Ogun Fuel Station Fire Claims Two, Leaves Seven Injured

fireA fire incident caused by human error has left two people dead and seven burnt, with properties worth millions of Naira destroyed at the Adigbe area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started when an artisan was welding a faulty gas tank at a petrol station in the area.

The incident attracted a huge crowd of residents while men and officers of the Ogun State Fire Service helped to put out the fire.

But for the quick response of the firemen, the fire could have caused more damage but nevertheless, two persons lost their lives in the incident.

The State Director of the Ogun State Emergency Management, Adebakin Aremu said the agency would commence sensitization of residents on how to prevent fire accidents.

He called for more caution among residents to avert a recurrence and such avoidable loss of life.

Obasanjo Calls For Accountability In Surviving The Economy

Olusegun-Obasanjo-former-Nigeria-PresidentThe former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said accountability and prudence should be imbibed in surviving the current economic challenges.

He made this known while receiving, the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, mg Williams Fowler and chairmen of States Internal Revenue Service at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

While suggesting tax revenue as one of the ways to survive the current hard times, the former President however said government at all levels must be more productive to justify the taxes obtained from the general public in order to gain the confidence of the tax payers.

Ogun Police Arrest More Suspects In Connection With Senator’s Kidnap

police obianoThe Ogun State Police Commissioner, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, says more suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnap of Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, making the number seven from the earlier two announced by the police authority in the state.

He gave the hint in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, after a strategic  meeting with members of the Police Community Relations Committee.

The Commissioner while asking officers and men to be alive to their constitutional duties of protecting lives and property, however, sought more collaboration with other sister agencies in the onerous task.

While soliciting for information that could lead to the arrest of criminals in the state, the Police Commissioner also assured residents of the state of adequate protection of lives and property.

To ensure effective policing, police authority holds strategic security meeting with community leaders.

The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress was rescued on May 3 days after her abduction.

Senator Anisulowo, who represented Ogun West Senatorial district between 2003-2007 at the Senate, was kidnapped alongside her security aide in Igbogila area of Ogun State.

She was abducted while returning from her farm by four armed men.

The former Minister of State for Education has described her abduction as one that tells the story of the grace of God upon the lives of men.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, she narrated how the kidnappers took her and all that happened while she was away in captivity.

Mrs Amosun Leads Cancer Campaign In Abeokuta

Amosun-MrsWife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has challenged government at all levels, corporate organizations and individuals to stand up against breast and cervical cancer which have continued to pose serious  public health issues in Nigeria.

Mrs Amosun gave the challenge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after a campaign on cancer awareness and screening for tertiary school students and women across the state.

While promising that the current administration would settle the surgery bills of those detected to have the disease, she urged the women to embrace healthy lifestyles in order to maintain good health.

Experts at the awareness programme also recommended a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and control.

They agreed that cancer prevention and control should involve health education, as well as vaccinating girls before initiation to sexual activeness.

Amosun, APC Ask Tribunal To Strike Out MPPP Petition

AmosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have filed a motion of notice before the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, challenging a petition brought before it by Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP).

The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice Henry Olusiyi, began its sitting at the premises of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Tuesday.

The MPPP, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last election, Gboyega N. Isiaka, had filled separate petitions challenging the outcome of the last governorship election which returned Governor Amosun elected.

While the MPPP in its petition asked the court to cancel the whole election, alleging that its candidate’s name and party were omitted from the ballot paper, the PDP and Isiaka said Governor Amosun did not win lawful votes to have returned him elected.

The PDP and Isiaka’s petition could not begin, after the counsel to the 3rd to 128th respondents, Olushina Sofola, told the tribunal that his clients had not filled their responses because they were still within 21 days recognised by law, within which to file their responses.

Mr Sofola said his clients were served on the May 5 and had until the close of work on Monday, to file their responses.

Application seeking the extension of time for the respondents to file their responses was, however, struck out by the tribunal.

Although, the tribunal has not fixed a date for the hearing of the petitions, the lead counsels to Amosun and APC, Fagbemi Lateef and George Oyeniyi, told the tribunal that a motion on notice, requesting the tribunal to strike out the petition of MPPP had been filled.

According to the motion signed by one Azeez Soboyejo, dated May 13, a copy of which was obtained by Channels Television’s correspondent, the petitioner sought for an order dismissing and/or striking out the petition for being statute barred, having been filed outside the mandatory statutory period of 21 days after the declaration of the election result.

This, according to the motion, was contrary to section 134(1) Electoral Act No 64, 2010 (as amended) and section 285(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Citing grounds for the application, both APC and Governor Amosun said the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain and determine the petition, as the court had failed to disclose any reasonable cause for action.

The application also stated that the petition was filed in gross violation of the provisions of section 134(1) of the, Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

It however, asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition “for reasons that same is frivolous, speculative, gold-digging, and unmeritorious, with substantial cost”.

Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder On Abeokuta Residents

FuelThe persistent fuel scarcity in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, South-west Nigeria has continued to take its toll on the residents.

Channels TV crew who visited several petrol stations in Abeokuta, gathered that about 95% of the filling stations in the metropolis had no supply of fuel, adding that there were long queues where the product was said to be available.

There were unconfirmed claims of the commodity being hoarded by some marketers and exploitation of residents who have to buy the commodity at exorbitant rates, far above the official pump price, as a result of this ugly development.

However, there were fewer vehicles on the road with many residents stranded at bus stops across the state capital, leaving the people desperate and frustrated.

They are also demanding explanations from relevant authorities concerned, as their means of living depend on this essential commodity.

House Help Who Killed Ogun Magistrate Arraigned In Court

Ogun murderDavid Uche, who allegedly killed an Ogun State retired magistrate, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Timeyin, has been arraigned before an Abeokuta magistrate court on a one count charge of murder, an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319 of the criminal code laws of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006.

Arraigned before Magistrate Anthony Araba of the magistrate court one in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, David Uche was in chains after being brought from the Oba prison facility in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.

David Uche, a former house help to the late retired magistrate, murdered his former boss  last week on March 28 and was later arrested by members of  the vigilante group attached to Laderin workers estate in Abeokuta.

He has however been remanded in prison custody pending  advise from the director of public prosecution.

The house help who was arrested last week, allegedly scaled the fence of the late Timeyin’s house, deactivated the security system inside the building, and laid siege within the premises before hacking the retired magistrate to death.

David was reportedly employed two months ago and sent packing two weeks ago for allegedly stealing his boss’ valuables including phones and jewellery which led to his arrest and subsequent release on the boss’ order.