Ogun Police Command Denies Herdsmen Attack On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Ogun State Police Command says a report of an attack by herdsmen along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a “fake news by a faceless group of students.”

‘The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been once again drawn to an alleged attack by herdsmen along Lagos/Ibadan expressway as well as an anonymous security alert letter written by a faceless student group urging students and members of the public not to travel along that route,” the police said in a statement.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the the faceless group also posted a simulated voice recording on social media where some people were crying and pleading with their alleged attackers not to kill them.

“The Command wouldn’t have dignified the disgruntled elements with a response but in order to allay the fears of public, the true security situation along that axis has to be made known to all and sundry,” Mr. Oyeyemi added.

“To start with, there is no attack by herdsmen or any other group in all the stretch of Express Ways across and within Ogun State, we make bold to say that the alleged attack posted on social media is a lie from the pit of hell fire being peddled by those who are not happy with the peaceful atmosphere in Ogun State,” he said.

“The picture attached to the post is a picture of an accident which occurred about eight years ago exactly on the 31st of July 2010 to be precise; while the purported voice recording was a stage managed one,” Mr. Oyeyemi stressed.

“The Lagos/Ibadan express road is one of the busiest roads in Nigeria and the Command is not oblivious of that fact, for that reason, there has been massive deployment of Police operatives from FSARS, Anti-Kidnapping/cultist unit, PMF as well as conventional policemen on surveillance and monitoring operatives and patrols to ward off any act of criminal activities on that road.

“In as much as there is freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, such freedom does not license anybody to be peddling dangerous rumours that can cause breach of public peace.”

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Amosun To Distribute CofO On Tuesday

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun will distribute Certificates of Occupancy and other land title documents to another batch of beneficiaries under the Homeowners’ Charter Programme.

Director-General Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Biyi Ismail, who stated this said the beneficiaries would collect their documents as from Tuesday at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He urged all contacted beneficiaries to come with valid means of identification and photocopies. They are expected to be at the venue by 8am for accreditation.

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Ogun Police Command Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers In Ogijo

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested three suspected armed robbers during a botched robbery operation in Ogijo area of the state.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, policemen attached to Ogijo Divisional Headquarters had received a distress call from  Baale Street, Molatori, Ogijo, that robbers had invaded the residence and residents were being dispossessed of their belongings.

The statement quoted Oyeyemi as saying, “Having received the distress call, the DPO of Ogijo Division, SP Tijani Mohammed led his anti-robbery men to the scene where they engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel. At the end of the encounter, three members of the gang, Yusuf Odugbemi, Tunde Asamu and Sunday Azeez were arrested while others escaped.

Weapons recovered from them are one live cartridge, two cutlasses and assorted charms.

“Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the FSARS for discreet investigation with the view of arresting the fleeing members of the gang, while assuring residents of the state of adequate security at all time,” Oyeyemi stated.

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Ogun Government Reunites 64 Libya Returnees With Relatives

The Ogun State Government has received 64 of Libya returnees who are indigenes of the state.

Receiving them at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, said the move was facilitated with the assistance of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“We were contacted by NEMA to come and take responsibility for our people. This we responded to swiftly. We thereafter created a means through which these returnees could contact their relatives so that they can go home and reunite with the rest of their families,” he said.

The Commissioner also explained that upon confirmation as natives of the state, the state government had been responsible for their welfare including stipends for transportation back to their various homes so as to reunite with their respective families.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adedayo Adeneye expressed pleasure of the state at receiving the returnees.

He, however, advised them, especially the youths, to focus on exploiting opportunities that abound in the country rather than attempt to relocate to foreign lands by all means.

Adeneye added, “My advice to youths, who may want to embark on a similar journey as these returnees, is that the grass is sometimes not greener on the other side, if they put the same resources and efforts into doing something meaningful here, they can make it. People make it here every day. We all have the responsibility of doing our bit in order to get our country to where we desire it to be.”

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Amosun Flags Off Construction Of Ogun City Centre

Governor of Ogun State, Senator  Ibikunle Amosun, has on Wednesday, flagged off the construction of the proposed “Ogun State City Centre” in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The project will house the shopping mall of Africa’s largest goods retailer, Shoprite, a twelve-storey banking facility, hotel, amphitheatre  and service apartment.

Amosun reiterated that the project will be private sector-driven, adding however that, the state government would construct the amphitheatre.

He further disclosed that two banks, Guarantee Trust Bank and First Bank Plc, have already commenced the construction of their corporate buildings, which includes a twelve-storey building, from where banking activities in West Africa will be controlled.

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Fuel Scarcity: DPR Dispenses Free Petrol In Ogun

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), dispensed petrol for free to motorists last Thursday in Abeokuta.

The filling station, Daslap Petrol Station, Olomore, was allegedly caught selling above the official pump price.

The team, led by its Head of Operations, Kasali Akinade, said the action was necessary to make others comply with the law.

“We got a tip-off that this station, Daslap, had fuel but they were selling above the pump price at N200 per litre.

“On getting here, we also had evidences to support the claim.

“When we checked their fuel stock level, we discovered they had 33,000 litres. In order to serve as a deterrent to others, we decided to ask them to give their fuel for free.

We said they should give fuel to 20 motorists and 30 bikes for free,” he said.

He noted that most of the marketers sold at night and “ungodly hours, when they know that officials cannot visit their station.”

Mr. Akinade, however, accused some security agents of sharp practices, thereby making the DPR’s work more difficult.

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Fuel Scarcity: DPR Seals Six Filling Stations In Ogun For Hoarding

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on Saturday, sealed off six petrol stations in Ogun State, over alleged fuel hoarding.

The DPR Head of Operations, Mr Kasali Akinade,who led the surveillance team noted that all the affected petrol stations were found to have more than enough of the commodity but refused to sell it to the public.

Akinade said that the exercise became necessary after receiving the information that some filling stations were  hoarding, under-dispensing and selling above the pump price.

“We are aware that some filling stations are either hoarding or selling above the pump price; as high as N180 or N200 per litre, which is against the government price policy of N145.

“When we see any filling station, either hoarding or not selling, what we do is to order them to start selling at the approved pump price,” he said.

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10 Killed In Ogun Road Crash

Ten passengers have been killed after a commercial bus travelling to Ibadan in Oyo State collided with a truck on the Abeokuta/Ibadan Road in Ogun State.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abeokuta.

He told NAN that the incident occurred around 8.00pm on Tuesday, adding that speed and negligence on the part of the truck driver caused the accident.

“The truck with registration number BDG 7I4 XE was coming from Ibadan inward Abeokuta, while the Toyota Litace marked EKY I85 XH was travelling to Ibadan outward Abeokuta.

“Due to speed and negligence on the part of the truck driver, it had head on collision with the bus that claimed the lives of all its passengers.

“Eleven people were involved in the crash; two females and eight males died in the accident, while driver of the truck was the only one injured,” Akinbiyi said.

The TRACE spokesman said that the corpses of the victims had been deposited at the Adeoyo Hospital Morgue in Ibadan, while the injured was receiving treatment in the same hospital.

(NAN)

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President Buhari Urges Muslim Clerics To Preach Against Corruption In Mosques

President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged Muslim clerics and Islamic religious leaders in the country to preach against the evils of corruption in their mosques.

Buhari, represented by his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, spoke yesterday at the 55th anniversary and national conference of the League of Imams and Alfas in Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The event was also used to officially turban the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Sarafa Tunji Ishola, as the Baba Adinni of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states.

“Corruption is one of the major problems facing our country. Always preach against corruption in your mosques. Corruption does not pay, impress it on your congregation that anyone who engages in corruption will not enter Al-Janah.

“You should also continue to pray for the unity and survival of Nigeria. This is because prayer is key, your prayers actually worked for me as I recovered from illness,” Buhari said.

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Ogun PCRC, FMC Organise Free Health Screening For Police Officers

The Police Community Relations Committee in Ogun State and the Medical and Health Workers Union

of the Federal Medical Health Centre, Abeokuta have organised a free health screening programme for Policemen in Ogun State.

The exercise which was held at the Police Headquarters in the state, Eleweran Abeokuta was declared open by the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu who charged his men to take the issue of their health seriously.

While giving health tips to the men of the Ogun State Police Command, the Chairman of the Health Workers Union, Olatunde Sunday said many Nigerians die untimely due to lack of proper care of their body.

He added that people prefer to take care of their cars, pets and other things than themselves, urging people to pay attention to their body systems.

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Senate Approval Of Amosun’s $350m Loan, A Grave Yard For Unborn Generations In Ogun State, By Ifemosu Adewale

The cankerworm, plaque and evil which has since bedevilled our polity and system was said to be fought headlong by this administration.
However, the present action from the Senate with respect to the request of the Ogun State Government headed by Governor Ibikunle Amosun $350million loan from World Bank and the approval by the Senate is a National Conspiracy against the good people of Ogun State.
Amosun who before now has come out to say Ogun State is indebted to over 107billion Naira, which will be duely paid in the next Thirty Years, was responsible for sending a letter of request on the approval for another backlog loan on the good people of Ogun State.
One would want to ask, as every reasonable and objective citizen will: Why is Ogun State needing a loan again? Why are we borrowing again? Why is Senator Ibikunle Amosun mortgaging the lives of unborn generations in a disguise of meaning well for the people? What has Amosun done to the three time release of the Paris Loan, which is of utmost importance to the State? The implication of this is that Amosun is digging a graveyard for the unborn generations and the self move to borrow yet another whooping sum of  $350million is baseless and a compromise of the President Buhari’ s fight against corruption.
Secondly, as a citizen of Ogun State , I am not unaware of the fact that it is in the best discretion and obligation of Ogun State citizens that Amosun is asking for a loan from World Bank.
Amosun has successfully finished and mortgage Ogun State, Poverty has been the normal under his administration, baseless construction has been his utmost priority, governance of bitterness and calumny has been his watchword, lies and deceit has been his daily recitation, hatred and self centeredness has been his daily attire, however with this Loan approval Amosun has again displayed his attitude on eating all he have to eat while he lives and leaving generations to come to suffer woefully.
The request for the $350million loan should have first been investigated thoroughly by the National Assembly, an independent body under the tiers of government to perform oversight functions, but No they didn’t; Pathetic!!
No wonder we also saw that even the Senators representing the three senatorial constituency of Ogun State was equally absent as at when the loan was granted, this shows and tells us how lackadaisical and useless they are.
It is imperative and very well sacrosanct that the National Assembly, most especially the Senate recognises the fact that the war against corruption cannot be won or fought without public followership and public followership is derived not by such actions as presently taken by the Senators, but by a properly and well thought out decision backed with compelling evidences sourced after a thorough investigation.
One would have thought that the proper and most acceptable thing that should have been done was the clarification of why the loan is needed and important to a single living being in Ogun State and not just beneficial to some Thieves and Rogues in power claiming they mean well for the people, how does the loan affects the totality of the Ogun state?
Is the current development a justification that there is no corruption in the Senate, Ministry of Finance and the Ogun State Government headed by Governor Ibikunle Amosun ? Tranquility, Transparency and Equity as stated in a plethora of authorities is not a one way street, it rather is Tranquility, Transparency and Equity to the state, society and the victim.
I therefore call in the interest of Transparency to all that the approval for the Loan be reversed and the future moves of this administration to borrow and request for another loan be banned.
A careful examination of the Loan itself will reveal a liquidated attempt by the Federal government through the office of the Minister of Finance to render abstract the real issues in controversy and sweep the significant sufferings of Ogun State people under the carpet. However, it is pertinent to put the matter into some public perspective.
What we are seeing in Ogun State today is simply a decorated and beautified but useless, worthless constructions, which will not make Amosun’s tenure a succees because at the end, the truth is like oil; no matter the amount of water you pour on it, it will still flow.
Ifemosu Michael Adewale is the founder Youth In Good Governance Initiative YIGGI, Acting Coordinator Federalist Movement of Nigeria (Ogun Central).
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Kashamu’s Faction Takes Over Ogun PDP Secretariat

Factional Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr. Bayo Dayo, on Monday, led men of the Nigeria Police, together with his team to dislodge the the Sikirullai Ogundele led executive from the party’s state Secretariat on IBB Boulevard, in Abeokuta.

The Publicity Secretary of Bayo Dayo – led factional executive of Ogun PDP, Bolaji Adeniji, who spoke with a correspondent from The Nation the recovery of the building from Ogundele’s camp, said 17 persons stationed at the party Secretariat were arrested and would be arraigned in court today.

Bolaji described Ogundele and his executive members as dissident group, accused them of invading the party Secretariat and stationing people suspected to be political “thugs” at the secretariat.

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