Be Prepared To Follow Up Cases, DPO Urges Public

By Murtala Agboola

Residents of Osogbo in the state of Osun have been called upon to be prepared to provide information to the police on any crime as well as follow up cases till it gets to court.

The Divisional Police Office (DPO), Mr. Clement Agbemoroti, a Superintendent of Police, gave the admonition at the monthly meeting of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) held at the station recently.

The police chief said sometimes when residents report crime to the police and the culprits are apprehended, the victims are not willing to follow it up to the court.

He, however, stressed that without cogent evidence from eye witnesses, the case may end up at the station, or if it eventually ends in court, it is thrown out for lack of credible evidence.

According to him, in the two cases, members of the public attribute the lack of continuation of cases to either inefficiency on the part of the police or that they have compromised on the ethics of their profession (Agbemoroti cited instances of cases where victims have refused to come up with evidence against culprits arrested by the police.

He equally advised members of the PCRC that all crimes should be reported to the police and not settled at home because of the likely consequences.

In response to a question, the DPO said all builders being extorted should report to the nearest police station. He said thugs masquerading as land speculators for extorting money from people putting up buildings should contact the nearest police station to the area of construction.

The chairman of PCRC, High Chief Gbadebo Adeyemo JP corroborated what the DPO said by stating that the office of Kabiyesi, HRM Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, is on top of the situation.

He asserted that anybody that run foul of the law by harassing anybody putting up a building will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Adeyemo said the monarch frowns at the activities of miscreants disturbing builders at their sites and would not relent in ensuring that their excesses are checked permanently.

New police officers posted to the station were introduced to members while members were asked to co-operate with the police.

PCRC members were asked to be up and doing in terms of prompt attendance of meetings and payment of levies.

Fear, As Clergyman Accuses Police, Robbery Suspects Of Conspiracy


  • Prosecutor Admits Suspects Escaped

By Our Reporter

A clergyman based in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun and an official of Peace Corps, Patriot Michael Mukaila Adebisi and his family members are currently living in fear of being killed owing to an alleged conspiracy between two officials of the Nigeria Police Force, Osun Command and four armed robbery suspects whom he recently arrested.

Micheal had on October 29, 2017 in a rare display of bravery rescued two persons; Temilola Isiaka and Kehinde Daodu from a suspected gang of armed robbers at Orisumbare Market Area in Osogbo and handed them over to the police.

An eye witness told OSUN DEFENDER that Michael was driving in his Toyota Highlander Jeep around the scene when he sighted the armed robbers with dangerous weapons attacking the victims around 8 pm and he was said to have engaged the suspects to save Temilola and Kehinde.

In the course of engagement with the suspected armed robbers, he was hit with dangerous weapons, severely injured and had his car damaged with some valuables stolen from him, but with the assistance of passers-by, he was able to disarm the suspects and arrested four of them who were in turn handed over to the police at Dugbe Police Station in Osogbo, while others ran away with his bag, which according to him, contained materials like N196,000, photocopies of Toyota Highlander Jeep particulars with registration number JJJ 242 EQ, photocopies of his credentials,  Huwai and Techno Y2 mobile phones, an identity card, GTB ATM card of one Miss Okunoye Damilola Christiana, Peace Corps Uniform with a name tag “Adebisi”, a desert boot, passport and other photographs, National ID card, Peace Corp ID card, TIN ID card and Clerical ID card.

Out of the four suspects that were arrested, according to Michael, only two, Kazeem Oladeinde, aged 39 and Idowu Hazzan Adedapo, 31, were arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court, while the other two were said to have been released with the knowledge of the Dugbe Police Station’s DPO, SP Gbemileke.

Surprised to see only two of the four suspects handed over to the police, Micheal said he made effort to use his “Camera phone to capture them, but in the process, his phone was seized by the Investigating Police Officer, one S.O Ademola who handed him over to another police officer, saying he was forced to part with N10,000 before the phone could be released to him.

He said, it was later that the Police Prosecutor in charge of the case, Sunday Ajayi told him that the other two suspects had been found to be innocent and that they had been released, a scenario which according to him started raising suspicion that the officials in charge might have compromised.

The four-count charge for which the duo of Oladeinde and Adedapo were arraigned before Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba read, “That you, Kaseem Oladeinde and Idowu Hazzan Adedapo and others now at large on the 29th October, 2017, did conspire to commit felony. That you Kaseem Oladeinde and Idowu Hazzan Adedapo did assault one Isiaka Temilola, Kehinde Daodu and Adebisi Mukaila Micheal by hitting them with an object as a result of which they sustained head injury. That you did malicious damage to one Toyota Highlander with registration number JJJ 242 GQ property of one Adebisi Mukaila Micheal by destroying the door of the said vehicle. That you did steal a bag containing the sum of N196,000 only, mobile phones, identity cards and ATM card, property of one Adebisi Mukaila”.

The suspects pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against them and the presiding Magistrate ordered that they should be remanded in Ilesa Prison custody, as she adjourned the matter till November 8, 2017.

When the matter came up on the said day, the suspects were not brought to court by Prison officials and this forced the Magistrate to adjourn till December 13 again. Still on December 13, the prison official did not show up, but the reason given by the Prosecutor, Sunday was the fuel scarcity as at the time. The magistrate subsequently adjourned the matter till January 17, 2018.

Narrating his ordeal to OSUN DEFENDER, Prophet Micheal said after the sitting of the court, he received a call that his house, located in Okinni had been set ablaze by some unknown persons, with a section of the house and the adjoining shop completely burnt, saying it was at this period that he became skeptical about the whereabouts of the other two suspects.

According to him, few days after his house was burnt, he started noticing strange movement of persons trailing him on bike wherever he goes, believing that his life was in serious danger.

To make things worse, he said that he had been accosted by a man who claimed to be a Prophet on the 29th November 2017, warning him to desist from further pursuit of the criminal case against the two accused and further warned that should he fails to heed the warning, he would lose his life and members of his family.

He said he could not report these life-threatening incidences to the police because he was afraid that the police might set trap for him.

On January 17, 2018, when the matter was to come up again, a new Magistrate had taken over the matter sequel to the transfer of Magistrate Olowolagba but the suspects were still not brought to court.

After studying the proceedings so far, the new magistrate sought to know the whereabouts of the accused persons and insisted that the accused be produced in court on the next adjourned date.

Michael said, it was after the insistence of the Magistrate that the counsel to the accused person, Barrister Okobe Najite approached him and warned him not to further pursue the matter, while the Police Prosecutor, Ajayi also came to confess to him that the accused persons had absconded from the police custody when they were being taken to the prison and have since been at large.

In spite of the atrocities committed by the conspirators, Michael noted that the Police Prosecutor has consistently collected money from him to convey the accused persons to court, while the officer and his conspirators had made several efforts to prevent a number of lawyers from further taking up the matter.

The complainant had subsequently written a petition to the office of Inspector General of Police, titled, “Complaint of Conspiracy, Aiding Escape and Perversion of Justice Against SP Gbemileke (DPO Dugbe), Sergeant Sunday Ajayi (Prosecutor) and S.O Ademola, All Officers of the Dugbe Police Station: Save Our Clients Soul”, where he accused Ajayi and counsel to the accused persons, Okobe Najite, of conspiracy to prevent the accused persons from being brought to justice. Copies of the petition were also submitted to the Commissioner of Police, Osun Command; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Zone XI; Department of Security Service; Human Right Commission; Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The petition signed by Michael’s lawyer, S.F Gimba of S.F Gimba & Co (Cornerstone Chamber) read in part: “Our client could upon the instant connect the warning by Lawyer Okobe and the Prophet as a deliberate and conscious effort to intimidate him to withdraw from the case, which by implication puts the prosecutor and the lawyer in the same team, as accessories to the offence with the sole objective of perverting justice.

“Our client is now being daily accosted by different people with threats concerning the case. Hence, our client hardly passes a day without being threatened by strangers.

“We implore you to use your good office to investigate the conduct of all the officers involved as we have reasons to believe they know the whereabouts of the accused persons trailing our client up and down”.

Meanwhile, in series of recorded telephone conversations between the complainant and the police prosecutor, a copy of which is in the custody of this medium, the latter was heard appealing to the former to forgive him and that he would take responsibility for all his stolen properties.

The prosecutor was also heard assuring the complainant that he would no longer be trailed by any unknown person, saying, “By the grace of God, I assure you that nobody would trail you again and nothing will happen to you. Please have mercy on me. I have now been left alone on this case by the other officers involved”.

When contacted by the medium for his reaction, he (prosecutor) disclosed that he was aware of the petition but he has been working with the petitioner to resolve the issue amicably.

He affirmed that the suspects had escaped from him while transferring them to Ilesa Prison and he has since then been on the trail of the run-away suspects. He added that he was not aware of the number of suspects involved in the case, as only two were presented in the court where he was prosecuting the matter.

Also, the investigating police officer, one officer Demola, while speaking with the medium said the matter had nothing to do with robbery but a mere case of two fighting and that the petitioner was not the one who effected the arrest of the suspects.


Inspector General Of Police Arrives Benue To Restore Order

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has arrived Benue following President Muhammadu Buhari demand that Idris should immediately move to Benue to ensure law and order.

The decree was made due to the recent killing of innocent people in Guma and Logo Local Government areas of the state by herdsmen.

The Inspecter General IGP arrived Benue today and was received by the AIG in charge of Zone 4 (Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau) at the Zone 4 Headquarters in Makurdi.


Police Arraign Man Over Alleged Felony

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Police in the State of Osun has arrainged a 19-year old, Olaniyi Ayodele in an Osogbo Magistrate Court over alleged intent to commit felony.

Prosecutor, Olayiwola Rasaq briefed the court that the accused on the 29th of December, 2017 at Tanisi area in Osogbo, attempted to commit felony to wit stealing which contravened section 508 of the Criminal code cap 34 volume II, laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

However when his count was read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Barrister Remigus Nwgu prayed the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till the 7th of February, 2018 for hearing. 19, in court over intent to commit felony.

Driver Lands In Court For Duping Housewife

By Nofisat Adeoye

A 55-year old truck driver, Adebayo Surajudeen, has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, State of Osun for allegedly duping housewife of money meant for cow.

Prosecutor, Ajayi Sunday told the court that on the 23rd of October, 2017 at Olorunda Local Government Area in the state, the accused obtained the sun of N53,000 from one Alabi Sarah under the pretense of selling one live cow to her.

Sunday said the offense contravened sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

However in his plea, the accused pleaded not guilty of the charge preferred against him. Also his counsel, Barrister Okobe Najite, urged the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Ashiru Ayeni granted the accused bail of N50,000 with one surety in the like sum and adjourned the case till January 23, 2017.

Police Arrest Nine Suspected Kidnappers, Bag Snatchers In Aba

Six suspended kidnappers and three bag snatchers and shoplifters were on Monday arrested by a combined team involving the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team in Aba, Abia State.

Commissioner of Police in the State, Anthony Ogbizi, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Umuahia said that there was no life lost either of the suspects or the police during the gun duel with the kidnappers although the suspects sustained gunshot wounds.

One of the suspect, Mr Sylvester Prince while speaking with journalists claimed that he was not involved in the kidnapping but only collected money from the gang for hiring his bus for their operations.

“I am not among the kidnappers, I swear, I only lend my bus to the gang which they normally use for their operations, all I can say is that they have used the bus two times. The first time, they gave me N50,000 and the second time, I received N400,000 which I used to pay my debts. I am not a kidnapper, the gang used my bus for their operations and pay me after their business,” he claimed.

Three other suspects arrested and paraded for robbery and burglary include Samson Tochi, Joseph Sunday and Osondu Nwagboso all between the ages 21 and 22 respectively.

They were arrested for shop looting, snatching handbags, money and mobile phones from unsuspecting members of the public who were at the command headquarters to testify against them.

Ogbizi said the command has beefed up security network in the state and therefore it will be difficult for the gang and other criminals to escape.

“The suspects paraded here were engaged in a gun battle by a combined team and Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team in their bungalow at the World Bank housing estate in Aba,” Ogbizi said.

He also called for cooperation of the members of the public to assist the police by supplying information on happening within their vicinity and report immediately any suspicious character.

Burna Boy In Police Net Over Alleged Armed Robbery

The Lagos State police Command has arrested a pop star musician, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna boy, over an alleged robbery at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island.

The spokesman for the command, SP Chike Oti confirmed the arrest to reporters on Friday evening in Lagos.

Oti said the musician was arrested over an alleged robbery attack on another popular musician, Mr 2kay at the hotel on Oct. 12.

“He reported to the police today (15/12/2017) at about 5p.m. He was subsequently arrested, interrogated and detained and would have his day in court on Monday 18/12/2017,” Oti said.

It was reported that the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, had on Nov. 20, requested Damini Ogulu to report to the Police for questioning over an alleged attack on a fellow musician.

He gave the name of the musician as Abiye Jombo, popularly known as Mr 2Kay.

The police boss said that Mr 2Kay had reported that he was robbed by four armed men of his valuables, including a gold wristwatch, jewellery and phones, in Room 847 on the eighth floor of the hotel.

According to him, the incident happened during the Buckwyld & Breathless concert.

“Four armed robbers carried out the attack and detectives were able to arrest one of their girlfriends, identified as Matejero, which led to the capture of the others.”

“The suspects apprehended by the Police reportedly mentioned Burna Boy and his manager, Joel Kantiock, who was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State.

“They claimed they received a part payment of N50,000 before the job, and another N50,000 after the job was completed,” the police boss said.

Anambra Youths Protest Move To Scrap SARS

Following the call by some groups to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), more than 2,000 youths on Monday took to the major roads in Awka, Anambra State capital, in a peaceful protest.

The group, under the aegis of Concerned Anambra Citizens and Non-Indigenes, drawn from various parts of the state, converged at the entrance gate of the SARS office in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

The protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions which read, “Removal of SARS, an invitation to kidnapping, robbery”, “We want crime-free Christmas and New Year”, “Let SARS be”, etc.

Addressing newsmen, the convener, and the Special Assistant to the state Governor on Political Matters, Okafor Emeka, said the protest was embarked on to drive home their demands on the consequences of scrapping the security unit.

While stating that any attempt to scrap SARS would amount to return of all forms of crimes and criminality in the state, he attributed the relative peace existing in the state to the active and aggressive operations of that arm of the police force.

On his part, the Police Community Relations Committee, Chief Francis Ezenwankwo said those calling for the scraping of the unit had selfish and ulterior motives, and called on them to have a rethink.

He however acknowledged that the officials of the unit might have their shortcomings, but insisted that rather than scrap the unit, they should be reformed and repositioned for better service delivery.

His words: “We have a system where erring officers are disciplined, including redeployment, training and retraining to bring out the best from them.”

The Governor’s aide, who later handed over the letter written to the Inspector General of Police by the group to the state Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, pleaded with the IGP to use his good offices to ensure that SARS remained in the state.

According to him, refusal to heed their call would compel the group to carry the protest to the police headquarters in Abuja.

In his response, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi, who represented by the Commissioner of Police, commended the group for their peaceful conduct, promising that their message would be delivered appropriately

Baddo Kills Pastor In Fresh Lagos Attack

Dreaded cult group, Badoo has struck again, killing a pastor at Lajo Road, near transformer in Igbogbo-Bayeku, Lagos

The pastor’s widow, Gloria and 10-month-old baby, Goodness, were said to have been found unconscious.  They were rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital by policemen from Igbogbo Division.

The attack occurred few hours after acting Police Commissioner of Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal met with all stakeholders at the palace of the Ikorodu monarch, Oba Abdulrasheed Shotobi on the menace of ritual killings.

It was gathered that the assailants smashed the head of the pastor identified as Victor Kanayo with two big stones, which were said to have been found beside him.

The information gathered said that the murderers cut the iron bars on the window of the bungalow the family lived in before entering the house.

This is coming on the heels of several efforts by the police to contain the resurgence of the Badoo killings which died down after massive raids of several shrines in Agbowa and Imota axis suspected to be the base of the cultists.

According to sources, the pastor and his family were the only ones living in the building because the landlord moved out some months ago as a result of increased insecurity.

The source said: “The pastor was an easy going person. His wife and child are unconscious as I speak to you. They were rushed the general hospital. The police took them there.”

Police spokesman Chike Oti, a Superintendent (SP) said some persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.

He said the police had commenced investigation into the case, adding that the command was digging into the pastor’s past to be sure there was no connection between his past and murder.

Oti stated that the look into his past was sequel to a human skull tattooed on the deceased’s shoulder, which detectives believe had cultism connotations.

He said: “Around 7am, at Offin, Igbogbo, Lagos, a suburb of Ikorodu town, one Victor Kanayo, a male person and a pastor was murdered.

“The command has made a couple of arrests and suspects are being questioned with a view to discover the author of the heinous crime. The Commissioner of Police has also dispatched a team of crack detectives to unravel those behind the murder, dig into the past of the victim and see if there is a correlation between his past and his fate.

“The issue of his past before he became a born again Christian is of interest to the police because of a human skull tattoo  drawn on his left arm which gives the victim away as one who may have belonged to any of the dreaded cult groups. Investigation into case is ongoing. Findings will be made public as usual by the CP.”

Festive Season: Police Meet NURTW, RTEAN Chairmen In Osun

By Nafisat Adeoye

As the festive period approaches, the Commissioner of Police, Osun State, Mr Adeoye Olafimihan has urged drivers in the State to keep to the etiquettes of the job.

He implored the drivers not to drive while drunk or while on drug, saying the festive period should be without any rancour.

CP Olafimihan said this during a meeting with the chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Mr Folorunso Olalekan and chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, Alhaji Olajiire Purpose at his office.

According to Olafimihan, the meeting was to ensure a good relationship between the two unions and to ensure drivers drive safely especially during the festive period.

In their separate addresses, the chairmen thanked the State Government under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Commissioner of Police who they described as a man of impeccable character.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mr Tope Adejumo who was also at the event, urged the residents of the state to be security conscious and report any suspicious movement to the police.

He also urged the residents to pay their taxes as this would enable the Government continue its developmental projects.

Meanwhile, the police also had a peace meeting with the herdsmen and farmers in the state.

During the meeting, CP Olafimihan urged representatives of the herdsmen present to prevail on others not to graze into farms, adding that the herdsmen shouldn’t allow children to lead the cows about as they may be not able to control them.

UPDATE: Normalcy Returns To Ikire After Protest

Normalcy has been restored to the popular Ikire Junction in the State of Osun after an early morning disturbance by some hoodlums who appeared to join the APC protest over the list of councillorship candidates for January’s Local Government in the state.

The state police command says they are on the trail of anyone who capitalizes on the protest to breakdown law and order in the area.

Recalled that the former executive secretary in the area, Mr Soji Ajayi was allegedly said to be behind the protest because he lost out in the party’s primaries after five years in the office

OSUN DEFENDER had earlier reported that the police sources were at the scene of the protest and blocked roads have since been reopened for the commuters