Police Arrest 10 Internet Fraudsters In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

The Police Division at Moore in Ile Ife have arrested 10 suspected Internet fraudsters popularly known as “Yahoo Yahoo” for offenses bordering on obtaining by false pretence and lottery scam.

The suspects are Gbenga Tunde 22, Dojo Seun 19, Bamidele David 23, Razaq Oladeji 26, Seun Adeoye, Gani Dimeji 20, Paul Joshua 21, Hammeed Badmus 27, Adenekan Adedibu 24, and Seye Bamijoko 25.

The Area “A” Commamda of the Police, Moore Division, Funsho Adegboye said the suspects were arrested on Monday at Eleyele area in Ile Ife.

They were alleged of living a flamboyant life without a legitimate source of income.

The Commander said that items recovered from the suspects are laptops, phones, 12 exotic cars, Sim cards and charms.

Man Commits Suicide In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Tragedy struck at Gbodo area in Ile Ife as man committed suicide by hanging himself.

The incident which occurred on Tuesday evening when the man identified as Kunle Adeoye hanged himself to death

Minutes after embarking on the act, residents disclosed that the lifeless body of the deceased was discovered by co-tenants who raised the alarm, attracting passers-by and other tenants.

It was gathered that the deceased relatives removed the body which was found clutched to the ceiling fan in his parlour.

Our correspondent gathered that the deceased had lost most of his properties which frustrated his life.

A source revealed that the deceased killed self because he had lent a loan from a cooperative society and has been worried on how to pay the debt.

Sources also revealed that the relatives of the deceased has buried him to avoid the attention of the police.

Downpour Rattles Ile-Ife, Modakeke Residents

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Residents of Ile-Ife and Modakeke, State of Osun have lamented the effects of the recent heavy rainfall in the areas, leaving in its trail, flooded streets, houses, churches, shops and markets, has caused huge economic loss.

The downpour caused power outage among various areas like Akarabata, Owode, Oju Odo, Mayfair community and many other areas in Ile-Ife and Modakeke while vehicular movement was hampered as roads were flooded, making movements on these roads nearly impossible.

The deluge also prevented most people without private means of transportation from attending religious services; with attendance at several churches scanty as worshippers used the downpour as an excuse to stay indoors on Sunday.

Traders were also prevented from going about their daily business, as the rain grounded economic activities.

Roads were free as most bus drivers and Okada riders could not operate because of the intensity of the downpour.

Meanwhile, some residents have lamented that lack of proper drainage and water channels in some areas like Oju Odo, Mayfair and Akarabata resulted in the flooding of some residential houses and shops.

The rain started at about 8:30pm on Sunday and continued till about 11pm and there was heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday.

The recent downpour forced men, women and children to stay at home. While some families were seen draining water from their homes using pumping machines, others resorted to scooping with containers.

In some areas, residents were overwhelmed by the volume of the surging water and watch helplessly not knowing which of their valuables to salvage.

Some residents, who spoke with the medium expressed sadness over the development, lamenting the havoc wrecked by the flood.

“It was the cry of my children that woke me up,” lamented Mrs Lawal Yetunde, a widow whose two bedroom apartment was flooded.

She said her children were sleeping on the floor when they noticed an unusual coldness, which jolted them from their sleep.”The speed with which the water spread to the entire house was alarming. There was nothing we could do to salvage our valuables,” she said.

The worst affected areas are; Akarabata, Owode, Ondo Road, Opa, Mayfair, and Oju Odo.

Many Injured As Suspected PDP Thugs Clash In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Many people were injured at Iremo area in Ile Ife On Thursday morning as suspected PDP hoodlums believed to be rival gangs clashed.

Our correspondent learnt that the clash was as a result of a long-standing feud between rival gangs in Akodi and Ogbingbin.

A motorcyclist who craved anonymity, told our correspondent that the clash was as a result of a row which broke out during the distribution of weapons allegedly acquired by the PDP to cause mayhem during the upcoming Governorship election .

He added that fighting among the hoodlums had become a weekly affair since some undisclosed officials of PDP have given the leaders of thug groups money and weapons.

“Immediately the police arrived there, the hoodlums took to their heels. The violence has become rampant now, ” he said.

Our correspondent however learnt that many residents had fled the area until peace was restored.

Residents Lament Incessant Stealing Of Motorcycles, Cars In Ile Ife, Modakeke

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite the state government’s efforts to improve security of lives and property in Osun, residents of Ile Ife and Modakeke can still not heave a sigh of relief as armed robbers appear to have doubled up operation in the neighbourhood.

While thefts and burglary incidents have gone on the rise recently, the free reign of armed robbery gangs in the habit of mounting road blocks late at night and early in the morning to steal motorcycles and cars have continued to worry the residents.

The recent twist of robbery gangs, usually of four or five men per group, laying siege has made the residents of the two communities cry out for help.

Olabisi Ajayi, one of the most recent victims who resides at Ondo road told our correspondent that the recent incessant of stealing motorcycles and cars has become very alarming.

“I parked my motorcycle inside my compound before I slept on Sunday. I nearly ran mad on Monday morning when I woke and found that my motorcycle has been stolen,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs Olusola Rotimi recounted how a visiting friend was dislodged of his car at Enuwa about a week ago.

Landlords in the two towns said that the development had become more worrisome, as it is now usual to hear of stealing of motorcycles and cars in the wee hours of every morning.

A landlord, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the major challenge in the last three months was tackling the incidents of incessant stealing of motorcycles and cars usually during the hours of 4 and 5:30am.

“We have had one too-many cases of young boys jumping fences to steal car accessories and motocycles and others and this has increased awareness, for which the police patrols must come in to put them in check,” he said.

SARS Arrest Thugs For Attacking Hausa Traders In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

There was a little pandemonium at Sabo area in Ile Ife on Sunday as men of  Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS) arrested some suspected thugs for attacking Hausa traders.

Our correspondents gathered that the incident occurred around 10am when the thugs deliberately attacked the Hausa traders with the intention of creating crisis in the ancient city.

According to an eyewitness, Mr Oluwaseun Gandhi told our correspondent that the thugs invaded the Hausa traders to cause crisis in the town.

He said the SARS swiftly intervened in the the matter to curtail violence.

As at the time of filling in this report, normalcy has been restored to the area as the Hausa traders were seen continuing their business activities.

Weather Forecast: Cloudy Weather Expected On Sunday, Monday In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted mostly cloudy with a t-storm on Sunday and shower or t-storm in spots in the ancient town of Ile Ife, State of Osun.

The agency predicted that the ancient town would experience cloudy to cloudy on Sunday morning hours with day and night temperatures in the range of 34 to 24 degrees Celsius.

It also predicted that the town will experience a shower or thunderstorm on Monday with day and night temperatures in the range of 33 to 37
and 34 to 24 degrees Celsius.

7 Escape Death In Ife Car Accident

By Sodiq Lawal

No fewer than seven persons escaped death as a commercial bus collided with a car at Obalufon-Sabo area in Ile Ife, State of Osun.

The accident which occurred around 9:00a.m at Obalufon- Sabo on Friday was said to have been caused by the recklessness of the commercial bus driver.

According to an eye witness, Mr Harun Surajudeen said the accident was as a result of indiscriminate stopping of the commercial bus driver to pick passenger on the expressway as the car hit the bus in the course of averting disaster.

The Car

He added that three people sustained serious injuries while others sustained minor injuries.

Surajudeen stated further the injured persons were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

As at the time of filling this report, men of the National Union Of Transport Workers(NURTW) Ife branch, traders, youths and others have stormed the incident to restore normalcy.

Vigilante Group Arrests Two Men For Stealing Roll Of 150mm Cable In Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

There was a little pandemonium at Owode Community in Ife Central earlier today, State of Osun as men of vigilante group arrested two men for stealing a roll of 150mm cable.

Residents of the area who were all asleep were jolted around 2am on Monday by the noise of the vigilante group.

A vigilante in charge of the neighbourhood, Mr Francis Ojo, who spoke to our correspondent on Tuesday afternoon said that nemesis caught up with the men as they were rounded up by the vigilante routine patrol team in the wee hours of today.

“I was the one that informed my colleagues about the incessant stealing of cables in the area and the operation was carried out by our routine team patrolling that axis. We observed till after some hours, the two men came out from the bush with some stolen cables and our team then acted promptly,” he said.

He added that the arrested men had made useful statements which have been transferred, together with the men to the police for further investigation.

However, a community leader in the area, Mr Adedibu Ridwan has urged the residents to maintain peace, saying the men will face the wrath of what they did.

Post Mortem Of Osun LG Election In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Politics in the ancient city of Yoruba land, Ile Ife, State of Osun has become a do- or-die affair where the only rule of the game is survival of the fittest, regardless of crudeness or brutality. Ballot
boxes are snatched, voters and security agents maimed and killed, riotous protests, arson, armed gangs of thugs, soldiers and police using coercion to force people to vote for their benefactors and
polling booth officials maimed or killed.

The extent and level of violence in elections especially in Ile Ife is enough to have the elections cancelled since they were not in any respect free and fair. Elections in Ile Ife has also been marred by
various forms of election malpractices ranging from double or multiple registration,.deliberate late arrival of election materials by electoral officials, stuffing/snatching of ballot boxes, destruction
or hijacking of electoral materials, harassment and intimidation by armed groups, falsification of results, delay in announcing results with no satisfactory explanation etc..These practices logically
result in violent conflicts and clashes.

Saturday, the Local Government Parliamentary Elections was held in some wards in the State of Osun with the Ife Axis going to the polls in 52 wards. The announcement of the results of the poll result in Ile Ife was followed by a paroxysm of bloodletting. It was gathered that an accord party aspirant, Adedeji
Olawale Iremo 2, Ile Ife and his fellow political thugs stormed the house of an APC sympathiser to kill him. Unfortunately for him, he was the one that was butchered. He sustained several injuries before the
matter was taken to the Police.

Violence erupted in Iremo, Ilare, Ilode, Orita-Fogo and some areas after the election. Some aggrieved party supporters engaged one another in a free-for-all midway after the election, scores of
delegates and others fled in different directions as a result of the fracas, even as some were injured. Party agents were also attacked by thugs but security officials later forced them out of the grip of the
angry PDP thugs and whisked them away.

I have lamented for so long. It has no doubt. Political thugs in the ancient city are causing violence every day. It will be sad to believe that majority of thugs in Ile Ife are being sponsored by PDP. They
mobilize unemployed youths as vital violent arsenals. The youths are induced to threaten or unleash violence as a means to achieve electoral and political success. Electoral violence in Ile Ife is
induced by financial, ethnic or religious considerations.

Also, the lack of adequate knowledge or information on politics, particularly electoral processes, coupled with low level of education, the high level of deprivation and impoverishment of the youths in Ile Ife force many to take the readily available ‘job opportunity’.

The said politicians are responsible for arming the youths, who mostly are political thugs to manipulate electoral outcomes, kidnap or kill political opponents, threaten and intimidate electorates, destroying
lives and properties, as electoral processes are disrupted.

Breaking: Osun LG Election: Police Arrest Renowned PDP Thug, Oluremo In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

As the local government election holds in the State of Osun, the Police have arrested a notorious PDP thug popularly called Oluremo of Iremo in Iremo, Ile Ife.

An eye witness, Mr Rasheed Adegoke said the cultist was arrested for using harmful weapons such as gun and axe to threaten the lives of party agents and voters who had arrived at the polling unit.

Adegoke said the notorious cultist nearly created panic at exactly 8:15am at Iremo road leading to Ooni’s palace, a development which triggered some party agents to call the attention of the police.

It was learnt that the cultist ran away when the police arrived but was later apprehended by the combined effort of the residents of the area and the Police.

As at the press time of filling this report, normalcy has been restored to the area as the men of the police force were seen trying to maintain peace.