When contacted, the Ogun State command of Nigerian police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi said he has not been informed about the incident, but promised to get back to our Correspondent later.
The #EndSARS protest going on in some parts of the country took a deviling situation in Atan Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State on Wednesday when irate youths burned down a Divisional Police Station and killed a police Sergeant.
The crisis according to an eyewitness occurred when the DPO attached to the station was trying to dislodge some youths who barricaded the Atan Lusada/Agbara highway, thereby disturbing the free flow of traffic.
“It was in the process of dislodging the protesters that a boy who is a butcher was shot and his friends went on rampage, burning down the new police station at Agbara way, in Atan-Ota.
“The DPO was hurriedly whisked away by some police officers, but a Sergeant called Sergeant Alonge from Ekpoma in Edo State was unlucky as he was caught in the melee that occurred.
“Apart from Sergeant Alonge that was killed, many people sustained varying degree of injury”.
Five persons were on Thursday killed, while others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Sagamu Interchange end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.
He said the crash involved three vehicles: a Mazda space bus, a tanker and a truck, blaming the accident on reckless driving and wrongful overtaking.
“We learnt from the eye witness account that the Space Bus and tanker were inbound Ibadan from Lagos along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the diversion axis after Sagamu interchange, when in an attempt to overtake a truck in front of it had an head-on collision with another truck coming from Ibadan,” he said.
“Five people died on the spot including the driver, two injured while another one was rescued.”
While the tanker driver was said to have fled the accident scene, the driver of the truck is recuperating at a private hospital in Sagamu.
Akinbiyi condoled with the families of the deceased, admonishing motorists to avoid reckless and wrongful overtaken at diversion and construction zones and maintain the 50kph speed limit.
The Ogun Government has suspended the weekend lockdown in the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in an update about the state’s effort at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
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The Ogun Government has suspended the weekend lockdown in the state and ordered the reopening of worship centres.
Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in an update about the state’s effort at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 as indicated in my last address,” the governor said.
“This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.”
The police have arrested a man said to be the founder and general overseer of the Church of the Lord at Olomore in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
In a statement on Sunday, the police explained that the suspect, Prophet Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa, was apprehended by men of the Ogun State Command for defiling and impregnating two underage sisters.
His arrest followed a report by the mother of the victims who reported at the police station Lafenwa that she fell sick sometimes in 2018 and was taken to the suspect’s church for spiritual healing.
The victims’ mother said the pastor took advantage of her sickness and asked her entire family of six to move into the church premises to avoid being afflicted with the same sickness.
The prophet was said to be having sex with the girls who were 16 and 13 years, unknown to their mother.
“The pastor impregnated the two underage girls and went on to procure abortion for them in a private clinic.
“Aside from this, the prophet also defrauded the family of N2 million cash which he took for what he called spiritual cleansing,” said the statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi.
It added, “Upon the report, the DPO Lafenwa division, CSP Muraina Ayilara, led his men to the church but the place has been deserted. The CP then directed that the suspect be hunted for and brought to book.”
According to the statement, the DPO and his men embarked on intelligence and technical-based investigation which led to the arrest of the prophet at about 5am on Thursday last week while some dangerous charms were said to have been recovered from his home.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed most of the allegations levelled against him, the police said.
Ajigbotoluwa reportedly explained that it was the reason why he ran away when he heard that police were on his trail.
Following his arrest, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He also warned those hiding under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate evils to desist from it or get ready to meet their waterloo.
The police commissioner also called on residents to be wary of those he described as wolves in sheepskin masquerading as men of God.
Such persons, according to him, are out to milk their victims dry before destroying their lives.
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has announced it will not reopen its churches in Lagos and Ogun states, despite the federal and state governments allowing for religious centres to reopen.
The ministry, in a statement by the Chairman, MFM Media Committee, Pastor Oladele Bank-Olemoh, on Friday, stated that the church would not reopen in the two states until September 13, 2020.
Bank-Olemoh said, “The leadership of this ministry is aware that the governments of Lagos and Ogun states had announced that churches could resume worship in their physical church buildings as from August 9 and 16, 2020, respectively.
“However, the leadership of MFM hereby states as follows: MFM will not reopen all her regions, zones, branches and facilities in Lagos and Ogun states for now. This period would be utilised to put in place all the necessary COVID-19 preventive and safety protocols as stipulated by the Federal Government, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and state governments.”
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.
“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August, 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences. he said
“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.
“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”
The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose
“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.
“Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.
“May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the patience to bear this painful loss.”
A 37-year-old national of Benin Republic, Gbese Peter, has been arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for defrauding a couple, Mr and Mrs Bamigboye Alao, of N5 million under the pretense of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.
The suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sabo Police Station by Mrs Bamigboye, who reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step was not taken.
Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin, which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.
She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5 million. When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.
Upon receipt of the report, the DPO Sabo Division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretense from the couple, but claimed that he only duped them of N3.5 million and not N5 million as claimed by the woman, and that he had used the money to build a house for himself.
Recovered from the suspect were a wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substances, horn wrapped with white cloth and beads.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.
Few days to the announced school resumption date for graduating pupils, parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun State on Sunday kicked against the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.
Many of the parents, who took their demonstrations to the streets, faulted the decision of the government to ask them to pay N25,000 on each pupil before they could be allowed to resume.
The state government had said no boarding school pupil would be allowed to resume without a valid negative COVID-19 test certificate.
The government also asked the parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.
The dissatisfied parents on Sunday thronged the MTR 250 bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta.
It was gathered that attempts by the parents to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 on each child.When punch correspondent visited the venue, it was observed that many parents were locked out of the facility.
Some of the parents, who spoke with Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) did not want their names in print because of attendant consequences but they lamented that the payment of N25,000 for COVID-19 test shows the government cared less about its citizens.
They complained that the economic reality in the country has made it difficult to pay such an amount of money.
Attempts to get the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, failed as she did not pick calls to her line and did not reply to the messages sent to her mobile.
It would be recalled that towards the end of second term (March 2020, schools in Nigeria was shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.)
The Ogun State government has said that all SS3 boarding students in the state must take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria before they will be admitted into their various hostels.
This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the S.A. to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo.
She revealed that the State Ministry of Health has already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.
Soyombo explained that the exercise which began on July 31 and would end on August 3, was ongoing at three public health care facilities in the state.
They include ‘The 250 MTR’ – a white edifice opposite the State Secretariat in the Okemosan area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
The other two facilities are the Ogun State General Hospital in Ado-Odo Ota and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.
The governor’s aide stated that tests of the students were part of the frantic efforts of the state government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers in all public and private schools.
She noted that all principals of private and public schools have been asked to enforce the directive of the government which was in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“All the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only. Parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives,” the statement read.
Soyombo said part of the “strong condition of admittance” to school was that returning boarding students must present a COVID-19 certificate showing negative.
“To this end, all principals are, therefore, directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the state and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school,” the government warned.
The Ogun State Government has ordered all secondary school teachers to return to their duty post on August 3.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, the teachers are expected to resume with their principals on Monday in preparation for students’ resumption on Tuesday, August 4.
According to the statement, the resumption would enable teachers to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17.
The governor’s aide also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.
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All Secondary School Teachers in Ogun State are expected to be at their duty posts on Monday, 3rd August to work with their Principals in preparing for students resumption on Tuesday, 4th August 2020.
In a statement released and signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary & Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo explained that resumption of Teachers ahead of students would enable them to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the State Government for the WASSCE Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17th, 2020.
According to the release, all the guidelines stipulated by the government for the resumption of students are to be followed strictly by all school administrators.
The release also enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with the government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.
An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Adekunle Olalere, to life imprisonment for raping a two-year-old girl.
Olalere who resides in the Mowe area of Ogun State was convicted on one count of having sexual intercourse with the two-year-old, a charge which he pleaded not guilty to.
However, delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi held that all evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable, hence the convict was guilty as charged.
“Based on the evidence, I find and hold that the convict, had sexual intercourse with the child and is guilty as charged,” he said and thereafter, sentenced Olalere to life Imprisonment.
The prosecution counsel, Mrs Oluyemisi Aruleba, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offense on March 22, 2017, at No 18, Bashorun street off Unity road, Olowotedo area in Mowe.
According to her, the convict forcefully had sexual intercourse with the two-year-old girl.
Aruleba said the victim’s mother had been residing with Olalere because she helps the wife to sell foodstuff and other things.
“The victim’s mother met her two-year-old daughter crying, and noticed she was not walking properly, she checked her daughter’s private part and noticed it was swollen.
“She took the child to the hospital where it was confirmed that there were sperm cells in her private part and also revealed that the child had been sexually abused,” she said.
Striking doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre, Shagamu have been replaced with volunteer doctors by the Ogun State Government.
The state government took the action after the Association of Resident Doctors last week asked their colleagues who were working at the centre to join them in their ongoing strike which commenced on July 1, 2020.
The doctors are agitating over alleged failure of the government to meet their welfare demands.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, confirmed the replacement of the striking doctors on Sunday.
She said: “Only two doctors at the isolation are ARD members. They have been replaced by other doctors who are happy to serve the people of Ogun State by volunteering at the isolation centre.”
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three suspected highway robbers at Alapako area, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The suspects: Uzefa Idris, Adamu Yakubu and Ayuba Buhari were arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Owode Egba Division that a Mazda bus had been forcefully stopped on the highway by a gang of armed robbers and that the occupants were being dispossessed of their belongings.
Upon the distress call, the DPO, SP Mathew Ediae quickly led his anti-robbery team to the scene and on sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but were chased into the bush where three of them were apprehended.
The two victims of their operation, Oluwakemi Oyegade who was dispossessed of N545,000 and one itel phone as well as the driver, Zacheaus Olaniyi were rescued and taken to the station.
The two victims narrated how the hoodlums jumped on the road from the bush and forcefully stopped the vehicle consequent upon which they started beating them with matchete before dispossessing them of their valuables.
Recovered from the arrested ones are: the sum ofN99,700 and one itel phone.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has inaugurated the State Business Environment Council, with a charge on members to come up with sustainable reforms that would bring about improved and practical approaches towards Ease of Doing Business in the State.
Inaugurating the Council in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun noted that most investments over the years had been driven by investors themselves to benefit from the State comparative and competitive advantages.
“It is important to leverage on the advantage and develop a structure towards improving engagement with potential investors and continually improve the processes to enable investors invest more efficiently with little or no red tape or bottleneck”, he said.
Speaking on the precarious business situation in the country, the governor quoted the National Bureau of Statistics’ report which stated that foreign investment in Nigeria had in the third quarter of last year, dropped to $5.36bn, compared to $5.82bn in the second quarter, adding that 29 states did not get any investment flow last year.
“We thank God that Ogun State is still among the leading states that attract more foreign investment in the third quarter of 2019. Ogun State came third after Lagos and Abuja.
“What this simple means is that competition for investment inflow is high, investment inflow is dwindling. Therefore, we most device sustainable strategy to attract investment into our dear State”, he advised.
He said government has formulated policies and reforms to engender investment growth, listing some of them to include; establishment of the Public Private Partnership Office and the State Investment, Promotion and Facilitation Agency (OgunInvest).