Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said community security outfit, Amotekun, will be instrumental in keeping the state safe.
He made the remarks while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Council Areas in the state, at a meeting held inside the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan, a statement from his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said.
The Governor also said Amotekun will not be under the control of the Federal Government.
“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Makinde said. “Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.
“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.
Makinde gave marching orders to the caretaker committee chairmen to immediately go back to their domains to set up Security Committees with a view to tackling the security challenges in their localities.
He maintained that the state government would provide all enablements for them to succeed in the task.
“From where we are here, the biggest challenge we have seen so far is in the area of security,” he said. “We are getting close to the ’ember’ months, a period in which some people who have not worked all year and want to have a Merry Christmas, commit all sorts of crimes.
“So, we expect that there will be a spike in criminal activities. I want to, as a matter of urgency, urge you that you all go back to your areas to set up your Security Committees. It must be done almost immediately. And I will be happy to release funds; to give approval for you to spend some money on security within your domains.
“Oyo State is very large; in terms of land size, we are more than all the states of South-East Nigeria put together. So, we have a lot to do to protect the state. We have international borders, so there is smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs Official in Saki a few weeks ago; those things are not acceptable to us.
“As the government that is the closest to the people, you have to take control of the challenges of insecurity in your various domains and you should please, once those committees are set up, any enabler that you need, let us know. We will work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, to make sure those enablers are provided.”
The meeting was attended by top state government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; chairman, State Advisory Committee, Senator Hosea Agboola; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Lawal and the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Affairs, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, among others.
Three days after he was rearrested, the suspected serial killer in Oyo State has revealed how he escaped from police custody and went back into the dastardly act for which he was apprehended earlier.
Nineteen-year-old Sunday Shodipe made the revelation on Wednesday when he was paraded along with other criminal suspects at the Police Command Headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital.
Those also paraded by the police include members of a robbery gang suspected to have perpetrated the bank heist in the Okeho area of Ibadan, as well as some suspected kidnappers among others.
During a chat with reporters, Shodipe who spoke in Yoruba disclosed that he went back to Akinyele Local Government Area, where he was said to have killed some residents, to perpetrate another killing on the instruction of his handler.
He said, “My escape from police custody was masterminded by my handler, a herbalist known as Mr Idris Adedokun. When we were together in the cell, he called one of the police officers – one Inspector Funsho to allow us take a bath.
“Inspector Funsho did not allow us, but after three days, my handler assured me that he had everything under control and that I would soon be able to take my bath and run more errands for him.
“He later told Inspector Funsho that he needed dry gin as a herbalist for his personal use but he was denied access to such luxury in detention. My handler’s lawyer came to the police station in Mokola and took N200,000 from him to hold brief for him.”
The suspect added, “My handler told me that my confession landed us in trouble, that I should not have confessed. After my escape, I went back to Akinyele on my handler’s instructions and matchetted another woman but she did not die in the process.
“While on the run, I usually go to Bodija market with caps to hide my identity because I knew I was wanted by the police. I do not know those who captured me but I suspected when they asked for my help to push their car but I didn’t run.
“I was not at rest because I knew the police were after me. I was caught along Bodija but I live in Moniya.”
Back In Custody The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Chucks Enwonwu, who paraded Shodipe and others, confirmed the killing of another person by the suspect.
He identified the victim as one Mrs Oladeji Funmilayo who did not die during the attack but lost the struggle at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan where she was declared dead.
“Without mincing words, all police tactical teams, including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Swift Response Squad, Federal and Safer Highway patrol teams… have been working assiduously to keep crimes and criminality in the state to the barest minimum and also make the good citizens of Oyo State sleep with both eyes closed,” Enwonwu said.
He added, “Consequently, this has yielded positive results and some criminal elements, including those arrested at the robbery incident of July 28 at a first generation bank in Okeho, the arrest of the prime suspect in the serial killings of Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya Ibadan – Sunday Shodipe a 19-year-old who escaped from lawful custody in August 11, 2020 but rearrested on August 23 at Bodija area of Ibadan.
“The escape has generated many ripples considering the circumstances behind his escape.”
Enwonwu disclosed that the prize of N500,000 provided by the Oyo State government for the rearrest of Shodipe had been given to the bounty hunters.
He told reporters that the Command has made headway in series of high profile criminal investigations in the state.
According to the police commissioner, the suspected serial killer is back in custody and some of the Okeho bank robbery syndicate in which a mobile police officer was killed have been arrested.
He thanked the residents of the state for valid intelligent tips that made the arrests possible and assured them that the police were better equipped to confront and win the war against crime in Oyo.
‘I Had No Choice’ Another suspect who was one of the bank robbers in Okeho, Mohammed Ilyasu, also narrated his ordeal.
Ilyasu claimed that as an electrician, he was invited to Ibadan for work but he never knew he was being engaged for a robbery operation.
He explained that he got to know about the robbery plot when he got to Okeho, stressing that he declined to be a part of the robbery group.
“I am an electrician and a graduate of the University of Abuja since 2010. I studied economics and served in Ekiti state in 2011/2012,” the suspect told reporters.
A photo taken on August 26, 2020, shows to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the Police Command Headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He said, “There were three people in the car, so he (the man who invited Ilyasu) brought out a pistol that I have received secret information that I can’t leave the group but participate in the robbery and after series of threat, I caved in.
“I had no choice; that was how I got into it. I regret everything that happened. The night I came, he brought out a rifle and taught me how to use it, instructing me to just shoot it into the air during the robbery.”
Shodipe, who was on the run for 12 days, was rearrested with the help of private investigators who came from Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He was handed over to the police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, thereafter, took him into custody.
Four AK-47 rifles, two assault rifles, four locally made pistols, as well as live and expended ammunition were among the items recovered from the suspects.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned police officers in Oyo State against complacency following the rearrest of the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe.
The suspect was rearrested on Sunday after he escaped from the police custody at Mokola police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP directed that all hands must be on deck to bring the case to a positive and successful closure.
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SUSPECTED OYO SERIAL KILLER, SUNDAY SHODIPE, BACK IN POLICE CUSTODY
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Police Command, have re-arrested the notorious murder suspect, Sunday Shodipe who escaped from lawful custody on 11th August 2020. He was re-arrested today, Sunday, 23rd August 2020 by Police operatives at the Bodija area of Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
It would be recalled that the erstwhile fugitive is a prime suspect in multiple murder of innocent citizens at Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni while commending the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu and his Team for a job well done, equally expressed his sincere appreciation to the citizens for their support and understanding while the manhunt for the rearrested Shodipe lasted.
Meanwhile, the IGP has warned against any form of complacency on the part of the operatives of the Oyo State Police Command, stressing that all hands must be on deck to bring the case to a positive and successful closure.
DCP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA
The Oyo State Police Command has rearrested the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi confirmed the development to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Sunday.
Mr Fadeyi did not give details of where the suspect is being kept at the time of this report.
His arrest comes some days after he escaped from the police custody at Mokola police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Shodipe, who was said to be involved in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, had been declared wanted by the police.
The nineteen-year-old was earlier arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Oyo State Police Command.
The suspects were later charged to court but remanded in police custody.
Barely a month after their arraignment, Shodipe escaped from lawful custody on August 8.
Makinde Seeks Rearrest Following the disappearance of the serial killer, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, ordered security operatives to ensure the rearrest of Shodipe.
Governor Makinde said the re-arrest of the suspected mastermind of at least six ritual killings in Ibadan, must be made a top priority of security operatives.
According to him, the state government places a premium on the security of lives and properties in the state and residents should remain calm and not take laws into their hands.
At a town hall meeting, the governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni, said he (Governor Makinde) shared the pains of the people of Akinyele over the incessant killings in the area, stressing that people must continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials to bring an end to the menace in the area.
“All of us have followed the incidents in Akinyele; the arrest of the principal suspect in the case and, of course, his escape from custody, after being arraigned in court.
“We are here in this Town Hall meeting and Governor Makinde has directed that we should let the people in the community know that as governor, he shares their pain; and as people of Oyo State, we share in the pain and what has happened is condemnable and unacceptable in all materials particular,” Owoseni who is a retired Commissioner of Police said.
IGP Orders Rearrest Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, also ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer.
Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.
The IGP asked the police commissioner to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.
He deployed additional investigative aides to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.
Thereafter, the Oyo State Police Command promised a 500,000 thousand naira reward to anyone who avails the State Command of useful information that will lead to the re-arrest of the suspected serial killer.
Labour unions and Non-Governmental Organisations in Oyo State have taken to the streets to protest against rape and other forms of gender violence in the state.
The women wing of the labour unions and a group of students from the University of Ibadan asked both the state government and residents to take bolder steps to curb the menace.
They were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions like “Women are not sex toys,” “No to rape is a collective responsibility,” “rape is a lifetime injury” among several others.
Speaking to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Friday, the protesters explained that efforts were ongoing to lobby states and the National Assembly to ensure a quick review and passage of Anti-Rape and Domestic Violence laws in the country.
Addressing the protesters, the Chief of Staff to Governor Seyi Makinde, Bisi Ilaka said the state government will do all within its power to secure the lives of residents in the state.
Oyo State recently recorded cases of violent attacks on residents of Akinyele Local Government Area where at least six women were raped and murdered.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the Oyo State Police Command.
Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
According to him, the police commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.
Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.
He noted that the additional deployment comprised crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja.
“The team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting ongoing efforts aimed at re-arresting and bringing the fugitive to book.
“All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement said.
The police spokesman added that the police commissioner was directed to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the state, in order to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.
The IGP called for calm and urged the residents to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of the suspect.
Shodipe is the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The 19-year-old was arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.
They were later charged to court but remanded in police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8.
The police command announced Shodipe’s escape in a statement on Sunday and declared him wanted.
The prime suspect in the serial killings in Oyo State, Sunday Shodipe, has escaped from police custody.
Shodipe, who was said to be involved in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, has been declared wanted by the police.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, announced this in a statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Fadeyi Olugbenga.
Nineteen-year-old Shodipe was earlier arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Oyo State Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.
According to the statement, the suspects were later charged to court but remanded in police custody.
Barely a month after their arraignment, Shodipe escaped from lawful custody on August 8.
A file photo of Sunday Shodipe who is declared wanted by the police in Oyo State.
In his reaction, the police commission called on the residents of the state to be on the lookout for the suspect.
He urged them to arrest and immediately inform the police whenever they sight Shodipe for immediate handing over for further action.
Enwonwu also appealed to members of the public with credible information as to the whereabouts of the suspect not to hesitate in passing same to the Oyo State Police Command.
This, he said, will go a long way in the effort aimed at apprehending the offender who is now at large.
The police commissioner, however, stated that the Command remained committed to the protection of the lives and properties of the people of Oyo State.
He gave an assurance that adequate security measures have been emplaced to enable all and sundry transact their lawful businesses in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
Enwonwu asked them to move from one place to another without any fear or molestation from any individual or groups and warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state.
He cautioned angry youths and mobs against taking laws into their hands by carrying out jungle justice when suspected criminals were arrested, but advised that such persons should be handed over to the police.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 32 suspected internet fraudsters also known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Oyo State.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, disclosed in a statement that the suspects were arrested by operatives attached to the Ibadan Zonal Office of the agency.
He explained that they were apprehended on Tuesday during a raid on their hideout in Ogbomoso, a town in the state.
“Officers of the EFCC swept on the location after diligent analysis of a series of intelligence gathered on their alleged criminal activities.
“Three of the suspects claimed to be serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), 19 were undergraduates of various universities across the country, while the remaining 10 laid claims to sundry vocations,” the statement said.
Those arrested include Oyebamiji Francis, Aremo Jeremiah, Ogbonnaya John, Anuoluwapo Matthew, Oladele Victor, Mumuni Waliyullah, Olawoyin Abiodun, and Okuwatoyin Henry.
Others are Arisekola Shina, Babarinde Solomon, Samson Gideon, Joshua Adebayo, Ajayi Ajibola, Garba Mojeed, Olatunbosun Tobiloba, and Azeez Ridwan.
The EFCC operatives also nabbed Ajala Timilehin, Adebolapo Bakare, Alaba Gideon, Ogunkeye Olumide, Ogunleke Tolu, Olapade Emmanuel, Adegoke Abiodun, and Job Ayantoye.
The rest are Oyebode Pelumi, Babayanju Toluwani, Oladele Ayobami, Omonaiye Abubakar, Sattong Baking, Abisoye Kehinde, Iwajomo Nathan, and Aniyikaye Tope.
At the point of their arrest, the EFCC operatives recovered 12 exotic cars, several phones, laptops, and some incriminating documents from the suspect.
Oyewale said the suspects were subjected to thorough screening by medical officials of the EFCC, in line with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
He added that they would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has sacked the Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure, and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja.
In a letter dated August 10, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, the termination of Afonja’s appointment takes immediate effect.
“I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Honourable Commissioner, with immediate effect,” the SSG’s letter was quoted in a statement issued by Governor Makinde’s media aide, Mr. Taiwo Adisa.
“Consequent upon the above development, you are hereby directed to hand over all the government items in your possession to the Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transport).
“I am to add that, your contribution within the time of your sojourn is appreciated and commendable, and therefore, wish you success in your future endeavours. I thank you,” the statement partly read.
In another development, the governor has also approved the redeployment of two Commissioners – Bayo Lawal and Funmilayo Orisadeyi.
The duo was asked to swap portfolios.
While Lawal, the Commissioner for Special Duties was redeployed to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Orisadeyi who was manning that ministry now heads the Ministry of Special Duties.
According to the memo issued by the SSG, the redeployment takes immediate effect.
The Oyo State Government has commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a student at the University of Ibadan, Richard Gbadebo.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju when he led a state government delegation on a condolence visit to the residence of the bereaved family in Ibadan.
According to him, the state government has begun a safety audit of the factory and would ensure that necessary sanctions are meted out on the company upon completion of investigations.
While assuring that compensation will be given to the bereaved family, Olanrewaju said the current administration under Governor Seyi Makinde remains committed to ensuring that no resident of the state suffers injustice or undue exploitation irrespective of social status.
“We are here to condole with the parents of the deceased and to inform the family that measures are being taken by the government to ascertain the cause of Richard’s death.
“The administration of Seyi Makinde will ensure that justice is served so as to prevent the recurrence of an event like this in the future.
“So, the government will get to the roots of this gruesome incident and give due compensation to the family of the deceased,” he said.
On his part, the father of the late Richard, Mr Shola Gbadebo demanded the CCTV footage of the scenes where his son died, noting that a thorough investigation must be conducted in order to truly ascertain the cause of his death.
Mr Gbadebo insisted that before any attempt to initiate talks with the family by the management of the soap factory, the family must be assured that there was no foul play or conspiracy in his death.
“What I want to say is, the issue of compensation does not arise now. My son could become Governor or President in future if he is alive. So, I don’t care about what they will offer me.
“My appeal is that the government should assist me to pressurize the company to show its CCTV footage so that the whole world will see how my son died,” Gbadebo said.
The 21-year-old Gbadebo who was a 300-level student of the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Arts at UI died in the factory’s soap-making machine last month.
Three members of an armed robbery gang have been set ablaze by a crowd of irate residents in the Okeho area of Oyo State.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, confirmed this in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Fadeyi Olugbenga.
He revealed that incident followed an attack on a commercial bank by dare devil armed bandits in Kajola Local Government Area of the state.
Enwonwu stated that the assailants, who came in a white 18-seater bus, invaded the bank at about 4:58pm on Wednesday with an intent to rob.
He explained that shortly after they arrived in the area, the armed robbers gained entrance into the bank using dynamites and AK-47 riffles shots to blow the bank’s security door.
The police commissioner, however, noted that the robbery was responded to by the Police Tactical teams and collaborative efforts of the vigilante and hunters in the area, stressing that the effort yielded results.
“Consequent upon this, three of the robbers who were arrested when the 18-seater bus had an accident and somersaulted, were, thereafter set ablaze by the angry mob when they attempted to escape the scene of the accident,” the statement said.
It added, “Immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the dastardly acts, he further directed that all the Police Tactical teams, including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mobile Police Force (PMF 72) and Police personnel from Okeho Area Command and nearby Divisions should be on the trail of other members of the fleeing robbers who escaped in different directions.”
Enwonwu condemned the dastardly act and assured the residents of Oyo of the preparedness of the police to protect their lives and properties before, during, and after the Sallah celebrations.
He also urged them to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation or threat from any quarters.
The police commissioner insisted that the command was on top of the situation and sought credible information from residents to enable them clamp down on crimes and criminalities in Oyo State.
Oyo State Government says it has cancelled Third Term for the 2019/2020 school session as promotion of students for all affected classes will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessments.
Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, announced the decision after the State Executive Council meeting in Ibafan on Tuesday.
He said the state government has also approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities for the 2020/2021 session in the state.
According to the commissioner, Pry-6, JSS-3 and SSS-3 students will proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination as would be announced.
He said Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would hold between August 10 to 18.
The commissioner added that: “Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August.
“Placement/Screening Test to JSS one- 20th August.
“Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August.
“The SSS-3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.”
He said the 2020/21 academic session, as approved by the State Council, is: “First Term- 21th September to 18th December.