Former Minister of Finance, Jubril Martins-Kuye on Sunday died at his Ago Iwoye residence in Ogun State.
Martins-Kuye, a former Nigerian senator who also served twice as a federal minister, passed away at the age of 79 after a brief sickness.
Until his death, he was a politician of high repute, who represented Ogun East senatorial district of Ogun State under the Social Democratic Party in the third republic.
He was also a governorship candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party in 1999 but lost to Olusegun Osoba of the Alliance for Democracy party (AD).
The former minister was born on the 16th of August 1942, in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu Igbo local government of Ogun East senatorial district of the state.
He was appointed a Minister of State for Finance in June 1999 during the first term of former President Olusegun Obasanjo serving until 2003 and later on appointed a Minister of Commerce and Industry on April 6, 2010, under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Lekan Mustapha, described his death as a great loss to the state and Nigeria in general.
“We have lost a patriotic Nigerian who during his lifetime contributed immensely to the stability of our nation. This is a huge loss to us all. His wealth of experience will be greatly missed,” he said.
The lawmaker prayed that the Almighty God would eternal repose to the elder statesman’s soul and fortitude to the family and the nation at large to bear this irreparable loss.
The Ogun State Police Command has recovered the money, hard drugs and other items after raiding a notorious drug cartel in the state.
While speaking to journalists during the parade of the items in Abeokuta on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun said the operation was carried out in the early hours of Tuesday.
Items recovered from the scene included ₦2.2 million cash, millions of naira worth of illicit drugs comprising 110 parcels of weeds, 50 packs of codeine, two packs of emzolyn.
“The Ogun State Police Command Tactical Teams in the early hours of Tuesday, January 12, stormed a notorious hideout of an illicit drug cartel known as Mayas in Lafenwa are of Abeokuta,” he said.
“This is a sequel to a careful analysis of available information which revealed that the area was being patronised by criminals including armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists and internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo boys.”
He noted that this followed intelligence gathering on the activities of the miscreants in the popular Lafenwa market in the state capital.
The police boss explained that the hard drugs have been a catalyst for crimes in the state, adding that an investigation has begun to unravel those behind the seized illicit drugs.
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a former guard, Mela Samaila, for allegedly stealing the offering box of the Grace Nations Church, aka Liberation City.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect who worked for the church as a security official, broke into the auditorium.
According to the police spokesman, Samaila, reportedly stole the offering box containing an undisclosed amount of money in the church located at Ojodu Abiodun in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The suspect was said to be arrested following a distress call received by the police at the Ojodu Abiodun Divisional Headquarters from security men on duty at the church.
To Oyeyemi, the suspect broke into the church around 4am on Thursday, noting that the guards told the police that a thief scaled the fence of the church, broke into the main auditorium and made away with the church’s offering box.
“Upon the distress call, the DPO Ojodu Abiodun division, CSP Eyitayo Akinluwade, quickly mobilised his patrol team to the scene, combed the area and succeeded in arresting the suspect with the help of the security men of the church and the offering box was recovered from him,” he said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was once a security man in the church, but was relieved of his duty due to some untoward behaviour.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has directed that the suspect be charged to court.
The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested a prisoner, Frank Ogbe, who allegedly escaped from the White House Prison Yard in Edo State during the #EndSARS protest.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspected prisoner was arrested prisoner following a tip-off.
According to the police spokesman, policemen at Agbado Divisional Headquarters received information that a middle-aged man was seen around Angulis area of Agbado, adding that his look and conduct was suspicious.
“Upon the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Agbado division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga, detailed his detectives to the area where the man was apprehended,” Oyeyemi said.
“He was properly interrogated and confessed to the detectives that he was an inmate of white house prison in Edo State and that he was set free by hoodlums who attacked the prison yard during the #EndSARS protest.”
The police PPRO said the suspect confessed that he relocated to the Agbado area in order to avoid being re-arrested.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further profiling.
Six persons have been confirmed dead while nine others sustained various degrees of injuries on Tuesday in an accident involving a truck and a Toyota bus around car park C on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He explained that the accident occurred around 11:53 am and was caused by the driver of the truck with registration number FZE 376 DI who drove recklessly, lost control, and hit the bus marked ZUR 843 XA from the rear.
According to Umar, 20 people were involved in the accident which comprised 16 male adults, three female adults, and one male child.
The sector commander explained that five male adults and one female adult were killed in the accident while seven male, one female, and one male child sustained injuries.
He said that the driver of the truck tried to escape but was later apprehended and taken to Motor Traffic Division Redeemed Police Division, Mowe.
The injured victims, he stated, were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) and a private hospital in Sagamu while the corpses of the deceased were taken away by their family for burial in line with the Islamic rites.
The family of Melojuekun Barakat, a teenager allegedly sexually harassed by the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, has withdrawn the allegation.
The father of 16-year-old Barakat, Monsuru Melojuejun has expressed his desire to discontinue with the case against the commissioner.
In a viral video on social media, the victim’s father said he is not interested in pressing further the matter further, begging Nigerians and international community and the media to support him by laying the matter to rest.
“I am the biological father to Melojuekun Barakat, who was in the news recently about a sexual harassment between her and the current Commissioner for Environment in Ogun State in person of Hon Abiodun Abudu-Balogun,” he said.
“I want to thank the media for their doggedness and aggressive support to make sure justice prevail. I am using this opportunity to also thank the international community, well-meaning Nigerians and all Ogun State indigenes that showed their love and encouragement to this matter.”
He attributed the reason to “few misconceptions and misunderstanding” along the line in the alleged case of sexual harassment proffered against the commissioner.
“Sincerely I discovered that there were some misconceptions and misunderstanding along the line between my daughter and the Hon Commissioner. Having discovered this, I deemed it fit to come to the public and inform Nigerians and international community that this matter should be allowed to lay to rest.
“As a father to Melojuekun Barakat, I am using this opportunity as well to appeal to all Nigerians and international community and the media too that I don’t have interest in this matter again.
“I am withdrawing my case and want them as well to support me the same way they did in the beginning of this matter,” he concluded.
He said that since the alleged crime is against the state, the issue of settling amicably is out of the way, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department for discrete investigation
His reaction is coming on the heels of an alleged call for an amicable resolution by the father of the 16-year-old girl, Melojuekun Monsuru, making the rounds on social media network.
According to the police spokesman, the suspect, Abudu-Balogun had been invited by the police and had made statement at the Ogbere Area Command office, Waterside Local Government Area of the state
“The state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the case to be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department for Investigation, this has commenced,” he said.
He also reiterated the commitment of the state police command to ensure that justice is served adequately.
The police in Ogun State have arrested three brothers killing a security guard.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects beat up a So-Safe corps officer who was on guard duty at OGD Estate Asero to death on Christmas eve.
According to the police spokesman, the suspects are: Okiki Mulero, Micheal Mulero and Joseph Mulero.
It was gathered that trouble started when one of the suspects, Okiki who is a commercial cyclist was denied entrance into the estate for carrying more than one passenger contrary to the rule of the estate.
“This infuriated him, and he called his two brothers, Micheal and Joseph Mulero who came to the scene and they jointly attacked the two security guards with planks,” the statement partly read.
“In the process, one of the security men by the name Segun Godfrey Barde was hit with a plank and he slumped.”
He said the security guard was subsequently rushed to a private hospital where he gave up the ghost on Friday while receiving treatment.
The police spokesman explained that the case was reported at Obantoko Divisional Headquarters by the Community Development Association of the estate, consequent upon which the Divisional Police Officer, Sunday Opebiyi, asked his detectives to go after the suspects and they were subsequently apprehended one after the other.
Oyeyemi noted that the suspects “have all confessed to the commission of the crime.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfers of the case to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
This is just as the corpse of the victim has been deposited in the mortuary for post-mortem examination.
The Ogun State Government has introduced a mobile advert permit in accordance with the provision of the state advertising and signage law of 2008.
This is towards stepping up the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The General Manager of the Agency, Fola Onifade said it became imperative in view of huge resources being lost by the state and the need to gear up revenue generation drive in the new year.
While promising strict enforcement of the new charges, he however promised that machinery has been put in place to ensure all leakages are blocked while the principles of transparency, accountability, and due diligence are not compromised in order to give value to the teeming population of residents of the state.
The Ogun State government has suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.
Mr Abudu-Balogun was suspended from office over an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old girl identified as Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.
In a statement issued on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, announced the suspension of the commissioner pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation.
He explained that the state government decided to suspend Abudu-Balogun to enable him to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the police.
“Whilst taking cognisance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Honourable Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Dapo Abiodun administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved,” the statement read.
Talabi assured the residents that the state government would do everything necessary to ensure that justice was served in the case.
He disclosed that the suspended commissioner has been directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Environment.
Barakat, a secondary school student in her final year, had accused the suspended commissioner of attempting to rape her.
She said she met the commissioner on Tuesday last week, but the incident occurred on New Year’s Eve.
The victim said she was waiting for a motorcycle to convey her to the office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to register for the National Identification Number (NIN).
While waiting at a park in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, the commissioner who was said to be driving stopped the car and offered her a lift, but she declined.
Barakat alleged that she had been receiving calls from an unknown person who claimed to be the commissioner’s aide and two days later, she was reportedly taken to Abudu-Balogun’s residence by her uncle.
Although she stated that her uncle might be unaware of the commissioner’s intention as he took her to his house to operate a computer, she claimed she was lured to his bedroom.
The victim said she was left alone and allowed to go after she shouted at the top of her voice, and later narrated her ordeal to her parents who reported the case at the police station.
The Area Commander of Police in Abigi is said to be handling the case and the police have promised to make the outcome of police public.
The Ogun State Police Command has paraded about 45 suspected criminals including a 35-year-old mother of two arrested for human trafficking.
Parading the suspects which include rapists, armed robbery suspects, cultists among others, the state commissioner of police, Edward Ajogun said 113 armed robbery, 227 suspected cultists, 24 suspected kidnappers were arrested in the last six months while 1,139 suspects are undergoing prosecution
Seeking more collaboration and synergy with other security agencies and residents, the commissioner, however, promised tougher times for criminals in the state
The arrest of the 35-year-old mother of two, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, followed a report by one Oluwaseun Aduratola and one Sakirat Fasasi both residents of Siun town in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state who reported at Owode Egba police station that the suspect abducted their teenage daughters.
“The suspect who is a notorious human trafficker is about taking the two girls to Libya where they will be forced into prostitution,” he said on Thursday.
He said that On the strength of the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba division, Mathew Ediae, quickly swung into action with his detectives and through intelligence-driven investigation; they succeeded in arresting the suspect.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed been a human trafficker and that she has been into the business for a long time.
“She confessed further that her husband is based in Italy while she stays in Nigeria recruiting young girls and send them to her husband in Italy, enroute Libya where they will be used as prostitutes,” the police spokesman explained.
According to Oyeyemi, the two girls she recently abducted had been taken to Kaduna State from where they will be transported to Libya.
But stating her own side of the story, the suspect, Comfort Innocent, denied any wrongdoing, saying that she was only trying to help the two victims
“I did not engage in human trafficking. I was only trying to help because those two girls always coming for financial assistance that is why I introduced them to one of my friends who told me that she needed girls for her hairdressing job,” she said.
“That was what she told me, I did not know that she has another motive. I am a petty trader; I have a shop in Owode where I sell provisions.”
She, however, appealed to the police authority in the state to allow her to see her nine-month-old boy whom she saw last when she was arrested for the alleged crime.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
The police boss also appealed to parents to always be mindful of their children well-being, especially the female ones in order to save them from those he regarded as wolves in human skins.
Police authorities in Ogun State have apprehended a 35-year-old suspected human trafficking kingpin, Comfort Innocent over the abduction and trafficking of two under-aged girls.
The police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi told Channels Television that the arrest of the suspect followed a report by one Oluwaseun Aduratola and one Sakirat Fasasi both residents of Siun town in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state who reported that the suspect abducted their daughters namely Blessing Aduratola 15 and Hasisat Fasasi 16.
They further explained that the suspect who is a notorious human trafficker is about taking the two girls to Libya where they will be forced into prostitution.
The police spokesperson added that following this, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba division Mathew Ediae swung into action with his detectives, and through intelligence-driven investigation, they succeeded in arresting the suspect.
He said that on interrogation, the suspect confessed been a human trafficker and that she has been into the business for a long time.
“She confessed further that her husband is based in Italy while she stays in Nigeria recruiting young girls and sending them to her husband in Italy en route Libya where they will be used as prostitutes.
“Concerning the two girls she recently abducted, she confessed that the two of them had been taken to Kaduna State from where they will be transported to Libya,” the police spokesperson explained.
The two victims according to him have been rescued from Kaduna State by the police.