The leader of the “One million boys” gang and most wanted Ibadan criminal, Biola Ebila, has been killed by the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Oyo State, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the death of Ebila in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Ibadan.
Fadeyi, however, said that he does not have the details and manner in which the deceased was killed.
He said: “The information reaching me from the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Arere, revealed that his corpse and that of his colleagues who confronted the policemen strategically deployed to that axis were brought with a tricycle to Kudeti area.
“At that instance, two of their members were also arrested, so they retrieved and brought the corpses to the station.
“He has been on the wanted list of the police and the police have been trailing him.
“What actually transpired and details on how he was killed, I don’t have it now, but he has been confirmed dead.’’
NAN reports that Ebila, who had been on the wanted list of Oyo State Police Command was reportedly killed around Olomi area of Ibadan.
The deceased was declared wanted by the State Police Command for alleged involvement in the murder of another Ibadan gang leader, Ekugbemi, on May 12.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Work resumes in Oyo State after Eid-el-Kabir holiday
Some workers in Oyo State on Monday, resumed work after the annual Muslim Eid-el-Kabir festival, celebrated on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Some of the workers monitored around Oyo North area of the state, comprising 10 council areas, showed up for work in their respective offices as early as 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
NAN reports that the resumption of workers after observing the Thursday and Friday public holiday declared by the Federal Government, was witnessed by greetings and throw of banters among the workers.
Workers were also seen exchanging meat, drinks and gifts as they discussed the merriment of the festive period.
Some workers who spoke to NAN in separate interviews, expressed satisfaction and happiness over the festival time and resumption.
A middle-level council worker at Iseyin Council area, Ismail Ishola, said the period was enjoyable and memorable for him and his family members.
A top official at the Saki West Council, who preferred anonymity, also said the period was good for him and his neighbours.
Another worker in Iseyin Council area, Mrs Aina Adio, said the holiday was equally a memorable period, saying that she had a good time with friends and family.
She, however, decried unsteady power supply by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) saying that “very good time but we ran on generator for greater part of the period”.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Police, vigilante recover firearm from suspected armed robbers in Bayelsa
Yenagoa, July 2, 2020 The synergy between the Police and Vigilante groups in Bayelsa has paid off with the arrest of suspected armed robbers and recovery of the firearm.
In a statement in Yenagoa, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Asinim Butswat, said that the suspects were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 2.
“On Aug. 2, at about 0100 hours, Police operatives, in collaboration with the vigilante members of Ogbia Town in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, arrested three suspected armed robbers.
“The suspects, whose ages ranged between 18 years and 24 years were arrested at Oloibiri Junction in Ogbia Town.
“One locally made single barrel gun, one machete, one Qlink motorcycle, two wristwatches and three mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.
“The suspects confessed that they were about to carry out a robbery operation at Ogbia town,’’ Butswat stated.
He also stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mike Okoli, has warned criminals in the state to turn a new leaf.
“Criminals in the state should relocate or face the consequences,’’ Okoli was quoted as saying.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Ibadan group demands indigene as UI, UCH heads
The apex Ibadan socio-cultural organisation, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an indigene as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
It further demanded the renaming of railway stations within Ibadan corridors after prominent indigenes of the community.
Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not happy that the town was yet to have one of its own as the vice-chancellor of the institution since it was founded in 1948.
“The University of Ibadan, established in 1948, sits on 2,550 acres of land released to the institution for 999 years by our fathers with a “Thank You” handshake, One Guinea (£1.1s) and a bottle of Schnapps.
“By this year, the University of Ibadan is 72- years -old and has produced 14 Nigerian vice-chancellors between 1960 and today; but inexcusably, no Ibadanman has ever emerged as the vice-chancellor of the university.
“Out of the 14 serving and former Nigerian vice-chancellors of the university (including Acting), 10 are of Yoruba descent – seven Ijesha (Osun), two Ijebu (Ogun) and one Offa (Kwara).
“The other four, from Prof. Kenneth Dike to Prof. Tekena Tamuno, were from non-Yoruba parts of Nigeria,” he said.
Soladoye said that the neglect was not borne out of the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the institution’s system or in academic circles.
He listed some qualified Ibadan indigenes presently vying for the position as Prof. Remi Raji-Oyelade, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Prof. Emiola Olapade-Olaopa and Prof. Kolapo Hamzat.
“We wish to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerians to the fact that this neglect is not for the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the University of Ibadan system.
“We hereby humbly appeal to members of the University of Ibadan Governing Council, the Senate and other respected stakeholders of this citadel of learning to please work for the emergence of an Ibadan man this time around.
“In similar vein, it is also now 54 years since Ibadan gave large expanse of land to build the University College Hospital (UCH), still, no Ibadan man has ever emerged as the Chief Medical Director of the UCH.
“This one again seems to be the exclusive right of the indigenes of Ekiti and Ondo State. Sincerely, these records call for caution, even on the part of the beneficiaries,” he said.
Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not pleased with the recent naming of railway stations in the Ibadan corridors after non-indigenes without considering prominent people from the community.
“We are convinced that this listening government of President Muhammadu Buhari will honour some of these prominent Ibadan indigenes with some of the stations along the rail corridors on Ibadan soil,” he added.
Soladoye cited indigenes such as late Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu, late Chief Adisa Akinloye, High Chief Wuraola Esan, and Dr Onikepo Akande as deserving of being named on the rail corridors.
Others, he added, were Dr Omololu Olunloyo, late Chief Kolapo Ishola, late Alhaji Lam Adesina, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, late Chief Richard Akinjide and late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Carefree attitude of Nigerians leads to national spread of COVID-19- Expert
was responsible for increase in spread of in the country.
He said: “As things stand right now, the increasing national spread and carefree attitude of the populace are challenges that Nigerians must contend with along with its heavy attendant costs.
“Healthcare professionals have been exposed as several patients have refused to obey the simple rules which make the enforcement of the precautionary measures in their facilities a mere ceremony.
“We are obviously at the most dangerous spot in the life of COVID-19 in our nation.
“We should give this scourge the right attention, otherwise, we will all become the victims of this novel disease.”
He, however, urged the Federal and State Governments to enforce laws that would compel people to adhere strictly to the use of face masks in the country.
The expert also said that taming the community transmission of COVID-19 was a critical step that should be taken by the government and the people in the country.
“The current trend of community transmission without a matching force from the government agencies is synonymous to sleeping with a flaming fire on the house roof top.
“Seven months down the lane, with unabating increasing daily tally of new cases, several recorded deaths, we should necessarily tighten our belts, if we must all win the war against COVID-19.
“Staying safe is not only a wish, but the doing of all concerned,” Ajibade said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)