IG Ultimatum On Firearms: Osun Police Recovers 86 Assorted Firearms, Bullets   

By Toba Adedeji
Following the order issued by the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim to seize illegal arms from people nationwide, the Osun State Police has recovered 86 firearms and bullets across the State.
The recovered firearms were displayed in Osun State Police command, Osogbo on Thursday.
During the briefing with journalists, Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye said, “The ultimatum given by the Inspector General of Police is expired but we have recovered few as a result of that ultimatum given. We want you to know what we have been able to do in the past few months and the number of firearms that were recovered.
“You know that firearms in the hands of wrong people constitute a major threat to law and order in our society and in the course of our activity in the past twelve months, we have succeeded in recovering many firearms which you see on display.
Adeoye said, “For now we have the total number of 86 assorted firearms and 88 unexpended cartridges. The recovery of the firearms is a continuous process and whosever that is found to be in possession of any illegally acquired firearms will be dealt with in accordance of the law.
“So we are using this opportunity to appeal to the members of the public to pass necessary information to the police if they come in contact with anybody who is in possession of any form of firearms.”
“We have few instances where the owners willingly surrender the arms but majority of those firearms were recovered from criminals who are undergoing prosecution.
According to him, “There are three categories of firearms which are; Muzzle loading, Personal firearm and Prohibited firearms. For the Personal Firearms the Inspector General of Police is the one that has the authority to issue permit; for the Prohibited firearms example of this is the Pump action rifle, the President and the Commander-in-Chief can issue permit on that but we have realized that some people in this category is taking firearms in this category to be personal firearms which is still illegal and for Muzzle Loading you have to get a permit through the local government.”
Adeoye also assured the people Osun State of adequate security in the forthcoming Easter celebration.

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.


Osun Police Boss Assures Residents Of Safety, Urges Youths To Shun Internet Fraud

The Commissioner of Police in the State of Osun, Mr Fimihan Adeoye has called on residents of the state to be peaceful and avoid anything that could cause the breakdown of law and order.

Adeoye also implored Youths to shun internet fraud just as he assured that the force will not waver in ensuring that the relative peace enjoyed in the state is unbothered.

Featuring on a radio programme in Osogbo on Thursday, the Osun Police Commissioner said the command has in the past months tried to nip in the bud cases of crime, fraud, kidnapping among others.

On Internet Fraud, he said the police has deployed various mechanisms to checkmate the activities of Youths who are now into the business urging them to refrain from the act as those caught will face the music.

CP Adeoye attributed the success of the command to the State Government of Osun led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola for its proactiveness and support for security agencies, a development that has made the state one of the most peaceful in the country.

“We have put in place measures to checkmate crime. We are happy that the state is peaceful and of low crime rate. We will just tell all those who perpetrate crime especially Internet Fraud and those who abuse social media to watch it because we are after erring ones.”

“I must also commend the government for their support, the support has been massive and helped a lot. We hope this will continue.”

He said the Police is prepared to ensure a hitch and violence free state before, during and after the September 22 governorship elections urging the people of the state to help the police by avoiding the break out of violence during the electioneering.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun, CP Fimihan Adeoye also urged members of the public to alert the men of the force on 08075872433, 08123823980, 08039537995 or [email protected] for rapid response.

Missing UNIOSUN Student Actually Used School Fees For MMM, Arrested By Osun Police

A final year student of Accounting at the Osun State University, Yemi Olaniyan, whose family said he disappeared from the Ojodu Police Station in Lagos State, has come out of hiding.

The student was presented to journalists by the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, at the police headquarters in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Olaniyan resurfaced two weeks after he was declared missing by his family.

He claimed to have left Osogbo for Lagos on February 28, ostensibly to submit an application for Industrial Training with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in Yaba, Lagos.

Olaniyan said he informed a female acquaintance simply called Oyin that he would spend the night at Ojodu Police Station in Lagos later that day, but he confessed to have later changed his mind, claiming he spent the night at a shopping complex, from where he allegedly left for Ilorin the following morning.

He said he started doing “email job” in Ilorin, Kwara State, to raise his school fees which he said he lost to the MMM Ponzi scheme.

Olaniyan said, “I went to Lagos and it was getting late. I could not return to Osogbo that day. I decided to go to Ojodu Police Station to pass the night.

“One of my friends, a lady called me and I told her that since I could not make it back to Osogbo that day, I decided to pass the night at Ojodu Police Station.

“After speaking to her, I changed my mind. I just looked for a space at a shopping complex and I passed the night there.


“First thing the following morning, I got a free ride going to Ilorin. When I got to Ilorin, I started doing menial job to raise money.

“I had to work to raise money because I have spent my school fees. I used my school fees for MMM and I lost the money.

“I didn’t deliberately mislead the public. My friend that released the information online later called and said I should return home.

“She said SSS people were on her trail. She said she would commit suicide if I didn’t return. Because of that threat, I left Ilorin and went to one of our neighbours, who is a retired officer of SSS.

“The man, after listening to my story, led me to the SSS office. I am indeed very sorry for whatever embarrassment that misinformation might have caused the Police.”

The CP said the boy turned himself in to the Department of State Services and the operatives of the DSS brought him to the Police.

Adeoye stated that the information that Olaniyan spent the night at the Police station and that his whereabouts became unknown because the Police had harmed him was incorrect.

The CP said, “Findings showed that the boy paid fees last when he was in 200 level and he is now in 400 level.

“The information in the public was tilting towards Police harming the boy when he never slept at the station.”

It will be recalled that the Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University, Prof. Labode Popoola, had in 2016, disclosed that students of the university owed the school over N1bn.

He said most of them invested in MMM and lost their fees to the Ponzi scheme.

The Police also announced the rescue of two stolen children from a syndicate.

Parading the suspects, Mr Adeoye, said the rescue of the two children was made possible through the reportage of the arrest of members of the syndicate.

“Two weeks ago , the media widely reported the arrest of two persons, a reverend father and a woman, who kidnapped and later sold an 18-month-old baby boy they stole in Osogbo.

“This report prompted a couple from Ganmon in Kwaran whose three and five- year-old daughters were stolen in Ilorin to check with the command to see if those arrested were the same people who stole their daughters.

“When the couple saw the suspects in our custody, it was discovered that it was the same gang that stole their daughters and further investigation launched by the command led to the recovery of their children.

“In another development, however, four men were also arrested in Ibadan by men of the Osun Police Command for forging various certificates, especially academic certificates.

“The men were arrested after a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, asked someone to help her collect her certificate from her school.

“Instead of the person sent to collect the certificate from the school, he went to patronise the forgers who issued a forged certificate to her.
Baby stealing

“When the certificate owner, however, took the certificate to her school to be verified, the school denied issuing it and this led to her reporting the matter to the police and the subsequent arrest of the forgers, ” he said.


Police Arrest Cultist In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

The Police in Ile Ife, State of Osun have arrested a man identified as a most wanted cultist in the ancient city.

The suspect, Adekunle Lekan a.k.a Scorpion who has been on the wanted list of the Police for the past three years, was arrested yesterday by police operatives.

The Area “A” Commander of the Police Division in the town, Funsho Adegboye disclosed on Tuesday that the suspect had been linked to several cult clashes in Orita Fogo environs and death of many citizens.

He said an axe, a sword and assorted charms were recovered from him and that the Commissioner of Police has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism section for further investigation.

Osun Police Nabs Four Armed Robbers, Recovers 19 Cars

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Police in the State of Osun has recovered 19 cars from four suspected armed robbers arrested by the command.

The Police Commissioner, Olafimihan Adeoye disclosed this while parading the suspects at the police headquarters in Osogbo.

The arrested suspects include Adeleke Timothy, Akoodu Olufemi, Kehinde Badmos and Adenle Babatunde Olusola.

Twelve Toyota Camry cars, four Toyota Corolla cars, one Toyota Highlander SUV and one Nissan Sunny car were recovered from the suspects.

The CP said arms recovered from them included one locally made pistol, one live cartridge and charms.

He said their arrest was prompted by the complaints by some of their victims, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court without delay.

He thereby urged the people of the state to continue supplying the command with useful information in order to achieve a crime free state.

Neighbour Defiles 6-Year Old Girl In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 24-year old man, Moshood Lukman has allegedly defiled a six year old girl (Name Withheld) whose parents live in the same compound with him.

The girl was alleged to have been defiled on the 24th of December last year at Oke-Onitea area in Osogbo, State of Osun.

The incident happened around 3 pm on the said day when Luqman sent her on an errand, according to her parents.

Speaking with Osun Defender on the agony their child has been going through,
Parents of the defiled girl (name withheld) implored government and well meaning Nigerians to help them in getting justice for their child.

A human rights activist, Waheed Saka condemned the act and promised to pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

The state commissioner of police, Olafimihan Adeoye, also assured that the case would be charged to court after their investigations.

The suspect is currently in the police custody as the family unit of the state police command continues its investigations.

PHOTONEWS: Governor Aregbesola Receives New Assistant Police Commissioner(s)

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Tuesday morning at the Government House in Osogbo received the new Assistant Police Commissioner(s) posted to the state.

They were formally shown to the Governor by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Fimihan Adeoye.

The event also attracted the presence of Royal Fathers including the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi among others.

Dolapo Julius captured the moment.

Police Arraign Killer Of Osun 2018 Baby Of The Year’s Father

By Nofisat Marindoti

The State of Osun Police Command has arrested and arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the State capital, the killer of the father of the State 2018 baby of the year, Okanlawon Kazeem aged 23.

The father of the baby, Okewumi Abiodun had met his death along Gbogan-Osogbo road, at Ogo-oluwa area of the metropolis few hours after the first Lady of the state, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola showered gifts on his baby for being the first to be delivered in the state in the New Year.

The father of the first baby, Abiodun had showered encomium on Mrs Aregbesola for her good gesture and had eventually left the hospital around 8pm to have some rest at home when the unfortunate happened.

His motorcycle had a head-on collision with another motorcycle riding against the traffic. While the other cyclist sustained minor injury, Abiodun died on the spot as a result of serious head injury he sustained.

Arraigning the accused in court, Police Prosecutor, Ajayi Sunday said Kazeem on January 1st, 2018 at Ogo-Oluwa area, being the rider in charge of one unregistered TVS motorcycle, drove against traffic rules in a manner dangerous to the public which led to the death of one Okewumi Abiodun.

Sunday said the accused also rode without drivers license which contravened section 18(1) of RTR Cap 115, vol. 5, Law of Osun of Nigeria, 2003 and section 27 of RTA Cap 155, vol. 6 Law of Osun of Nigeria, 2003.

The Prosecutor added that the offences are also contrary to and punishable under section 7 (1) of RTA law of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

The accused however, pleaded not guilty of the charges levelled against him and his counsel, Barrister Tunde Adedokun prayed the court to grant bail.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till February 21 for hearing.

Police Nab Fake Surveyor In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Osun State Police Command has arrested a 64-year old man, Raji Popoola who specializes in posing as a registered surveyor in order to dupe unsuspecting victims.

Popoola who was arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, the state capital, was charged with offences bothering on conspiracy, fraud, posing as a registered surveyor among others.

Police Prosecutor, Ajayi Sunday told the court that the accused with others now at large on the 11th of October, 2005 at around Igbona area, forged the survey plan and land agreement documents of a parcel of land situated along Ilesa road in Osogbo.

Sunday said the accused presented the papers to one David Iyiola knowing fully well that they are fake.

The Prosecutor noted that the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 467, 484 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the offences leveled against him while his counsel, Barrister Dauda Oyewole implored the court to grant him bail.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused bail of N500,000 with two sureties in the like sum and adjourned the case till February 28, 2018.

Osun Records 13th Crime Free State In Nigeria Status

The Osun State Government has been rated 13th in an index of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS, in the rankings of states with the most crime rates recorded.

In the data released by the NBS for its crime statistics for 2016, the state was ranked on the 13th position with an 0.94 index.

This according to the Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Security Matters, Mr Tope Adejumo, the feat was doable through various intervention by the government in beefing up the security of the state since it assumed office.

The Osun State Government has been rated 13th in an index of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS, in the rankings of states with the most crime rates recorded.

In the data released by the NBS for its crime statistics for 2016, the state was ranked on the 13th position with an 0.94 index.

This according to the Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Security Matters, Mr Tope Adejumo, the feat was doable through various intervention by the government in beefing up the security of the state since it assumed office.

Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo, Mr. Adejumo hinted that since 2012 when the Swift Action Anti-Robbery Squad SARS was established, other measures have been taken to secure lives and property in the state.

His words “The government of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola in July, 2012 established SARS which enforced security in the state. About 25 Armoued personnel carriers were purchased for security out of which five were locally made and twenty were top grade state-of-the-art equipment imported from China. 125 security patrol vehicles were also commissioned to assist security agents discharge their duties.”

“Aside this, government provided financial support to the security agencies, engaged security men as sheriff guards as well as the recently launched Edu Marshals for the enforcement of discipline in public schools across the state.”

Adejumo added that “In furtherance of ensuring security, the government procured one helicopter for aerial security surveillance as well as Osun Citizens Mediation Center, O’Mediation for alternative dispute resolution.”

Corroborating him, the Osun State commissioner of police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye said the command apart from ensuring security in the state also partners local vigilante volunteers and indigenous security agencies to boost its productivity.

Adeoye who lauded Ogbeni Aregbesola’s government efforts on security noted that advocacies are on to enlighten members of the public the more on safeguarding their lives through the mass media and reporting to the police any breach of security in their area.

The duo maintained that as the government is trying to ensure the security of the whole state, citizens and residents should ensure that they protect themselves and report appropriately, any case of security breach in their environment.