Student Arrested For Attempted Murder Of Policeman In Ogun

The suspect, 400 level student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye has been arrested for attempting to kill a policeman in Ogun State.


A 400-level student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, has been arrested for attempting to kill a policeman in Ogun State.

The spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Thursday in Abeokuta, saying that the victim was on duty along the Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road on June 1.

The suspect, Oyeyemi said, “was seen driving a fully artificial tinted Toyota Camry car with registration number LND 929 GX loaded with some house properties towards Ibadan Oyo state and was flagged down for checking since the occupants are not visible from outside”.

“Instead of the driver to stop, he accelerated and intentionally knocked down one Inspector Idowu Moses attached to PMF 71 Awa Ijebu, consequent upon which the said inspector sustained a serious bodily injury and passed out momentarily,” the statement added.

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Having knocked down the policeman, the police spokesman said the suspect continue his journey toward Ibadan Road believing that the victim was dead.

He explained that the seriously injured officer was rescued by his colleagues.

“He was taken to the hospital for treatment while others started tracing the suspect towards Ibadan Road. He was eventually arrested at a village close to Ibadan and brought down to Ijebu Ode Area Command,” Oyeyemi stated.

In his reaction to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered that the suspect be charged to court as soon as possible.

The commissioner also warned that he will not tolerate any attack on police operatives on duty, admonishing members of the public to desist from such criminal acts.

Amosun Holds Meeting With OOU Governing Body

The Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun has met with the governing council of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye Ogun state to chart a course for improving the tertiary institutions in the state.

The governor commended the members for their diligence in carrying out their duties.

He also promised a higher subvention to aid the funding of the institution.


Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime Suspects

Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime SuspectsThe policemen attached to Itele Ota division in Ogun state, have carried out raids of criminal hideouts and black spots in Ayetoro area of Itele where 17 crime suspects were arrested.

Recovered from them were bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp, assorted charms, eight motorcycles, one generator, nine mobile phones and 123,000 Naira cash.

The Ogun State Police Command also arrested a man identified as Onyebuchi Chika suspected to be the brain behind many cases of burglary and stealing in Awa Ijebu and its environs.

The suspect, who was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, was said to have been terrorizing residents of the area for some time.

He was said to have been arrested when a distress call was made to the Divisional Police Officer in Awa ijebu by the victim of his criminal act and the DPO led his anti-robbery team to the scene, combed the area thoroughly and subsequently arrested the suspect.

Items allegedly recovered from him include a sowing machine, two mattresses, cooking gas and some burglary instruments.

According to the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect has confessed to being a serial burglar and that the students of Olabisi Onanbanjo University residing in the community are always his target.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the two cases to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.

University Students Protest Death Of Colleagues

 Onabisi Onabanjo University Students ProtestStudents of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, have held a protest at the scene of the fatal road accident which claimed the lives of 11 students of the institution.

The students, dressed in black attires, also held prayers for the repose of their former colleagues killed last week in a ghastly motor accident at the Ilisan area of Ogun State, along the Benin/Ore express road.

Backed by security operatives, they drove down to the scene of the accident in five buses of the institution.

The students were held in unison as they mourned the departed. Christian and Muslim prayers were offered for the repose of their dead colleagues.OOU-Students-accident

While demanding justice for the lives lost, the President of the Student Union, Adegbesan Adenola, handed down a seven-day ultimatum to the government to bring the ‘killer-driver’ to justice, just as they demanded immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the accident and the alleged culpability of security agencies around the area.

After all, the students proceeded to the private company whose truck was believed to have wrecked the havoc, forced the gate opened and vandalised some of the company’s property, including vehicles..

Olabisi Onabanjo University Reopens

OOUThe Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State, has ordered the immediate reopening of the university.

Lectures are to start on Monday, September, 29, 2014 to continue the suspended 2013/2014 academic session.

The university was closed by the management to forestall breakdown of public peace as a result of students’ negative reaction to the announcements by the State Government reducing the university fees.

According to a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs Division, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Niyi Oduwole, in 2008, the Students’ Union Government signed an agreement with the then State Government to increase fees by 20 percent annually.

However, in response to recent students’ demand for a downward review by 40 percent of the current fees, the State Government reduced the fees by about 40 percent and, in some cases, down to 60 percent as well as abolished the dichotomy between indigenes and non-indigenes.

This new arrangement was to start in the 2014/2015 session since there was no budgetary provision for the short fall in the current year’s financial appropriation.

However, students demanded lower fees and its immediate implementation.”

He stated further that this reopening “follows an agreement between the university management and the Students’ Union Government accepting the new fees and the commencement date of 2014/2015 session.

All returning students are expected to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour while an investigating panel shall be set up to look at the immediate and remote causes of the disturbances and suggest ways of preventing such in the future.”

While noting that the panel may also recommend appropriate sanctions for anyone that might have violated his matriculation oath, the school management advised all returning students to check the university website for details of fees payment guidelines for the session.

Govt’s Failed Promise of 50% Tuition Fees Reduction Caused OOU Protests – Students’ Union

oou leaderThe President of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Students’ Union, Ifade Olusegun, has explained that the protest by the students was in reaction to the State Government’s failure to keep to their promise of 50% reduction of school fees as promised in 2011.

This is in line with the recent protest by the students over the 10% reduction of tuition fees announced by the State Government.

He said that the current fees being paid by OOU students ranged from N134,000 to N305,000, making the school the highest paid government school, asides the private universities in the country.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Mr Olusegun explained that the tuition fees increment was done before the current administration and in 2011, during electioneering, Governor Amosun promised a 50% reduction but he later did a 10% reduction, leaving the students to pay the remaining 40%.

The Students’ Union President stated that due to the high fees, about 2,000 students, in 2013, took a leave of absence to go and work in order to afford the fees, with some of them unable to return.

He noted that before the increment of fees, the students were paying between N40,000 and N70,000, adding that the Students’ Union had written series of letters to the government for a review of the high fees but to no avail.

The Union, according to him, then declared a two-day protest with a briefing on August 6, after which he was invited with his team to meet with the government.

He further noted that after three meetings with the government, a 10% reduction was announced without an agreement.

“If the government had the intention of a 10% reduction then they should not have invited us to the table of negotiation before going to the media,” the Union President said, maintaining that their demand was for the remaining 40% reduction to be implemented for the 2014/2015 academic session.

The Union President also said that OOU was not the only school in Ogun State asking for a reduction of fees from the State Government, but that they, in addition to this, had the peculiar issue of being the only school still in the 2013/2014 academic session.

However, the Commissioner for Education in Ogun State, Segun Odubela, who joined the conversation via telephone, insisted that the Olabisi Onabanjo University students were the only ones protesting in the state.

He also argued that it was not the only school still running the 2013/2014 academic session, contrary to what the Student Union leader had earlier claimed.

The Commissioner maintained his earlier stance during a previous interview on Channels Television that the Students’ Union leader and 9 other leaders were part of the meeting where the 10% reduction was decided.

He, however, added that the reduction, as announced by the State Government, would take effect in the 2014/2015 academic session.

OOU Protest: Students Not Satisfied With Reduction – Commissioner

ogun commissionerThe Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Segun Odubela, says that the violent protest by students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) was due to the recent reduction of school fees which would take effect for the 2014/2015 session.

He noted that the protest started after the reduction of the school fees and not before the reduction by the government, adding that the Student Union was present at the briefing.

Speaking via the telephone on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Commissioner explained that the school fees had been increased by the past government of the state, and when the new governor got into power, he assured the students that there was going to be a reduction.

According to him, the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led government fulfilled this promise and reduced the school fees by 10% and later “reduced by almost 50%”, a decision the student felt was not good enough.

He stated that there was a percentage reduction across board and added that “this deduction is going to cost the government over two billion naira.”

The Commissioner also mentioned that there were some universities in the state that still pay between 8,000 to 12,000 naira as tuition fees. He added that Ogun State has the higher number of institutions compared to Lagos State and the reduction, as approved by the State Government, was fair enough.

Ogun Government Shuts Olabisi Onabanjo University To Maintain Peace

oouThe Ogun state government has ordered the immediate and indefinite closure of the state owned university,  Olabisi Onabanjo university ,Ago Iwoye to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The government also advised all parents whose wards are students of the university to immediately call them to order as the government will not tolerate any act that will disturb the peace being enjoyed by the people of the state.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the decision to close the university was taken in the overall interest of peace and order as the students of the university have continued to issue threats while rejecting all entreaties and concessions made by the government on their various demands concerning the recently announced reduction of school fees.

It will be recalled that the government had on August 12 after extensive deliberations involving the leadership of the student unions in the 10 state-owned tertiary institutions, heads of the institutions and government representatives, announced reductions in school fees by as high as 61 percent.

The student leaders were allegedly within the week sending text messages round, urging their colleagues ‘to get ready for action’ as they are ready to unleash violence on the state capital.

In view of this the state government said it has no option than to order the immediate closure of all the campuses of Olabisi Onabanjo University to protect the students and other residents of the state and their property urging all parents to impress on their wards the need to maintain peace in the interest of all.

Meanwhile the State Police Commissioner,  Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has directed all area commanders and divisional police officers as well as heads of departments to be on ground and make sure adequate security is provided within the state as any students’ gathering or protest or procession after the closure of the University,for the same purpose,will be an unlawful gathering or act which is capable of causing chaos if not checkmated by the police and other law enforcement agencies in the state.

The Commissioner of Police therefore warns the concerned students of the affected institution to leave the school premises as directed by the government and do away with any act that will be unlawful and security-threatening.

In the new policy the government also abolished the indigene/non-indigene dichotomy in the school fees regime and announced the 2014-2015 academic session as commencement period for the policy which the students of the Oabisi Onabanjo,Ago Iwoye rejected during a two day protest held in Abeokuta,the state capital.

Olabisi Onabanjo University Stage Protest In Abeokuta

Olabisi Onabanjo University A protest by students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, has paralysed activities in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. 

The protest which began on a peaceful note later got violent after the police fired tear gas to disperse the students.

The students vandalised vehicles and other public property, forcing civil servants, who were on their way to work, to return home as the protesting students occupied the Presidential Boulevard leading to their offices and the governor’s office.

The students, who started their protest as early as 6.30am, caused traffic jam on major roads like Oke Ilewo, Kuto and Ibara among others.

An armoured personnel carrier had been stationed at Kuto Roundabout to prevent the students from moving to the governor’s office.

The Olabisi Onabanjo University students have demanded a further reduction of their school fees, after the governor announced a reduction earlier in the week. They also want the reduction to commence from the current academic session and not the next as proposed by the State government.

The protesters had on Thursday had a brief clash with rival students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic who came to declare support for the governor

Amosun Orders Payment of Salary Arrears To OOU Lecturers

Amosun_ogunOgun State Governor, Mr Ibikunlle Amosun has ordered the management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, to effect the immediate payment of the outstanding one month salary arrears owed lecturers of the institution.

Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, in a statement issued in Abeokuta, also said the governor has promised that all other outstanding arrears would be paid without delay.

He stated that the Amosun-led administration inherited a backlog of arrears from the immediate past administration, adding however that it had prioritised payment of wages, cleared the backlog and restored normalcy to wages administration.

Adeoluwa stated that “inspite of significant life-changing infrastructural development initiatives going on across the state, the 32-month old government does not owe workers’ salaries and noted that the state is one of the very first to show commitment to paying the new minimum wage in 2011.”

The SSG added that since its assumption, the Government had committed N1 billion to clear part of the accrued allowances, saying there was also an agreement with all the unions to commit a further N500 million towards the payment of related allowances.

“In the 32 months of our administration, we not only had cleared between nine and 11 months of wages arrears left by the last government, the staffers of Olabisi Onabanjo University, and workers everywhere in Ogun State got their salaries. In OOU, some of the backlog of unpaid allowances (as distinct from monthly salary) that is now touted as the reason for the Monday protest action dated back to six to seven years.

“Since we came on board, government had committed N1 billion to clear part of the accrued allowances. In addition, there is agreement with all the unions to commit a further N500 million this financial year towards the payment of related allowances”, Adeoluwa said.

He blamed the current development on the dwindling Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue of the state, pointing out that borrowing to pay salaries would be counter-productive to the development of the state.

“The current hiccups began in the middle of 2013 as direct fallout of the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) cash crisis. This is a public knowledge and our esteemed comrades in the ivory tower, OOU, understand the issues well. In spite of the dwindling resources, both from FAAC and IGR receipts, our administration has maintained a disciplined stand against casual borrowings to pay salaries. We believe that borrowing to pay wages to engender temporary industrial and labour peace in the short term will hurt the long term interests of the state”,  the SSG explained.

He thanked the lecturers and the entire workforce in the state for their support for the administration and urged them to remain calm and further collaborate with it to rebuild the state.

Ogun Education: OOU Lecturers Protest Irregular Payment Of Salaries

OOU2Members of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities, ASUU, of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ogun State, have embarked on a work to rule over alleged irregularities in the  payment of salaries.

The lecturers, during a peaceful demonstration at the premises of the university in Ago Iwoye, alleged poor funding of the state owned university named after the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions, they were unanimous in their decision to effect a work to rule over the irregular payment of salary, heavy taxation and other factors affecting quality of teaching and learning in the institution.

The situation, however, was acknowledged by the school authorities, as the Vice Chancellor, Professor Saburi Adesanya, sued for peace and understanding, saying that the plights of the agitating  lecturers were being addressed.

Addressing the lecturers, Professor Adesanya, appealed  for understanding, saying that the university was undergoing a critical situation.