Ogbomoso Community Foundation (OCF), a socio-cultural organisation, will on Saturday honour prominent indigenes of Ogbomoso who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavour.
OCF was founded in 2001 under the leadership of late Inspector-General of Police, Chief Sunday Adewusi.
The event tagged, Night with Stars, seeks to honour those indigenes who have positively impacted the country, state and the Ogbomoso community.
General Oladayo Popoola (rtd) OFR, mni, said in a statement that the honour was to appreciate the recipients and further encourage them to do more for the community while also encouraging others to take a cue from this to also impact positively on the society.
He said: “The idea is to honour some of these people in their life time. Someone like Chief Lere Paimo popularly known as Eda Onileola who turned 80 years old recently should be honoured for his great contribution to the entertainment industry in the country.
“It is better to honour people like him in their life time to show how they are appreciated.”
Other awardees include the late Chief Ogundare Foyanmu whose unique poetic chants popularised Ijala Ode, the Gongo Aso crooner, Akande Abolore (9ice), Alhaji Ramoni Akanni, RKI, Kolawole Ajoyemi, Alhaji Wasiu Agara Benedict Ayoolaa, Prince Femi Oyewumi.
Other awardees include Dr. Samson Adegoke (Maigida) whose impactful donation of a community maternity centre and e-library to the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), among other philanthropic gestures, have been recognised far and wide and Mr. Ayodeji Akande. Also for recognition are entrepreneurs in Ogbomoso for their contributions to the economic development of the ancient city.
The event, scheduled to commence from 4p.m., would hold at Viva Continental Event Centre, Iresaadu Road, Ogbomoso.
According to the statement, a prominent Abuja-based indigene, Air Vice Marshall Jacob Bolaji Adigun (rtd), will be the chairman of the occasion while eminent and revered personalities drawn across Nigeria and beyond are expected to grace the occasion.
Gunmen abduct NTA staff in Ogun
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Abiodun Adenuga, in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Adenuga, who works at the Ijebu-Ode station of NTA, was allegedly abducted at his residence in Aiyepe, Odogbolu.
New Telegraph learnt that the incident occurred about 10pm on Tuesday.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspected kidnappers, armed with dangerous weapons, whisked their victim away from the residence.
As at the time of filing this report on Thursday, the abductors were said to have demanded a ransom of N15 million for his release.
A dependable source, who confirmed that the abductors had opened negotiations with the victim’s family members, said they have refused to reduce the ransom.
The source told our correspondent that the NTA staffer usually comes to work in Ijebu-Ode, which is a distance of about 30 minutes drive from Odogbolu.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that a kidnapping incident actually occurred in the area.
Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, however, declared that security operatives were doing all the needful to ensure that the victim was rescued unhurt and reunited with his family.
NDLEA destroys 40 hectares of Indian hemp plantation in Ibadan
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, on Thursday destroyed about 40 hectares of Indian hemp plantation in Aba Tade, Oluyole Local Government Area of the state.
While addressing newsmen during the exercise, the state NDLEA Commander, Mr Ralph Igwenagu, said the command had previously destroyed six hectares of plantation in Oke Ogun area of the state.
He noted that the discovery of the plantation was an indication that a good number of farmers in the state were engaging in Indian hemp cultivation.
According to him, five suspects have been arrested in connection with the plantation, adding that investigation was still ongoing.
Determined not only to destroy Indian hemp plantations, the Commander said the agency would reduce its trafficking and abuse to the barest minimum in the state.
Internet fraudster bags six months imprisonment in Ilorin
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office has secured the conviction of one Abolarin Kayode who was being prosecuted on offences bordering on internet fraud and other fraud related offences.
Abolarin was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment by a High Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, which was presided over by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye.
The defendant after his arraignment had pleaded with the Commission for plea bargain, having considered his involvement in internet fraud and the proof of evidence gathered against him by the anti-graft body.
The amended charge stated: “That you, Abolarin Kayode on or about 6th day of February 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kwara State, did attempt to cheat by impersonation, when you presented yourself as Dawn Groff and sent an email to one Gregory Carter, an American citizen through your acclaimed email email@example.com, that Budweiser Drink is carrying out Vehicle advertisement programme, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code.”
The accused person pleaded guilty to the amended charge.
While reviewing the facts of the case, Olamide Sadiq, an Operative of the EFCC told the court that: “My Lord, on the 4th of February 2019, based on intelligence reports, operatives of the Commission arrested the defendant and others at Agric Estate in Ilorin for their involvement in internet scam, we analysed his phone and laptop and discovered that he created four emails for himself, the email conversations were printed in his presence and discovered that he sent several fraudulent messages to his victims, that was the circumstance in which I knew the defendant my Lord.”
Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Oyinloye said the prosecution had been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt, adding that the anti-graft body had also been able to link the defendant with the allegations of intent fraud brought against him.
Student kills one, wounds three before killing himself
A 19-year-old male student shot and killed a fellow student and wounded three others at a vocational college in Russia’s Far East on Thursday before committing suicide, Russian investigators said in a statement.
School and college shootings are rare in Russia which has strict gun laws, and it was not immediately clear what the shooter’s motive was.
Investigators said the student opened fire with a hunting rifle at the college, which is located in the city of Blagoveshchensk, around 3,500 miles (5,600 km) east of Moscow near Russia’s border with China, reports Reuters.
He shot dead another 19-year-old male student, and three other students had been taken to hospital after receiving gunshot wounds, investigators said.
One of the wounded was in a serious condition and was being operated on, the RIA news agency reported.
Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case.
Vasily Orlov, the governor of the Amur Region, described the incident as a tragedy.
“I express my deep condolences to the relatives of the victims,” Orlov said in a statement on social media.
“We will give them all necessary assistance. And I promise that from our side we will make sure we investigate why such an incident was possible in an educational institution.”
In 2018, a teenager killed 19 people in another college shooting, in the Black Sea region of Crimea which Russia annexed from Ukraine, before also killing himself.
And in October, a Russian conscript shot dead eight fellow soldiers in Russia’s Far East.
13 killed, 10 injured as truck crushes two buses on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta
No fewer than 13 persons were killed on Wednesday in a multiple accident along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Ten other persons were injured in the fatal crash, which occurred around Saapade, Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The state Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident in a statement made available to New Telegraph.
Okpe disclosed that the mishap happened about 5:00pm where a diversion was created by a construction company working on the highway.
The official said the crash involved three vehicles – a yellow Mazda bus marked KTU93XW, white Toyota bus with registration number KEY847XA and a MAN Diesel truck with registration number KAB97XA.
She explained that the Lagos-bound truck, which was speeding, suffered a tyre burst and veered off its lane colliding into two commuter buses heading towards Ibadan.
According to her, a total of 37 people, comprising 20 male adults, 15 female adults and two female children were involved in the accident.
“The people injured in the crash were 10, comprising four male adults and six female adults, which unfortunately killed 13 people which comprising four male adults, seven female adults and two female children,” she said.
Okpe stated that the injured victims were rushed to Victory Hospital, Ogere for medical treatment while the corpses of the dead were deposited at a mortuary in Ipara, Ogun State.
She quoted the Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, as requesting relations of the crash victims to contact the FRSC command in Ogere.
She added: “The Sector Commander has again reiterated that this incident would have been avoided where motorists driving along diversion areas at construction zones, observe maximum speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour and avoid overtaking till clearly out of diversion areas to avoid head on collision.
“Passengers inside vehicles being driven recklessly should caution their drivers and where they refused to be cautioned, the FRSC should be contacted on the FRSC toll free number 122.”
Bandits kill three policemen at Kaduna checkpoint
Bandits on Tuesday gunned down three policemen at a checkpoint in the southern part of Kaduna State.
The policemen were said to be serving at Fadan Karshi Outpost in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.
The attack occurred at a checkpoint between Fadan Karshi and Sabon Gida village within the same local government area. The state Police Command has confirmed the incident and gave the names of the policemen as Inspector Bobai Bature, Inspector Daniel Dogo and Sergeant Mamman Ahmadu.
The Vice-Chairman of Sanga Local Government Area, Hon Abubakar Abba, also confirmed the incident. Abba disclosed that the bodies of the slain policemen had been deposited at the Gwantu General Hospital mortuary.
He said: “Two among the policemen died on the spot, while the third died on the way to the hospital.”
Abba expressed worry over the wave of criminal activities in the area and called on security agencies to rise up to the challenge.
The state Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Suleiman Abubakar, said a manhunt for the culprits was ongoing as no effort would be spared in bringing them to book.
He said: “On November 12, about 1p.m., the police operatives attached to Safer Highway with code No. KDS 018, deployed to Gwantu Divisional area, were ambushed by gunmen while on patrol at Aboro village, on Fadan Karshi-Nimbia Forest Road in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The gunmen opened fire on them through a thick bush in the opposite direction.
“The operatives engaged the hoodlums and in the process, Inspector Bobai Bature, Inspector Daniel Dogo and Sergeant Mamman Ahmadu paid the supreme sacrifice while other team members escaped unhurt. Reinforcement has since been deployed to the area for general combing to ensure that the culprits are arrested and brought to face justice.”
Abubakar added that the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, was greatly saddened by the incident and commiserates with families of the gallant policeman.
Janga, according to the DPPRO, also called on members of the general public to assist the police with relevant information on the whereabouts of suspicious persons in order to rid communities of bad elements.
He said: “The commissioner of police has also assured members of the public that the culprits will not escape the long arms of the law. The command is doing everything possible to arrest those behind this dastardly act.”
Serial fraudster, impersonator convicted, gets N750,000 fine
Justice M. T. Tukur of Kaduna State High Court yesterday sentenced Mr. Mukhtar Bello to three years imprisonment for defrauding people several times and for impersonation.
The convict was, however, given an option of fine.
Bello, who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was convicted on a three-count charge of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
The 43-year-old graduate of the University of Tampa, Florida, United States, was arrested on October 31, 2019 after he failed to honour his obligations on a financial transaction with some ladies.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said: “A scene was created at an ATM point of one of the new generation banks in Kaduna metropolis, where some ladies tried to compel him to make withdrawal, to pay for items he bought from them. An officer of the commission, who had come to make use of the ATM at the time, was shocked to hear Mukhtar repeatedly harassing the ladies saying, ‘I am an EFCC staff, I will deal with you all’.
“The curious EFCC worker sought to know what the problem was. Mukhtar told him he was from the Abuja office of the commission, but was in Kaduna on leave. Further questioning led to the discovery that he was an impostor. He was brought to the Kaduna Zonal Office, where another officer, who had previously encountered Mukhtar at a relaxation spot in Kaduna immediately, recognised him, ‘as the EFCC staff from Abuja.’”
Uwujaren said statements of other witnesses were taken, affirming their encounters with Mukhtar, the fake EFCC operator.
Investigation revealed that the suspect was known for harassing and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public by dropping the names of public agencies. Before now, he had claimed to be a worker with the Federal Character Commission (between 2003 and 2007).
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges. Consequently, Tukur convicted and sentenced him to three years imprisonment with an option of N250,000 fine on each of the three counts totalling N750,000.
Lagos monarch’s kidnappers to die by hanging
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, yesterday sentenced three men, who kidnapped the traditional ruler of Iba in Lagos State, Oba Goriola Oseni, to both life imprisonment and death by hanging.
The judge convicted and sentenced the three men – Duba Furejo, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh – on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.
The trio, alongside Ododomo Isaiah (now late), abducted the 74-year-old monarch in his palace at Iba about 8p.m. on July 16, 2015. The convicts also shot dead two people, a palace guard, Sunday Okanlawon and a commercial motorcyclist, Joseph Okeke.
The prosecution team led by the Solicitor General of Lagos State, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, said that the convicts also attempted to murder Abosede Oseni, wife of the monarch and took away her cell phone.
Shitta-Bey said that the offences contravened Sections 223, 230, 297, 299, 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
According to the judgement of the court, the trio is to serve a total prison sentence of 153 years; 30 years for each of them for conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery and kidnapping, while 21 years each was slammed on them for kidnapping.
The convicts were further sentenced to life imprisonment for both attempted murder and armed robbery.
While pronouncing her judgement, Taiwo said the defendants, who appeared to be first time offenders, clearly understood the gravity of the offences and the consequences of their actions.
She said: “I have no doubt in my mind that the defendants were involved in the crime. I also have no doubt that the defendants knew that their actions would cause injuries to the victims, especially by the use of weapons, as proven by the prosecution. The prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and I find the three defendants guilty as charged.
“A clear message needs to be sent to people who think they can get away with such actions. Families of victims are made to look for ransoms just to save their loved ones and this must be stopped. Such crimes don’t only affect the victims, but also the society at large. Lagos is not a lawless society. I hereby sentence the defendants to 10 years each on Count 1 (conspiracy to commit murder); to death by hanging on Count 2 for the murder of Sunday Okanlawon and Joseph Okeke (a security guard); to life imprisonment (attempted murder) for shooting the Olori, Abosede Oseni, in the abdomen on Count 3; to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit kidnapping on Count 4; to life imprisonment for armed robbery on Count 5; to 10 years each for conspiracy to commit armed robbery on Count 6; and to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping on Count 7.
“This would send a clear warning to like-minded persons, like the defendants, that such acts are not acceptable in Lagos State.”
Flood killing us, residents tell Ogun River Basin Authority
Residents of Isheri-Olofin community in Ogun State have called on the management of Osun-Ogun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA) to ensure that the communities along the river are not flooded each year the dam is opened.
The residents, whose community was flooded recently, addressed journalists at Isheri-Olofin on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
They said the management of the River Basin should strive to exploit the best practice in monitoring the Oyan Dam to check flooding in communities in Lagos and Ogun states.
The Chairman, Riverview Estate Residents and Stakeholders’ Association Mr. Abayomi Akinde, said the initial design of the Oyan Dam was to store water for supply to Abeokuta township and the Lagos State Water Corporation, its height later increased to accommodate water for irrigation and next for turbines power generation.
He said: “The rain fails issue the management claimed caused the flooding was meant to confuse the public, as the level of rainfall could only arise from extreme weather annual rainfall in the catchment area of the dam.
“As we cannot control rainfall occurrence, the only flood control measure available to the River Ogun is through proper management of the water levels and of the release of water from the reservoir. The flooding in 2018 was around the communities along the River Ogun. But that of 2019 was greater than the previous year.
“’There is only one major channel of the River Ogun all year round which is adjacent to Lagos flood plain. When the huge volumes of water are released from the dam automatically it flows into Ogun and Lagos communities.”
Akinde added that the plain land which, according to him, the Isheri and other parts of Lagos fall to, are the disaster areas created by the management of the River Basin in order to release water from the dam”.
He said: “We have lost billions of naira to four weeks flood; we also lost a journalist who resided in one of the estate to the flood. There are also displaced people from the community, even some people are not planning to return to their houses.”
Corroborating Akinde’s views, a resident, Dr. Akintola Omigbadun, said the flood had brought an untold hardship on them for four weeks now.
Omigbadun said they had gone through a lot in the community emotionally and physiologically as a result of the flood.
He said: “In our community, we cannot boast of government infrastructure. We have paid different revenues to both Lagos and Ogun states.”
Yet, we cannot point to a meaningful project in our area for over 13 years’ existence of the estate.
“If the estate is fully developed, hundreds of millions of naira will go to government. But they are only looking at now; they don’t look at the future prospects of the area. We have about 1,500 houses and companies, government can generate revenue if they can open the place up.
“Some of us are sleeping in hotels and you know what that means. Those who couldn’t afford it had to take their children to their brothers and cousins’ houses, while some are sleeping in their churches. This is hardship we have gone through. Both Lagos and Ogun states should look into our plight.”
LASU student, five cultists shoot victim’s private parts
A 25-year-old student of the Lagos State University (LASU), Shittu Saheed, was yesterday arraigned alongside five suspected cult members of the Aiye confraternity (Black Axe Movement) for armed robbery.
They were also accused of shooting a man, Oke Oscar, on his penis with a locally-made pistol.
Saheed was arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos alongside Victor Otobo (28), Suleiman Musa (34), Ibrahim Kolade (33), Ayinla Muiz (30) and Lateef Alowonle (21).
The six defendants were arraigned on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit robbery, armed robbery, attempted murder and causing grievous harm.
The state prosecutor, Mr. Olakunle Ligali, the defendants committed the offences at different times and locations within Pipeline area of Okokomaiko, Lagos, in 2018.
Ligali told the court that the offences were committed sometime on September 14 at 8.40p.m., around Pipeline (PPL) area, within the LASU premises and also on October 2nd and 4th at 9p.m., at Ahiawu Apeke Street, Pipeline, Okokomaiko.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 299, 297(2)(a), 230(a), 245 of the Criminal Law, CH. C. 17 Vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The charge sheet reads: “Victor Otobo (Marine agent), Shittu Saheed (student), Suleiman Musa (music producer), Ibrahim Kolade (baker), Ayinla Muiz (unemployed), and Lateef Alowonle (carpenter), at Dubai hotel, Pipeline area of Okokomaiko did belong to an unlawful society called ‘Aiye confraternity’ – Black Axe movement.
“That Victor Otobo, Shittu Saheed, Suleiman Musa, Ibrahim Kolade and Ayinla Muiz on October 2, 2018, about 9p.m., at Ahiawu Apeke Street, Pipeline, Okokomaiko, caused grievous harm on Oscar by shooting him on his penis with a locally-made cut-to-size pistol.
“Also that the five defendants at same date and place, while armed, robbed one Isiaka Adeshina (m) of the sum of N25,000 and also caused grievous harm by shooting him on his left armpit with a locally-made cut-to-size pistol.
“The five defendants also, at same date and place, attempted to kill one Chinedu Onwuka (m) by shooting him on his back with a pistol.
“While Ibrahim Kolade and Lateef Alowonle did rob one Itohan Omorodion (f) of her Tecno W3 mobile phone valued at N40,000 within the LASU premises on September 24, 2018″.
The six defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Justice Josephine Taiwo thereafter adjourned the matter till December 18, 2019 for trial.
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