The Police in Osun have detained a driver who hit a 400-level medical student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Mr Seun Olorunfemi and fled the scene.
The student who was knocked down by the driver in Ile-Ife was rushed to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital where he eventually died.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Folasade Odoro confirmed to Channels Television correspondent that the driver was eventually apprehended and that he is currently in Police net.
“I can confirm to you that the driver has been apprehended and detained. Necessary investigation would be carried out and appropriate steps would be taken,” Odoro said.
Our correspondent learnt that the late medical student was one of the best students in his department and very active in church programmes on the campus.
When other students, especially those of the College of Health Sciences heard about the death of Olorunfemi, they were devastated and the Christian community at the university was also thrown into mourning.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju said that the untimely death of Olorunfemi was painful.
“The OAU management sympathised with the family and relations of the deceased as well as the College of Health Sciences,” Olanrewaju said.
The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the gruesome murder of an Army Colonel, Anthony Okeyim on Monday evening by yet to be identified assassins.
Col. Okeyim was the Commandant of Command Secondary School in Apata, Ibadan.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Sam Adegbuyi, who made this known in a release, said that the General Officer Commanding, Maj. Gen Kasimu Abdulkarim and other top military officers led senior officers of the Police to the scene of crime where the Colonel’s lifeless body was found just outside his official quarters within the school premises,
Meanwhile the Deputy Director Public Relations, 2 Division Ibadan, Col. Timothy Antigha has confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
Col. Antigha also confirmed that the homicide unit of the Nigeria Police, Oyo Command is investigating the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.
The Commissioner of Police however assured the populace that the culprits would be found by all means within the ambits of the law.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned that any airline that embarks on add-oncharges, sub-charges or other malicious charges on ticket payment will be seriously penalised by NCAA.
According to the NCAA, it has come to the notice that airlines now arbitrarily increase fares, without recourse to the Nigerian Civil Aviation regulations.
The General Manger, Public Relations NCAA, Sam Adurogboye says that in requesting for fare increase, relevant factors such as prices in aviation fuel, revenue to be generated must not exceed the additional fuel cost burn by the corresponding period which must be on a short time basis not exceeding a period of 2 months in such instance.
The NCAA therefore warns operators who charge passengers extra amount without approval to stop forthwith.
The Nigerian Air Force says its alpha jets have successfully carried out air strikes and destroyed the Boko Haram’s vehicle workshops, fuel and ammunition dumps all within the Sambisa forest.
According to the Director, Air Force Public Relations and Information, Commodore Dele Alonge, this is part of a renewed drive to further degrade the Boko Haram terrorists’ assets.
He said that the effort was as a result of a painstaking Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) efforts by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and ATR-42 platforms.
According to him, the air strikes on the insurgents would pave the way for the final onslaught by the land forces to meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to bring insurgency in the north-east to an end by December.
The Federal Government of Nigeria says that it has no plan to spend $800 million on image laundering as its topmost priority now is National Security, not Public Relations.
The Presidency, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati,stated that reports in national and foreign media that the Federal Government was currently in the process of recruiting an international Public Relations firm to “counter mounting criticism both inside and outside the country” are completely false and baseless.
The statement read: “The suggestion that the Federal Government intends to spend a staggering sum of $800 Million on the phantom Public Relations effort to ease ‘increasing pressure over its response to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls’ is also wholly untrue.
“Coming as they do, at a particularly difficult and sensitive time for the entire nation, the Federal Government considers the reports of a drive to recruit consultants to launder its image highly insensitive, deplorable, absurd and very malicious.
“The Federal Government’s topmost priority for now is not Public Relations or image laundering but National Security and the ongoing effort to ensure the safe return of the abducted college girls.”
The statement condemned the rumours, referring to it as “an attempt by purveyors of the bogus reports to incite the Nigerian public against the Federal Government through the circulation of falsehoods.”
The Department of State Service in Nigeria says the foiled jail break attempt by suspected insurgents at its detention facility in Abuja on Sunday is being politicised.
Expressing worries over publications on social media on the issue, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Department of State Service, Marilyn Ogar, said that such unconfirmed insinuations would do more harm than good.
In a telephone interview with Channels Television, on Monday, Ogar said: “Some people out there are politicising issues they should not politicise. There are so many versions out there and it makes me worried as to what we want our children to grow up to believing. When things happen in a system and all sought of insinuations or explanations are being given, it leaves a lot to worry about.
“That the State Security Service office (SSS) is close to the Presidential Villa does not mean we will not have issues. But for people to begin to dissemination information that the SSS office was invaded, it does not give a good impression. We must be careful of the news we send out to the international community”.
She explained that the suspects had planned to escape on a Sunday, having observed that fewer officials were usually present on such day.
“Keeping to the demands of human rights, the suspects are usually fed three times in a day and at 7:15am, the suspect handler went in to give them their morning meal. As he finished and was leaving he was attacked on the head with the handcuff of one of the suspects. He fell and the suspect took his gun. What ensued after that is best imagined.
“Our weapon carries as much as 90 rounds of ammunition. When he seized the weapon he kept on firing sporadically and who ever came within that range got caught in the fire.
“The beauty of it all was that security forces and the service in particular were able to bring back the fleeing inmates. They did not succeed in breaking through our security system.
“Other security forces cordoned the whole place and made sure that those that had managed to get out of the premises were brought back in.
“About eight suspects refused to participate in the process and when questioned they they had told the others that there was no way they would go out of the place successfully.
“The other fleeing suspects we brought back were 16,” she said.
The DSS spokesperson said that 21 persons on the part of the insurgents lost their lives and two of officials were seriously injured.
“After the suspect took the gun and started shooting, the backup operative first shot into the air to scare them. We tried to incapacitate the particular suspect to ensure that other inmates were not shot.”
She further explained that the dead suspects where shot at when they refused to surrender but continued to make attempts to escape.
Miss Ogar said that investigations were ongoing to determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident.
Calling for caution on the dissemination of information without proper confirmation, she stressed that “the social media is meant to educate people on the positive ways of life and not to persuade people into believing lies”.
“I think we have one Nigeria and we do not have any other country we can call our own.
“If you seek to hold power or in a position of power and you think the only way you can undo the other person is by feeding the Nigerian people with lies, when you destroy the system, what will you come in to do?
“What we are going through today is what had happened in the past that we are trying to correct. We should be careful with the kinds of information we push out to the ordinary Nigerians who do not have the opportunities that we have when it comes to information management,” she cautioned.
21 people have been confirmed dead after the Department of State Security foiled a jail break attempt by a suspect at its detention facility in Abuja.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Department of State Service, Marilyn Ogar, confirmed the number of casualties in a press statement.
The statement said “following our earlier releases, it has been established that 18 casualties were recorded while two service personnel sustained serious injuries.
“Three other detainees, who sustained gunshot injuries during the incident, have also died”, adding that “investigations are still on going to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the incident”
An earlier press statement by Miss Ogar had confirmed that the Service Suspect Handler, who went to the detention facility within the Headquarters to feed the suspects, was disarmed and attacked by a suspect at 07:15 hours on Sunday.
“One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff. His attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others.
“The gunshots attracted the attention of the military with whom we have an understanding of mutual assistance in the event of any threat. The Army immediately deployed a team to reinforce our perimeter guards to forestall any external collaborators. The situation has since been brought under control”.
Following the shooting, there has been heavy presence of soldiers on the road leading to Aso Drive, while security operatives search vehicles passing through the road.
Spokesman for the President, Dr Reuben Abati, told Channels Television in a telephone interview that the incident happened within the premises of the SSS headquarters and was quickly contained.
“It is true that this morning there was an incident at the SSS headquarters, known as ‘Yellow House’, but the incident has absolutely nothing to do with the Presidential Villa. But some mischievous persons have gone online to say, claim and promote the lie that President Jonathan is under threat and that the incident had something to do with the Villa but this is absolutely not true.
“I can tell you categorically and to all Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan is safe and well. What happened at the SSS headquarters has nothing to do with the President. There was absolutely no threat to the Presidency because whatever happened was contained within the premises of the SSS headquarters,” Dr Abati stressed.
The Nigerian Army has promised that it will bring to justice all the insurgents that have been terrorizing residents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
The Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, told journalists in Abuja that the Army will continue to carry out full spectrum counter-insurgency operations to ensure the insurgents are frustrated out of operations.
“Currently, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force have carried out simultaneous offensive operations, and it is heartwarming to note that the operations were largely successful.”
He added, “Subsequent operations to consolidate on these gains and deny insurgents freedom of action in the entire Northeast are still ongoing. The Nigerian Army will continue the operations in pursuit of insurgents in order to bring them to justice.”
He also appealed to residents in the affected areas to promptly report the presence of insurgents in their localities by contacting nearest military or Police locations to ensure lives are not lost.