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

Police Restore Calm In Ikire After Hoodlums Hijack Peaceful Protest

The State of Osun Police Command on Thursday said normalcy has been restored after hoodlums’ hijacked the All Progressives Congress protest over the list of candidates who emerged as councilors for the January local government election.

This is has police advise commuters plying Ibadan/Lagos expressway to disregard rumour being peddling around that the expressway has been blocked by the hoodlums.

The situation is now very calm,” says a police officer who prefers anonymity adding that the roads earlier blocked by the youths have been cleared and were now motorable.

However,  sources revealed that the protest was organised by a former executive secretary, Mr Soji Ajayi in Irewole Local Government Area who felt displeased with the outcome of the primaries.

The former council boss who was in charge of the council for 5 years was defeated in a primary organised by the party.

Details laters…..

Septuagenarian, Others Arraigned For Forging Land Documents In Osun

A Septuagenarian, Alarape Sariyu, has been arraigned by the Osun State Police Command before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo for allegedly forging a land ownership document.

Sariyu was arraigned alongside Rauf Balogun aged 60 and Abdul Hazeem aged 34.

Prosecutor Oladoye Joshua told the court that the trio sometimes ago in Osogbo, forged the agreement document of a land situated in Obelawo estate which is property of one Lawal Obelawo.

Joshua said the accused persons also unlawfully erected a building on the land and thereby caused a breach of public peace.

The Prosecutor stated that the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 81, 249(D), 456 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

The trio however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them and their counsel, Barrister O. Ademola prayed the court for their bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Fatima Sodemade granted the trio bail of N500,000 with one surety in the like sum each and adjourned the case till the 20th of December.


Notorious Armed Robbers, Cultists Escape Police Custody In Bayelsa

An uncertain number of notorious armed robbers and cultists have escaped from the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The police command in Bayelsa was said to be combing all the nooks and crannies of the state capital to re-arrest the suspected daredevil criminals.

While some said the fleeing number was 10, security sources said the police were still trying to determine the figure.

But one of them, it was gathered, had been rearrested by the police.

Nigeria Police Rescue Kidnapped Chinese In Ogun

The Police in Ogun State said they have rescued a Chinese national, Lee Qiang, who was kidnapped on Monday along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Qiang was reportedly kidnapped by six armed men around 5pm at Ogere while he was on his way to Abeokuta, the state capital.

It was learnt that the Chinese was rescued Tuesday morning by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ogun, who engaged the kidnappers in gun duel.

Spokesman for the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirming his release, said the police overpowered the kidnappers, who fled with gunshot wounds, arresting one of the suspects.

“The man was going to Abeokuta from Kogi when they kidnapped him. He was in his vehicle with his driver. They kidnapped him for ransom but they were unable to get it because they were immediately hunted.

“The Commissioner of Police Ahmed Iliyasu dispatched operatives of the FSARS to the scene with a clear instruction that the victim must be rescued unhurt and the hoodlums apprehended.

“The team swung into action, combed the entire area and later located the hideout of the kidnappers. On sighting policemen, the hoodlums engaged them in gun battle at the end of which one of the suspects was arrested while others escaped with gunshot injuries.

“The victim was rescued unhurt. The arrested suspect is currently helping the police in their investigation, while the victim has been reunited with his people.

“The Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu further appealed to the public, especially hospitals and health workers to report any body with bullet injuries in their area,”‎ he said.


Gov. Ayade’s Critic Arraigned In Court By Police

A Facebook critic, Mr. Ifere Paul has been arraigned before the Cross River Magistrate sitting in Calabar.

Mr Paul was charged on a four-count charge with number MC.1140/c/2017 by the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa over his critic of Governor Ben Ayade’s administration

It read: “that you Ifere Paul ‘M’ on the 19th day of August 2017, at about 1709hrs at Calabar, within the Calabar Magisterial District published, posted and sent a message which partly reads ‘You will live and die a beggar. Concentrate on the monies you receive to give a pro-Ayade speech in Obudu. Importantly, don’t forget you were part of my informers. Remember that it is me you normally call when they threaten to kill. Have it in mind that it was me who stooped Prince Michael Abuo from sending cultists to you. Above all, I have dashed you monies to take care of your needs…. Your father Achibong Inah Akpama, Obol, Onun-eko of Nko must be turning in his grave now’; through your whatapp social media account to one Goody Akpama ‘m’ with intent to intimidate and threaten him and his reputation and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 366 (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol.3, Laws of Cross River State of Nigeria. – 1-year Misdemeanour”.

“The second count of the same charge also bordering on the same petition from Goddy Akpama was for an offence of a misdemeanour punishable under Section 375 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol.3, Laws of Cross River State of Nigeria. 1-year Misdemeanour.

Another charge bordered on his (IferePaul) facebook post, which he made and published on the 8th and 9th of July 2019 at Ugep, within Ugep Magistrate District.

It read thus: “Breaking news: More Robberies and Kidnappings coming your way. That is the price you pay where a Governor shuttles the world signing MoUs, meanwhile there was no homeland security or police to fight the robbers”.

The police said the above was with intent to raise false alarm and cause fear among citizens, residents, inhabitants, visitors and members of the general public in Cross River State and he thereby committed an offence punishable under section 59 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol.111, laws of Cross River State of Nigeria 2004. – three years misdemeanour.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The prosecution counsel, Barrister Ofem Mbang, leading three others in his team told the court that he has no reasons under the law to oppose his bail application.

Lead defence counsel, Barrister Utum Eteng, leading five others in defence immediately moved a motion for bail to be granted his client, citing the fact that the charges were not only ridiculous before the law but clearly bailable.

The Presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate E.E. Edogi granted bail to Mr. Ifere Paul, in the sum of N1m, a surety in the persona is known chief executive of a company or an organization and should be resident in Calabar and has a landed property.

Man Arrested For Killing Commercial Sex Worker

The police area command in Enugu State has arrested a man who allegedly stabbed a commercial sex worker to death on Sunday, following a disagreement he had with the woman.

SP Ebere Amaraizu the  Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in a statement he issued on Monday, said that the incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. at Onuato Street, Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the victim accompanied the suspect to his apartment where they had a disagreement which resulted in a scuffle that led to her death.

He said that the suspect, who picked up the sex worker at Rangers Avenue on Oct. 22, had agreed with her that he would pay her N4,000 after passing the night with him.

The PPRO quoted the suspect as disclosing that he had drunk to his fill and that on arrival because it was already getting late, he demanded that they had sex immediately.

“His request did not influence anything as the deceased allegedly requested to finish what she was inhaling in order to be in the mood for the business of the day.

“The accused maintained that after several hours of pressuring her and without any answer, he slept off and woke up before 3 a.m.,” Amarizu stated.

The police spokesman said that the accused immediately ordered the sex workers to leave the apartment since the aim of bringing her appeared to have been defeated.

“The accused said that the deceased resisted the order and allegedly warned him to beware as she would not succumb to any person’s threat whatsoever.

“She later headed for a kitchen knife that was seen in the kitchen spot of the suspect’s room after allegedly biting him.

“The accused further revealed that a fight suddenly broke out between them and as the deceased tried to stab him to death with the kitchen knife, he overpowered her,” he said.

Amarizu quoted the suspect as saying that the kitchen knife went straight to the stomach of the deceased and he finally stabbed her on the neck region and she died.

The police spokesman said that the accused later wrapped her body and hurriedly arranged to travel to Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was nabbed, following a tip-off from members of a local vigilante.

He said that the body was recovered from the apartment and deposited at the mortuary of the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre, Enugu, as investigations into the incident had commenced.

Evans’ Accomplice Sues Police for N100m Damages

The Kidnapper Kingpin suspected accomplice, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, Emeka Arinze, on Monday asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to order his immediate release from police custody.

The suspected accomplice in his suit filed at the court’s registry through a rights campaigner, Mr Ogedi Ogu, is claiming N100 million and a public apology from the police jointly and severally over alleged infringement on his rights.

Joined in the suit are the Inspector General of Police, State Police Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command and Insp. Christian, an Investigating Police Officer with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ogu is seeking a declaration that the arrest and detention of Arinze without any order validly made in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) is unlawful and illegal.

In addition, he wants a directing and mandating the respondents to produce the suspect in the court.

In an affidavit sworn to by Mrs Nkem Nwaka (younger sister of the applicant), she said the applicant was arrested on June 27 at Festac Town, Lagos, by the third respondent (the police) and taken to the office of the second respondent (CP).

According to her, the suspect has been in custody since June 27 and denied access to his medications, family and lawyers.

The applicant has been in police custody for more than three months without any charge, she said, adding that his fundamental rights as guaranteed under Sections 35 (4) and 36 (4) (5) of the 1999 Constitution have been violated.

No date has been fixed for hearing.ecalls that Evans has been arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Recall that Evans has been arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

He had earlier instituted a fundamental rights suit against the Police, claiming N300 million as damages for alleged illegal detention and rights violation.

PSC To IGP: Disregard Letter Demoting Ag Lagos CP, Edgal Imohini

In a swift reaction to the trending demotion of the Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Mike Okiro, has disassociated the commission from the purported letter signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary.

Okiro said he was not privy to such letter and therefore cannot be said to be official position of the commission.

PSC’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, about the demotion of Imohimi to his former rank of DCP.

The letter had generated confusion and consternation within the leadership of the police, as well as stakeholders.

Okiro explained that he had told the IG to ignore the letter written by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, about the demotion.

“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. I read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorised at all. I will meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” Okiro said.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.

“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.

“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.

CCTV Reveals Davido Knows How Tagbo Died – Police Commissioner

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi said on Wednesday that Nigerian music star, David Adeleke, aka Davido knew about the death of his friend, Umueke Tagbo.

Imohimi told journalists that Davido lied to the police that he did not know how Tagbo was taken to the Lagos General Hospital’s premises and died.

The Police Commissioner stated that Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footages from the hospital showed that Tagbo was brought in dead by Davido’s escort driver, Tunde Usutu and two of his friends, Agbeje Olaoye and Idris Busari, adding that his men abandoned the deceased inside his ash Toyota Camry LSD378EL on Davido’s directives.

He explained that on October 3, at about 9:20am, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of General Hospital Lagos, Oparanti Moshood alerted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Lion Building that an unidentified male was brought in dead (BID) in an Ash Toyota Camry Saloon car marked LSD378EL by two unidentified males.

According to him, the international passport found in the deceased’s car, the DPO gave his identity as Umueke Tagbo.

Afterwards, one Caroline Danjuma, an actress published that her boyfriend died in the company of Davido and friends.

“I called for a pre-investigation meeting in my conference room. In attendance were all parties including family, friends of the deceased; those of Davido; Caroline Danjuma; the DPO and investigating officers. The meeting confirmed that the deceased Tagbo Umueke on that day met and had drinks with friends at Shisha Bar amongst whom was Davido.

“The bar tender confirmed the deceased had as much as 40 tons of Tequila and exhibited signs of drunkenness. The CCTV footage also confirmed this. Davido had told the police he had left Shisha Bar for DNA Night Club in Victoria Island without the deceased and was only informed by mutual friends of his death while he was at DNA.

“However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends, took the deceased to the General Hospital, Lagos and abandoned him in his vehicle on the instruction of Davido.

“ The CCTV footage at the hospital picked the escort vehicle and the entire activity. The vehicle was recovered from Davido’s residence at 7, Awoshika Street, Lekki Phase 1. This completely debunks Davido’s claim that he did not know how the deceased got to the General Hospital. The interim autopsy report stated that the victim died of Asphyxia.

“A case of sudden and unnatural death (SUD) was reported on October 7, at about 8pm by the CSO Banana Island, Ikoyi, to the DPO Ikoyi that two persons namely, Olugbemi Abiodun and Chime Amechina of Flat Bill, Ocean Parade, were found dead inside one white BMW Saloon car marked KJA631AY, at underground garage in the estate.

“Police operatives raced to the scene where the bodies of the victims were taken to LASUTH, Ikeja for joint medical examination to determine cause of death. Victims were found motionless and were confirmed dead by a medical doctor. Further search into the vehicle revealed that wrapped substances suspected to be weeds were recovered and might have been used by the victims,” he explained.

According to the Police Boss, liquid substances were found on their mouths and nostrils, adding that from investigation by policemen, there were no marks on their bodies.

According to him, the pathologist said there was need to carry out further investigation before concluding on the actual cause of the death.

He said the police still await the autopsy result.