mrs. Lateefat Abimbola and a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Toyinbo Olayinka and two others.

He said men and officers and a tactical squad of the command have been mobilised to ensure the victims are rescued on time and unhurt

“Our operatives have started combing the bushes to ensure the victims are released while the perpetrators are brought to justice,” he said via a statement.

According to findings, the abductions were carried out at different locations between Thursday last week and Saturday with the suspected abductors demanding ₦150m from families of their victims.

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Abimbola was said to have been kidnapped in Ijebu-Ode on Thursday while Olayinka who is a 400- level Student of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management was abducted on Saturday from a private farm at Abule-Itoko on the Abeokuta-Ibadan Road in Odeda Local Government Area of the state.

He was reportedly kidnapped along with the owner of the farm, identified as Dominic and a 17-year-old Togolese lady.

On the TASUED lecturer’s abduction, a source explained that Abimbola was abducted last week  Thursday around 7 pm at a junction next to her home in Ijebu-Ode.

The source further told Channels Television that her abductors had not reached the family.

“Till now, we have not heard from the abductors. They’ve not reached out to the family,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Kola Adepoju said Olayinka was abducted where he had lived for three years.

He said, “According to the friend of the abducted student and a nursing mother who witnessed his abduction, he was kidnapped by gunmen at a private Farm in Abule Itoko, a  village in Odeda Local Government where he had been working and living for the past three years as a self-sponsored indigent student.

“The Management of the University has reported the abduction at the Ogun State Police Command headquarters, Eleweeran and it’s working earnestly with the Command to ensure the safety and release of the kidnapped student.”

Ogun Govt Probes Multiple Gas Explosions

A picture of a police anti-bomb squad vehicle

 

 

The Ogun State Technical Team is investigating the causes of multiple gas explosions in Abeokuta and has sealed off a retail outlet.

Five different gas explosions at different parts of the state capital have left about six people dead while another eight were injured.

The Technical Team which comprises the Police, the Department of State Security, the Department of Petroleum Resources, the Fire Service and the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) have been moving from place to place to ascertain the possible causes of the explosions.

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It was gathered that the explosion occurred around 11:23 am at the Marque Event Centre within the premises of the library, on Thursday.

According to witnesses, the explosion was triggered when technicians were topping up gas into the Air Conditioner at the event centre.

This explosion is the fourth recorded in the last week in the city of Abeokuta.

A stakeholders meeting is being expected later in the day to know a way out of the crisis and forestall further recurrence of such.

Ogun Governor Suspends Aide Arrested For Alleged Fraud In US

Abidemi Rufai, the Senior Special Assistant to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has suspended his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Abidemi Rufai.

The suspension is sequel to his arrest in the United States for alleged involvement in $350,000 unemployment fraud.

Channels Television had reported how the governor’s aide was apprehended at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York based on a criminal complaint.

The aide’s suspension was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, adding that his involvement in fraud is disturbing.

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“The Ogun State governor,  Dapo Abiodun, has received the very disturbing news of the arrest of one of his political appointees, Mr Abidemi Rufai, in New York over alleged unemployment benefits fraud in the United States,” he said.

“In view of the gravity of these allegations, the Governor has ordered the immediate suspension of the accused appointee.

“The Governor wishes to restate his commitment to an open, transparent, accountable and morally upright Administration and will not condone any act bordering on criminality by anyone.”