The Police Command in Oyo State has confirmed the arrest of some suspects, including a ritualist linked to the frequent killings in Akinyele Local Government Area(LGA) of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than five persons were brutally killed in Akinyele LGA in June.
The deceased were a pregnant woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, 29, whose head was smashed with a stone on June 5; and a female student of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic,Grace Oshiagwu, 21, who was killed on June 13.
Other victims were 18-year-old Barakat Bello who was raped and killed, Mrs Olusayo Fagbemi, 42, who was macheted to death on June 24; and a 5-year-old boy, Mujeeb Tirimisiyu, macheted to death on June 22.
Spokesman of the command, Olugbenga Fadeyi who confirmed the arrests said on Wednesday in Ibadan, however, declined to give the number of suspects so far arrested in connection with the killings.
“Yes, we have arrested some suspects in connection with Akinyele killings; we will brief the press soon please,” he said.
Mr Fatal Owoseni, the Special Adviser on Security Affairs to Gov. Seyi Makinde, also confirmed the arrest of the suspects on Wednesday in a town hall session organised for stakeholders on tackling security in Akinyele area.
” As I speak now, the perpetrators of the killings in Akinyele have been apprehended.
“As at yesterday the criminals had been apprehended. The person behind it has been taking the police to the ritualists and they are now behind bars,” Owoseni said.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for stealing water tank
A Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun, on Monday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Akintunde Segun, to one year imprisonment for stealing a water tank belonging to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
Magistrate Sam Obaleye sentenced Segun without option to pay fine, after he pleaded guilty to one-count charge of theft.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Cpl. Titi Olatoye, told the court that Segun committed the offence on July 30 at about 12 35 a m. at the High court, Ota, Ogun.
Olatoye said that the convict entered into the premise of the High court in Ota and stole ”Geepee” tank belonging to the NBA, valued at N50,000.
She said that the convict was arrested and taken to the Police Station, Ota, by one police officer after he could not give satisfactory answer as to where he was taking the tank to.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888
Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.
It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It showed that the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).
The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.
The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of the virus would be higher if they were less than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (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)
Ikpeazu sacks Transport Commissioner, others
Abia Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has sacked his Transport Commissioner, Ekele Nwaohammuo, and the Transition Committee Chairman of Umuneochi Local Government Council, Mathew Ibe.
Ikpeazu also suspended Cherechi Nwogu, the Transition Committee Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, and his Aba North counterpart, Chief Victor Ubani.
The sack was communicated through a news release signed by Chief of Staff to the governor, Dr Anthony Agbazuere, and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Agbazuere further announced that the General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS), Bright Ikeokwu, was also suspended.
However, no explanation was given for the removal and suspension of these appointees.
The governor further approved the take over of the TC chairmanship positions of Aba North and Aba South LGAs by deputy chairmen of the local councils who were enjoined to work with their Heads of Service.
Ikpeazu instructed the deputy chairmen to immediately set up a taskforce to check environmental indiscipline and other vices within their councils.
The TIMASS was also asked to set up a task force to further check these excesses.
Ikpeazu also approved the appointment of Eze Chikamnayo as Transition Committee Chairman nominee for Umuneochi LGA to replace the sacked Matthew Ibe.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)