#EndSARS: Oyo Creates Platforms To Report Police Violations

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

 

The Government of Oyo State has created an email account and a section on the state’s website for residents of the state to report incidences of police violations and brutality.

Residents of the state can report cases of police violations via the email address, [email protected] or through the link on the Oyo State website, https://oyostate.gov.ng/reportpolice/, where they can fill out a form.

The state government, in a statement on Sunday, said that plans are already afoot to set up a judicial panel that will look into the various forms of abuses and violations that are reported.

It stated that the names of members of the panel would be announced shortly.

According to the statement, the Governor of Oyo, Engineer Seyi Makinde, gave this directive at the weekend in line with his earlier stance that the genuine grievances of the #EndSARS protesters, which bother on police brutality, must be addressed by the government.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the development also followed a directive to governors to set up judicial panels to probe incidences of police brutality in their states.

The statement further disclosed that the platform is domiciled in the Office of the Governor and that it is aimed at demonstrating  Governor Makinde’s determination to address the menace of police brutality, rights abuse, and extortion, with a bird’s-eye view monitoring mechanism.

EFCC Arraigns School Proprietor, One Other Over Alleged Visa Scam

 

Two persons, Motunrayo Olasebikan and Abideen Adefisayo Tijani have been arraigned before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan for alleged involvement in a visa scam.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting the suspects on a seven-count charge of conspiracy, forgery and uttering.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.

According to the commission, Olasebikan claimed to be a school proprietress in the state capital.

“That you: Olasebikan Motunrayo and Tijani Abideen Adefisayo on or about September 2018, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial division of this Honourable Court, did make document titled: “Electronic Travel Authorisation” “No. J511464256” in the name of one Adediran Pamilerin Adedayo purporting it to have been issued by the Canadian High Commission on the 6th of July, 2016 and expiring on 6th of June, 2021 with the intent that it may be acted upon as genuine, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence,” the statement partly read.

Their arraignment followed a petition from one Inumidunsola Popoola who wrote on behalf of himself and other victims.

Popoola alleged that sometimes in February 2018, he and three others were tricked by the defendants into parting with monies running into millions of naira for processing travel documents.

The suspects, he added, presented themselves to be registered travel agents licensed to undertake the task.

He further alleged that though they were given some documents as agreed, it was later discovered that the papers were forged as they were turned down at the point of traveling.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Following their plea, prosecution team led by Dr. Ben Ubi prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the duo in custody pending the trial date.

Similarly, the defence counsel, A. B. C. Ademiluyi and S. O. Alli, prayed the court for a short adjournment to hear the bail applications of their respective clients.

Justice Akintola subsequently adjourned the case to October 7 for hearing of the bail applications and ordered that the accused be remanded at the EFCC’s custody.

Oyo Govt Announces Resumption For Primary, Secondary Schools

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State government has announced September 21, 2020, as the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic session for primary and secondary schools in the state.

The new calendar has been approved since July 21 at a meeting of the State Executive Council, to guide the resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected educational activities around the world.

This was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye.

The statement indicated that the first term of the new academic calendar will run between September 21 and December 18, 2020.

The statement further added that the second term of the academic session is expected to run from January 11 to April 9, 2021, while the third term will run between May 3 and July 30, 2021.

‘’The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology enjoin all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.”

Makinde, Tambuwal Show Up As PDP Kicks Off Governorship Campaign In Ondo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde led other high-powered party representatives to kick-start the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship election in Ondo state on Saturday.

The PDP’s candidate for the election, scheduled to hold on October 10, is Eyitayo Jegede.

Supporters thronged out in their numbers to the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure where the rally was held.

The Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, was also present at the rally to stand in solidarity with Jegede, as well as PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who presented the party’s flag to Jegede.

Other dignitaries present at the PDP flag-off included the Senator representing Ekiti South, Abiodun Olujimi, and the PDP State Chairman, Fatai Adams.

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Representing Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the flag off was Segun Sowunmi.

“They (APC) said you should vote them because they want Presidency to come to Yoruba land,” Makinde said during his speech, which was, as much of the rally, punctuated by short bursts of political music.

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, hands over the party's flag to the party's candidate for the Ondo 2020 governorship election on September 12, 2020.
PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, hands over the party’s flag to the party’s candidate for the Ondo 2020 governorship election on September 12, 2020.

“This election is not about the presidency to Yoruba land. This election is about delivering Eyitayo Jegede and putting Ondo state as part of the states that will lead the charge to restructure Nigeria.”

A cross-section of the crowd at the PDP flag-off rally in Akure for the Ondo governorship election on September 12, 2020.
A cross-section of the crowd at the PDP flag-off rally in Akure for the Ondo governorship election on September 12, 2020.

 

Makinde, who is also the party’s Campaign Council chairman for the election, drew a comparison between his election in Oyo and the impending Ondo version.

Makinde won the Oyo elections in 2019 despite contesting under the PDP, which didn’t hold political sway in the state at the time, or at the federal level.

“We have people, and we have God,” he said. “In Ondo State, you have God and you have people. It happened in Oyo state, it will happen here.”

In his remarks, Tambuwal said the APC, the current ruling party in Ondo, was in disarray up to the national. “APC is not a choice for Ondo state,” he said.

Jegede will battle with incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC and others in the October 10 election.

Amotekun Has Come To Stay – Makinde

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

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said community security outfit, Amotekun, will be instrumental in keeping the state safe.

He made the remarks while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the state, at a meeting held inside the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan, a statement from his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said.

The Governor also said Amotekun will not be under the control of the Federal Government.

“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Makinde said. “Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.

“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.

Makinde gave marching orders to the caretaker committee chairmen to immediately go back to their domains to set up Security Committees with a view to tackling the security challenges in their localities.

He maintained that the state government would provide all enablements for them to succeed in the task.

“From where we are here, the biggest challenge we have seen so far is in the area of security,” he said. “We are getting close to the ’ember’ months, a period in which some people who have not worked all year and want to have a Merry Christmas, commit all sorts of crimes.

“So, we expect that there will be a spike in criminal activities. I want to, as a matter of urgency, urge you that you all go back to your areas to set up your Security Committees. It must be done almost immediately. And I will be happy to release funds; to give approval for you to spend some money on security within your domains.

“Oyo State is very large; in terms of land size, we are more than all the states of South-East Nigeria put together. So, we have a lot to do to protect the state. We have international borders, so there is smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs Official in Saki a few weeks ago; those things are not acceptable to us.

“As the government that is the closest to the people, you have to take control of the challenges of insecurity in your various domains and you should please, once those committees are set up, any enabler that you need, let us know. We will work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, to make sure those enablers are provided.”

The meeting was attended by top state government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; chairman, State Advisory Committee, Senator Hosea Agboola; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Lawal and the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Affairs, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, among others.

Suspected Oyo Serial Killer Shodipe Rearrested

A file photo of Sunday Shodipe who is declared wanted by the police in Oyo State.

 

The Oyo State Police Command has rearrested the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi confirmed the development to Channels Television on Sunday.

Mr Fadeyi did not give details of where the suspect is being kept at the time of this report.

Rearrested Oyo Serial Killer, Sunday Shodipe

 

His arrest comes some days after he escaped from the police custody at Mokola police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Shodipe, who was said to be involved in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, had been declared wanted by the police.

The nineteen-year-old was earlier arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Oyo State Police Command.

The suspects were later charged to court but remanded in police custody.

Barely a month after their arraignment, Shodipe escaped from lawful custody on August 8.

Makinde Seeks Rearrest

Following the disappearance of the serial killer, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, ordered security operatives to ensure the rearrest of Shodipe.

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Governor Makinde said the re-arrest of the suspected mastermind of at least six ritual killings in Ibadan, must be made a top priority of security operatives.

According to him, the state government places a premium on the security of lives and properties in the state and residents should remain calm and not take laws into their hands.

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At a town hall meeting, the governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni, said he (Governor Makinde) shared the pains of the people of Akinyele over the incessant killings in the area, stressing that people must continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials to bring an end to the menace in the area.

“All of us have followed the incidents in Akinyele; the arrest of the principal suspect in the case and, of course, his escape from custody, after being arraigned in court.

“We are here in this Town Hall meeting and Governor Makinde has directed that we should let the people in the community know that as governor, he shares their pain; and as people of Oyo State, we share in the pain and what has happened is condemnable and unacceptable in all materials particular,” Owoseni who is a retired Commissioner of Police said.

IGP Orders Rearrest

Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, also ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer.

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File Photo of The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

 

Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.

The IGP asked the police commissioner to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.

He deployed additional investigative aides to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.

Thereafter, the Oyo State Police Command promised a 500,000 thousand naira reward to anyone who avails the State Command of useful information that will lead to the re-arrest of the suspected serial killer.

Police Launch Manhunt After Gunmen Attack Station In Oyo, Kill Officer

A side-view of the Ikolaba Police Station at New Bodija, Ibadan which was attacked by gunmen on August 22, 2020.
A side-view of the Ikolaba Police Station at New Bodija, Ibadan which was attacked by gunmen on August 22, 2020.

 

The Oyo State Police Command says it has mobilised tactical teams to unravel the mystery behind the shooting of some police officers attached to Ikolaba Police Station at New Bodija, Ibadan.

According to a press release on Saturday signed by the Command’s spokesman, Gbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, a corporal, Dada Christopher, was killed and another officer, Busuyi Ayodele, sustained injuries after gunmen attacked the station on Friday night.

The station guard’s AK-47 rifle was also taken away by the attackers.

The police, three officers on duty were standing in front of the Station around 9 pm when the gunmen, in a yet-to-be-identified car, opened fire on them with locally made guns, the statement said.

One police officer escaped, the statement said, while two were shot.

Eyewitnesses accounts of residents around the area attested to a possible gun battle.

“I really do not know what happened,” one eyewitness who identified himself as Ezekiel said. “I was at my brother’s house when I heard gunshots. I thought it was a tire that busted, but I learned this morning that it was gunshots. I heard that some robbers probably came to attack the station, but I did not see them.”

According to the police, a manhunt is ongoing to arrest those responsible for the action.

Gunmen Attack Police Station in Ibadan

File photo of a police patrol car

 

Unknown gunmen on Friday attacked a police station at Ikolaba residential area in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo state command, Gbenga Fadeyi told Channels Television during a phone conversation that he got wind of the attack around 9pm and was not sure of the level of damage yet.

Fadeyi added that the Ikolaba police station has been fortified by a tactical team while investigations are ongoing .

The motive of the gunmen is yet to be ascertained but there are unconfirmed reports that a policeman was killed in the ensuing shootout with the police.

Labour Unions, Women Protest Against Rape In Oyo

 

Labour unions and Non-Governmental Organisations in Oyo State have taken to the streets to protest against rape and other forms of gender violence in the state.

The women wing of the labour unions and a group of students from the University of Ibadan asked both the state government and residents to take bolder steps to curb the menace.

They were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions like “Women are not sex toys,” “No to rape is a collective responsibility,” “rape is a lifetime injury” among several others.

Speaking to Channels Television on Friday, the protesters explained that efforts were ongoing to lobby states and the National Assembly to ensure a quick review and passage of Anti-Rape and Domestic Violence laws in the country.

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Addressing the protesters, the Chief of Staff to Governor Seyi Makinde, Bisi Ilaka said the state government will do all within its power to secure the lives of residents in the state.

Oyo State recently recorded cases of violent attacks on residents of Akinyele Local Government Area where at least six women were raped and murdered.

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N500,000 Awaits Anyone With Information On Suspected Oyo Serial Killer – Police

 

The Police in Oyo State have promised to reward anyone who avails the State Command of useful information that will lead to the re-arrest of suspected serial killer, Sunday Sodipe.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Thursday by the police spokesman in the state, Fadeyi Olugbenga.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, asked residents of the state and the general public to immediately hand the suspect over to the nearest police station for necessary action.

The police authorities released the following numbers for the public to reach them: 08035632410 and 07066003536.

This comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered the the re-arrest of Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the Oyo State Police Command.

Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.

According to Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the police commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.

Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.

Shodipe is the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

The 19-year-old was arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.

They were later charged to court but remanded in police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8.

The Police Command announced Shodipe’s escape in a statement on Sunday and declared him wanted.

 

SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

 

POLICE PRESS RELEASE

HANDSOME REWARD OF #500,000: SUNDAY SHODIPE ‘M’ 19YRS

A SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER AT AKINYELE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, MONIYA OYO STATE.

“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, psc wishes to state that handsome reward of Five hundred thousand naira only (#500,000) awaits whoever gives useful information for the arrest of the suspected serial killer at Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, one Sunday Shodipe ‘m’ 19yrs who was arrested and paraded at the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters on 17th July, 2020, but later escaped from lawful custody on 11th August, 2020.

“Consequently, the general public is hereby implored to arrest and immediately hand him over to the nearest Police Station for necessary action. The Command can be contacted on GSM Numbers: 08035632410 and 07066003536.

“Kindly give it a repeated broadcast, please.

 

                                               Fadeyi Olugbenga

                                      Police Public Relations Officer

                                        For: Commissioner of Police

                                                    Oyo State Command

IGP Orders Rearrest Of Wanted Suspected Serial Killer In Oyo

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A file photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the Oyo State Police Command.

Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the police commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.

Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.

A file photo of Sunday Shodipe who is declared wanted by the police in Oyo State.

 

He noted that the additional deployment comprised crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja.

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“The team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting ongoing efforts aimed at re-arresting and bringing the fugitive to book.

“All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement said.

The police spokesman added that the police commissioner was directed to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the state, in order to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.

The IGP called for calm and urged the residents to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of the suspect.

Shodipe is the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

The 19-year-old was arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.

They were later charged to court but remanded in police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8.

The police command announced Shodipe’s escape in a statement on Sunday and declared him wanted.

Serial Killings: Prime Suspect Escapes From Police Custody, Declared Wanted

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

 

The prime suspect in the serial killings in Oyo State, Sunday Shodipe, has escaped from police custody.

Shodipe, who was said to be involved in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, has been declared wanted by the police.

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, announced this in a statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Fadeyi Olugbenga.

Nineteen-year-old Shodipe was earlier arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Oyo State Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.

According to the statement, the suspects were later charged to court but remanded in police custody.

Barely a month after their arraignment, Shodipe escaped from lawful custody on August 8.

A file photo of Sunday Shodipe who is declared wanted by the police in Oyo State.

 

In his reaction, the police commission called on the residents of the state to be on the lookout for the suspect.

He urged them to arrest and immediately inform the police whenever they sight Shodipe for immediate handing over for further action.

Enwonwu also appealed to members of the public with credible information as to the whereabouts of the suspect not to hesitate in passing same to the Oyo State Police Command.

This, he said, will go a long way in the effort aimed at apprehending the offender who is now at large.

The police commissioner, however, stated that the Command remained committed to the protection of the lives and properties of the people of Oyo State.

He gave an assurance that adequate security measures have been emplaced to enable all and sundry transact their lawful businesses in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.

Enwonwu asked them to move from one place to another without any fear or molestation from any individual or groups and warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state.

He cautioned angry youths and mobs against taking laws into their hands by carrying out jungle justice when suspected criminals were arrested, but advised that such persons should be handed over to the police.