Amotekun Arrests Four Suspected Kidnappers, Recover Skulls In Ogun

A file photo of Amotekun corps during an operation.

 

Operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Ogun State have arrested two suspects for being in possession of a carbonised human skull.

The Commandant of the Corps, David Akinremi, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, saying that operatives also arrested four other suspects for alleged kidnapping, cultism, conspiracy, and stealing.

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Akinremi noted that all the suspects had been transferred to Ogun State Police Headquarters Eleweran, for investigation and prosecution

The suspects – Busari Aliu and Adetayo Segun – were arrested on Sunday, November 20 in the Agunboye Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State.

According to him, they specialised in exhuming corpses at the Agunboye burial ground,  removing the skulls, and later selling them to other members of their ritual gang.

“On November 4, one Ibu Benjamin of Ayegbami quarters, Agunboye Ijebu-Igbo reported at Amotekun office at Ijebu-Igbo that, on the same date, he discovered that one heavy iron pallet, valued at N350,000 property of his landlady, Mrs. Idowu kept within the precincts of a fenced farm and a house yard at Agunboye was stolen by unknown persons,” he said.

“Consequently, operatives of the corps embarked on intelligence activities with a view to getting those behind the crime.

“Their efforts paid off on November 20 with the arrest of these two suspects, Busari Aliu and Adetayo Segun, who not only admitted their involvement but led our operatives to recover the stolen item where it was kept.

“On searching the house and premises where the item was recovered, some pieces of a carbonated human skull were recovered.

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they dug into so many graves in Agunboye burial ground and removed several skulls of buried corpses which they sold to some other members of their ritual gang.”

Three Dead, Nine Injured In Ogun Road Auto Crash

The accident scene around Fidiwo area, along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

 

Three persons have died with nine others injured in an accident around the Fidiwo area, along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

According to the FRSC spokesperson in the state, Florence Okpe, the accident which occurred on Saturday, was caused by excessive speed and a tyre burst which led to the loss of control.

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“The crash occurred on Saturday after Fidiwo Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. A total of 14 persons were involved, nine persons sustained injuries, while three persons were recorded dead,” the statement read.

“Two vehicles were involved with registration numbers LSR377BL a Nissan car and a Toyota Sienna ABJ24XV.”

Okpe, who is also the corps’ Public Education Officer, said the injured victims have been taken to Victory Hospital in Ogere for medical attention, while the corpses of the dead victims have been deposited at the State Hospital mortuary, Isara.

On his part, the Ogun FRSC Sector Commander, Ahmed Umar, commiserated with the family of the victims.

He advised motorists to always do a vehicle parade by checking the tyres, engine, light and other necessary things in the vehicle before embarking on any trip.

The FRSC Sector Commander also stressed the importance of obeying traffic rules and regulations, warning motorists against speed violations.

2023: Court Sacks Ogun ADC Guber, House Of Assembly Candidates

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State has nullified the candidature of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate for the 2023 election, Biyi Otegbeye, as well as the party’s State Assembly candidates.

The court said that the primary election which produced Otegbeye and the state assembly candidates did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

It will be recalled that the Labour Party in the state had approached the court asking it to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognize the governorship candidate and others.

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The court presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko affirmed that the primary election which produced Otegbeye and others did not comply with the Electoral Act.

While the counsel to the Labour Party commended the judgement, the counsel to the ADC candidate said they may be compelled to appeal the judgement after access to the court judgement.

Ogun PDP Crisis: Supreme Court Dismisses PDP, Adebutu’s Appeal

PDP Hails Supreme Court Ruling On Zamfara Election
A photo collage showing the Supreme Court and PDP logo.

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the lingering legal battle on the nomination of its governorship candidate in Ogun State.

The apex court ordered that the suit instituted by Jimi Lawal, a governorship aspirant be remitted to the Federal High Court for a fresh trial.

Delivering Judgement, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa held that the Federal High Court was wrong in declining jurisdiction in the matter of Jimi Lawal.

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The apex Court agreed with the Court of Appeal in Abuja that the FHC had jurisdiction under section 285 of the 1999 constitution and section 84 [14) of the Electoral Act 2022 to hear the matter of Lawal on its merit.

The Supreme Court, therefore, ordered that the case be remitted to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for determination by another judge other than Justice Taiwo Taiwo who refused to entertain the suit.

Lawal who contested the May 25 governorship primary election of the PDP had challenged the emergence of Adebutu, alleging that an unlawful delegates list was used by the main opposition party to conduct its election.

Among others, Lawal had prayed that the purported primary election of May 25 be cancelled and another be conducted with the authentic Adhoc delegates.

However, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the FHC in his judgment delivered on July 29 declined to hear the suit of Jimi Lawal on merit on the grounds that the primary election was a domestic affair of any political party and dismissed the suit.

Not satisfied, Lawal approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja with a prayer that the decision of the FHC be voided and set aside on the ground of miscarriage of justice.

A three-man panel of justices of the Court of Appeal in their judgment delivered on September 30, agreed with Jimi Lawal, set aside the judgment of the FHC and ordered that the suit be heard on its merit.

The PDP, not satisfied with the Court of Appeal’s decision, approached the Supreme Court praying that the judgment of the Federal High Court be upheld to the effect that the conduct of the primary election is its domestic affair.

But Justice Saulawa disagreed with PDP, holding that by virtue of Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 84 of the electoral act 2022, the Federal High Court has the power to hear the case of Jimi Lawal.

The apex court proceeded with an order to the Chief Judge of the FHC to reassign the case to another judge for retrial on its merit.

INEC Chairman, NSA, Others Hold Emergency Meeting Over Attacks On Ogun, Osun Offices

A collage of INEC offices attacked in Ogun and Osun states on Thursday, November 10, 2022

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, held an emergency meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

The emergency meeting was summoned by INEC over recent attacks on the INEC offices in Ogun and Osun states in the early hours of Thursday.

The inter-agency committee includes the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.); the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba; Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Yakubu confirmed that cases of arson at the INEC offices in Ogun and Osun which he said led to the loss of 904 election boxes and 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). According to him, the Commission will reproduce the affected PVCs from their data.

While expressing strong concerns over political attacks, he urged the committee to take decisive action to nip such occurrences in the bud.

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52 cases of Violence

A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno
A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno

 

In his remarks, Monguno said he was aware that in the last month, at least 52 cases of violence across 22 states of the federation had been reported, a situation which he described as a bad omen that must be dealt with decisively.

The NSA also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had given a directive that the 2023 general elections be conducted without any rancour. According to him, the President is pleased with the conduct of the off-season governorship elections held in Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun states, and anticipates a similar outcome in the 2023 elections.

Monguno added that the security agencies had received clear directives to “deal decisively” with any group or individual who wants to foment trouble. He cautioned such groups, irrespective of their political leaning, to beware of the security agencies which, according to him, are on high alert.

The IGP confirmed that some arrests have already been made, investigations are ongoing, and hopes that justice is swiftly dispensed so that it could serve as deterrent for others.

Two Killed As Youths Clash In Ogun

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

 

Two persons have died in Iperu-Remo, the hometown of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, following a boundary dispute.

Channels Television gathered that the lingering boundary is dispute between Ogere, a neighbouring community, and Abiodun’s hometown in Ikenne Local Government Area.

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Though violence broke out on Thursday when youths from Iperu and Ogere towns engaged themselves in a fight, the police authorities confirmed the incident on Sunday.

Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident was caused by a cult clash which later resulted in a boundary dispute between the two neighbouring towns.

“The lingering boundary dispute was between Ogere, a neighbouring community with Iperu in Ikenne local government as the two towns clashed leaving two persons dead,” he said.

The police spokesman said that the situation has been put under control, while investigations to the remote and immediate causes of the incident are still being investigated

But while this is ongoing, said that no arrest has been made so far.

The disputed land was being occupied by the northerners selling herds, pepper, yam and many other farm produce belonging to them.

It was gathered that angry youths from the two sides were laying claims to the fact that being the owners of the disputed land, they should therefore be the ones collecting the revenue from those trading in the market.

The source who is also a resident of Ogere said: “The youths collecting the revenues for the government from this market are majorly from Ogere but the Iperu youth had also for a long time been agitating to take over the job on the basis that that part of the market is Iperu land and are therefore in the best position to see to the collection of the revenue from the market.

“This is not a matter that just started yesterday, it has been a lingering boundary dispute issue because the Iperu is always claiming that that land belongs to them and so they must be the one to collect the revenue from that end.”

 

 

Ogun Police Warn Against Covering Number Plates With Stickers

A file photo of a police van.

 

The Ogun State Police Command has warned politicians in the state against covering their vehicle number plates with political stickers.

A statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, and made available to Channels Television, said this is inconsistent with the best practices globally.

It noted that the habit of covering their vehicles’ number plates with stickers of their various political parties is making it difficult for security agents to identify the registration number of such vehicles.

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“Every vehicle needs to be identified with its number plate, and for anybody to cover such number plates means that the person is having a criminal intention.

“The Command is hereby using this medium to warn those involved in this practice to desist from it henceforth as standing order has been given to area commanders and DPOs to clamp down on such violators.

“There is nowhere in the road traffic act, where the sticker of a political party or any other sticker is allowed to be used in place of number plates. Therefore, anybody caught in such act will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“To be warned is to be armed,” the statement read in part.

Three Dead In Ogun Auto Crash

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

 

Three persons have died in an Ogun State road accident, authorities said on Sunday.

The accident, according to the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) occurred on Sunday morning in the Obada area of Abeokuta, along the Abeokuta/OTA expressway.

FSRC Route Commander Public Education Officer, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident in a statement issued to Channels Television.

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“The fatal crash occurred at about 7:15 hrs this morning after Obada police station, a total of five persons was involved. Two persons sustained injury and unfortunately, three persons were killed,” the statement read.

The Ogun FSRC spokesperson blamed the crash on a route violation, adding that a truck collided with a Nissan car.

She stated that the injured victims have been taken to the General Hospital, Abeokuta for medical attention while the bodies of the dead passengers have been deposited in the hospital morgue.

On his part, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Ahmed Umar,  commiserated with the families of the crash victims.

The Ogun FRSC boss advised motorists to avoid route violation completely; stressing that safety is everybody’s business, especially in this season of high vehicular movement.

According to Umar, motorists should drive cautiously and obey traffic rules and regulations.

Police Give N56m To 16 Widows, Children Of Slain Police Officers

File photo of policemen on duty.

 

The Ogun State Police Command has given the families of 16 slain officers N56 million as financial support.

The Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, presented the cheques to the beneficiaries on Tuesday at the Command’s Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state capital.

Some of the beneficiaries, including 16 widows and children of the slain officers, wept profusely while being presented with the cheques.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Bankole said the financial support was to alleviate the hardships facing the families of the fallen heroes.

According to him, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, was concerned about the welfare of the families left behind, adding that he will ensure that the benefits are paid to the next of kin of the fallen heroes.

“What we are doing today is in tandem with the IGP order, to alleviate the hardship that has come upon the families of those fallen heroes who have lost their lives at the cost of duty.

“The IGP has deemed it necessary to ensure that benefits are paid to the next of kin of these fallen heroes. And it is in that line that today, we are presenting cheques totalling N55,510,093 to the beneficiaries of these late officers,” he stated.

Bankole further said police authority will support officers involved in accidents in the cause of their duty.

One of the beneficiaries, Adekunle Mariam, commended the police authority for the support, adding that it will ease the financial difficulties of the families.

“For me, receiving this gesture from IGP and the entire Nigeria Police, I will say I feel good. It is like a blessing to me and my siblings.

“My mum was like a breadwinner of the family. With this, I know we will survive. I will make sure we put it to good use, so whenever we remember our mum we know that she was a good warrior,” she said.

Three Arrested Over Kidnap Attempt On Former Boss In Ogun

The suspects were arrested for attempted kidnappers in Ogun State.

 

Three men have been arrested for attempting to kidnap their former employer in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, identified the suspects as Peter Nse, Chukwuma Nwobodo, and Michael Umanah.

He said they were arrested following a complaint lodged at Igbeba divisional headquarters by one Ifenuga Olayinka, that he received a text message on his phone from someone who described himself as a “Killer Vagabond of Africa”.

“In the said message, the author directed the complainant to pay the sum of N5 million into a bank account he sent to him or risk being kidnapped within the shortest possible time,” the statement read.

Following the report, the Divisional Police Officer of Igbeba division, Musiliu Doga, dispatched his detectives to unravel those behind the message.

On how the suspects were nabbed, a police spokesman said detectives embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which led them to Anambra State where two of the suspects – Peter Nse and Chukwuma Nwobodo – were arrested.

Their arrest led the detectives to Ago Iwoye where the third suspect Michael Umanah was apprehended.

“It was when they were brought before the complainant that he identified them as his former employees whom he laid off not quite long ago for certain misconduct.

“On interrogation, they all confessed to the commission of the crime and claimed to have made the attempt just because they were not happy as the complainant terminated their appointment,” the police spokesman added.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

Three Brothers, Another Arrested For Robbery In Ogun

The suspected robbers were arrested in Ogun State. Credit: Ogun Police.

 

Three brothers have been arrested for robbery in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, identifying the suspects as Hammed Jagbojagbo, Idris Jagbojagbo, Tobi Jagbojagbo and Tosin Ogundeko.

The fourth person however is their friend. It was gathered that their arrest followed a report lodged by Ijebu Ode residents that some gunmen robbed a lottery agent of N90,000 in the Odi Olowo area of the town.

According to the police spokesman, the robbery suspects also snatched a Bajaj motorcycle but a police patrol team chased after them and arrested Ogundeko.

He stated that the suspects confessed further that they were all based in Epe but chose Ijebu-Ode as their area of operation.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO Igbeba division, CSP Musiliu Doga, quickly led his patrol team to the scene, gave the robbers a hot chase and succeeded in arresting one of them by the name Tosin Ogundeko from whom the Bajaj motorcycle was recovered,” the statement read.

“The arrested Tosin Ogundeko subsequently led detectives to their hideout in Epe, Lagos State, where the remaining three were apprehended; while one of them, simply identified as Tosin, a.k.a socket, escaped.”

Items recovered from the suspected robbers include one cut-to-size locally-made gun and one Bajaj motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

The police commissioner also directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing member of the gang.

Two Suspected ‘Yahoo Boys’ Allegedly Kill Man For Ritual In Ogun

The suspected Yahoo boys were arrested in Ogun State for alleged murder.

 

Two suspected Internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys have allegedly killed a 40-year-old man, Abdullahi Azeez, in the Owode-Egba area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement said the suspects were arrested at their hideout at Owode-Egba, three months after they allegedly committed the crime.

It was gathered that the victim was cut into pieces by the suspects, for ritual purposes in the South-Western state.

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Oyeyemi identified the suspects as 21-year-old Friday Abinya Odeh and 20-year-old Poso Idowu, adding that they were apprehended following a report lodged at Owode Egba divisional headquarters.

The victim’s relatives, the police spokesman noted, had on June 9, complained that their loved one left his home in the Kobape area on June 8 and did not return since then.

“Upon the report, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, directed the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the investigation and unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man,” the statement read.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the SP Taiwo Opadiran-led team subsequently embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the hideout of Friday Abinya Odeh on September 22, 2022, where the SIM card of the victim was recovered.

“His arrest led to the apprehension of his accomplice, Poso Idowu. On interrogation, the suspects confessed that they kidnapped the victim on June 8, 2022, at the Kobape area around 7.30 pm, from where they forcefully took him to the bush, killed him and dismembered him.

“They confessed further that it was one herbalist, identified simply as Arab Money, who they claimed to have contacted on Facebook that prescribed the ritual for them.”

According to the police spokesman, all efforts to recover the remains of the victim proved abortive, as the suspects claimed to have disposed of it.

He stated that the State Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspects be charged in court at the conclusion of the investigation.