Don’t Incite Ethnic Crisis, Ogun Govt Warns Groups

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

 

The Ogun State Government has warned groups against insightful and provocative statements capable of causing an ethnic crisis in the state.

This is according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin.

Somorin noted that the warning is sequel to video clips, making the rounds on the social media posted by certain individuals and groups to the effect that some ethnic groups should leave the South-West region within 48 hours.

The governor’s spokesman advised those concerned to “desist from heating up the polity, fanning the ember of discord among ethnic groups in the state.”

For Somorin, the state government considers such pronouncements unfortunate, provocative, reckless and irresponsible.

“Ogun will remain home to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work, visit or do business here. We shall also protect their lives and properties and look after their wellness, welfare and wellbeing,” he said.

“It is a well-known fact that Yoruba, especially of Ogun state extraction, are cosmopolitan, urbane and too civilized to discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion or circumstances of birth.

“These unpatriotic individuals neither represent the views of the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating, tolerant and hospitable. They are definitely not speaking for the Yoruba and the good people of Ogun state.

“We advise that rather than dissipating energies on divisive ventures, YYF and their ilk should deploy more time and resources to support causes that promote Nigeria’s unity especially good inter and intra ethnic relations within the context of our unity in diversity.”

Somorin explained that security agents have been put on red alert to be more vigilant, apprehend and deal decisively with people disguising as promoters of self-serving Yoruba agenda.

#EndSARS: Abiodun Sets Up Panel Of Inquiry, Others On Police Brutality In Ogun

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appointed members of three committees on cases of police brutalities in the state.

This comes as youths continue the #EndSARS protests in Ogun and other parts of the country.

The committees are Judicial Panel of Investigation, Special Security and Human Rights Committee, and Human Rights Complaints Office.

Governor Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

Justice Solomon Olugbemi (rtd) is the chairman of the Judicial Panel of Investigation which has the Chief State Counsel at the State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Oluwatosin Ogundele, as its secretary.

Its members are Olayinka Folarin (Chairman, Ogun State Coalition of Civil Societies), Omonajevwe Abiri (International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA), and Deputy Inspector General of Police Babatunde Ogunyanwo (rtd).

Others are AbdulJabar Ayelagbe (Chairman, National Youth Council, Ogun State Chapter), Bamgbose Tomiwa, (NANS Chairman, Ogun State), and Aisekegbe Momodu (National Human Rights Commission – NHRC, Ogun State).

According to the statement, the Committee is to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violations and related extra-judicial killings in the state.

It also has the mandate to evaluate evidence presented and recommend compensation and other remedial measures for victims, where appropriate.

On the other hand, Governor Abiodun is the chairman of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee which has heads of the security agencies in Ogun, as well as head of any police special tactical unit charged with fighting armed robbery and other violent crimes, as members.

Babatunde Adeluola is representing the youth while representatives of the civil society are Peju Osoba of Child First Welfare International, and Obatungashe Adebayo who is the deputy national president of the Campaign for Democracy (CD).

“This Committee is charged, amongst others, with the task of ensuring the protection of the rights of citizens by all security and law enforcement agencies; monitor the prosecution of any officer indicted by the Presidential Panel on Police Reforms; and entertain complaints of human rights violations from the State’s Human Rights Complaints Office,” the statement added.

A file photo of #ENDSARS protesters.

 

The trio of Joseph Ogunniyi who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ota Branch; Bamidele Adebayo who is the Director of the Department of Citizens Rights at the State Ministry of Justice; and Shodeinde Oluwaponmile who is the Ogun State Coordinator of the NHRC; are in charge of the Human Rights Complaints Office.

The committee is to facilitate easy access of complainants to prompt attention and assistance and give regular reports to the Special Security and Human Rights Committee for action.

Somorin stated that the appointments were in line with the resolution of the National Economic Council at its meeting on Thursday.

He noted that a seed fund of N50 million has been set aside as a start-up amount to enable payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims, under the Victims’ Support Fund.

In addition, the governor’s aide said his principal has announced the setting up of the Ogun State Human Rights Complaints Reporting Portal.

This, according to him, will be accessible to all citizens of the state to upload documentary and audio/ video evidence of cases of abuse.

Somorin hinted that that state government would establish a forensic laboratory to aid and support police investigations and crime scene management.

He added that the state would invest in the continuous training of police officers on investigation best practices, community policing, and intelligence gathering.

“The governor assured citizens that the committees need to be allowed a chance to activate measures to end human rights violations and compensate victims of previous abuses.

“The Committees will be inaugurated next week,” the statement said.

#SARSMUSTEND: Youths Have Been Taken For Granted In The Past, Says Gov Abiodun

File Photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun says Nigerian leaders must ensure a paradigm shift on matters concerning the youths, saying that leaders had always taken the youths for granted in the time past and for too long.

He disclosed this on Wednesday in Abeokuta when addressing the #ENDSARS campaigners who marched on his office in a peaceful protest at Oke-Mosan in the state capital.

“I think that in times past, we have sort of taken you for granted and I am saying that with all sense of responsibility,” Governor Abiodun said.

“We have taken our youths for granted because the issues you are raising today are not new to us. They are issues we have been living with for so many years.”

The governor said that the Federal government had no choice but to listen to the voice of the protesters, adding that the Nigeria Police and other security services need to put a stop to the brutalities being experienced across the country.

“The youths have a voice that must be given attention. The whole country has listened to you. As a matter of fact, the whole world is listening to you.

“You have demonstrated commitment, you have shown that you can rise up when the occasion warrant it and you can speak out,” he added.

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He, however, appealed to the youths to give the government a chance to start implementing the needed reforms of the Force, noting that their action was an indication that they are citizens whose voices matter.

“Really, you have succeeded and I think what you have to do is to allow us to begin to see the implementation of these reforms. You know the implementation will not be instant because it will take time for them to be visible.

“I want to plea with you, let us give these reforms a chance to work. Let us try and see how to wind down these protests.

“You have the right to protest anytime as no one can take that away from you. What we must ask ourselves is, is the government committed, have they shown symbolism? I believe government symbolism.”

While acknowledging that there has been a breakdown of trust between the government and the citizens, the governor explained that for it to be restored, citizens must trust their government to do what was right at all times.

Governor Abiodun said he has identified with the pains of the protesters and as their representative, it was imperative he act on their feedback, assuring that he and his colleagues were deliberating on how to ensure that their voice was not only heard, but demands were met.

He said the government would not charge those arrested in the course of the protest as he has ordered the release of those arrested for vandalizing a police station and his Deputy’s car by the security agents.

#EndSARS Protest: Police Beat Up Journalist, Others In Ogun

Police officers attached to the Ogun State Police Command have assaulted a journalist, Tobi Adepoju, and other protesters during an #EndSARS protest.

In a video clip obtained by Channels Television on Monday, the reporter was repeatedly hit by police operatives at the Ajuwon police station.

He explained that the protesters mobilised themselves for a peaceful march around Alagoble, Akute, Ajuwon and Iju communities before the incident occurred.

The journalist explained that efforts made by displaying his identity card proved futile as the security operatives numbering 20 approached his car before being brutalised.

“When the police started shooting, I stayed calm inside my car and about 20 policemen came to my car and brutalised me despite showing them my Press ID card. I was beaten and arrested with other eight protesters,” he said.

“As a media practitioner and a resident at Alagbole Community, I joined the protest to report the event.

“We moved from Akute to Alagbole and when we got to Ajuwon, the Ajuwon police station opened up shooting on us,” he added.

He noted that they were eventually released after spending three hours in police detention, adding that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) thereafter apologised for the actions of the officers.

#EndSARS: Protesters Arrested By Police Have Been Released, Says Ogun Gov

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Twenty-three #EndSARS protesters arrested by the Police in Ogun State on Saturday, have been released, Governor Dapo Abiodun, confirmed on Sunday. 

“I can confirm that, following my instruction to the Commissioner of Police,” the governor tweeted on his handle, “detained protest organisers have been released from detention.”

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The protesters were arrested on Saturday with the Police claiming the peaceful protest had turned violent.

“Surprisingly, the protesters who were appealed jointly by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egba land and the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun left the Alake palace and headed to the palace of Olowu where the traditional festival of Owu day was ongoing and violently disrupted the ceremony which had ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako- Oyedele in attendance,” Ogun Police image-maker, Abimbola Oyeyemi noted.

“They also damaged the back windshield of the deputy governor’s official car before heading to SARS office at Magbon where they fired some gunshots at the men and injured one Sgt Akabudike Augustine. Consequently, men of the outfit dispersed them and arrested 23 amongst them.

“Some of their vehicles abandoned at SARS office were recovered and searched, three guns namely; one pump action, two locally made pistols, some rounds of ammunition and assorted charms were recovered in one of the vehicles with registration number Lagos KRD 551GJ.”

 

SARS Dissolved 

The #EndSARSprotests spanned for days in Africa’s most populous nation with the call for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – a unit of the Nigeria Police – attracting global attention.

But Nigeria’s Police chief,  Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, yielded to pressure, dissolving the tactical unit largely loathed by many in the West African nation.

“The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police, otherwise known as SARS, is hereby dissolved across all formations, the 36 state police command and the Federal Capital Territory where they currently exist,” the Inspector General of Police (IGP) said, acknowledging reports of extortion and brutality.

“All officers and men currently serving in the unit are to be redeployed with immediate effect.”

#EndSARS: 23 Protesters Arrested In Ogun

Twenty-three #EndSARS have been arrested in Ogun State.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

He disclosed that the protesters were apprehended after the protest which meant to be peaceful allegedly turned violent.

“Surprisingly, the protesters who were appealed jointly by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egba land and the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun left the Alake palace and headed to the palace of Olowu where the traditional festival of Owu day was ongoing and violently disrupted the ceremony which had ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako- Oyedele in attendance,” he said.

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“They also damaged the back windshield of the deputy governor’s official car before heading to SARS office at Magbon where they fired some gunshots at the men and injured one Sgt Akabudike Augustine. Consequently, men of the outfit dispersed them and arrested 23 amongst them.

“Some of their vehicles abandoned at SARS office were recovered and searched, three guns namely; one pump action, two locally made pistols, some rounds of ammunition and assorted charms were recovered in one of the vehicles with registration number Lagos KRD 551GJ.”

The police commissioner, however, appealed to parents, community leaders and other stakeholders to call their wards to order, warning that the command will not fold its arms while hoodlums will be unleashing violence on officers and men for no just reason.

Fuel Hike: Police Warn NANS Over Planned Protest In Ogun

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

The Ogun State Police Command has warned members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) over the planned protest against the increased price of electricity and petrol.

In a press statement on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that the protest is billed for Monday, September 14, 2020.

“The police is in receipt of reliable intelligence that some students are bent on disturbing the public peace in parts of Ogun state, starting from Monday 14th September 2020,” he said.

DSP Oyeyemi warned those who are being linked to the planned protest to have a rethink of their plan.

“In the course of identifying the persons involved and warn them against the planned action, a group of individuals who claim to be NANS executives South- West Zone D, led by one Kappo Samuel Olawale, in a letter addressed to the Command, has given the Federal Government a five-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in fuel prices and electricity tariffs, threatening to unleash mayhem in Ogun state after the expiration of the ultimatum on Sunday 13th September 2020.”

According to the command’s spokesperson, the students also plan to block the Lagos/Ibadan and the Benin/ Ore expressway.

“It is part of their violent plans to block all major highways, including the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Benin expressway, recruit miscreants, street urchins, hoodlums, expelled, suspended and perpetual students over-running their courses at tertiary institutions in Ogun State and other states from the South-West, to swell their ranks and ensure their desired objective of spreading violence in the State beginning from Monday 14th September is achieved”

He said any form of protest against the hike in prices as announced by the Federal Government is not welcomed and would be resisted.

“The decision by any group of students to embark on protest over a recent increase in fuel prices and electricity tariffs is unwarranted and therefore unacceptable to the Ogun State Police Command.

“No group will be allowed to hold the entire good people of Ogun state in perpetual fear of violence and harm to their persons and properties. Olawale and his group are hereby advised in their own interest to drop their plan to block any highway in the state, thereby causing confusion, disturbances, and public apprehension. ”

The PRO noted that officers will be on standby to arrest any individual or group that tries to put fear in the heart of the residents.

“The law is not on their side on this Officers and men of the command have consequently be put on red alert in view of this unwarranted threat. Members of the public are advised to call the bluff of the group and go about their lawful businesses without fear of harm or molestation by any person, including Olawale and his cohorts.

“Motorists and all road users alike have however been reminded of their rights to freedom of movement and self-defence of their persons and properties against molestation and violence by any persons acting under any guise, including miscreants and hoodlums”.

He further added that the police in conjunction with other security agencies have resolved, and have the capacity, to deal with such elements in the most decisive manner just as he admonished and guardians to call their wards to order.

Two Suspects Arrested In Attempt To Commit Robbery

Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga were arrested by a team of policemen in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspects on their way to a robbery operation along the Awa-Ijebu – Ijebu Ode expressway in south-west Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He identified the suspects as 32-year-old Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga, who is also 32 years.

Oyeyemi explained that the suspects were accosted on the expressway on Tuesday last week when the Divisional Police Officer in Awa-Ijebu, Adewalehinmi Joseph, led a team of security operatives on routine patrol in the area.

He stated that the suspects who were on a motorcycle quickly jumped down on sighting the policemen and took to their heels.

“They were hotly chased and one of them – Odukoya Ayomide – was apprehended with a locally made cut to size double barrel gun while the second suspect escaped through the nearby bush.

“The arrested suspect informed the police on interrogation that his fleeing partner was the person who invited him from Ijebu-Ode for robbery operation and that they were just going to carry out the operation when they were accosted by the police,” the command’s spokesman said.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

According to him, information obtained from the arrested suspect led the police to Sagamu where  Oyenuga, his fleeing partner was arrested on Friday last week.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) unit for discreet investigation.

He also warned criminally-minded persons to leave Ogun State, adding that the command would make it too hot for them under his watch.

Five Killed In Ogun Road Accident

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Five persons were on Thursday killed, while others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Sagamu Interchange end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.

He said the crash involved three vehicles: a Mazda space bus, a tanker and a truck, blaming the accident on reckless driving and wrongful overtaking.

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“We learnt from the eye witness account that the Space Bus and tanker were inbound Ibadan from Lagos along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the diversion axis after Sagamu interchange, when in an attempt to overtake a truck in front of it had an head-on collision with another truck coming from Ibadan,” he said.

“Five people died on the spot including the driver, two injured while another one was rescued.”

While the tanker driver was said to have fled the accident scene, the driver of the truck is recuperating at a private hospital in Sagamu.

Akinbiyi condoled with the families of the deceased, admonishing motorists  to avoid reckless and wrongful overtaken at diversion and construction zones and maintain the 50kph speed limit.

Eight OOUTH Laboratory Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.

 

The management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) has confirmed that eight of its laboratory workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Peter Adefuye, who confirmed this, denied reports that 20 workers had tested positive for the virus.

Dr Adefuye blamed initial reports on people bent on denting the image of the present administration in Ogun State and the efforts of the hospital to manage the pandemic.

More than eight of the laboratory workers had voluntarily had the test but only eight tested positive for the virus.

All those who tested positive are asymptomatic and they have been asked to self-isolate in line with the World Health Organisation and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines, according to Dr Adefuye.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“It is no news that doctors, nurses or any form of health officials have tested positive across the country and globally respectively, but playing cards with human health in this respect is uncalled for,” he said

Adefuye commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against COVID-19, adding that had been making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all necessary things available to the hospital without leaving any stone unturned.

Although there continue to be concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and safety, Dr Adefue ruled out the possibility of the hospital shutting down on account of the pandemic.

“Soldiers cannot for the sake of war refuse to go to battle. The same is applicable to health workers. This is the reason we are called heroes as life savers,” he said.

“After all, health workers understand that they do not wear anything more than PPE to attend to HIV/AIDS patients. So, why should some people in some quarters use this to embarrass the government and management of the hospital?”

The CMD called on the media practitioners and  general public to explore only official means to source for information and shun hearsay which, according to him, is capable of sensationalising sensitive issues in the name of political gains.

COVID-19: Ogun Lifts Weekend Lockdown, Okays Reopening Of Worship Centres

Ogun State Governor Mr Dapo Abiodun.

 

The Ogun Government has suspended the weekend lockdown in the state and ordered the reopening of worship centres. 

Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in an update on the state’s effort at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 as indicated in my last address,” the governor said.

“This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.”

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He said worship centres must adhere to certain safety protocols like ensuring all congregants wear face masks, provision of adequate running water, and decontamination of the worship places before and after service among others.

“The duration of religious services should not be more than one and a half hours,” he explained. “In addition, the same duration of one and a half hours must be observed as intervals, where there are multiple services.”

For worship centres with over 200 worshippers,  in a given service, the governor explained that they “must seek further clearance with the State Government.”

“Muslims are advised to perform ablution at home & go to Mosque with their personal praying mats,” he said, adding that, the “administration of Holy Communion should be devoid of sharing of any item and must follow COVID-19 protocols.”

While calling on religious leaders to cooperate with the state government, Governor Dapo warned that there would be sanctions for any erring worship centre which defies the guidelines issued by his administration.

“Let me say that our Task Force is already on the ground and is moving about to ensure compliance.

“And, if perchance we discover that any of our religious centres is not complying or adhering to the laid down protocols, we will not hesitate to close down the centre,” he warned.

As of Thursday, August 13th 2020, Ogun State has 1,521 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,288 recoveries and 24 deaths, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Prophet Arrested For Impregnating Sisters, Defrauding Mother Of N2m

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

The police have arrested a man said to be the founder and general overseer of the Church of the Lord at Olomore in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

In a statement on Sunday, the police explained that the suspect, Prophet Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa, was apprehended by men of the Ogun State Command for defiling and impregnating two underage sisters.

His arrest followed a report by the mother of the victims who reported at the police station Lafenwa that she fell sick sometimes in 2018 and was taken to the suspect’s church for spiritual healing.

The victims’ mother said the pastor took advantage of her sickness and asked her entire family of six to move into the church premises to avoid being afflicted with the same sickness.

The prophet was said to be having sex with the girls who were 16 and 13 years, unknown to their mother.

“The pastor impregnated the two underage girls and went on to procure abortion for them in a private clinic.

“Aside from this, the prophet also defrauded the family of N2 million cash which he took for what he called spiritual cleansing,” said the statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

It added, “Upon the report, the DPO Lafenwa division, CSP Muraina Ayilara, led his men to the church but the place has been deserted. The CP then directed that the suspect be hunted for and brought to book.”

This photo released by the police on August 9, 2020 shows Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa who was arrested for impregnating two sisters and defrauding their mother of N2 million in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

 

According to the statement, the DPO and his men embarked on intelligence and technical-based investigation which led to the arrest of the prophet at about 5am on Thursday last week while some dangerous charms were said to have been recovered from his home.

On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed most of the allegations levelled against him, the police said.

Ajigbotoluwa reportedly explained that it was the reason why he ran away when he heard that police were on his trail.

Following his arrest, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also warned those hiding under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate evils to desist from it or get ready to meet their waterloo.

The police commissioner also called on residents to be wary of those he described as wolves in sheepskin masquerading as men of God.

Such persons, according to him, are out to milk their victims dry before destroying their lives.