UNIOSUN Students Protest Against Alleged Police Harrassment

Osun-Student-ProtestThere was palpable apprehension over the weekend, at Okebaale area of Osogbo, the Osun state capital, as students of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, took to the streets in a protest, over alleged incessant harassment by members of the police.

They had alleged that police officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID), constantly raid their hostels, taking their belongings and arresting the students who, only get freed after parting with huge sums of money.

The students barricaded the roads, while chanting anti-police songs and burning tyres, which led to a hours of heavy vehicular and human traffic.

Road-side traders were equally forced to close their shops and makeshift stalls for fear of a potential clash between the students and police.

Although the students refused to grant interviews for fear of sanctions by the school authority, should their identity be discovered, one Bamigbayo Gabriel, who claimed to be one of the students representatives of the university, confirmed the incidents.

He told newsmen off camera, that officers from SCID Osogbo, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), zone eleven headquarters, “have been coming to harass the students”, under the guise of looking for internet fraudsters, popularly known as ‘yahoo boys’ from among the students.

“They (the police) will just burst into the hostels and start harassing the students, collecting their phones and laptops.

“They raid and arrest students who are later made to part with huge sums of money before they can be released.”

Some other eye-witnesses, said the police sometimes climb through the fences just to have their way in.

“The matter was said to have gotten to the notice of the State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, who promised to arrange a meeting between the students and the police, to iron things out.

“This was however yet to materialize before the men of the SCID allegedly raided their hostels again, this week resulting to the protest,” an eye-witness confirmed.

According to the witness, a former Commissioner for Information in the state, Honourable Sunday Akere, who was passing through the road to a function, was forced to stop and attend to the students.

Mr Akere urged the students to channel their grievances through the right quarters, to the state government and the matter would be taken up at the state security council level.

“The matter is not between the students and the government neither is it between them and the school management.

“You can see that they are only angry with the over-zealousness and police brutality, but I have talked to them on how to go about tabling their grievances before the necessary and right quarters and I hope they will surely do that.

“When that is done, I can assure you that Mr Governor himself, as the Chief Security officer of the state, will take it up at the appropriate quarters,” the information commissioner stated.

The school management on the other hand, claimed they only “got wind of the issue two weeks ago and it was taken to the Police Public relations officer, (PPRO) and the Commissioner of Police in the state, who promised to look into the matter and find amicable ways of resolving it”.

The Dean, students affairs, UNIOSUN, Dr. Adepeju Adigun expressed surprised at the recurrence of the matter.

She however appealed to police authorities in the state to quickly look into it and find a lasting solution.

Efforts to speak with the PPRO Osun state, SP Folashade Odoro, failed to yield positive results as she was said to be out of the command headquarters, while her phones were switched off when calls were put through.

Normalcy has however returned to the areas, as residents continue to await a lasting solution to the issue, before they are forced to witness such tension again.

How Police Arrested Man Allegedly Swindling Unemployed Nigerians

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingA man, Sanusi Rahamon, has been arrested in Osun State by the police for allegedly impersonating the Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) and swindling unemployed youths.

He promises to give them jobs when Peace Corps becomes a statutory security agency and make them part with their money.

The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command that made the arrest, Folashade Odoro, said Sanusi was arrested in Osogbo, Capital of Osun State, on Monday along with eight other persons and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

Odoro said copies of certificate and identity cards of the NPC were among the items recovered from the suspect at the point of arrest.

The police spokesperson also said the suspect told police detectives that he got the Peace Corps certificates and ID cards from Abuja.

She told Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, that those arrested along with Sanusi were some of his victims who were oblivious of his pranks but desperate to be employed into the NPC.

Odoro said the preliminary investigation by police detectives revealed that Sanusi had a registered private security guard and that he had trained many youths in the state with the assurance that they would be the first set of applicants that would get letters of employment as soon as the NPC is made a conventional security outfit.

Odoro said investigation on the matter is ongoing and that the suspect would face the full wrath of the law afterwards.

She, however, cautioned unemployed youths to be wary of fraudulent individuals in their desperation to get jobs.

“This suspect obviously has been in this act for a very long time. Imagine all the identity cards found on him. He really must have swindled so many people. Osun State Police Command will not allow such people to go free. They must be made to face the fill wrath of the Law.

“Many innocent people have fallen victim to this kind of people. I can only ask youths to be very careful. Inasmuch as they are seeking jobs, they need to test all job opportunities they find so they do not land themselves in the net of people whose intent is to deceive others,” she cautioned.

“We are determined here in Osun to wipe out nefarious activities that will tarnish the image of the command and we will ensure that full investigation is carried out on this case to serve as deterrent to others who are still at large,” the Osun State police command’s spokesperson added.

One Killed, 15 Injured In Ondo APC Ward Congress

APCThe ward congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ondo State turned bloody yesterday as one Bosun Adegorola was shot dead and 15 others seriously injured during the exercise.

The deceased was shot on the head at Ajipowo area ward 2 in Akure, the state capital when some members of another faction invaded the area and complained about the conduct of the primaries.

According to the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Mr Wole Ogodo, no fewer than three persons have been arrested by the police for alleged breakdown of law and order in the state and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID.

A faction of the party had pulled out of the congress, alleging marginalisation.

The faction that pulled out included a member of the Board of Trustees of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples’ Party, ANPP, Captain Demola Ariyo, the party’s state chairman, Yemisi Aladesaye, State Chairman of defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Olalekan Obolo and its governorship candidate in the October 2012 gubernatorial election, Soji Ehinlanwo.

Mystery Shrouds Death Of Teenage Factory Worker

The death of a 17 year old girl, Jennifer Onyeche, who died on the July 24th 2013 while working at a Juice manufacturing company in Ketu area of Lagos, has raised several questions, including the actual cause of her death.

The secondary school leaver, Jennifer, was reported to have died of electrocution but a doctor’s report states that the cause of death is asphyxiation.

Asphyxiation is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygento the bodythat arises from being unable to breathenormally.

Jennifer’s mother, Dorcas Onyeche, said four of her daughter’s co-workers visited her at 11pm to announce that she (Jennifer) got electrocuted and is dead.

Her father, Friday Onyeche, told Channels Television that he had been refused the right to see his late daughter’s corpse many days after her death.

However, there seems to be a conspiracy of silence as the police did not let the girl’s parents to see the autopsy report, but scribbled the cause of death on a piece of paper.

Dr. Femi Adewale of Fineday Hospital, Ketu confirmed that Jennifer was rushed to his hospital but was dead on arrival.

He explained that asphyxia and electrocution are two causes of death that have nothing in common.

An administrative staff of the company where Jennifer worked, a fruit juice manufacturing company located a No.9 Adisa Akintoye street, Ketu, divulged no information about the incident.

The state Criminal Investigation Department is currently handling the case.