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Police arrest 3 Herders for ‘attempted murder’ in Ogun.

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Three herdsmen have been arrested for their alleged role in the attack of Bamajo village in Ayetoro, Yewa North area of Ogun State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the suspects had attacked the village where they set some houses ablaze and inflicted a deep machete cut injury on one Ismaila Alabi.

“On receiving the report, the Area commander Ayetoro Assistant Commissioner of Police, Anthony Aruna mobilized his men, Hunters and youths to the scene where the entire area was thoroughly combed,” the statement partly read.

He said that the search exercise was extended to Igboaje bush where one of the herdsmen was arrested with a gun and a cutlass stained with blood.

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“His arrest led to the arrest of two others namely: Usman Mohammed and Aliyu Abubakar who is strongly believed to be part of those who launched the violent attack. The injured victim was quickly rushed to the general hospital for treatment.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.

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Gov’t bans NURTW from collecting levies.

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The statement issued by the state Commissioner of Information Abdulwaheed Odusile on Monday February 8, came after internal fights over leadership positions of the union.

The leadership of the National Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ogun have been directed by the state government to stop collecting levies on its behalf from transporters at motor parks.

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The statement issued by the state Commissioner of Information Abdulwaheed Odusile on Monday February 8, came after internal fights over leadership positions of the union.

Odusile who noted that the illegal collection of revenue from transporters is against the existing decision of the government banning the activities of the NURTW in all the motor parks and garages in the State, said the failure of union leaders to vacate parks would lead to incurring the full wrath of the law.

He said;

“It will be recalled that following (the) crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the State that threatened security of lives and properties, particularly public transport in the State, the House of Assembly in June 2020 passed a resolution suspending the activities of the union in the State.

“The government subsequently banned the activities of the union in all motor parks and garages in the State.

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“Security agencies have been given firm directive to arrest and prosecute any operative of the NURTW or indeed anyone, group or association that has not been approved by the government to act on its behalf that attempts to defy the decision of the government or test its resolve to maintain peace and security in all parts of the state, including the motor parks.

“Unlike what obtained in the past, this Administration has been methodical and deliberate in its approach to maintain(ing) peace at the motor parks as well as management of transport union activities, and will not allow anyone to undermine the prevailing peaceful environment.”

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Protest erupts in Ogun state as police shot one smuggler dead.

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Sometimes they seize goods worth of N5 million from us depending on how many cars we are able to acquire per day.

Ogun state alleged smugglers stormed the road leading to the governor’s office in Abeokuta on Tuesday to protest the killing of one of their members by members of the Nigeria Custom Service.

Reports have it that the suspected smuggler was shot and killed while three others were injured at Orile-Imo in Ogun state.

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Speaking with newsmen on condition of anonymity, one of the smugglers said on several occasions when the rice or car goods arrived Ita-Osun Kobape area of Ogun state, they would always call on the Customs that their goods had arrived and they would be charged N5000 on every good before they move it in.

“Every time goods arrive Ita-Osun we put a call to them and they will come to collect money from us. We used to do this so that they will not disturb us and they will still go behind us by calling their colleagues from Ikeja-Lagos to accost us.

“After collecting money from us, they will call their colleagues from Ikeja to come and accost us again. Sometimes they seize goods worth of N5 million from us depending on how many cars we are able to acquire per day. Every time they collect N5000 from us per car, if we are able to acquire 100 cars from our base at Ita-Osun , they collect N500,000,” he said.

“Today, we were done with our business at our base at Ita-Osun and we were on our way when they suddenly attacked us at Orile-Imo area of Sagamu, Ogun State where one of us Lekan was shot in the chest and stomach and three sustained injuries,” he lamented.

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“We are here to appeal to the government to come to our aide, we don’t go to Cotonou to buy our cars and rice, we buy them here in Ogun and they cannot continue to kill us. This is what we know how to do, we can’t steal or do money ritual.

“We settle them every time we buy goods so that they won’t disturb us or us business.” he cried out.

Story Source: Kemi Filani News

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Fear as Sunday Igboho and his men hit Ogun area.

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The activities of these herders are unbecoming, hence, the need for Yourbas to fight for our rights before our land is being taken over by them.

Popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, on Monday, stormed Ogun State, to flush out herdsmen terrorising the people of Yewaland.

Igboho in an interview with the Ogun State-owned television station said he was in the state having had information about how herders in connivance with some soldiers are maltreating Yoruba people on their father’s land.

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He narrated that his mission in the state was to flush out the herders in a bid to regain his people farmland and other valuables from being taken over by the marauders.

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Igboho promised to work in collaboration with the Ogun State Government in ensuring that the Fulani herdsmen did not overrun his kinsmen

“I am in Ogun State to flush out Fulani herdsmen terrorising my people in Yewa axis of the state.

The activities of these herders are unbecoming, hence, the need for Yourbas to fight for our rights before our land is being taken over by them.

“Our people living abroad are afraid of returning home because of unpleasant news about the activities of kidnappers and other banditry.

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“We must not allow any evil whatsoever to happen to any Yoruba man in the hands of these people. They do not mean well for us,” he added.

He promised to meet with the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, after his visit to communities under the siege of the herdsmen.

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Busted! Ogun Hotel in trouble over ‘planted cameras’ in guest rooms

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The management of the hotel appeared to defend the action in the video.

A hotel in Ogun has been exposed for allegedly installing hidden cameras in its rooms, according to a video shared on social media.

Commentators said the viral video was taken at Pavilion Hotel in Ayepe, Odogbolu Local Government Area. The video was not dated and it was yet unclear clear who first shared it on the Internet.

A man said to be the owner of the hotel could be heard saying there was nothing wrong the hidden camera. He also challenged the person filming him to take the matter to the public.

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Some guests could be heard complaining in the video that the hotel was infringing on their privacy by secretly filming guests, an action that could be illegal or potentially costly if challenged in civil court. It was unclear whether the matter was reported to the police for investigation.

Pavilion Hotel is said to the most widely used in the community, and also popular amongst students of the nearby Babcock University.

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Just in: Cart pushers to join Ogun state waste management operations

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Few weeks after the ban of their operations, Ogun State Government said it would incorporate cart-pushers into its new waste management reforms for optimal performance.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment/Chief Executive Officer of the State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), Mr. Ola Oresanya, disclosed this during a meeting with leaders of Cart-Pushers, Scrap Vendors and Community Development Associations (CDA), in Abeokuta.

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Represented by the Director, Operation, OGWAMA, Mr. Akinbode Sofela, Oresanya said the state government decided to incorporate these people into its new waste management reforms instead of pushing them into unemployment markets and offer them new opportunities through its structured Private Service Providers (PSP) Scheme to work as loaders with steady income.

He added that some of them would be employed as community recyclers in its planned Community Recycling Centres across the 20 councils of the state.

“Under the new reforms, you will see that you have more than enough to do in the coming weeks. All you need to do now is to brace up for the new challenge as the Dapo Abiodun- led government is determined to change your narrative from environmental bad boys to good boys,” he said.

Oresanya called on them to cooperate with OGWAMA for the realisation of the new reforms, adding that anyone that fails to comply with the new order will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the Ogun State Environmental Laws.

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On the scrap vendors, the Special Adviser frowned on their poor attitude of scattering bagged waste in search of iron scraps, warning them to desist from such act or face arrest, saying their operation will soon be regulated to meet environmentally-accepted standards.

Reacting, the leader of the Cart Pushers, Hassan Amidu, pledged his members’ cooperation while Prince Olatunde Okunowo of the Makogi CDA, who spoke on behalf of the CDAs, called on residents of communities to stop patronising cart-pushers and scrap vendors for the successful implementation of the new waste management reforms.

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Sexual harassment: Ogun Gov, Dapo Abiodun sacks Commissioner

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The government assured the public that it would do everything to ensure that justice is served in this case.

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has suspended Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, over an allegation of sexual harassment, levelled against him by a 16-year-old, Barakat Melojuekun.

The young teenager in a viral video which went round on different social media platforms on Saturday had accused Abudu-Balogun of an attempt to harass her sexually at his Ibiade residence in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state.

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However, the commissioner in a statement described the allegation as cheap blackmail on the part of his political adversaries to tarnish his image.

The governor in a statement made available to newsmen and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, said the suspension became imperative so as to enable the commissioner to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the police.

The statement said: “Whilst taking cognizance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Hon. Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Prince Dapo Abiodun Administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved.”

The suspended commissioner had been directed to hand over to the permanent secretary in the ministry.

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Rays of the afternoon sun pelted her head as she fanned the embers beneath the half-cut iron drum with the smoke permeating the air. “This smoke is unbearable, Iya Maria,” said one of the three neighbours conversing under a makeshift shed about five meters away. Their voices rose and fell intermittently…

The Lagos-Ibadan railway was inaugurated recently for a full paid operation by the Nigerian Railway Corporation after about a year of free test-run.

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Ruffians attack Ogun State House – Stole Assembly Mace

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The PPRO added that an investigation into the burglary and theft had commenced.

Suspected hoodlums on Thursday burgled the Ogun State House of Assembly.

Punch reports that the suspected hoodlums attacked the office of the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, and carted away the assembly’s mace.

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When our correspondent visited the assembly building which is located a few metres away from the Governor’s Office complex in the precinct of the State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, some security personnel denied people access into the complex, citing orders from above.

When contacted, the spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

He said the coat of the arm had been recovered but the stick is still missing.

Oyeyemi said, “Yes, there is an unfortunate incident today in the assembly complex. The hoodlums broke into the assembly through the ceiling and removed the official mace of the house. That is why the Commissioner of Police has to go there for an on-the-spot assessment.”

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When asked how it was recovered, the PPRO declined comments.

“The details will be disclosed after the entire mace is recovered,” he added.

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Dapo Abiodun presents N339BN budget to Ogun Assembly

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The budget comprises recurrent expenditure of N162 billion (48 per cent of the total budget) and a capital expenditure of N177 billion (52 per cent).

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of N339 billion for the 2021 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

The governor, while presenting the proposed budget at the state House of Assembly Complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, said the budget represented N110.974 billion reduction from the 2020 budget of N449.974 billion.

He stressed that the budget was meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic, #EndSARS protests, general feeling of disenchantment in the polity, socio-economic yearnings of the Ogun State people for good governance, as well as the stringent calls in all societal spheres for a more representative democracy that speaks to the issues of economic growth, consistent progress and equitable quality of life.

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Abiodun said that the 2021 Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability,” would be financed with the monthly Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) and the federal allocation

Highlights of the budget include infrastructure, N61 billion; social welfare and well-being N93 billion (includes health, housing, environment, physical planning, women affairs, etc); education, N58 billion; youth empowerment, N6 billion; agriculture, N15 billion and Enablers N106 billion.

Abiodun said the state would also set aside N12 billion for Stabilisation Fund and N10 billion for Public Debt Charges.

The governor reiterated his administration’s firm commitment to a legacy of hope, financial stability, and fiscal prudence, as he promised a drastic reduction in the discriminatory impact of poverty by strengthening all regulatory and institutional frameworks that are crucial to the preservation of the state’s rich cultural, financial and historical heritage.

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“We have resolved to keep exploring Public-Private Partnership strategies in provision of infrastructure, social services, and conversion of our challenges to opportunities within the context,” he stated.

Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, in his remarks, pledged that the legislature would give the proposal expedited passage to ensure prompt implementation of the budget.

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EndSARs: Angry Ogun youths inflicts fire on irate police station, kill officer.

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When contacted, the Ogun State command of Nigerian police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi said he has not been informed about the incident, but promised to get back to our Correspondent later.

The #EndSARS protest going on in some parts of the country took a deviling situation in Atan Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State on Wednesday when irate youths burned down a Divisional Police Station and killed a police Sergeant.

The crisis according to an eyewitness occurred when the DPO attached to the station was trying to dislodge some youths who barricaded the Atan Lusada/Agbara highway, thereby disturbing the free flow of traffic.

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“It was in the process of dislodging the protesters that a boy who is a butcher was shot and his friends went on rampage, burning down the new police station at Agbara way, in Atan-Ota.

“The DPO was hurriedly whisked away by some police officers, but a Sergeant called Sergeant Alonge from Ekpoma in Edo State was unlucky as he was caught in the melee that occurred.

“Apart from Sergeant Alonge that was killed, many people sustained varying degree of injury”.


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Ogun road accident: 5 loses to death.

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Five persons were on Thursday killed, while others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Sagamu Interchange end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.

He said the crash involved three vehicles: a Mazda space bus, a tanker and a truck, blaming the accident on reckless driving and wrongful overtaking.

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“We learnt from the eye witness account that the Space Bus and tanker were inbound Ibadan from Lagos along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the diversion axis after Sagamu interchange, when in an attempt to overtake a truck in front of it had an head-on collision with another truck coming from Ibadan,” he said.

“Five people died on the spot including the driver, two injured while another one was rescued.”

While the tanker driver was said to have fled the accident scene, the driver of the truck is recuperating at a private hospital in Sagamu.

Akinbiyi condoled with the families of the deceased, admonishing motorists to avoid reckless and wrongful overtaken at diversion and construction zones and maintain the 50kph speed limit.

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COVID-19: Ogun State orders reopening of worship centres.

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..relief weekend lockdown


– 12:56 PM –

The Ogun Government has suspended the weekend lockdown in the state.

Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in an update about the state’s effort at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

…more to come

– 01:03 PM – Ogun State Government relief weekend lockdown; orders worship centres reopening.

The Ogun Government has suspended the weekend lockdown in the state and ordered the reopening of worship centres.

Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in an update about the state’s effort at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 as indicated in my last address,” the governor said.

“This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.”

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“Church of the Lord” founder arrested for abduction, fraud and indecency.

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The police have arrested a man said to be the founder and general overseer of the Church of the Lord at Olomore in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

In a statement on Sunday, the police explained that the suspect, Prophet Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa, was apprehended by men of the Ogun State Command for defiling and impregnating two underage sisters.

His arrest followed a report by the mother of the victims who reported at the police station Lafenwa that she fell sick sometimes in 2018 and was taken to the suspect’s church for spiritual healing.

The victims’ mother said the pastor took advantage of her sickness and asked her entire family of six to move into the church premises to avoid being afflicted with the same sickness.

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The prophet was said to be having sex with the girls who were 16 and 13 years, unknown to their mother.

“The pastor impregnated the two underage girls and went on to procure abortion for them in a private clinic.

This photo released by the police on August 9, 2020 shows Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa who was arrested for impregnating two sisters and defrauding their mother of N2 million in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

“Aside from this, the prophet also defrauded the family of N2 million cash which he took for what he called spiritual cleansing,” said the statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

It added, “Upon the report, the DPO Lafenwa division, CSP Muraina Ayilara, led his men to the church but the place has been deserted. The CP then directed that the suspect be hunted for and brought to book.”

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According to the statement, the DPO and his men embarked on intelligence and technical-based investigation which led to the arrest of the prophet at about 5am on Thursday last week while some dangerous charms were said to have been recovered from his home.

On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed most of the allegations levelled against him, the police said.

Ajigbotoluwa reportedly explained that it was the reason why he ran away when he heard that police were on his trail.

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Following his arrest, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also warned those hiding under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate evils to desist from it or get ready to meet their waterloo.

The police commissioner also called on residents to be wary of those he described as wolves in sheepskin masquerading as men of God.

Such persons, according to him, are out to milk their victims dry before destroying their lives.


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MFM in Lagos, Ogun State not to reopen – Media committee says

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The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has announced it will not reopen its churches in Lagos and Ogun states, despite the federal and state governments allowing for religious centres to reopen.

The ministry, in a statement by the Chairman, MFM Media Committee, Pastor Oladele Bank-Olemoh, on Friday, stated that the church would not reopen in the two states until September 13, 2020.

Bank-Olemoh said, “The leadership of this ministry is aware that the governments of Lagos and Ogun states had announced that churches could resume worship in their physical church buildings as from August 9 and 16, 2020, respectively.

“However, the leadership of MFM hereby states as follows: MFM will not reopen all her regions, zones, branches and facilities in Lagos and Ogun states for now. This period would be utilised to put in place all the necessary COVID-19 preventive and safety protocols as stipulated by the Federal Government, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and state governments.”


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Storyline: Ogun governor, Abiodun weeps over Kashamu’s death

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.

“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August, 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences. he said

File photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. (Noble Reporters Media / Moyosoluwa)

“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.

“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”

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The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose

“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.

“Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.

“May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the patience to bear this painful loss.”


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Ogun police nab beninoise for N5M fraud

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A 37-year-old national of Benin Republic, Gbese Peter, has been arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for defrauding a couple, Mr and Mrs Bamigboye Alao, of N5 million under the pretense of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

The suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sabo Police Station by Mrs Bamigboye, who reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step was not taken.

Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin, which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.

She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5 million. When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.

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Upon receipt of the report, the DPO Sabo Division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25.

On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretense from the couple, but claimed that he only duped them of N3.5 million and not N5 million as claimed by the woman, and that he had used the money to build a house for himself.

Recovered from the suspect were a wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substances, horn wrapped with white cloth and beads.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.


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As school resumes: Parents to pay N25,000 for COVID-19 test

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Few days to the announced school resumption date for graduating pupils, parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun State on Sunday kicked against the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.

Many of the parents, who took their demonstrations to the streets, faulted the decision of the government to ask them to pay N25,000 on each pupil before they could be allowed to resume.

The state government had said no boarding school pupil would be allowed to resume without a valid negative COVID-19 test certificate.

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The government also asked the parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.

The dissatisfied parents on Sunday thronged the MTR 250 bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta.

It was gathered that attempts by the parents to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 on each child.When punch correspondent visited the venue, it was observed that many parents were locked out of the facility.

Some of the parents, who spoke with Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) did not want their names in print because of attendant consequences but they lamented that the payment of N25,000 for COVID-19 test shows the government cared less about its citizens.

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They complained that the economic reality in the country has made it difficult to pay such an amount of money.

Attempts to get the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, failed as she did not pick calls to her line and did not reply to the messages sent to her mobile.

It would be recalled that towards the end of second term (March 2020, schools in Nigeria was shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.)


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Ogun SS3 students must take malaria, COVID-19 test – Ronke Soyombo

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The Ogun State government has said that all SS3 boarding students in the state must take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria before they will be admitted into their various hostels.

This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the S.A. to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo.

She revealed that the State Ministry of Health has already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.

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Soyombo explained that the exercise which began on July 31 and would end on August 3, was ongoing at three public health care facilities in the state.

They include ‘The 250 MTR’ – a white edifice opposite the State Secretariat in the Okemosan area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The other two facilities are the Ogun State General Hospital in Ado-Odo Ota and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.

The governor’s aide stated that tests of the students were part of the frantic efforts of the state government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers in all public and private schools.

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She noted that all principals of private and public schools have been asked to enforce the directive of the government which was in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“All the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only. Parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives,” the statement read.

Soyombo said part of the “strong condition of admittance” to school was that returning boarding students must present a COVID-19 certificate showing negative.

“To this end, all principals are, therefore, directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the state and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school,” the government warned.


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Storyline: Teachers in Ogun state set to resume on August 3

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The Ogun State Government has ordered all secondary school teachers to return to their duty post on August 3.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, the teachers are expected to resume with their principals on Monday in preparation for students’ resumption on Tuesday, August 4.

According to the statement, the resumption would enable teachers to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17.

The governor’s aide also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.

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All Secondary School Teachers in Ogun State are expected to be at their duty posts on Monday, 3rd August to work with their Principals in preparing for students resumption on Tuesday, 4th August 2020.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

In a statement released and signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary & Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo explained that resumption of Teachers ahead of students would enable them to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the State Government for the WASSCE Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17th, 2020.

According to the release, all the guidelines stipulated by the government for the resumption of students are to be followed strictly by all school administrators.

The release also enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with the government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.


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Ogun: Man bags life imprisonment term over 2-year-old girl rape

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An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Adekunle Olalere, to life imprisonment for raping a two-year-old girl.

Olalere who resides in the Mowe area of Ogun State was convicted on one count of having sexual intercourse with the two-year-old, a charge which he pleaded not guilty to.

However, delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi held that all evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable, hence the convict was guilty as charged.

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“Based on the evidence, I find and hold that the convict, had sexual intercourse with the child and is guilty as charged,” he said and thereafter, sentenced Olalere to life Imprisonment.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Oluyemisi Aruleba, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offense on March 22, 2017, at No 18, Bashorun street off Unity road, Olowotedo area in Mowe.

According to her, the convict forcefully had sexual intercourse with the two-year-old girl.

Aruleba said the victim’s mother had been residing with Olalere because she helps the wife to sell foodstuff and other things.

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“The victim’s mother met her two-year-old daughter crying, and noticed she was not walking properly, she checked her daughter’s private part and noticed it was swollen.

“She took the child to the hospital where it was confirmed that there were sperm cells in her private part and also revealed that the child had been sexually abused,” she said.

According to Arulebe, the offenses contravened Section 32 of the Child Right laws of Ogun 2006.


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‘Car swims in Ogun river’ – 4 casualties

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Four persons have been killed with two others injured when a car plunged into a river in Ogun State.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, officials of the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement said the accident occurred at the Ososa Bridge along the Ijebu Ode-Benin expressway.

According to the state traffic outfit, the vehicle was coming from Ijebu-Ode inbound Sagamu when the passengers lost their lives.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that driver of the car was on top speed when it suddenly lost control and plunged into the river.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi said that the accident was caused by over speeding.

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“In all, six occupants were in the vehicle including the driver, a female and five males which is against the COVID 19-guidelines and protocols,” he said.

He however said those injured in the accident have been taken to the Ijebu Ode General Hospital for medical attention, adding that the corpses of the victims have been deposited in the morgue.

While commiserating with the families of the deceased, Akinbiyi asked drivers to exercise caution and avoid excessive speed, especially during the rainy season.


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Just in: Volunteers replace striking doctors in Ogun

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Striking doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre, Shagamu have been replaced with volunteer doctors by the Ogun State Government.

The state government took the action after the Association of Resident Doctors last week asked their colleagues who were working at the centre to join them in their ongoing strike which commenced on July 1, 2020.

The doctors are agitating over alleged failure of the government to meet their welfare demands.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, confirmed the replacement of the striking doctors on Sunday.

She said: “Only two doctors at the isolation are ARD members. They have been replaced by other doctors who are happy to serve the people of Ogun State by volunteering at the isolation centre.”


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