Though the police are yet to confirm whether any ransom was paid for his release, the Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Abiodun Olarewaju confirmed that the lecturer was on the way to the campus in the company of security agencies, to be reunited with his family.
The Osun State Police Command has uncovered what it described as “a strange camp” in Iwo town where people are allegedly dehumanised under the guise of receiving treatment for mental illness.
Giving details of the operation, the State Commissioner of Police, Ola Fimihan Adeoye, revealed that 26 people have been evacuated from the camp while two bodies were retrieved at the camp and one passed out on the way to the government hospital, Asubiaro in Osogbo, the state capital.
The team, led by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Folasade Odoro, was said to have uncovered the home following intelligence reports gathered.
One Kamardeen Akanmu, who is now in custody of the police, claimed ownership of the camp.
Giving his statement, he claimed it was a spiritual healing centre for people who were mentally challenged.
He also added that he buried some of the victims who had died, within the premises, with the consent of their relatives.
The CP, has however said proper investigation is being conducted to get to the root of the matter.
Meanwhile, the three bodies have been deposited at the state hospital mortuary in Osogbo, while those alive have been taken to the rehabilitation centre in Ilobu town for proper treatment.
At least 29 police officers from the Osun State Police Command are presently on trial at the provost for various offences contradicting the Police Code and Conduct.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police Mr Femi Oyeleye, gave the figure while briefing reporters on Wednesday in his office in Osogbo, the capital of Osun state in south-west Nigeria.
Mr Oyeleye said that the officers’ offences range from extortion to dereliction of duty and inadequate supervision from superior offices amongst others.
The police boss further assured Nigerians that in line with the vision of the Inspector General of Police to ensure discipline in the police force, any officer who engaged in illegality or misconduct would no longer be spared from facing the consequence according to the law guiding the police force.
On the alarm raised by the traditional monarch of Osogbo, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, on planned abduction of the votary maid “Arugba Osun”, the Commissioner of Police assured the state’s residents that security had been beefed up to forestall kidnapping.
“We have received intelligence report that some people are planning to kidnap the Arugba Osun.
“The monarch of the town also said this. So we have increased surveillance around the Arugba to prevent this. We have reinforced security around the Arugba and even the ‘Igba’ so that the festival can go on without any hitch.
“We are also assuring worshippers and all visitors of adequate security. The crime rate in Osun State is one of the lowest in the country and we will do everything to sustain this,” he said.
Niger State Police Commissioner, Mr Abubakar Marafa, says since his arrival in the last two months, there has been no single case of cattle rustling in any part of the state, while cases of kidnapping have reduced to the barest minimum.
Mr Marafa made the assertion during an interview with Channels Television at the state’s Police Command headquarters in Minna, the Niger State capital in north-central Nigeria.
He said he had warned Cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed robbers and other sundry criminals to leave Niger State, vowing that he was prepared to take the battle to their hideouts across the forest areas of the state.
“We have not recorded any Cattle rustling case, they might have been scared with my warning and left the state. Also on the issue of kidnappers, it has reduced to the barest minimum for the past 30 days now and we have only recorded one case of kidnapping. In the process the victim was rescued without paying ransom while the three suspects were arrested”, the Police boss said.
Mr Marafa further noted that the command once had some little problems with regards to the issue of Cattle rustling between Suleja and Lapai axis of the state shortly after his arrival as the Police Commissioner in the State, emphasising that the problem had since been nipped in the bud.
“We were able to arrest another gang of cattle rustlers with three Cows inside their truck which led to a huge success of another recovery of 80 more Cattle and the arrests of three other Cattle rustlers on that axis,” he said, pointing out that it was within the period under review.
He attributed the numerous achievements of the Niger State Police Command in the past two months under his watch to supports and cooperation of his management team at the command, coupled with the motivation of his officers and men within the available resources.
The crisis got heated up when a faction of the union and its workers reported for work against the order of the erstwhile Chairman of the TUC, Comrade Francis Adetunji.
Channels TV’s correspondent reported that they arrived at the Police headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital as early as 8am on Wednesday, noting that they were still there as at the time of this report.
The police officer who spoke off camera said two suspects had been apprehended in connection with the mayhem and confirmed that the confiscated camera had been found but damaged.
For effective and efficient community policing, there must be mutual understanding between the police and the People, a police official said on Friday.
The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Mr Abubakar Marafa at a stakeholders meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, told stakeholders that the cooperation of residents in the state would help the police deliver better service.
Mr Marafa was addressing a gathering of representatives of Various groups, ranging from Civil society organisations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, medical practitioners, Road transport Workers, Men of the Penat, at the hall at the Osun State Police Command.
The meeting afforded the police an opportunity to rub minds with major stakeholders in the State on issues bothering on security and measures that should be put in place to strengthen the long relationship between the police and the people, as it sought to foster peace.
Mr Marafa, who was Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, believed that a good police-people relationship would go a long way in combating crime in the society.
He urged the public not to hoard useful information that could help the force in their duties, assuring them that shared information would be treated with full confidentiality.
Different police commands across Nigeria have held such meetings in different states in the last few months, as the nation prepares for a general elections.
It is aimed at ensuring that the general elections are held in a peaceful environment and forestalling violence before, during and after the elections.
An anti-bomb squad of the Nigeria Police Force has defused a bomb planted in a bank in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The bomb, believed to be an improvised Explosive Device (IED) and wrapped in a black polythene bag, was dropped in one of the new generation banks along Station Road in Osogbo.
Although Channels Television was not able to speak to any eye witness, the spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Folasade Odoro, said the police were alerted at about 10.30am, local time, by the bank authorities on the suspicious package.
Odoro said that the anti-Bomb Squad of the command swiftly moved to the scene and defused the item, which according to her, had a GSM phone tied to it.
The police command said that investigations into the foiled bomb attack had started and urged people to go about their normal duties.
Activities returned to normal after several security personnel were deployed around the bank to assure safety.
Osun State Police Command have nabbed a ritual suspect in Mosarajo village along Ifewara road, Ile-Ife in Osun State believed to have been defrauding people and using his shrine for illicit acts.
Parading the suspect in Osogbo, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Dorothy Gimba, said the suspect was apprehended after a tip-off from a member of the vigilante group whose wife and child got missing around the area.
The suspect, Muntairu Aliu initially lied that the shrine was being used as a location for a Nollywood film as clothes, school uniforms, bags and shoes of possible female and male victims littered the place.
Fake cemeteries, effigies, dungeons, a coffin which is believed to have housed a snake and fake dollars were also discovered at the shrine which is suspected to be where Aburagbaja had been using for almost a year to dupe unsuspecting victims, in the name of helping them get rich quick through money ritual.
In the meantime, the police say investigation is ongoing as Muntairu Aliu, also known as, Abu Ragbaja, has agreed to lead them to other culprits who are in the same profession with him. They say Aburagbaja might be charged for obtaining by trick and defrauding the public.