The Ogun State Government has named a street in the Sagamu Local Government Area, after Nigeria-British boxer, Anthony Joshua.
The Council Chairman, Gbenga Banjo announced that the Cinema Road in the council which is also the homestead of the boxer has now become “Anthony Joshua Way” in the local government headquarters
Speaking at the family house of Anthony Joshua along the Anthony Joshua Way in Sagamu on Wednesday, Banjo announced that the decision was made in order to show appreciation to the boxing legend for making Sagamu Remoland and Nigeria great.
The two-time unified heavyweight champion earlier this month retained his world title belts with a ninth-round triumph over his challenger, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev
Remo Growth and Development Foundation (Remo GDF), congratulated Sagamu Local Government for renaming the popular cinema Road after Joshua.
The Chief Operating Officer, Yemisi Oluwole in a statement on Wednesday described Joshua as a Remo International Ambassador.
While thanking leaders and stakeholders in the state, she called on youths of Remoland to emulate Joshua by being the best in their careers.
The statement read “a call is made to other sons and daughters of Remoland, most especially the youths of Remoland to emulate the virtues of Anthony Joshua by being the best in their chosen careers.
“And also to always be law-abiding citizens and stay away from any acts that can lead to social unrest,” Oluwole said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to investigate the killing of a player of Remo stars football club, Tiyamiyu Kazeem.
Conflicting reports emerged on Saturday of how Mr Kazeem, an Assistant captain and defender with the club, was killed, with the police claiming that he was knocked down by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway in order to evade arrest by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
However, eyewitness accounts said Mr Kazeem was pushed out of a moving vehicle by police officers, leading to his death.
This sparked outrage by some aggrieved residents who took to the streets to protest the killing of Mr Kazeem, accusing the Police of wrongdoing.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Monday said the IGP gave the order today while reviewing daily reports of major crime incidents across the country.
“The IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the DIG in-charge of the FCID, DIG Anthony Ogbizi to, with immediate effect, take over investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Late Mr. Tiamiyu Kazeem in Sagamu, Ogun State on 22nd February 2020,” the statement read in part.
He added that the IGP while commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased called for calm and assured that justice will be done in the matter while reiterating that any person found culpable will be brought to book.
Channels Television reported that Mr Kazeem was arrested after he was suspected to be wearing a military outfit.
Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was quoted in a statement saying:
“A Police Inspector attached to Zonal Intervention Squad Obada-Oko in Abeokuta said to have received information about the deceased that he always put on military apparel knowing fully well that he is not military personnel.
“Based on the information, the Inspector went to Shagamu and saw the deceased putting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested.
“On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical fault and while the officer was trying to rectify the fault, the arrested person jumped down from the vehicle to escape.
“In his bid to run across the road, an oncoming vehicle which is on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot,” he added.
Meanwhile, the eyewitness account quoted by the Club, however, contradicted the report by the police.
The club quoted in parts: “The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem insisting that he was a Yahoo Boy, he brought out his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC but the officer insisted on taking him to the nearest police station in Sagamu.
“Tiyamiyu and Sanni obliged, followed the SARS officers, only for them to notice that they were driving towards Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, then the guys questioned to know where the SARS officers were taking them to, but this prompted them to stop the car and push him (Tiyamiyu) out of the car, whereby an unknowing vehicle knocked him down.”
Wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has reached out to the less privileged in the three senatorial districts of the state.
In the spirit of the Christmas celebration, the Governor’s wife, her children and spouses of government officials embarked on food outreach programme in Ogun State.
The team, under the aegis of the Uplift Development Foundation, the first lady’s pet programme, distributed rice and cash gift to residents of Ijebu Ode, Ado-Odo Ota, Abeokuta, Sagamu, Obada and Ewekoro among other areas in the state in southwest Nigeria.
Highlighting the significance of the exercise, Mrs Amosun said that the economic hardship facing Nigeria made the gesture necessary.
She stressed that the foundation decided to make the people happy and celebrate their Christmas with joy by reaching out to them.
The governor’s wife noted that the foundation would continue to uplift people and provide succor to the less privileged in the society, irrespective of their religion or political affiliation.
At least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.
It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.
Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.
Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.
Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.
A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.
A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.
“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.
“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.
“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.
The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.
Avert Unnecessary Deaths
There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.
For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.
Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.
She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.
The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.
Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.
Mrs Amosun says the donation is in a bid to ensure easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
At the commissioning of the centres, the first lady said she was concerned about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.
She, however, used the auspicious occasion to task stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.
The commissioning of the centres was witnessed by development partners, traditional rulers, medical experts and members of the State Executive Council.
The Ogun State Chairperson of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Stella Ogunmuyiwa, commended the gesture of the first lady.
On his part, the Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths through cervical and breast cancer.
He urged women across the state to take full advantage of the facilities for screening and early detection of the disease for treatment.
The Ogun State Police Command has paraded three suspected militants alleged to have participated in the series of attacks on riverine communities in Arepo, Ogijo and Warewa.
Several lives were recently lost during series of attacks and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarter in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists that modalities were being put in place by the Command to commence aerial patrol of vulnerable communities.
He said that the modalities would especially affect riverine communities where activities of vandals and militants are being currently felt.
The CP also lamented that the rate of cultism, especially among the youths in the Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo and Ijebu Ode areas of the state was worrisome.
The Police also paraded other suspects for various offences ranging from cultism, murder, kidnapping and impersonation.
Some of the suspects confessed to the crimes they were being paraded for.
Eighteen people are said to have lost their lives during an accident along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway in southwest Nigeria.
A fuel laden tanker had collided with an 18-passenger bus, killing all the occupants including the driver on the spot.
The accident, which occurred at about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday around Fidiwo-Ajebo axis of the express road, involved a cement truck marked AJG 40 XA, a petroleum tanker truck with registration number RAN 571 XA and a passenger bus marked AGL 373 XR.
Reports say that the fuel laden tanker had attempted to overtake the cement truck at a road diversion point before a head-on collision with the passenger bus which was travelling to Lagos.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the incident.
He explained that there had been an ongoing repair works along the expressway, which necessitated the road diversion at the point of the crash.
Personnel of TRACE, the Police and that of the Federal Road Safety Corp were at the scene for rescue operation.
Mr Akinbiyi stated that he was not sure whether the corpses of the victims would be taken to a morgue in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, or that of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu in Ogun State, until all the dead bodies were evacuated.
10 people have been confirmed dead in a road accident which occurred at the Four Square Camp, Ajebo Area of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
This is along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway while six others were critically injured.
Confirming the incident,the Ogun State Deputy Corp Commander, Mr Divis Ogiamien, said the accident was caused by dangerous driving by the driver of a Mazda bus with the registration number APP 912 XH, who rammed into an Iveco truck with registration number, GGE 338 XL, at a road division along the expressway.
He said both the dead and those who sustained injury have been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital at Sagamu.
The accident was reported to have happened around 2:10PM on Wednesday, March 16.
Some residents of Sagamu in Ogun state, south west Nigeria, are demanding for the removal of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for an alleged extortion and illegal arrest of innocent residents of the area.
The call was made during a peaceful protest held across major streets of the town where they appealed to the state government to wade into the matter before it degenerates to a major crisis.
The protesters called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to have him redeployed.
Reacting to the allegations levelled against the senior police officer, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the allegations would be investigated and “if the officer is found culpable, he will face the consequence of his actions”.
Three people have been confirmed dead at the Saint Louis Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday, said that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased.
He said that the doctor and nurse showed signs of Lassa fever shortly after operating a pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in Kafanchan, and later died few days after they were tested positive to the deadly disease.
He said that the affected hospitals have been put under isolation with the intention of tracing the primary and secondary contacts with the deceased.
The Commissioner urged residents not to panic as government is on top of the situation, while he advised them to maintain personal hygiene around their homes.
The Ogun State Police Command has restricted operators of motorcycle popular known as ‘Okada’ in order to check the increasing rate of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal acts in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and its environs.
Announcing the restriction order which takes immediate effect, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said that criminal activities, especially kidnapping and armed robbery has been on the increase adding that it has continued to affect the peace of the area as well as commercial activities.
While asking for the cooperation of residents in this direction, the Command, however, said violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Incidents of kidnapping has been on the increase which necessitated the Command to mobilize armed policemen to the Ijebu Ode axis to maintain law and order.