Police Arrest 2 Men For Stealing Electricity Cables In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Operatives of the Police Division at Moore in Ile Ife, on Thursday said it has arrested two men for allegedly stealing electric cables.

Our correspondent learnt that the Police foiled the theft of over 30 meter long cables at Ojoyin community in the ancient town.

They said, the two men on sighting patrol vehicle inward Ojoyin jumped into the bush leaving behind an over 30 meter long cable on the road.

According to the police, the vandal had drawn out the concealed cable on the road from the connecting point at the base of a lamp post when they sighted the operatives but were later apprehended by the combine effort of the Police and the residents.

The police had in the wake of been patrolling the area to curb incessant vandalization before the incident occurred.

Owa Ilare Festival: Ife Residents, Artisans Continue Businesses Despite Restriction Of Movement

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite the celebration of Owa Ilare festival in Ile Ife on Saturday afternoon, scores of traders, residents, transport workers still performed their daily activities without fear.

The Waasin of Ife land, who is a traditional ruler of Ilare quarters, Oba Zacheous Olasoji had on Friday said that Owa Ilare festival will hold on Saturday, announced restriction of movement during the celebration.

Our correspondent observed that scores of residents, transport workers and others defied the order and went on with their businesses in the ancient city.

It was gathered that the Owa Ilare festival lasted for two hours and was meant to clear the land from devils attack .

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.

The Hausas And Sabo Market In Ile Ife


By Sodiq Lawal

From the way the ancient city is called, one could almost get the taste of what living in it would be like. The city sounds sweet in the mouths of the elders and the young ones. It is with a certain, deliberate thoughtfulness that could not be found in the way other cities and towns are pronounced especially with its cultural heritage.


Ile Ife is an ancient city of Yoruba, on the outskirts of Modakeke, close to the service road which links traveling vehicles to the mainly road leading to Iwo, and subsequently several towns in Osun State. In this town, culture and tradition are well respected by everyone.

One of the many biggest markets in Ile Ife is Sabo market. Sabo pulsates with life. Its suya spot, night life and its red light district, help to keep it alive, indicates an online platform. One may add that the warmth of its inhabitants, its tall buildings and the joy of living, so noticeable on its streets, helps to give it character too.


At 4:30 am in every day, the community is already wide awake. Men are busy in their shops while some young men are already heading to the nearby mosque. Bus conductors are eagerly yelling “Lagere, Mayfair, Campus and mentioning many other locations. Women clean pots and pans as they get ready for the days business, expressing themselves in Hausa and making an easy turn to Yoruba if they have to.

Sabo impresses in the day time too. There are countless restaurants spread all over the community, where for a little money you can have a nice meal of white rice, stew and salad. By the restaurant is a mosque and soon the men gather to say their prayers. It is about 4:00 pm.

Hawkers of fruits,sugar cane and so many items,as well as visitors, all pass by. Men on commercial motor cycles also move along with their passengers. The men continue praying. This part of Sabo looks like a slice of Kano, but it is not. This is Ile Ife. The streets are narrow, houses are built close to each other, and there is a huge growing population.


Alh. Mahmuda Abubakr is Leader of the Hausas. He is also known as Sarkin Hausawa, his official title. He rules over the Hausa populations in Ile Ife. He was not born in Ile Ife, but has since become home to him and many others, and that the history of the community goes back a long time.


The market consists of traders from different ethnic groups in Nigeria. These include: Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Kanuri, Ibibio, Fulani, Efik, Edo, Igala, Idoma, and Ebira just to mention a few. It is most populated with Hausa’s because most Vegetables comes from the Northern part of Nigeria.


All food items that are grown in tropical Africa can be found there. Including vegetables, fruits, anything related to salad, tomatoes, pepper, onions, yam, yam flour, palm oils, livestock, fresh and cheap perishables, and other numerous edible food items and non-edible items are sold there.


Findings say the Hausa community developed the street along which the community is found. Slowly, the population of Hausas grew and grew, until, finally, the neighbouring communities began to refer to the market as hausa community.

There are shops, dwellings, restaurants, mosques, tea sellers, shoe repairers, tailors, local barbers (wanzamai) and countless other folks who help to define and give colour to Sabo.


There are many individuals who married Hausa wives in Sabo, that is Hausa ladies born in Ile Ife. Some of the parents of these Hausa women were born in Ile Ife. There are many Hausa men whose first home is Ile Ife, for they were born there. There is a high level of intermarriage and mixing of cultures going on in the community.



One of the leader of the Hausa in the market, Alh Sani Muhamadu, says that he used to bring cows from the North to sell in Ile Ife and this eventually made him to settle at Sabo.


“I would spend thirty days trekking with cows from Sokoto. I would sell the cows and take the money back to the North, and buy more cows to return to the South with. Sometimes, ten of us will bring 50 cows from the North and trek with these to the south,” he said.


He said migrant workers used to come to Sabo market a long time ago, and the culture is still alive today.

“Some used to come here and work for a few months, and then go back home. While here they sell goats,beans and sugar cane, and also carry out menial jobs. Our people work hard here and then go back later”.

Drama In Ile Ife As Man Beats Wife To Stupor For Refusing To Have Sex With Him

By Sodiq Lawal

There was drama at Ojoyin road in Ile Ife as a 40-year-old man popularly called Baba Ope beat his wife to stupor for refusing to have sex with him for  months.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon about 4:15pm.

It was gathered that the husband got home around 3:30pn on the day of the incident and demanded sex from his wife but she refused, a pattern she had taken for a long time.

The husband was said to have accused her of cheating on him and grabbed his wife by the neck and dragged her outside, and beat her up.

His wife suffered severe cuts as a result of the beating and was taken to a hospital by relations who came to her rescue.

The husband claimed that he beat his wife out of frustration: “I did it out of frustration and anger. My wife refused to have sex with me for the last 4 months. Before then, I even had to pay her to have sex with me. I believe she is cheating on me because she does not answer her phone in my presence. Sometimes she moves away or even hangs up the phone

Police Arrest 5 Motorcycle Thieves In Ile Ife 

By Sodiq Lawal

The Police Division at Moore in Ile Ife has arrested 5 suspects over alleged robbery and receiving of stolen motorcycles.

In an exclusive interview with the Area “A” Commanda of the Police Moore Division, Funsho Adegboye said the suspects were arrested by the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad at Gbodo in Ile Ife.

He said following credible information from members of the public, five suspects were arrested.

He added that the suspects were believed to be members of a syndicate that specialised in stealing and sales of stolen motorcycles.

Adegboye explained that two of the motorcycles were recovered from the suspects, and assured members of the public that the police were on top of the situation to apprehend other members of the syndicate to halt their activities in the town.

He said further that the  suspects were helping the police with information and would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Suspected PDP Thugs Attack Trader In Ile Ife

Suspected PDP thugs on Saturday evening attacked a trader popularly called Olamide at Iremo area in Ile Ife.

Olamide who sells electronic gadgets at the area was attacked for fighting with a thug popularly called “Ori Ejo”.

This triggered the attention of the co-thugs to chase the trader with the intention of beating him to death.

The incident however turned to a pandemonium in the area when the thugs stormed Olamide’s and carted away with all his goods since he had run for safety.

An eye witness who craved anonymity told our correspondent that, ” the thugs are the boys of PDP, they always create havoc everyday in the area. Crisis has become their daily bread which they most eat everyday.”

As at press time, some community leaders have appealed to the thugs and normalcy has returned to the area.

Pastor Allegedly Rapes Church Member’s Daughter In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

A Nigerian pastor has landed in serious trouble after he was dragged to court for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old girl.

The Pastor at Chosen Family Ministry, Fayegbami,  Ile-ife,  Mr Tosin Odeyemi was allegedly assaulted the little girl, Jolayemi Babalola,  by inserting his fingers in her private part severally around March 2017, and went further to forcefully have sex with her.

The pastor was said to have warned  the lad not to  reveal what transpired between them to anyone,  threatening that she would die if she does.

According to the mother of the victim, Mrs Elizabeth Babalola, who until late last year was a worker in the church, the alleged rape  experience made the young girl to severely suffer psychological trauma, as she became moody and ostracised.

“The pastor did what he did to my daughter knowing fully well that I don’t have anybody,  he believed he could oppress me with impunity.

“I did not discover the heinous act on time despite her sudden change in behaviour immediately the incident happened,  she became moody and started acting very strange.

“I thought  she will change when she got admission,  but that  did not happen until I was called that she slumped and passed out on campus one fateful day.

“It was when she was revived that she opened up that the pastor sexually abused her and threatened that she would die if anybody hears about it.

“This is indeed strange and unbecoming of a man who claimed to be a servant of God, I believe my daughter will get justice “, she said.

It was gathered that the case was brought to Magistrates’ court at Ile-ife on Wednesday, February 28,2018 for mention.

The State Counsel,  Mr Muyiwa Ogunleye said the accused was standing trial for a one-count charge of sexual assault, as the accused pleaded not guilty.

The defense counsel however reminded the court of a bail earlier granted the accused on the sum of N200,000 and a surety.

The Magistrate, Mrs Adejumoke Adeyinka-Olowolagba thereafter adjoined the case till March 28,2018 for hearing.

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.