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Fmr. deputy chief registrar of Oyo bags 3-year jail term.

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The victim reportedly released the said vehicle to her but the cheque was dishonoured within three months of issuance for insufficient funds in the account.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, said it had secured the conviction of a former Deputy Chief Registrar of Oyo State High Court, Mrs. Mutiat Omobola Adio.

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She was convicted after pleading guilty to a fresh charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dishonoured cheque.

In a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, Adio was alleged to have obtained a 2000 model Toyota Pathfinder SUV valued at N1.5 million from one Fabunmi Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors by telling to him that it would be paid once the cheque is presented to her bank.

The victim reportedly released the said vehicle to her but the cheque was dishonoured within three months of issuance for insufficient funds in the account.

Upon arraignment on January 30, 2018, the defendant had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed her plea to ‘guilty’, after a plea-bargain agreement leading to the amendment of the charge.

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Justice Owolabi thereafter pronounced the defendant guilty of the offence and sentenced her to three years in prison.

The court also ordered her to restitute to her victim N500,000 in addition to the N1 million she had previously paid in restitution to the victim.

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Akeredolu, Makinde visits scene of Ibadan Fulani/Yoruba conflict.

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During his visit to the scene of the clash, Makinde said he will give palliatives to those whose wares were affected during the crisis.

Ondo and Oyo state governors, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu have visited the scene of ethnic conflict in Sasha community, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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The two governors met with the leaders of the Yoruba and Hausa communities and appealed to them to live in unity.

Several people reportedly died in a clash after a Yoruba cobbler was stabbed by a Hausa cart pusher in the market, hence, degenerating into an ethnic conflict

Makinde on Saturday imposed an indefinite curfew in the area on Saturday.

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During his visit to the scene of the clash, Makinde said he will give palliatives to those whose wares were affected during the crisis.

“You have been living together peacefully and all I am pleading to you is, no matter what is making anyone angry, we will solve it with patience,” Makinde said.

“One thing is, if you allow those who don’t have anything to lose here to blow this matter out of proportion, no one will be able to say where the crisis will end. By the grace of God, I pray we don’t lose any more lives,” he added.

In the same vein, Akeredolu, who was in the state on behalf of the South West Governors, said peace must be allowed to reign.

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“We have been living together for a very long time and this is not the time to start fighting ourselves. So, let us consider that,” he said.

“There are some things that could be making us angry but don’t let us look at that because things cannot be like this forever.”

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Bloody Yoruba/Fulani clash begins in Oyo State.

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The ethnic fight has heightened as one of Dangote’s trucks was reportedly burnt due to the ongoing fight.

There an ongoing clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities in Ibadan, Oyo state and the fight is currently bloody as thugs reportedly hacks people who don’t speak Yoruba.

According to reports, the incident occurred following the burning of Sasa Ibadan yesterday, February 13 as houses and shops were targeted in a clash between Hausa and Yoruba.

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Also, an eyewitness revealed that the clash reportedly started after an Hausa man stabbed a Yoruba cobbler on Thursday, as a result of a misunderstanding and that the cobbler was rushed to the hospital but later declared dead on Friday morning.

The ethnic fight has heightened as one of Dangote’s trucks was reportedly burnt due to the ongoing fight.

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Just in: Oyo’s Makinde shuts Shasha market.

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The governor equally imposed 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on the whole Shasha community, to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the indefinite closure of Shasha Market, near Moniya -Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area, following traders’ clash in the market.

Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in a statement on Saturday, in Ibadan.

The governor equally imposed 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on the whole Shasha community, to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area.

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Makinde urged residents of the affected area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully and warned that anyone caught perpetrating violence would face the wrath of the law.

NoRM reports that the clash, which that started on Thursday, claimed one life on Friday while shops and property were burnt.

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I won’t help Oyo fight Herdsmen except Makinde affirms my invite – Sunday Igboho.

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The villagers had alleged that Wakil and his fellow armed Fulani men had driven away farmers from the village after the villagers served him a notice to quit.

Popular Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said he will not heed calls to help a community in Oyo combat Fulani kidnappers except the state governor gives him approval to do so.

Noble Reporters Media had on Sunday reported that residents of Kajola village in Ayete, in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state called on Igboho to come to their rescue and save them from a group of armed Fulani herdsmen headed by one Iskilu Wakil.

The villagers had alleged that Wakil and his fellow armed Fulani men had driven away farmers from the village after the villagers served him a notice to quit.

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The people also said they had been suffering from incessant attacks and destruction of their farms from Wakil and his gang for long, adding that they had asked him to vacate their land when the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Saliu Abdukadir, was given a quit notice by Igboho.

“We are pleading with Chief Sunday Igboho to come to our rescue. The police and Amotekun have refused to help us. So, we will appreciate it if he can come here also to help us,” one of the affected farmers was quoted as saying.

But in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media on Tuesday, Igboho, who spoke through his media aide, Salami Oladapo, said he would only go to Ayete to fight the cause of the farmers there if Governor Seyi Makinde would approve it.

He said, “I know the people of Ayete are calling for help but I will only go to Ayete if the governor asks me to go. After all, he is the chief security officer of the state and he is in the best position to give the order.

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“The governor visited Igangan over the weekend and just left yesterday. Ayete is not far from Igangan, whatever affects the people in these communities should be of utmost priority to the governor of the state.

“If the governor gives me the go-ahead today, I will be in Ayete first thing tomorrow morning.”

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Oyo Gov’t donates vehicle to Army, VIO

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Makinde, represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said the gesture was meant to add value to what the two institutions were doing in the state.

The Oyo State Government has donated two Hilux vans each to the Nigerian Army and Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) Unit of the state government.

Presenting the vehicles to the recepients in Ibadan on Saturday, Gov. Seyi Makinde said his administration would continue to support the agencies of government in the state to enhance their performance.

Responding on behalf of the institutions, the State Director of VIO, Mr James Ajayi, thanked the governor for the donation and expressed their readiness to improve on their performance.

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Ajayi said: “We promise that we will perform our duties diligently and make sure that all the vehicles on Oyo roads are road-worthy.

“This vehicle will further enhance our operation so we really appreciate our able governor.”

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Pandemonium, corpses as Sunday Igboho’s supporters clash in Oyo.

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Two persons have reportedly died after supporters of a Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho stormed Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday to enforce an illegal directive for herdsmen to exit the town.

Property worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed during the clash.

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Although Igboho could not be reached as calls to his telephone line indicated that he was out of reach, residents of Igangan however said that at least one youth from Igboora was killed by Fulani fighters while two others sustained injuries from gunshots.

Igboho and his supporters particularly sought to eject the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems in the area.

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Igboho had addressed a crowd, saying: “They started deploying soldiers here since yesterday (Thursday). When our people were being kidnapped and killed, there was not soldier to be deployed to secure them.”

The Seriki told NoRM‘s known Media that one Fulani woman was killed. He said he had fled the town before Igboho returned on Friday.

On the other hand, residents of Igangan said that at least one youth from Igboora was killed by Fulani fighters while two others sustained injuries from gunshots.

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Their claims could not be immediately verified.

Igboho had last week issued a seven-day quit notice to the Seriki and his associates.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had in a broadcast warned people fuelling ethic crisis in the state to desist from such act.

Despite this, Igboho and his supporters stormed Igangan on Friday afternoon.

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Addressing the youths, Igboho said, “They started deploying soldiers here since yesterday (Thursday). When our people were being kidnapped and killed, there was not soldier to be deployed to secure them.

Reacting, the Oyo State PPRO, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, said, “Tactical police teams with Operation Burst are on ground to give maximum security protection while efforts are on to ascertain the situation there.”

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Alaafin of Oyo becomes first Alaafin to use 5 decades on throne.

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Interestingly, despite the immense pressure upon the Oyomesi against his candidature by the government, the Oyomesi stood its ground.

Congratulations are in order for Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III on his record-breaking achievement as the first Alaafin to clock 50 years on the throne.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate this milestone, the 82 year old royal monarch wrote;

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“Celebrating five decades of grace: Baba Alaafin 50yrs Jubilee on the throne (January 14th, 1971-2021)

The contest to Oba Adeyemi III emergence began in 1968 when he was invited along with ten others from the ruling house to contest for the vacant stool of the Oyo Empire. As it was the custom of the land, there were three parameters with which the constants were judged. First was eligibility, the second was popularity and third, the stamina for huge responsibilities of the office of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi emerged the first; defeating ten others after a rigorous screening exercise. However, to what observer attested to be a political inference, the then government ‘refused to endorse his appointment, saying the procedure was not right.

So the process started over again with the same result the second and the third time. Interestingly, despite the immense pressure upon the Oyomesi against his candidature by the government, the Oyomesi stood its ground. Thus the process was put in abeyance until the civil war. When the whole process started over again.”

Celebrating with her god father, controversial Nollywood actress, Lizzy Anjorin wrote;

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“1ST ALAFIN THAT CLOCK 50 YEARS ON THRONE …LETS PRAY FOR THIS ADORABLE FATHER IKU BABA YEYE .. KI OLORUN BAWA LORA EMI WON”

For those who do not know, Lamidi Adeyemi succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II in 1970, during the governorship of Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, after the end of the Nigerian Civil War. In 1975, the head of state General Murtala Ramat Mohammed included Oba Adeyemi in his entourage to the hajj. He was chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto from 1980 to 1992. In 1990, President Ibrahim Babangida appointed him Amir-ul-Hajj in recognition of his commitment to the consolidation of Islam in Nigeria.

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Nepotism?! Daughter of Alaafin of Oyo, Princess Adedoja, crowned “Miss Oyo 2020”

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Princess Adedoja walked away with a Toyota Camry and other amazing prizes after wining the pageant.

Princess Adedoja Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo’s 24 years old daughter has been crowned Miss Oyo, 2020.

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The daughter of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi defeated other contestants who represented the 14 Federal constituencies of the state.

The new beauty queen is a graduate of History and International Studies from the Osun State University.

After being crowned Miss Oyo state, Princess Adedoja visited the palace to get her father’s blessings.

She expressed gratitude to God for making it happen. She also thanked family and close friends for their support and encouragement.

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She also took to social media to make an appreciation post. She wrote;

“it still feels like dream to me. First, I would like to thank God for keeping me and making this a reality. Truly, the grace of God surpasses human power. I appreciate the organizers of Miss Oyo pageant for giving me a chance to participate. I also thank my family and close friends for encouraging,supporting and standing by me all the way. I do not take the love and support for granted. Truly, it’s not the quantity of friends but the quality. Thanks to all my well wishers as well, May good things fall in place for you all.
Being a queen is not just about the title, but the impacts. I pray God gives me the wisdom to make positive impacts in my community. I am open to suggestions, contributions and collaborations.
Thank you, Miss Oyo State 2020/2021.”

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Shocker: Oyo state takes over LAUTECH from Osun State

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Consequently, the ownership has been transferred to the government of Oyo State while the College of Health’s ownership has been transferred to the government of Osun State.

State governors of Osun and Oyo states, Adegboyega Oyetola and Seyi Makinde, Friday agreed to cancel the joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) and Ladoke Akintola College of Health.

“It is gratifying to note that after extensive deliberations, negotiations and consultations, both owner states mutually agreed terms and the joint ownership of LAUTECH was formally dissolved,” the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission said in Abuja.


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Social media regulation: I am not part – Oyo Gov, Seyi Makinde spills

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Makinde said about 50 petitions have been received through the official portal created for members of the public to register their complaints.

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has distanced himself from the proposed clampdown on social media through regulation.

He also denied media reports Southwest Governors voted in favour of social media regulation bill.

Rather, he said the Governors only resolved the existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015) should be allowed to take its course instead of duplicating an existing law in the name of social media bill.

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He spoke on Tuesday while inaugurating an 11-man judicial panel at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The panel is chaired by a retired Chief Judge, Justice Badejoko Adeniji while Mrs. Oluwafolake Ogundele, an Assistant Director, Department of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice is to serve as Secretary.

Other members of the panel include: Prof. Odutayo Akintayo, Dr Oluwole Akintayo, Mrs. Wumi Odutayo, Mr Nasir Sulaimon, Ms Mary Kolawole, Mr Babatunde Oduyoye, Mrs Maryan Badmus, Mr Falowo Saheed and Mr Agbeja Adebola.

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On the social media regulation, he said: “Let me categorically state that as far as I know, there was no such communiqué from the Southwest Governors that I am part of.

“Yes, I was in Lagos on Sunday, we did hold a meeting but our agreement at the meeting was that we already have an existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015), so there was no need for any further duplicity in terms of a specific social media bill.

“So, should anyone choose to sponsor such, I should be categorically be counted out. Because the Cybercrime Act is extensive enough and covers any issues that any so-called Social media Bill may seek to address.”

He added: “And as I have said in various fora, we are fully aware of the trust deficit in the system right now, the trust deficit between the government, the leaders and the ordinary citizens. People are angry, there is a lot of anger in the land. There is a lot of hunger as well.”

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He urged members of the public with legitimate case of human right violations to bring same forward to the panel with evidence, nothing that such is the only way the job of the panel could be easily done.

“Some people have said it will not yield any result. Well, the only way it can produce a result is if people present their cases and bring evidences to support them, so that the panel can make their recommendations which will then be adopted and implemented.

“So, something would happen if people are able to come forward and present their cases before the panel.

“When it comes to judicial matters, it is a matter of evidence. Even if your brother is the judge, if you don’t have any evidence, nothing is going to happen.”


#Newsworthy…

Another Young Queen leaves Alaafin of Oyo, flees to Lagos.

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A mother of two (set of twins) she ignored Kabiyesi on his 82nd birthday celebration and didn’t send her usual birthday shout-out.

When the news broke out via a popular blog on Instagram recently that Queen Anuoluwapo has left the ancient Oyo palace, many were skeptical,especially after she had granted an interview to BBC Africa and spoken highly of the 82-year-old monarch as a great husband, her teacher, and a generous spouse who has made her a fulfilled woman despite the fact that she is in her 20s?

Well, it seems Queen Anu has pitched her tent elsewhere and is now a ‘normal slayqueen’ on social media and not an ancient Oyo empire Oloori.

She was alleged to have left the palace a few weeks ago when one of the young queens, Damilola was allegedly ill-treated by the palace authorities.

The two queens were said to have fled to Lagos.

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But she uploaded photos of herself and children when they had their birthdays some days after.

Meanwhile, Queen Damilola has found her way back to the palace and has started posting photos of Kabiyesi with the usual eulogies accompanying such posts, Kemi Ashefon reports.

Now a model, brand ambassador and many more, Queen Anu, who is now based in Lagos has stopped dressing like a queen—she now wears hot pants and fitted tops and other sexy dresses.

She wrote in a post, “You have to fight through some bad days , to earn the best days of your life. 💪”

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With many paying compliments on her recent posts, Queen Anu wrote again, “I don’t have everything figured out , but at least I have a plan. I’m not where I want to be, but at least I’m not where I used to be. There’s been a lot of tweaks and bumps along the way, but the end goal has remained the same. One thing I know is that I love this version of myself and I’m proud of the woman I’m becoming. There’s no handbook as to how things should go in life. Just do what works for you and leave the rest to God. 🖤”

“She is taking after Queen Ajoke,” a source told Kemi Ashefon.

“Anu is just senseless. She is yet to graduate from school unlike Ajoke who has graduated and set up her businesses. I pray she gets her senses back and return to the palace. How much has she made from being a brand ambassador? Helping to sell clothes for tailors? Advertising bleaching creams? Well, its her cup of tea.”

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Queen Ajoke, who was alleged to have had an extramarital affair with Fuji Czar, KWAM1, also packed out of the palace and made for Lagos where she lives currently. Queen Ajoke’s last birthday, which was last week, was spent in Dubai where she has been posting photos of her activities over there.

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However, the ageing monarch revealed in an interview that he never proposed to all his wives.

Narrating how he ended up having a harem of beautiful young wives, Alaafin said, “I did not propose to any of my wives. They desired to be with me because I sent them to school. After their university education, I told them to leave but they refused and insisted on staying with me here in the palace as my wives. The least educated of them has a Higher National Diploma and is now in the University.

I don’t begrudge or offend women. Marriage is an institution that must be defended. Each partner has a role to play in the marriage. My wives have their individual quarters. God has given me some type of ability and grace to keep a woman, especially beautiful women. I don’t disclose my conversations or activities with one wife to another. I maintain a strict code of confidentiality.

I have learnt that I must positively make an impact on people and make a great first impression. Of course, they (wives) sometimes have disagreements and conflicts of opinion but I have been ‘graced’ by God to know how to ensure that the conflicts don’t escalate.”


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Just in: Over 10 injured in Oyo Church attack

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As at the time of sending this story, tension is still mounting in the community following the early morning clash.

It was pandemonium galore in Tewure, in Orire local government area of Oyo state when two rival youth groups clashed leaving over 10 people injured.

Also during the bloody clash, many houses including a church building were destroyed by the irate youths.

It was learnt that the bloody clash was between two youth groups said to be of Ilorin descent and Ogbomoso indigenes in the community.

According to a source in the town, the warring youths during the clash freely used dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, dane gun among others to attack one another.

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The sources stressed that no fewer than 10 people were left with various degree of injuries while several others were said to have flee their homes for safety.

When contacted, Oyo state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Lawrence Fadeyi said the clash was between two traditional rulers over land meant for market space and that only 4 persons sustained injury

“It was a clash between two traditional rulers over a land meant for market space. 4 persons sustained injury, while a vehicle was damaged. “, he said.

SP Fadeyi added that “normalcy has since returned to the area. DPO Ikoyi ile is investigating the matter while effort is on to arrest perpetrators and prosecute them accordingly,”


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EndSARs: Gov’t announces closure of schools in Oyo State.

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The governor said his government would continue to seek ways to engage with peaceful protesters.

Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has directed that public and private schools in Ibadan should be shut.

Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday evening, in his statewide broadcast aired on the state-owned radio and television stations, over the ongoing EndSARS protests in the state.

“I have directed that all schools in Ibadan should be closed from tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 21, for the rest of this week.

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“The situation will be reviewed on Friday, Oct. 23, and then further directives will be given,” he said.

According to him, the past two days have seen a new dimension to the ongoing protests.

He said that thugs and hoodlums had taken advantage of the situation to perpetrate uncivil acts and harass citizens who were going about their day-to-day activities.

“Some thugs are going as far as forcing people who have businesses open to close shop and join in the protests.

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“We know these are criminal elements, and so, as a state, we must act to protect the citizenry.

“Therefore, we are deploying members of Operation Burst to various hotspots in Ibadan to arrest the situation and restore normalcy.

“The members of the team will continue to protect genuine protesters and their right to protest. But we can not allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the protests.

“We remain committed to the process of meeting the demands of these protests,” he said.

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Makinde said that the Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Oyo State, had withdrawn cases against End SARS protesters, and those in custody had been released.

He said that his government had set up platforms for reporting past and present incidents of police brutality and injustice.

These, he said, would naturally pave the way for the next steps in his administration’s quest to get justice for the victims.

He urged the people of the state to trust the process that his administration had set up.

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Makinde told them to rest assured that every case would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

He implored the general public to call 615, should anyone attempt to disrupt their legitimate business activities.

“Our plan is that in the shortest possible time, we can finally say the days of large-scale and wanton police brutality and injustice are a thing of the past.

“Let me also use this opportunity to call on members of the Nigeria Police to remain professional in the discharge of their duties, as they will be held responsible for their actions,” he said.


#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: Protesters set Police station ablaze after force gun down bystander.

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There were sporadic gunshots into the air as protesters and residents scampered for safety

Violence continued to erupt in Ogbomosho city, Oyo State on Sunday as the EndSARS protest continued after the killing of Jimoh Isiaka.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the EndSARS protest, held on Saturday in Ogbomoso, had turned bloody, leaving Jimoh dead and several others injured.

No casualty was reported as at the time of filing this report.


#Newsworthy…

Operation Amotekun is going nowhere – Makinde.

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said community security outfit, Amotekun, will be instrumental in keeping the state safe.

He made the remarks while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Council Areas in the state, at a meeting held inside the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan, a statement from his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said.

The Governor also said Amotekun will not be under the control of the Federal Government.

“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Makinde said. “Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.

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“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.

Makinde gave marching orders to the caretaker committee chairmen to immediately go back to their domains to set up Security Committees with a view to tackling the security challenges in their localities.

He maintained that the state government would provide all enablements for them to succeed in the task.

“From where we are here, the biggest challenge we have seen so far is in the area of security,” he said. “We are getting close to the ’ember’ months, a period in which some people who have not worked all year and want to have a Merry Christmas, commit all sorts of crimes.

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“So, we expect that there will be a spike in criminal activities. I want to, as a matter of urgency, urge you that you all go back to your areas to set up your Security Committees. It must be done almost immediately. And I will be happy to release funds; to give approval for you to spend some money on security within your domains.

“Oyo State is very large; in terms of land size, we are more than all the states of South-East Nigeria put together. So, we have a lot to do to protect the state. We have international borders, so there is smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs Official in Saki a few weeks ago; those things are not acceptable to us.

“As the government that is the closest to the people, you have to take control of the challenges of insecurity in your various domains and you should please, once those committees are set up, any enabler that you need, let us know. We will work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, to make sure those enablers are provided.”

The meeting was attended by top state government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; chairman, State Advisory Committee, Senator Hosea Agboola; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Lawal and the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Affairs, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, among others.


#Newsworthy…

I killed another person amid my escape – Oyo serial killer spills.

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Three days after he was rearrested, the suspected serial killer in Oyo State has revealed how he escaped from police custody and went back into the dastardly act for which he was apprehended earlier.

Nineteen-year-old Sunday Shodipe made the revelation on Wednesday when he was paraded along with other criminal suspects at the Police Command Headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital.

Those also paraded by the police include members of a robbery gang suspected to have perpetrated the bank heist in the Okeho area of Ibadan, as well as some suspected kidnappers among others.

During a chat with reporters, Shodipe who spoke in Yoruba disclosed that he went back to Akinyele Local Government Area, where he was said to have killed some residents, to perpetrate another killing on the instruction of his handler.

He said, “My escape from police custody was masterminded by my handler, a herbalist known as Mr Idris Adedokun. When we were together in the cell, he called one of the police officers – one Inspector Funsho to allow us take a bath.

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“Inspector Funsho did not allow us, but after three days, my handler assured me that he had everything under control and that I would soon be able to take my bath and run more errands for him.

“He later told Inspector Funsho that he needed dry gin as a herbalist for his personal use but he was denied access to such luxury in detention. My handler’s lawyer came to the police station in Mokola and took N200,000 from him to hold brief for him.”

The suspect added, “My handler told me that my confession landed us in trouble, that I should not have confessed. After my escape, I went back to Akinyele on my handler’s instructions and matchetted another woman but she did not die in the process.

“While on the run, I usually go to Bodija market with caps to hide my identity because I knew I was wanted by the police. I do not know those who captured me but I suspected when they asked for my help to push their car but I didn’t run.

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“I was not at rest because I knew the police were after me. I was caught along Bodija but I live in Moniya.”

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The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Chucks Enwonwu, who paraded Shodipe and others, confirmed the killing of another person by the suspect.

He identified the victim as one Mrs Oladeji Funmilayo who did not die during the attack but lost the struggle at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan where she was declared dead.

“Without mincing words, all police tactical teams, including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Swift Response Squad, Federal and Safer Highway patrol teams… have been working assiduously to keep crimes and criminality in the state to the barest minimum and also make the good citizens of Oyo State sleep with both eyes closed,” Enwonwu said.

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He added, “Consequently, this has yielded positive results and some criminal elements, including those arrested at the robbery incident of July 28 at a first generation bank in Okeho, the arrest of the prime suspect in the serial killings of Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya Ibadan – Sunday Shodipe a 19-year-old who escaped from lawful custody in August 11, 2020 but rearrested on August 23 at Bodija area of Ibadan.

“The escape has generated many ripples considering the circumstances behind his escape.”

Enwonwu disclosed that the prize of N500,000 provided by the Oyo State government for the rearrest of Shodipe had been given to the bounty hunters.

He told reporters that the Command has made headway in series of high profile criminal investigations in the state.

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According to the police commissioner, the suspected serial killer is back in custody and some of the Okeho bank robbery syndicate in which a mobile police officer was killed have been arrested.

He thanked the residents of the state for valid intelligent tips that made the arrests possible and assured them that the police were better equipped to confront and win the war against crime in Oyo.

‘I Had No Choice’
Another suspect who was one of the bank robbers in Okeho, Mohammed Ilyasu, also narrated his ordeal.

Ilyasu claimed that as an electrician, he was invited to Ibadan for work but he never knew he was being engaged for a robbery operation.

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He explained that he got to know about the robbery plot when he got to Okeho, stressing that he declined to be a part of the robbery group.

“I am an electrician and a graduate of the University of Abuja since 2010. I studied economics and served in Ekiti state in 2011/2012,” the suspect told reporters.

A photo taken on August 26, 2020, shows to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the Police Command Headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

He said, “There were three people in the car, so he (the man who invited Ilyasu) brought out a pistol that I have received secret information that I can’t leave the group but participate in the robbery and after series of threat, I caved in.

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“I had no choice; that was how I got into it. I regret everything that happened. The night I came, he brought out a rifle and taught me how to use it, instructing me to just shoot it into the air during the robbery.”

Shodipe, who was on the run for 12 days, was rearrested with the help of private investigators who came from Akure, the Ondo State capital.

He was handed over to the police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, thereafter, took him into custody.

Four AK-47 rifles, two assault rifles, four locally made pistols, as well as live and expended ammunition were among the items recovered from the suspects.


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IGP warns against Police complacency after Oyo serial killer’s rearrest.

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned police officers in Oyo State against complacency following the rearrest of the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe.

The suspect was rearrested on Sunday after he escaped from the police custody at Mokola police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP directed that all hands must be on deck to bring the case to a positive and successful closure.

Read Full Statement Below:

In reply please quote
Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.3/6
Date: 23rd August 2020

The Director of News
…………………………….

PRESS RELEASE

SUSPECTED OYO SERIAL KILLER, SUNDAY SHODIPE, BACK IN POLICE CUSTODY

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Police Command, have re-arrested the notorious murder suspect, Sunday Shodipe who escaped from lawful custody on 11th August 2020. He was re-arrested today, Sunday, 23rd August 2020 by Police operatives at the Bodija area of Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

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It would be recalled that the erstwhile fugitive is a prime suspect in multiple murder of innocent citizens at Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni while commending the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu and his Team for a job well done, equally expressed his sincere appreciation to the citizens for their support and understanding while the manhunt for the rearrested Shodipe lasted.

Meanwhile, the IGP has warned against any form of complacency on the part of the operatives of the Oyo State Police Command, stressing that all hands must be on deck to bring the case to a positive and successful closure.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA


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Just in: Suspected Oyo killer rearrested

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The Oyo State Police Command has rearrested the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi confirmed the development to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Sunday.

Mr Fadeyi did not give details of where the suspect is being kept at the time of this report.

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His arrest comes some days after he escaped from the police custody at Mokola police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Shodipe, who was said to be involved in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, had been declared wanted by the police.

The nineteen-year-old was earlier arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Oyo State Police Command.

The suspects were later charged to court but remanded in police custody.

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Barely a month after their arraignment, Shodipe escaped from lawful custody on August 8.

Makinde Seeks Rearrest
Following the disappearance of the serial killer, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, ordered security operatives to ensure the rearrest of Shodipe.

Governor Makinde said the re-arrest of the suspected mastermind of at least six ritual killings in Ibadan, must be made a top priority of security operatives.

According to him, the state government places a premium on the security of lives and properties in the state and residents should remain calm and not take laws into their hands.

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At a town hall meeting, the governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni, said he (Governor Makinde) shared the pains of the people of Akinyele over the incessant killings in the area, stressing that people must continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials to bring an end to the menace in the area.

“All of us have followed the incidents in Akinyele; the arrest of the principal suspect in the case and, of course, his escape from custody, after being arraigned in court.

“We are here in this Town Hall meeting and Governor Makinde has directed that we should let the people in the community know that as governor, he shares their pain; and as people of Oyo State, we share in the pain and what has happened is condemnable and unacceptable in all materials particular,” Owoseni who is a retired Commissioner of Police said.

IGP Orders Rearrest
Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, also ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer.

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Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.

The IGP asked the police commissioner to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.

He deployed additional investigative aides to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.

Thereafter, the Oyo State Police Command promised a 500,000 thousand naira reward to anyone who avails the State Command of useful information that will lead to the re-arrest of the suspected serial killer.


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Oyo Labour Unions, Women rally against rape.

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Labour unions and Non-Governmental Organisations in Oyo State have taken to the streets to protest against rape and other forms of gender violence in the state.

The women wing of the labour unions and a group of students from the University of Ibadan asked both the state government and residents to take bolder steps to curb the menace.

They were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions like “Women are not sex toys,” “No to rape is a collective responsibility,” “rape is a lifetime injury” among several others.

Speaking to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Friday, the protesters explained that efforts were ongoing to lobby states and the National Assembly to ensure a quick review and passage of Anti-Rape and Domestic Violence laws in the country.

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Addressing the protesters, the Chief of Staff to Governor Seyi Makinde, Bisi Ilaka said the state government will do all within its power to secure the lives of residents in the state.

Oyo State recently recorded cases of violent attacks on residents of Akinyele Local Government Area where at least six women were raped and murdered.


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Just in: IGP orders rearrests of wanted suspected Oyo serial killer.

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…frowns at insensitive escape of suspect.


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the Oyo State Police Command.

Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the police commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.

Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.

A file photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting in Abuja.

He noted that the additional deployment comprised crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja.

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“The team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting ongoing efforts aimed at re-arresting and bringing the fugitive to book.

“All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement said.

The police spokesman added that the police commissioner was directed to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the state, in order to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.

The IGP called for calm and urged the residents to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of the suspect.

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Shodipe is the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

The 19-year-old was arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.

They were later charged to court but remanded in police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8.

The police command announced Shodipe’s escape in a statement on Sunday and declared him wanted.


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