Oyo Governor Assents Death Penalty For Kidnapping

Oyo-Kidnapping-Abiola AjimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has signed the new Kidnapping (Prohibition) Bill 2016 into law.

Validating the bill at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Senator Ajimobi commended the lawmakers for the accelerated passage, saying that it would help in curbing crime and criminal activities in the state.

He vowed to enforce the law to the latter, warning kidnappers to steer clear of Oyo State in their own interest.

A former Attorney General of the State, Barrister Adebayo Ojo, expressed satisfaction with the law, saying it was a welcome development.

On his part also, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, promised that the new law would be implemented to the letter.

The bill had earlier been passed into law by the Oyo State House of Assembly, following the submission of report by the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary and Justice, Honourable Olukayode Akande.

The Speaker of the House, Honourable Michael Adeyemo, and the Permanent Secretary/Clerk of the House, Mr Paul Bankole, had earlier signed the bill before the governor’s assent.

Content Of The Law

As contained in the law, a convicted offender would be liable to life imprisonment if the victim is released or rescued unhurt upon the payment of a ransom while the kidnapper would be compelled to pay back the ransom.kidnapped clergies

Similar punishment awaits any person who procures, engages or gives information culminating in the kidnapping of a victim, as the law considered the offence to carry the same weight of kidnapping.

The law also stipulates imprisonment for any person who kidnaps or threatens to kill, maim or cause bodily harm in order to compel another person, corporate body or organisation to do or abstain from doing any act as a condition for the release of the victim.

Twenty years imprisonment awaits anyone who makes an attempt to kidnap while anybody who aids or abets kidnapping is liable to imprisonment for 15 years upon conviction.

Besides, the law also stipulates 15 years imprisonment or any non-custodian punishment that might be determined by the court for any person who puts himself forward to be kidnapped for the purpose of extorting ransom from his employer or any person.

According to the law, any property owner, who knowingly or willingly surrenders his building over which he has control, to be used for the purpose of keeping, is liable to 15 years imprisonment while such property would be forfeited to the government.

Any person who willingly allows his or her electronics, equipment, instrument, mechanical or movable item to be used for the purpose of kidnapping, aiding kidnapping has also committed an offence and would be committed to prison for 10 years if convicted.

Similarly, any property, monies and other valuables owned or realised by anybody convicted of the offence of kidnapping shall be forfeited to the government for public use.

According to the law, any person who kidnaps another person by any other means of instilling fear or tricks, with intent to demand ransom or compel another to do anything against his will has committed an office.

It also declared as an offence, kidnapping in such manner as to prevent the victim from disclosing to any other person, the place where he is being kept or prevent anybody from having access to him with or without payment of a ransom for his release.

Police Nab Kidnap Suspect, Fake Lawyer In Oyo

Oyo PoliceThe Oyo State Police Command has appealed to members of the public to always monitor their wards and safeguard them from evil perpetrators.

The appeal was made by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, while parading a suspect who kidnapped his sister’s three-year-old child for a ransom of 200,000 Naira.

Mr Oyebade urged the state residents to be absolutely sure to take safety measures to avoid the abuse of their children as much as possible.

He added that prompt information led to the rescue of the baby alive, urging residents of the state to continue to trust the Police with more of such information.

The Commissioner wondered what could have happened to the rescued child if the Police had not been informed early enough.

He said that the onslaught against crime would be intensified, expressing confidence of better results as the community policing strategy has proven effective.

In his response, the 26-year-old kidnap suspect claimed that his friend, who was at large, masterminded the abduction. He confessed that he had kept the child for two days before he was arrested.

The Police also nabbed a 62-year-old man who said he once studied Law but tried fruitlessly three times to get admitted to the Nigerian Law School.

According to him, he determined to practice anyway and had appeared in court defending people on many occasions before luck ran out on him.

Oyo Govt., Police And Bankers Partner On Security

Ajimobi-Oyo StateThe Oyo State Government says it plans to partner with Police and bankers to ensure the safety of financial institutions.

The State Government says that despite the paucity of funds, it remains committed to the maintenance of peace and security in the state.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum aimed at securing the operational premises of banks and other financial institutions in the state on Tuesday, the Governor’s aide, Mr Segun Bolarinwa, reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that financial institutions and major business areas are well secured against attacks.

The convener of the meeting, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, noted that the meeting was necessary in the face of recent threats to banks in some states in the south west.

The meeting, according to him, would provide templates for further engagements towards achieving better security in affected areas. He added that proactive measures must be consented to by all stakeholders involved.

The bankers’ forum also asked for an increase in the deployment of armored personnel carriers to banks and also sued for quicker response time to distress calls.

Oyo State Police Command Parades Suspects

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has paraded a fake Colonel who it says has fraudulently collected 40 million Naira as part payment for an oil deal from unsuspecting investors.

Also paraded was a fake lawyer who has duped many of their valuables by also disguising as a prophet.

Others include armed robbery syndicates, vandals and a group of kidnappers and rapists.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, said he and his men were leaving nothing to chance as the year winds down and have increased efforts to rid the state of criminals.

Tribunal Upholds Ajimobi’s Election As Governor Of Oyo State

Tribunal Set To Decide Ajimobi Fate TodayThe Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria, has upheld the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the April 11 polls.

The judgment was delivered on Tuesday by the Justice Mohammed Aliyu Mayaki-led election Petition Tribunal, amidst tight security around the premises of the sitting.

The petition was filed by the Accord Party governorship flag bearer, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.

Justice Mayaki in his ruling submitted that the petitioner failed to link the evidences before the Tribunal to specific portions of the petition.

He declared that the petitioner lacked the ability to prove evidence before the Tribunal.

According to him, all the witnesses invited by the petitioner presented contradictory evidence before the Tribunal.

Meanwhile, various forms if celebrations have started across the state but the security agents are still on ground in strategic places to avoid any breakdown of law and order.

Security had been beefed up in areas surrounding the premises of the Iyaganku Magistrate Court in Ibadan, the state capital, where the proceedings would take place.

Security officials led by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, cordoned off all access roads to the court, while traffic control efforts were doubled due to the diversions.

Shops around the courts were also closed down, while everyone entering the court premises including lawyers were thoroughly searched.

Police Arrest Six Suspected Fraudsters In Oyo

Police Arrest Six Suspected Fraudsters In OyoThe Oyo State Police Command has arrested six suspected fraudsters who duped a number of people the sum of 800 Million Naira.

With the establishment of the new Police Anti-Kidnapping Squad in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria, the latest conquest was the discovery of a one stop centre for all manners of crime.

Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, told reporters on Saturday that his specially trained squads would continue to ravage the underworld to rid Oyo State of criminals.

He also vowed that the onslaught against criminals and men of the underworld in Oyo State would not relent in anyway.

The police made the arrest at a trado-medical clinic at Bopa area of Oleyo in Oluyole Local Government Area.

At the said clinic, unsuspecting patients were lured into the frightening world of the syndicate of six con artistes led by a former Fuji Artist popularly known as Fuji Santana in his musical days.

Fuji Santana, whose real name is Akeem Olayode, lures terminally ill people from various sources to their dreadful shrine in the dense forest.

He promises them healing and longevity in exchange for huge sums of money ranging from 15 – 50 million Naira.

The suspected fraudster was not ashamed of his achievement from his career of over six years which include three state of the art cars and two poultry farms worth about 15 million and 100 million Naira respectively.

The people of the nearby villages expressed joy at the breakthrough, revealing that they had been living in perpetual fear and that the village heads had been of no help.

The arrest was the 4th of its kind in two Local Government Areas of Oyo State since February, in rare breakthrough recorded as a result of the Oyo State Police Command’s commitment to ending the activities of criminals in the state.