Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have intercepted live cartridges concealed in bags of cassava flour, popularly known as garri.
The items loaded in three Mazda saloon cars were seized by officers on patrol along the Igbora axis of Oyo State.
On sighting the officers, the drivers were said to have fled into the bush, leaving their vehicles behind.
The Public Relations Officer of the FOU, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the incident on Monday.
He revealed that the items impounded included 751 pieces of AAA, 70mm live Lion Cartridges, sacks of cassava flour, and sacks of parboiled rice.
Duniya explained that the vehicles, including their content, have been deposited at the unit’s headquarters for further investigation.
Reacting to the seizure, the Acting Customs Comptroller in charge of the FOU, Hussein Ejibunu, called on all patriotic citizens to provide useful and timely information that would help in combating smuggling.
He described smuggling as the mother of all crimes and sought the collaboration of the people to tackle the menace to the barest minimum.
“It is an act of sabotage that should not be allowed to fester for a long time, most especially with the security challenges in the country,” said Ejibunu.
“Information is key and germane towards the fight against this cankerworm called smuggling.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its ward congress without any major hitch on Saturday as scheduled across the 33 local government areas of Oyo State.
Governor Seyi Makinde monitored the exercise at his constituency in Ward 11, Ibadan North-East Local Government Area (LGA),
He called for unity among members of the party in the state and urged aggrieved members to give room for more dialogue and resolution.
“For the PDP members in Oyo State, I want to ask them to stay unified because we can do quite a lot in unity; and for some who are angry or aggrieved, let them bring their issues to the table, we will address them.
“Politics is about conflict and resolution of conflict within the interaction of people,” the governor stated.
Judging from the turnout recorded during the exercise, he said that he was happy that the people of Oyo were excited about the ruling party in the state.
He called on members of the PDP to stay united, stressing that the time has come for the aggrieved members to bring their grievances to the table for an amicable resolution.
The PDP leadership had appointed the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, as the Chairman of the Ward Congress Committee in Oyo.
Shaibu stated that the committee did not notice any parallel congress in the state, adding that the process was peaceful.
He gave an assurance that the party would settle all internal issues among its members amicably.
The Oyo State government has uncovered the Delta variant of the COVID-19 in the State.
The State Incident Manager and coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, who confirmed the development, said that the general public is notified of the need to take extra caution.
The patient is currently in isolation.
A statement issued on Sunday night by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, warned the residents against letting down the guards to dangerous consequences.
“This strain has been associated with high transmission, increase severity of infection and outcomes.
“As such, this is to warn that the virus is still very much within the society,” the statement read in part.
The state government also advised all inbound travellers to always isolate for seven days and submit themselves for tests.
“The ‘Own Your Action’ (OYA) initiative of the State Government should be seriously considered by adhering to the guidelines of wearing nose and mouth masks in public gatherings, washing of hands with soap and water and use of hand sanitisers, among others.
“The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force hereby appeals to the good people of Oyo State to comply with these and other advisories as they apply to individuals and organisations.
“It would be appreciated if all in-bound travellers from overseas maintain the mandatory seven-day isolation and subsequent testing before mingling with the populace.”
Residents are also enjoined to seek medical care and avail the opportunity of free testing whenever they see any symptom.
The discovery of the Delta Variant in Oyo State is coming a few days after Nigeria’s capital city, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), recorded the first case of the variant.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) described the variant as deadlier and “most transmissible.”
The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 50 suspected internet fraudsters.
The suspects were arrested at Alaro Sango, Agbaje Ijokoro, and Apete Aladura areas of Ibadan, Oyo State following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
According to a statement signed by the head of media and publicity, EFCC Ibadan zonal office, Wilson Uwujaren, 34 of the suspects already indicted by the investigation include:
Badmus Abeeb, Ibrahim Ahmed, Adeyemo Babatunde, Abdulrashid Ajagbe, Olajide Okiki Peter, Hassan Yusuf Atanda, Yusuf Olasupo Salaudeen, Bello Ahmed Bamidele, Adewale Damilola Tosin, Kolawole Yusuf Olawale, Nicholas Ferdinand, Keshiro Olanrewaju, Falana Victor Dapo, Abogunrin Emmanuel, Bosun Tomiwa Tunde, Shelter Chibundo, Banjoko Idris, and Adebayo Akorede.
Others are: Awoyinka Afeez Ayodeji, Afonja Olarenwaju, Akingbade Taofeek, Ezekiel Adekunle, Ganiyu Sodiq, Abioye Abiodun, Ogunbayo Daniel, John Timileyin, Ominiyi Daniel, Adeniyi Idris Sodiq, Joseph James, Adeyemi Segun Oluwaseun, Adeleke Rasheed, Saliu Tomiwa Rasheed, Itoro Edet Ime and Oseni Nasirudeen.
Some items used in perpetrating the crime were also recovered from them.
The law enforcement agency says the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday swore in 32 newly elected local government chairmen in the state, with a charge for them to replicate people-oriented policies at the grassroots level.
“To the newly elected and sworn-in Local Government Chairmen, let me state that you have the opportunity to deliver good governance to the people of Oyo State,” the governor was quoted as saying via a statement issued by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa.
“We cannot over-emphasize the importance of governance at the grassroots. The people of Oyo State must feel your presence by way of development and good governance. Just as they are holding me accountable, they will also hold you accountable. I will, therefore, advise that you replicate the good governance initiatives at the state level at the grassroots level.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had won all the 32 Chairmanship seats in the local government election held on Saturday.
The oath of office was administered to the chairmen by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Munta Abimbola, at an event attended by top government and party functionaries.
Makinde said that he is confident that the election in the remaining local government, Ido Local Government, where the election was rescheduled because of the missing Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) logo on the ballot, will be won by the PDP
He maintained that the election held on Saturday was free and fair and that it was in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that the people of the state have elected their representatives.
The governor added, “You are the real winners in this process, as you can rightly say that you have elected your representatives. The process was free and fair and in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As you may know, the Constitution only allows for the election of officials into the 33 local government areas of the state. Also, the Constitution provides that all registered political parties who field candidates can stand to be elected. And so, having allowed all parties to field candidates, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has conducted these elections and have declared all 32 candidates here winners in their respective local government areas.
“On this note, I now pronounce the 32 Local Government Chairmen inaugurated to the glory of God and for the benefit of the good people of Oyo State.”
The PDP in Oyo state has swept at least 30 local government areas as the counting of votes continues at the head office of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) in Ibadan.
Results from Ibarapa East are pending as some unresolved issues are delaying the decision. There were reports of violent disruptions during the election at Ibarapa East yesterday and that could be part of the reason for the delay.
The Chairman of OYSIEC, Isiaq Olagunju in his address told journalists that the Ido Local Government election earlier rescheduled for Sunday would have to be postponed again to May 29.
The Supreme Court has declared the dissolution of local government administrations in Oyo and Katsina States and their replacement with caretaker committees as illegal.
In the judgment delivered on Friday by Justice Adamu Jauro, the apex court in a unanimous decision condemned the Oyo and Katsina state governments for the unlawful dissolution of the state duly elected local government Council officials.
The court in the suit filed by Abubakar Ibrahim Yantaba and others vs Governor of Katsina State, in its judgment, allowed the appeal and set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
The court ruled that the dissolution of duly elected PDP local government council officials by Governor Aminu Masari on allegation of financial misappropriation of councils funds is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The Court further gave consequential orders directing that the unlawfully dissolved elected PDP Council officials be paid all their entitlements from the date of their illegal dissolution to the date they were supposed to vacate office.
The Court also awarded costs to the Appellants and insisted that it should be complied with within a time frame.
Governor Masari had on assumption of office in July 2015 unlawfully dissolved Katsina State duly elected PDP Council officials on the allegation of misappropriation of Local Governments’ funds.
Operatives of the Oyo State Security Network Agency comprising of Amotekun Corps in collaboration with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) have arrested six suspected bandits at Kajola Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects were arrested during a joint patrol routine on April 29, 2021, along two separate routes within the LGA, they also mounted two illegal roadblocks in separate incidents.
In a statement by the Commandant of the Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (Rtd), the suspects tried to escape from the scene but were “given hot pursuit by the operatives as they tried to evade arrest.
“We are still on the trail of others who managed to escape from the scene”.
The suspects namely Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika, and Umar Aliu Masika were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin Road.
Read Full Statement Below:
Bandits Apprehended By Amotekun and other non-state actors.
Operatives of Oyo State Security Network Agency comprising Amotekun Corps collaborating with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) apprehended six (6) bandits at Kajola Local Government of Oyo state while on their joint routine patrol in the early hours of 29th of April, 2021 along 2 separate routes within the LGA.
They were arrested in separate incidents following encounters at 2 illegally mounted Roadblocks.
They tried to escape from the scene but were given hot pursuit by the operatives as they tried to evade arrest. We are still on the trail of others who managed to escape from the scene.
The bandits namely Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika, and Umar Aliu Masika (All 6 arrested were of Bororo Fulani ethnic group) were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin Road at about 4am on Thursday, 29 April 2021.
The bandits whose modus operandi is to pretend as herdsmen in the day and violently robbed innocent passengers on the highways at night were caught with 183 cows, weapons, and a total sum of #268, 470.00.
They have been handed over to the Nigeria Police Authority Okeho Divisional HQ alongside the 183 herds, weapons, and money found in their possession for further investigation.
Those with the necessary information that could help law enforcement agencies in their investigation are please enjoined to cooperate n report to the nearest police authority for proper investigation.
Signed. Col.Olayinka Olayanju Rtd Commandant Amotekun Oyo State
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has visited the Agodi Gate auto spare parts market in Ibadan which was gutted by fire on Friday.
Several shops and properties were destroyed on April 3 after a fire razed the largest auto parts market in Ibadan and the Araromi market at Agodi Gate.
Traders wailed as the fire which started in the early hours of Saturday raged on for many hours.
But the governor, who inspected the market alongside top government functionaries, expressed shock over the loss of goods worth millions of Naira.
He said he was in the market to assess the extent of damage done by the fire incident, promising that his administration will come to the aid of victims of the inferno by providing palliatives for them.
“We won’t allow you to bear the brunt alone. So, I will ask the leadership to send your representatives. And by tomorrow (Monday), we will sit together and look at the immediate palliative we can do for you,” Makinde said.
“I greet every one of you here this afternoon. I have seen the extent of destruction and I know how important this market is to the economy of Oyo State.
“I was here during the electioneering and interacted with you. I am still trying to process in my head the way forward but I want to let you know that the government will come to your aid.
“The second thing is, I want all of you to go and think about it very well; is it time for us to move this market to a far more organized setting?
“Please, think about it. Do we need to move this market to a better place that will be more comfortable and spacious for everyone to stay in? It is a decision that we need to all take together because I don’t want any reoccurrence of this in the state.
“And the only way for us to ensure that we don’t witness anything like this again is for us to sit down and think of a solution that will endure.”
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a notorious kidnap kingpin who escaped from Oyo State after killing someone.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect, Usman Hassan, whose accomplices had earlier been arrested in Oyo State.
He revealed that the suspect fled after kidnapping a farm owner at Solalu village and subsequently killed him after collecting ransom.
“On getting to Ogun State, he started recruiting other Fulani men to form another kidnap gang in Ogun State, he ran out of luck when detectives of Ogun State Police Command got information about his activity from those Fulanis he had tried to recruit into his kidnap gang,” he said.
To the police spokesman, the suspect was arrested at his hideout in the Imala area in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
He added, “On interrogation, he confessed that he conspired with his biological brother one Tahiru Usman and others to kidnap their victim in Akinyele area of Ibadan and that they decided to kill the man after collecting ransom because the man can identify them.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for onward transfer to Oyo State Command where he will be prosecuted.
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration will do everything possible to prevent any miscarriage of justice.
He stated this on Monday in reaction to the recent arrest of some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and an alleged ethnic warlord, Iskilu Wakili, in the Kajola area of Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.
“Let me also talk about the issue of security, which is also germane. I am aware of what is going on at Kajola in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State,” he said.
Governor Makinde, who spoke in Ibadan, appealed to residents of the state to remain calm and to refrain from ethnic profiling.
He noted that the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Ngozi Onadeko, had already given the assurance that a thorough investigation would be conducted into the security situation.
The governor also urged the people to trust in the government, saying it would continue to work in the interest of the people of the state, with a view to ensuring that there was no miscarriage of justice.
He gave an assurance that his administration would do everything within its power to ensure that only those found wanting or those who have broken the law would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.
Governor Makinde said, “People should not go into overdrive. I have asked the Commissioner of Police to see me today (Monday) and I have been given the assurance that they will do a thorough investigation into the security situation in the area.
“I also want to appeal to our people to be calm and refrain from ethnic profiling. Let us have trust in the ability and capacity of the people saddled with the responsibility of maintaining law and order within our state.”
“It is the government that we have put in place and it will continue to work in the interest of the people of the state,” he added.