Man, 27 Docked Over Alleged Fraud In Osun

By Ismail Kolapo.

A magistrate court sitting in Osogbo on Monday, arraigned a  27-year-old man, Diran Olawale for allegedly defrauding one Abiola Adelakun to the tune of N700,000.

The accused person was arraigned before Magistrate O.A. Oloyode on
three counts charge bothering on felony, stealing and fraud.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Adewuyi Kehinde told the court that the defendant committed the offence in April 2011 at No 3, Olobi street, Owo Ope, Osogbo.

Sergeant Kehinde said the accused obtained the sum of N700,000.00 under pretense to purchase his victim an acre of land at Ota- Efun knowing fully well to be false.

The plaintiff stated further that, the defendant was arrested with the stolen items in his possession by police detective before he was brought to  court.

The alleged offence according to the Prosecutor, was contrary to and punishable under Section 419,390 (9) and 249 (D) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria,2003.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the three count charges slammed against him.

Legal Aid counsel, Barr. Alayokun Ayobami prayed the to court to grant bail to the accused person in the most libral terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Oloyode, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties.

The case was adjourned till May 3, 2018 for hearing.

Police Arrest Man  Over Robbery In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Operatives of the Police division in Moore,  Ile Ife, have arrested a robbery suspect, Odeniran John, and recovered three stolen vehicles from him.

According to Police source, the suspect was arrested on Friday following a tip off that some group of armed robbers with four stolen vehicles were about taking them to the Eastern part of the country following which the operatives’ clampdown on them where the prime suspect was nabbed.

The recovered vehicles were according to the source are, a hummer jeep and Siena Bus.

Confirming the story, the Area Commander of the police division in the town, Funsho Adegboye said the suspect will soon be charged to court as effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

Man Bags 36 Months Imprisonment For Burglary In Osun

By Ismail Kolapo

A magistrate court sitting in Osogbo has sentenced a 36 year-old man, Precious Ezenwa to 36 months imprisonment for alleged house breaking and stealing on Friday.

Ezenwa was arraigned before Magistrate Tunde Badmus on six counts charge that has to do with stealing of property.

The prosecutor, Inspector Tajudeen Mustapha told the court that the accused went to four hotels between 10 and 17th May 2017 with intent to steal.

He said the defendant did an unlawful burglary to Ripples hotel, Aenon suites hotel, Galaxy Hotel and Ideal nest hotel in Osogbo, capital of the state of Osun.

Tajudeen stated the stolen items by the defendant includes one HP laptop, 2 Infinix phones, power bank valued at N44,500 said to be properties of Aderigbe Sani Akinwumi and Muka Sidi which are offenses contrary to and punishable under section 411(1)(2) of criminal code of Osun state of Nigeria 2002.

Tajudeen added that the defendant was arrested by securitymen at Ideal nest hotel and take to Dada estate police station.

The accused person pleaded guilty of six counts charge.

Ruling, Magistrate Tunde  Badmus sentenced the accused person to 3 years imprisonment without alternative of fine.

Woman Docked Over Assault

By Mariam Bello

A 40-year-old woman, Abosede Abigail has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy and assault on one Yinusa Emmanuel.

Abigail was docked on Monday, March 12, 2018 on a count charge bothering on conspiracy and assault.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the offence preferred against her.

The prosecutor, Inspector Oladoye Joshua told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 6 at about 11.30am at Oremeji Street, Ogo-Oluwa in Osogbo.

He explained further that the suspect and others at large gave Emmanuel, the complainant a fist blow all over his body and teeth bites, after which he sustained a deep cut wound.

Oladoye argued that the offence is contrary and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume 11 Laws of Osun State 2003.

The defence counsel, Mr Olayinka Ojo applied for the bail of the accused in the most liberal and affordable terms.

The magistrate A. A Oloyade granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said one of the sureties must be a civil servant, sworn to affidavit of means, while both sureties must resides within the court jurisdiction with evidence of three years tax payments and three passports photography

The case was adjourned to March 27 for hearing.


Ex-Convict Bags 3-year Jail Term For Stealing Goods Worth N200,350

By Abdullahi Omotayo

A 27-year- old man, Akeem Onaolaji has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by an Osogbo Magistrate court for stealing items worth of N200,350.

The prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun while addressing the court said sometimes in December 2017, January 20, 2018, and February 23, 2018 at Temidire Estate, Osogbo, the accused person unlawfully entered into the shop of one Oginni Oluwasogo, Risikat Aderibigbe, and Bashirat Yusuf respectively.

The items stolen include, one wooden shelves, three pillow cases, and one dressing chair totaling N84,000, property of Oginni Oluwasogo.

The accused was also accused of stealing one and a half carton of Baron Wine valued N2,600, one pack of 1960 Origin,  half carton of Joven valued N3700, one carton of Erujeje valued N3000, a carton of Seaman Schnapps valued N19,300, two cartons of Chelsea Dry Gin valued N13,200, one carton of Trophy Beer valued N4,000, one carton of Kronenbourg valued N4,000, one carton of Bottled Chelsea dry gin valued N7,000, three bottles of Mark Dowel valued N10,500, two bottles of Best valued N1,000, two bottles of Brandy valued N1,200, two bottles of Schenapp valued N2,000, ten pieces of Origin valued N3,200, four bottled Origin valued N3,200, one bottled 1960 origin valued N1,800, five cartons of soft drink valued N4,750, three cartons of Pepsi Cola valued N3,000, six bottles of Big Cola valued N8,400, all valued N94,650 properties of Risikat Aderibigbe.

Other items stolen by the convict include one gas cooker, rubbers of rice, rubbers of beans and other items, valued N21,700 property of Bashirat Yusuf

Inspector Fagboyinbo said the accused person, having stolen N200,350 worth of items, has committed an offence contrary and punishable under Sections 413, 390(9), and 515 Criminal Code Cap 34, Volume II Laws of Osun state of Nigeria, 2003.

Onaolaji who was an ex-convict had no legal representation, but pleaded guilty to the six- count charge levelled against him.

The Magistrate, Tunde Badmus then sentenced him to three years imprisonment.

Mother Of Three Jailed 12-Month For Stealing N15,000 Phone

By Mariam Bello

A Magistrate Court in Osogbo has jailed a 36-year-old mother of three, Nafisat Raji for 12-month for stealing a Tecno phone worth of N15,000.

Nafisat who was arraigned before Magistrate O. A Oloyade on a count charge bothering on stealing, pleaded guilty of the offence.

Prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the convict, an indigene of Ede, committed the offence on March 10 at Tinumola Estate in Osogbo.

He said, Nafisat entered into the shop and stole the Tecno handset which valued N15,000.

He explained further that the divorced convict was arrested by the people around the area and was handed over to the police after a thorough beating.

Inspector Abiodun also tendered the statement of the accused person and the stolen phone as exhibit before the Court.

He stated that the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 390 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume 11 Laws of Osun State 2003.

The prosecutor also informed the court that the mother of three children has once been charged to court on a similar offence.

Nafisat pleaded for forgiveness and mercy of the court, saying she could not understand what led her to the crime.

Pleading for the court pardon, she appealed that her last child was too young to be abandoned.

The defense counsel, Okobe Najite pleaded to court to temper justice with mercy for his client.

The magistrate, Oloyade convicted Nafisat on the one count charge and sentenced her to 12-month imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine, just as she ordered that the stolen phone be returned to the complainant.

CRIME: Police Parades 11 Suspects Of Armed Robbery, Fraud, Others In Osun


By Abdullahi Omotayo

Eleven suspects have been paraded by the Osun State Police Command for various offences ranging from armed robbery, fraud, impersonation, burglary, and stealing among others.

Seven of the suspects, Lasisi Isiaka, 37; Akintayo Selimu Adekunle, 32; Kamoru Olofaina, 32; Adeniyi Akeem, 32; Basiru Soliu, 27; Umoru Saheed, and Aderibigbe Kunle, 23 were arrested for alleged robbery, burglary and stealing.

Three other suspects, Afolabi Ganiyu, 33; AbdulKadir Adesina, 40 and Wasiu Sule, 32 were arrested over alleged fraud and impersonation, under the pretence of being ritualists; while one other suspect, an ex-convict, Oyebisi Sodiq was arrested over alleged armed robbery with a toy gun.

Oyebisi Sodiq who had been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for a case of armed robbery and was released from prison on 15th April 2017 confessed that he actually stole a motorcycle when he went for a carnival party at Ede.

He said, “I stole the motorcycle because I was stranded and I had no money to transport myself back to Ifon Osun where I reside”.

According to Osun Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Folashade Odoro, Oyebisi was in possession of fire arm and the Bajaj motorcycle he stole as at the time he was arrested.

She added that based on this he was arrested and a search warrant was executed in his house at Ifon Osun where items including, one toy gun, one plate number with reg. no FTD 851 QB and TVS Bajaj motorcycle were recovered.

Besides, Odoro said the arrest of the seven suspects who were arrested for armed robbery, burglary and stealing followed a complaint by one Mrs Hawa Jamiu, who reported that she left her house at Oluwalogbon Estate behind Konkobilo Hotel, Ilobu road around 08:00 hrs and on her return at about 17:30 hrs she discovered that her house had been burgled.

She said, valuables, including Samsung Television valued N70,000, one Mini HP Laptop valued N65,000, one HTC phone valued N35,000 and some jewelries valued N40,000 had been carted away.

Upon complaint, the PPRO said the police commenced investigation and the suspects were arrested, saying the suspects confessed to have committed the offence which led to the recovery of the stolen properties.

Other stolen items recovered are three iron bar, one Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, one woofer speaker, two HP laptop, five types of television and remote control, one black laptop bag, one saw blade, one unregistered Bajaj motorcycle, one cutlass and 19 laptops.

On the three suspects arrested for fraud and impersonation, the PPRO said they were arrested based on the complaint of one Ajayi Adefunke, who received a text message which was a recharge pin on her phone, she called the phone number that sent the recharge pin and the call was received by an old man who pleaded that the recharge pin be forwarded back to him as it was meant for his son.

”Subsequently, she forwarded back the recharge pin to the sender while the old man requested that she should visit him in Ilase Village which she did in company of her husband.

“On getting to the village, Funke and her husband were requested to perform a sacrifice which was done by Afolabi Ganiyu, also known as Ifatoki and after the sacrifice, the victims were asked to bring six denominations of 100 dollars, six denominations of 50 Euros, six denominations of 50 pounds and six denominations of 1000 naira, making the sum of N560,000 which was handed over to Afolabi Ganiyu.

”Funke and her husband realised that they have been dealing with fraudsters when they were later asked to bring another N300,000.

“During the investigation, the second suspect Abdulkadir Adesina who happens to be the surety of Afolabi Ganiyu and the third suspect, Wasiu Sule who impersonated a lawyer were arrested.

The exhibit recovered from Afolabi include; one mirror, booklets of receipt, six calabashes, one wooden box, three charms account book, one local pot, a complete local attire and a cap.

Afolabi confessed that he actually duped the complainant as alleged, while Wasiu Sule also confessed that he studied law in the University of Benin but has not been to Law School nor call to bar.


UPDATE: Lunatic Who Killed Two Students Apprehended

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested the suspected lunatic who hacked two pupils of St. John’s Anglican School, Agodo in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state to death yesterday.

Recall that OSUN DEFENDER had earlier reported that the lunatic was able to enter the school premises due to the weak security condition of the school, where he successfully stormed the primary school from a nearby bush during break time and hacked two pupils, aged four years old, to death.

He fled the scene immediately after he carried out the deadly act.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police Ahmed Illiyasu had promised to arrest the lunatic and that necessary tests would be conducted to determine his state of mind.

The suspect was arrested after a long search by the police. Police sources revealed that he was shot in the leg for trying to attack policemen with a cutlass.


Court Remands Four Men In Prison Over Allege Stealing

By Abdullahi Omotayo

A magistrate court sitting in Osogbo last Friday remanded four men in Ilesa prison custody over alleged stealing of residents’ property in Osogbo capital of Osun States.

The suspects include; Fatai Mumini, 40; Rafiu Akeem, 20; Omisakin Sunday, 20; and Ogunniran Opeyemi, 19.

The suspects appeared before the court on a four-count charge bothering on conspiracy and stealing.

It was gathered that the accused persons were caught with a life sheep and also fought vigilantes with incantation “ofo” before they were apprehended.

Addressing the court, the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Rasaq Olayiwola, said the accused committed the offence on February 28, 2018, at about  3:45am at Isale Osun area of the state capital.

The prosecutor said the accused person conspired to steal the following items: four DVD players, one stabiliser, one DSTV decoder, one television, one guitar, two play station, two laptops, one plasma television, one old television, two keyboard, two standing fan, one CPU, two speakers, one sheep, one unregistered jincheng motorcycle, one butterfly sewing machine.

Rasaq said the accused also stole one Guitar belonging to one Union Baptist Church, Odi-Olowo, Osogbo valued N150,000.

According to the Prosecutor, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 516,430,390(9)and 415 of the criminal code cap 34 vol. 11 laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

The first and the fourth accused persons pleaded guilty while the second and third accused persons pleaded not guilty to the first- count charge. Moreover, they all pleaded not guilty to the second, third and fourth-count charge slammed against them.

Counsel to all the accused persons, Okobe Najite sought bail for the accused and asked that the conditions be made bearable.

The Magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara remanded the accused in Ilesa prison custody.

The case was adjourned till April 4, 2018 for hearing.

Police Arraigns Ghanian, Security Man Over Allege Shop Breaking

By Abdullahi Omotayo

The Osun state police on Monday, March 5, 2018 arraigned a Ghanaian and security man over shop breaking.

The accused persons are Joseph Richard, 21; and Ola-Ojo Kole, 50.

Joseph, the Ghanian man is facing four-count charge while the security man Ola-Ojo Kole is facing two-count charge.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons, on February 3, at about 12:00 midnight at Prime area, Osogbo, conspired together to wit shop breaking and stealing, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the criminal code cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun state Nigeria 2003.

The stolen items include, one itel A5 handset valued N25000, one Tecno spark k7 handset valued N38,500, one Tecno T660 valued N8500, three itel 2090 handset valued N12,600, itel 512 handset valued N28,500, itel 6910 handset valued  N9,000, and a infinix hot 5 pro valued N42,000.

Other items include a Tecno W1 N19,500, Tecno 350 pro handset valued N5,000, one itel 2060 handset valued N4,500, one tecno 403 Imei handset valued N6,000, one tecno WX3 handset valued N27,500, one tecno T112 handset valued N25,000, two zealot Bluetooth valued N16,000, itel 312 handset valued  N5,000 and original memory cards, as well as other items all total valued N1M properties of one Adeniyi Adebowale.

The counsel to the accused persons, Okobe Najite urged the court to grant the accused bail in most liberal terms since evidence has not proven them guilty of the charges levelled against them.

The prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun objected the application of the counsel.

He said granting of bail should be at the discretion of the court, saying, the first accused person is a Ghanian and before he was arrested in Osogbo, the police had to track him down.

He added that cases of house or shop breaking are rampant within the community.

Reacting to the objection of the prosecutor, the counsel to the accused persons, Najite said it was a speculation to say the accused persons will jump bail, saying, bail should not be based on country of origin which is the essence of sureties.

Najite added that the parent of Joseph lives in Osogbo and it is his constitutional right to get a bail.

The magistrate granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N1,000,000 and two sureties each in like sum.

The sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction, one of which must be a civil servants, not less than level 10 and must present evidence of promotion, three year tax payments attached with an affidavit of means and address must be verified by the police.

Failure to perfect the bail conditions, the accused persons should be remanded in prison custody.

The case was adjourned till April 9, 2018 for hearing.

Man In Court For Defrauding Secret Lover, Husband Of N.5 Million

By Abdullahi Omotayo

The Osun state police command has arraigned a 45-year-old man, Adekunle Adebayo before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for allegedly defrauding his secret lover, Roseline Olaoye and her husband, Samuel Olaoye to the tune of N515,000.

The accused, said to be a timber contractor, was charged to court by the Police on Thursday on a four-count charge bothering on fraud.

It was gathered that Adebayo was having secret affair with Roseline who later introduced him to her husband, Samuel for business transaction.

The charge sheet read in the open court disclosed that the suspect committed the offence in January, 2016 in Osogbo.

It added that the accused person did fraudulently obtain the sum of N515,000 from the couple with the pretence of supplying them plank of woods and also help them in purchasing a plot of land.

According to the charge, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 419,383(2)(f),323 and 133(9) of the criminal code cap 34 vol. 11 laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

Adebayo pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge slammed against him.

The defence counsel, Wole Olaleye sought Adebayo’s bail and asked that the conditions be made affordable.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Saheed Anifowose did not opposed the application, stating that the court holds the discretion to admit bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Fatimoh Sodamade, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000 with one surety in the like sum.

Sodamade said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and submit evidence of tax payment of 3 years attached with an affidavit of means.

The surety would also provide the court with 3 passport sized photograph while the address should be verified by the Police.

The case was adjourned till March 22, 2018 for hearing .