51 Suspects On Trial For Kidnapping, Other Offences – Oyo Govt

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Government on Sunday said at least 51 suspects are on trial for their involvement in kidnapping, rape and banditry from the Oke Ogun axis of the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, Mr. Fatai Owoseni disclosed this during an assessment tour of Igangan, Ago Are and Tede communities, calling on residents to stop hostilities and allow peaceful coexistence which the areas have been noted for.

Owoseni and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko jointly appealed to the residents after an on the spot assessment of troubled areas.

The delegation, which also visited Ago Are and Tede communities, which got engulfed in communal clashes over the weekend, held peace parleys at the Ago Are town hall and the palace of the Onitede of Tede, Oba Rauf Oladoyin.

“Truth is 51 suspects have been in detention for various offences that bother on this kidnapping. Arrests were made,” he said.

“Some have been arraigned in court. Some are awaiting trial. For some, investigations are still ongoing, which we made them know.

“Everyone will learn lessons, especially the police officer that was accused of complicity in some of these cases. The CP has given that assurance that every victim will get justice and all the allegations they have made as to the Seriki colluding with criminals, will be looked into.”

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He also debunked insinuations that Governor Makinde has abandoned the people to their fate.

On her part, the police boss appealed for peace between the two communities, promising to host a peace meeting in her office before the end of the week.

“We have come to assess and listen to you over the incident that happened. I want to appeal to every one of us to be calm and ensure there is peace. If there is no peace in the community, there won’t be growth and development,” she said.

“I want to appeal to the youth, we have listened and they have interpreted all your complaints and I want to say you should not spoil your case by using force. We are a new team. Bring out all the cases you have, put them in an orderly manner and we will make sure that justice is done.

“So, I want to enjoin all of you to be peaceful and live with one another in a peaceful manner. If we live in peace in this community, we should be able to identify kidnappers, robbers, and rapists. It does not matter where you come from – whether you are from Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. Actually, we have the good and bad ones. Criminality is not only ascribed to a particular ethnic group, it cuts across all the ethnic groups.”

Speaking also, the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, who is also the Deputy Chairman of Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers, who was in Igangan, Tede and Ago Are, called  for peace, insisting that the state can only develop in an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.

He appealed to the youths to always report their cases to the security agencies, adding that self-help cannot help anyone at the end of the day.

Other monarchs at the Igangan peace parley held at the Igangan Town Hall include the Asigangan of Igangan, a representative of the Eleruwa, the Olu of Igbo Ora, and monarchs from adjoining communities in Ibarapaland.

Oyo Govt Delegation, Police Commissioner Visit Igangan, Call For Peace

File photo of the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko

 

The Oyo State Government and police authorities on Sunday sued for peace in troubled areas of the state, calling all stakeholders to embrace dialogue and desist from the wanton destruction of lives and livelihood.

Governor Seyi Makinde who was represented by a delegation led by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni, appealed to all to find a way to return communal tolerance and understanding to fight off attacks from bandits and kidnappers.

The Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko in her address at Igangan, Tede and Ago Are communities, said the constant fight within neighborhoods which has led to the destruction of public and private property must stop.

“I just want to enjoy every one of you, let us live in peace. I’m sure those from Tede and Ago Are inter-marry. So you are one and the same person, let us live in peace,” she said.

“If there is no peace, there will be no growth, no development. The more you fight, the more you destroy things. The ones you have already gotten, you are wasting them. Then you have to start all over again.

“I am calling on everybody; let us live in peace with one another. We are going to beef security everywhere.”

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The police boss also invited all stakeholders to meet at the command headquarters in Ibadan before the end of the week to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

She assured that security has been beefed up at the two border towns and Igangan to forestall further breach of peace in the areas.

Igangan has been engulfed in crisis for over a week over the killings and kidnappings within the area.

The youth in the community accused the Fulani community of complicity in the acts of kidnapping, banditry and killings of people in the area.

At Tede and Ago Are communities, there have been reports of communal conflicts for days.

Oyo Tension: Culprits Behind Violence In Igangan Will Be Brought To Justice – Police

Buildings burnt during the violence in Igangan, Oyo State

 

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, has called for calm in the state, promising that action will be taken against those behind the recent violence and ethnic tension in the state.

“Investigation into the arson and the breach of the peace, which occurred at Igangan will be investigated to logical conclusion and culprits shall be brought to justice,” read part of a statement issued on behalf of the commissioner by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Fadeyi Olugbenga, on Saturday.

The police boss, who blamed the situation in the state on “the inciting pronouncement of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, A.K.A Sunday Igboho”, warned that security agencies will not watch while some criminal elements take laws into their hands.

The statement, however, did not confirm or deny a report that the Inspector-General of Police had ordered Adeyemo’s arrest.

Adeyemo had issued a quit notice to herders in the state and on Friday held a rally in Igangan to buttress his position.

According to the police the rally is responsible for the violence which resulted in houses and cars being burnt in the town.

“Following the fear of threats to public peace, occasioned by the inciting pronouncement of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, A.K.A Sunday Igboho, the Oyo State Police Command jointly with the Operation Burst had embarked on visibility/confidence building patrol of the areas concerned,” the police said.

“Sadly, the relative peace and calmness, being enjoyed, due to the visibility patrols of the Security Agencies were truncated by the visit of Sunday Igboho to Igangan, at about 16:30hrs [4:30 pm] on 22nd January 2021.

“The visit had culminated in a mob action by some youths in the town, who, armed with different types of weapons, embarked on arson and a breach of peace. In the process, grievous hurt was committed against one of the police officers, while discharging his statutory duties.”

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While investigating the situation and trying to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state, the police appealed for calm.

The CP called on well-meaning and peace-loving elders in the community to caution and advise restive youths to sheath their swords and shun violence in addressing the complex situation at hand.

She also urged the youths to avoid being used as pawns to ignite an ethnic war.

Warning people against taking laws into their hands, the police said that a “substantial number of suspects (of different ethnic backgrounds)” were arrested in connection with virtually all the cases of kidnapping or assassination, which had occurred in the State.

Some have been arraigned in court and are being remanded in correctional facilities, while investigations are still ongoing in some of the cases.

Makinde’s Vow

As tensions escalated on Friday in the Ibarapa axis of the state when Igboho visited Igangan, the Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, vowed that his government will not allow anyone to cause ethnic tension or harass anyone carrying out legitimate business in the state.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says security is the major pillar of his administration.

The Governor, who made the comments when the new police boss in Oyo state, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, paid him a courtesy visit in his office, urged her to ensure the police arrest miscreants causing tension and threatening the peace of the state.

“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” Makinde said.

“For this administration, the major pillar for us is security, because we know that all the good economic plans we have won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.

“So, when people say things that are neither lawful nor within the spirit of Nigeria’s Constitution, it is not acceptable here. And they cannot hide under the guise of protecting Yoruba’s interest to perpetuate chaos in the state.

“I am sure that since you came in, you must have heard about some things happening at Ibarapa axis of the state. I will still say it here that we are not after Hausa-Fulani. We are after criminals.

“We are after hoodlums and bandits irrespective of their tribe, religion, or creed. Those are the people we are after. If you look into the records, when we had the armed robbery incident at Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of the state, some people were killed, some were arrested and we found out that they were from Ebira, from Kogi State. So, we want to go after the criminals – whether they are Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, or whomever they are.”

Amotekun Should Operate Within The Law – Owoseni

The Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor, Fatai Owoseni has asked operatives of the State Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, to operate within the ambit of the law.

Owoseni made this call on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“The Oyo State Security Network, Amotekun started its operations about six weeks ago. Something gets back to it; it’s a creation of the law. They are supposed to operate within the ambit of the law that created them,” he said.

The governor’s aide, who is also a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos, said the creation of the security outfit was set up to handle security issues.

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“You have places where you will receive distress calls that some people are operating. By the time you get there, the hoodlums you want to go and stop will start stoning you.

“It is that bad that in Oyo State, the police, the state security outfit (Operation Burst), jointly with Amotekun will have to retreat. But when those things persist and you still have confrontation from these criminal elements (the hoodlums), in the process things will happen.

“Most of the operations carried out by Amotekun weren’t done alone by that outfit. Some of the operations were carried out together with the conventional security outfit and some of the non-state actors,” he added.

The Special Adviser to Oyo Governor on Security Matters, Fatai Owoseni, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on January 15, 2021.

Owoseni’s remarks come two days after operatives of Amotekun reportedly killed a man in Oyo State identified as Tosin Thomas.

Thomas was killed by an operative named Afolabi Kazeem, on Wednesday evening at Total Filling Station, Mokola, in Ibadan, the state capital.

Oyo Govt Probes Allegation Of High-Handedness Against Amotekun Corps

A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Government says it is probing the alleged high-handedness of some members of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde disclosed this on Friday via Twitter, noting that his administration will not sit back and watch security operatives harass members of the public.

While promising to address the issue, Makinde reiterated his government’s commitment to protecting the lives and properties of the people of the state.

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“Following the recent events in Tapa, Ibarapa North Local Government Area, it becomes imperative that I once again reassure the good people of Oyo State that our administration is doing everything in its power to address security issues in our state,” he said.

“One of the strategies we are using to check insecurity in the state is the recently introduced Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun). I am fully aware of the alleged high-handedness by some members of the corps. We are investigating these issues to address them promptly.”

“The welfare and security of the good people of Oyo State remain our top priority. We will not sit back and watch any harassment or intimidation of members of the public or our security officers.

“Therefore, I urge the good people of Oyo State to please remain calm and allow members of the corps to perform their legally authorised duties for our people’s well-being. Let me assure you that if any corps members are abusing their office, they will be dealt with accordingly.”

One Killed, Three Injured As Cocoa House Elevator Crashes In Ibadan

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

One person has been killed and three others injured after an elevator at the Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OICL) a suffered mechanical failure.

The incident at the 25-storey building, popularly known as the Cocoa House, occurred on Wednesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Head of Corporate Affairs at the company, Mr Victor Ayetoro.

Ayetoro explained that the incident occurred at about 11am when a team from the company’s contractor handling the installation of the new lift visited the building.

He revealed that the team was working on the elevator installed to improve the efficiency of work at Cocoa House when it suffered a mechanical failure.

The company’s spokesman noted that this resulted in the lift crashing into the basement pit which led to the death of one of the technicians with three others injured.

According to him, the injured technicians were immediately taken to the hospital for check-up and treatment.

The company condoled with the family of the late technician and prayed that God should grant repose to his soul and give his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.

Read the full statement issued by Ayetoro below:

Incident at Cocoa House

At around 11am this morning, the lift installation team from our contractor handling the installation of the new lift to improve the efficiency of work at Odu’a Investment Company Limited while working on the lift suffered a mechanical failure.

The said failure resulted in the lift car dropping and crashing into the basement pit.

Unfortunately, one of the technicians in the team did not survive the incident.

Three other technicians suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the hospital for check-up/ treatment.

The head office of the company has been informed and their representatives have arrived to take charge of the situation while the Police have also been informed.

We sympathise with the family of the deceased and pray that God Almighty in His infinite mercy will grant repose to the lost soul and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Amen.

Victor Ayetoro

Head, Corporate Affairs

OICL

Churches In Oyo To Hold Crossover Service Under Strict COVID-19 Protocols

File photo of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has approved the conduct of the crossover service by churches in the state.

Makinde, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, however, warned worship centres to hold their services in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has approved the suspension of the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew earlier imposed on states by the Federal Government, saying that officials of the State’s Task Force on Covid-19 will ensure strict compliance to the guidelines and advisories during the Yuletide and after,” the statement partly read.

“The governor, has, therefore, directed that religious centres be allowed to hold crossover worship services only in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.”

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Makinde gave the directives in a brief endorsed by the chairman of the Technical Team of the COVID-19 Task Force, Professor Temitope Alonge, which reviewed the earlier pronouncement of the Technical Team and lifted the curfew.

However, other advisories earlier released by the Task Force, including the directive of 50 per cent occupancy for worship and event centres, ban of street carnivals and others, remain in effect.

The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 had, in a communique released on Tuesday,  earlier warned individuals, families and corporate organisations in the state to adhere to protocols such as the use of face masks in public places, social distancing and regular washing of hands.

The Task Force had equally reminded event centres on the existing advisory on 50 per cent capacity occupancy for events, while also enforcing the proper use of face masks and handing washing requirements.

It admonished residents of the state, including private healthcare providers and individuals feeling unwell, to access the available testing centres across the 33 local government areas of the state.

Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper Of Oyo Lawmaker’s Sister

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnapper of a lawmaker’s sister, Jumoke Babalola.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Fadeyi Olugbenga, 35-year-old Babalola was abducted by armed men while returning from her shop.

Following the abduction, the police spokesman said the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command swung into action.

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“One Jumoke Babalola Oludele ‘f’ age 35 yrs that was kidnapped while returning from her shop by an unknown armed man, one suspect arrested after the anti-kidnapping squad of the Oyo Police Command swung into action,” the statement partly read.

“The suspect is currently being quizzed to obtain useful information. The effort intensified to rescue the hostage and also to arrest the culprits. Further development shall unfold soonest, please.”

Makinde Signs ₦268bn Budget Into Law For 2021

A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has signed into law the 2021 budget of ₦268bn, noting that it will consolidate his administration’s infrastructure initiatives.

Speaking on Monday during the signing of the document at the Government House in Ibadan, Makinde said that the real implementation of the budget would commence in earnest, as the state targets at least 70 per cent execution.

“Today, we are signing into law our Budget of Continued Consolidation. This completes the first phase of the process for the 2021 fiscal year budgeting. After this signing, the real work of implementation begins,” he said.

“First, we got the good people of Oyo State involved in the budgeting process through the town hall meetings, then we prepared the budget and passed it on-to the state’s House of Assembly for approval.

While commending members of the State House of Assembly for approving the 2021 budget in a timely manner, the governor said the synergy between all the arms of government in the state has made the governance process easier for everyone.

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He described as untrue the rumours that the lawmakers padded the budget and that the executive rejected it and forced a revision.

Speaking further, Governor Makinde said the 2020 budget fell short of the 70 per cent target but recorded a performance that was a little above average at 50.32 per cent due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic meltdown occasioned by the fall in oil prices.

He pledged that the state government would “work harder and smarter next year to ensure that we meet our performance target of at least 70 per cent.”

“We met a lot of our goals because we used the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA), and the Contractor’s Project Financing Scheme to finance many projects.

“We also made use of targeted loans for project financing. Of course, the reward for hard work is more work. So, for the 2021 fiscal year, we will continue to be innovative and creative in our approach to financing,” he added.

Tanker Explodes In Ibadan, Destroys Properties Worth Millions

The scene of the accident

 

Tragedy struck on Friday in Iyagankun area of Ibadan when a tanker fully loaded with petroleum product, exploded near Total filling station, setting shops and a car on fire.

The incident destroyed several properties worth millions of naira as it affected business premises, shop and private residence around the Government Residential Area in the state capital.

Eyewitnesses said the tanker driver was trying to avoid a traffic gridlock when he lost control and spilt its content in a ditch.

The fire was said to have ranged for hours before it could be put out despite the efforts of the fire servicemen and members of the public.

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Following the explosion, motorists were grounded in the serious traffic gridlock in the area with men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) working hard to ease the traffic.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Oyo State, Uche Chukwura, said drivers must be patient behind the wheel especially during this season.

Chukwurah who said a furniture shop, other shops and a car got burnt in the incident, explained that no life was lost.

Meanwhile, residents of Aleshinloye/Iyaganku area have called on the state government to urgently address the constant traffic situation in the area.

Police Rescue Abducted Lebanese In Ibadan

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The police authorities in Oyo State have confirmed the rescue of a Lebanese kidnapped at the Panarama Farm Mekun, Oke Alaro area in Ibadan.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, said that the rescued victim, Hassan Mill, was taken to hospital for treatment after he was rescued.

The police spokesman explained that the victim had since been reunited with his family, dismissing the rumour that a policeman involved in the rescue operation was also seized by the hoodlums.

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“Information received from DPO Oke Alaro revealed that Hassan Mill ‘m’ has been rescued from his captors and reunited with his family while he was taken to the hospital for medical attention,” he said.

“In a related development, no Police officer who was involved in the rescue operation were kidnapped and the trending statement from mischievous writer online should be disregarded, please.”

The rescue comes a day after gunmen stormed Panarama Farm and whisked the expatriate away.

Soldier, Civilian Die In Effort To Rescue Foreigner Abducted In Oyo – Police

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The Oyo State Police Command says two bodies have been recovered while a gunshot victim is receiving treatment as efforts intensify to rescue one Hassan Mills, a foreigner who was kidnapped by gunmen.

Mills was abducted at about 5pm on Saturday from Panorama Farm Mekun in the Oke Alaro area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the abduction and death of the two persons in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, those killed include a soldier and a civilian while a lieutenant of the Nigeria Army sustained a gunshot wound.

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Fadeyi explained that the victim was abducted at the entrance of the farm by yet-to-be-identified armed men who shot sporadically before taking him away into the forest.

He noted that a distress call to the Divisional Police Officer in Oke Alaro led to a chase after the abductors who fled with their victim into the forest.

“A team of Operation Burst which was invited by the company arrived at the area and proceeded on a hot chase into the forest.

“Not too long, one army lieutenant sustained gunshot injury on his right lap and immediately taken to the hospital while the personal assistant to the victim who was also abducted escaped during an exchange of gunfire,” the statement said.

It added, “On 13/12/2020, two corpses of one soldier and a civilian were recovered from the forest while a civil defence personnel also sustained gunshot injury after a search of the forest.”

The command spokesman decried that some foreign nationals do not involve the police in their movement and as a result, it would be difficult for the police to give advice appropriately.

He was also worried that negotiation with the abductors of the victim has been concealed from the police.

Fadeyi, however, appealed to residents of the state to support the police with useful and credible information on the whereabouts of the fleeing armed men.