Amotekun Recovers Rifles, Ammunitions Military Camouflage In Oyo

A file photo of Amotukn corps during an operation recently.

 

As the year gradually winds to a halt, the Oyo State Government on Tuesday said it is mindful of the possibility of a spike in criminal activities and has taken measures to safeguard the lives and property of residents.

As part of efforts to stem the spate of kidnapping, the Oyo State chapter of the Southwest Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, say they have recovered four AK rifles, military camouflages, and about sixty rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, alleged to have been abandoned by kidnappers operating in an undisclosed forest in the state.

Other items recovered were wraps of Cannabis, raincoats and two Nigerian Army caps, and one beret.

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Briefing journalists at the state headquarters of the corps at Moniya area of Ibadan, the Amotekun Commandant, Colonel Olayinka Olayanju, explained that the men of the command had been combing the forests in some parts of the state, following the recent abductions of passengers along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.

He said the efforts of his men paid off recently when the items were discovered in one of the forests, following a tip-off that some gunmen were cited in one of the undisclosed forests.

Olayanju added that a joint operation with the corps and the deployment of surveillance cameras for the operation in the past two weeks led to the latest discovery.

He noted that the press briefing became necessary to shed light on speculations making the rounds about the recent activities of the Amotekun in the state.

The Amotekun boss assured that officials of the security network were still combing the forests with a view to nabbing the fleeing criminal elements.

Malpractice: Oyo Govt To Sanction Principals Of Delisted Schools, Parents

Governor Makinde is calling for calm in the wake of the attacks.

 

The Oyo State Government has said it will sanction principals and parents of recently delisted schools by the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) for examination malpractices in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem said this on Monday in Ibadan.

Abiodun said the state government would sanction both the Principals and parents found wanting because of its zero tolerance for examination malpractice.

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He also warned principals to desist from encouraging examination malpractice which was becoming endemic in both the private and public schools in the state.

“It should be noted that the Oyo State Government has zero tolerance for examination malpractices, therefore, Principals and Teachers of both Private and Public Schools and parents were earlier warned to desist from any act of collaboration on examination malpractices as sanctions would be meted to concerned staff and parents,” he assured.

Abiodun disclosed that only the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has the authority to release a list of schools that were identified to be involved in examination malpractices and de-recognise such schools accordingly.

He further disclosed that derecognized schools will not be permitted to present candidates for WAEC for a period of two years, saying “however, this does not debar students of such schools from sitting for the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC), as they are mobilised to the nearest school to write the WAEC; only the identified school is derecognized as a WAEC Centre”.

“It should be noted that the Government of Oyo State will waste no time to investigate any such occurrence, while the necessary punishments as enumerated above will be meted to anyone found guilty,” he added.

The Commissioner, however, advised heads of both public and private institutions in the state to desist from any act that could ridicule their schools and portray the image of the state in baa d light.

He, therefore, enjoined the general public to note that no student in the State would be prevented from writing the WAEC in the 2022/2023 Academic Session and subsequent years.

We Must Practise Politics Without Bitterness – Seyi Makinde

File photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday called on political actors in the country to practice politics void of bitterness and rancour.

He made the call in Osun State during the flag-off of the reconstruction and selective expansion of the 91 kilometers Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan-Iwo Road Interchange.

The project, which is to be completed in 18 months, is as collaboration between Makinde and his Osun counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola. It was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns.

He maintained that the two governors have been able to lead a revolution and collaboration that put the people of the two states first, and relegated politics and partisanship to the background while delivering dividends of good governance to the people.

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“We must practise politics of justice and fairness without bitterness and rancour,” the Oyo Governor was quoted in a statement by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa.

“The revolution we are leading in Oyo State is a revolution of thought. Again, we are saying, governance must always trump politics. When we make decisions, we must always put the interests of our people first.

“Of course, you already know that my brother, the Governor of Osun State is from the All Progressives Congress (APC), while I belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Despite this difference, we have accomplished things that people from the same party were unable to do. This is the revolution we are talking about.”

In his remark, Oyetola commended Makinde for rising above political differences and considerations to collaborate with the Osun State government to ensure that the laudable project comes to fruition and to further entrench regional integration.

He maintained that the project is a dream come true, as it is part of his government’s effort “to provide quality roads on an equitable basis and entrench sustainable economic development.”

Oyetola said, “I salute the political sagacity and astuteness of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who rose above all political differences and considerations to collaborate with us to not only ensure that this laudable project comes to fruition, but to further entrench regional integration.

“When the project was initially conceptualised, our plan was to fix the Osogbo-Iwo section that belongs to Osun. We, however, on second thought observed that the Oyo State section too was in very bad shape and capable of defeating the objective of our road Reconstruction/Rehabilitation effort.

“Consequently, we reached out to Governor Makinde and, without hesitation; he embarked on this invaluable voyage with us.”

Oyo Govt Deploys Military, Others To Rescue Abducted Farmers

Governor Makinde is calling for calm in the wake of the attacks.

 

The Oyo State Government has deployed a security team to Ipapo/Iseyin axis in the Oyo North Senatorial District to rescue some farmers.

Gunmen had stormed the farm settlement on Saturday, whisking away four farmers in the Ipapo/Iseyin axis.

A day after the incident, the state government appealed to the people of Ipapo to be calm, pledging efforts in addressing the issue.

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In a statement, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Adeniyi Adebisi said a security team comprising police and the military has been dispatched to support the existing security architecture in the area.

He stated that though the ugly incident happened outside the State Farm Settlement (Ipapo/Iseyin), the Oyo State Government prioritises the protection of the life and properties of every resident of the State, farmers inclusive.

“The government pledges to take every step to safely return those abducted to their loved ones,” the statement read.

“The military team is expected to join the operation that is planned to not only rescue the victims but also ensure that appropriate actions are taken against the perpetrators,” the statement by the Commissioner for Information read.

“It is in pursuant of this that all security agencies in the State including the Nigerian Army have been mobilized to the area and are in hot pursuit of the criminals.”

He assured Oyo residents that the state government is collaborating with security agencies to rescue the abductees within the shortest possible time and prevent the re-occurrence of the sad event.

At Least 20 Killed In Bus Collision in Oyo

The scene of the accident. Photo: Facebook/Dagilogba Muhammed Opeyemi

 

At least 20 passengers were burnt to death when a bus collided with another vehicle and caught fire in Oyo state, police and an official said Saturday.

The accident at Lanlate in the Ibarapa area of the state on Friday was described as “…a fatal accident. We counted over 20 human bodies burnt completely,” Gbenga Obalowo, the chairman of Ibarapa said.

“They had a head-on collision and the two vehicles… which were both conveying passengers caught fire and got burnt beyond repair,” he said.

He said two people “with severe burns” survived the crash and they had been taken to the hospital.

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A senior police officer in the state confirmed the crash, saying that “20 people lost their lives in the accident,” without giving details. Obalowo blamed the accident on speeding and reckless driving.

In July, 30 people were burnt to death when three vehicles collided on a highway in Kaduna state.

Last year, Nigeria recorded 10,637 road accidents which claimed 5,101 lives and injured more than 30,000 people, according to figures by the road safety commission.

Five Injured As Three-Storey Building Collapses In Oyo

 

A three-storey building has collapsed in the Bodija area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The National Emergency Management Agency confirmed to Channels Television that five persons were injured in the incident.

NEMA also said no fatality was recorded at the collapse but the wounded persons have been hospitalised.

Last week, a seven-storey building caved in, killing at least five persons with fears that more bodies will be recovered from the site.

Channels Television had reported how the building situated at Oba Idowu, Oniru Street collapsed on Sunday in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.

Although the immediate cause of the collapse is still sketchy, emergency workers and security operatives have already moved to the site to rescue the trapped victims.

The situation forced the Lagos State Government to order the arrest of the developer and other building professionals working on the collapsed seven-storey building in the Victoria Island area of the state.

Lagos and Oyo have experienced a series of building collapses, despite efforts by the state government to curb the menace.

The most tragic recent one happened last November when a high-rise building crumbled in the Ikoyi area of the state, killing at least 44 people and injuring many others.

Similarly, eight bodies were recovered after a three-storey building collapsed in Ebute-Metta in May.

Also in May, another building in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos State collapsed.

August also recorded another building collapse leading to the death of two children in the Bariga area of the state.

Police Intercept Truck Carrying 147 Passengers From Zamfara In Oyo

The passengers were intercepted by police operatives in Oyo State.

 

The police in Oyo State have intercepted a truck carrying 147 passengers from Kaura Namuda, Zamfara State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adewale Osifeso, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the truck was intercepted along Iyana Bodija – Iso Pako, Ibadan.

He said the passengers consist of 140 males between 12-30 years, four adult females and three female children.

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Upon investigation, a police spokesman said the truck with registration number BWR 143XD, driven by one Abdulahi Aliu was heading for Ogere, Ogun State.

“In furtherance to the above, today Tuesday, 02/08/2022 at about 1500hrs, a Blue Iveco Truck with Reg No. BWR 143XD, driven by one Abdulahi Aliu ‘m’ age 30yrs and conveying about One hundred and 147 passengers comprising; 140 male passengers between 12-30 years, four adult female passengers and three female Children were intercepted along Iyana Bodija – Iso Pako, Ibadan by members of the public,” the statement read.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the truck and its passengers who are predominantly farmers and traders were heading to Ogere, Ogun State from Kaura Namuda, Zamfara State.”

According to the police PRO, the truck was thoroughly searched and its passengers profiled by a combined team of the Police, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Amotekun corps to eliminate possibilities of ferrying escapees from any recorded jailbreaks within the country.

He stated that the search revealed that the truck was conveying eight motorcycles and bags of beans and onions to be dropped off with their owners at Bodija Market.

The truck and its passengers were thereafter escorted out of Oyo State and have since been handed over and received by security operatives in Ogun State.

The police spokesman commended Oyo residents for their unwavering cooperation in providing credible and timely information, warning against spreading falsehood and unverified information capable of creating unnecessary panic amongst residents.

He equally said members of the public can easily contact the Oyo State Police Command through these emergency control room numbers: 615, 07055495413 and 08081768614.

Subsequently, the NPF Rescue Me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and iPhone users respectively.

Oyo Assembly Approves Bayo Lawal As Deputy Governor After Impeaching Olaniyan

A file photo of Mr Bayo Lawal.

 

The Oyo State House of Assembly has approved the nomination of Bayo Lawal as the state’s Deputy Governor.

Lawmakers in the state gave the approval on Monday afternoon after impeaching Rauf Olaniyan as the state’s Deputy Governor.

Olaniyan was impeached by the lawmakers over allegations of misconduct.

The decision to impeach him was reached after the lawmakers presented and considered the recommendation of the seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge, Munta Abimbola to investigate him over allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

The impeachment according to the assembly takes immediate effect.

According to the report of the committee presented during Monday’s plenary by the Majority leader of the house, Hon Sanjo Adedoyin, the seven-man panel found the Deputy Governor guilty of all the allegations leveled against him.

All the 23 PDP lawmakers at the plenary voted in support of the recommendations of the panel.

The investigative panel was set up last week to investigate at least five allegations contained in a petition against Olaniyan.

Olaniyan had been elected into office in 2019 with Governor Seyi Makinde under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party but had a falling out with the governor over time.

This year, the differences between both men and their working relationship deteriorated and became virtually irreconcilable when the Deputy Governor dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress.

Oyo Deputy Governor, Olaniyan Impeached

Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan.

 

The Oyo State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan.

Olaniyan was impeached by the lawmakers over allegations of misconduct on Monday.

The decision was reached after the lawmakers presented and considered the recommendation of the seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge, Munta Abimbola to investigate the Deputy Governor over allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

The impeachment according to the assembly takes immediate effect.

According to the report of the committee presented during Monday’s plenary by the Majority leader of the house, Hon Sanjo Adedoyin, the seven-man panel found the Deputy Governor guilty of all the allegations leveled against him.

All the 23 PDP lawmakers at the plenary voted in support of the recommendations of the panel.

The investigative panel was set up last week to investigate at least five allegations contained in a petition against Olaniyan.

Olaniyan had been elected into office in 2019 with Governor Seyi Makinde under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party but had a falling out with the governor over time.

This year, the differences between both men and their working relationship deteriorated and became virtually irreconcilable when the Deputy Governor dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress.

Gunmen Abduct Anglican Bishop, Wife, Driver In Oyo

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Gunmen have abducted an Anglican Bishop, Reverend Oluwaseun Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State his wife, and driver.

The victims were abducted on Sunday along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso  Expressway in Oyo State.

The Police Public Relations of the command, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident in a statement.

He explained that one Reverend Adekunle Adeluwa reported the incident at Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters.

According to Osifeso, preliminary investigations revealed that the victims’ vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwara.

He added that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command has been directed to take over the operation that would lead to the rescue of the victims.

“All the tactical teams of the Command Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Ambush Squad, Puff Adder, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), and Conventional Police personnel along with local hunters and vigilantes are all involved in the rescue operations,” the command’s spokesman said.

“Meanwhile, a discreet investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) is simultaneously been vigorously embarked upon to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt.

“While enjoining members of the public to report any suspicion to the nearest Police Division or formation, credible and timely information, the General Public are assured of their safety as they go about their lawful activities.”

2023: Oyo Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan Dumps PDP For APC

Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The deputy governor announced his defection on Sunday while briefing journalists in his office in Ojoo, Ibadan, the state capital, following rumours for several weeks of exiting the party. Sources had blamed Olaniyan’s decision on a frosty relationship with his boss, Governor Seyi Makinde.

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Although both Governor Makinde and Olaniyan have denied having any rancour in the past, the latest move has confirmed that all was not well with the two leaders.

Olaniyan said his followers and party leaders have been asking him to move out of the PDP for a while and he can no longer hold them so he has decided to join APC

Just last week, reports emerged that Makinde planned to drop Olaniyan as his running mate for next year’s governorship election, but no official statement had been issued to that effect.

The duo were jointly elected in 2019 on the platform of PDP.

End Oyo APC Crisis Or Lose 2023 Election, Tinubu Tells Delegates

A file photo of APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu.

 

Mr Bola Tinubu has asked delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State to end the lingering crisis or lose the 2023 general elections to the opposition.

The APC chieftain issued the warning on Thursday while addressing delegates in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, four days to the commencement of the ruling party’s national convention where he is one of the frontline presidential aspirants.

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Tinubu and his supporters, who were in Pacesetter State to woo APC delegates ahead of the party’s presidential primary election, said he was aware that there are some aggrieved members of the party.

“I want to tell you this; those of you having bickering amongst you must all come together and ensure it all ends. Let the crisis end immediately or you all lose the election,” he said.

“Let it all end. I shall return to Oyo State because there’s no time for extensive discussion today. The crisis between the two factions must be sorted out.”

The ex-Lagos governor also urged the APC and one of its gubernatorial candidates, Teslim Folarin to make peace and beg the aggrieved members before the general elections in 2023.

He added, “Do you want governor? You should all speak up one more time. We have heard and accepted your choice, may God answer our prayers.

“I came here to advertise myself and the candidates; Folarin’s election is still ahead so I shall return to raise his hand.

“However before I return, Folarin must work seriously to mend the entire broken fence. He must seek out elders to help him implore those who contested the ticket with him so all factions could be brought together as one family.

“The party is divided into two; he must work to unite all aggrieved. We shall support him if he could be humble, pray and beg all concerned.”

Those present at the gathering were the governors of Lagos and Kano states, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Abdullahi Ganduje respectively; former governor of Borno State, Senator Kasim Setthima; and Senator Tokunbo Abiru, Bosun Oladele, Rotimi Makinde, Senator Rilwan Soji Akanbi, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, Hon. Bosun Oladele, and Wasiu Eshinlokun.

Others were APC gubernatorial candidates in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, Akeem Adeyemi, Akin Alabi, former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, Dokun Odebunmi, Senator Fatai Buhari, Idris Adeoye, APC Chairman in the state, Isaac Omodewu, Dapo Adesina, Sunday Adepoju and Ibrahim Olaifa.