Gov Abiodun’s ex-aide, Prof. Odemuyiwa dies in fatal auto crash

The immediate past Senior Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Vocational and Technical Education, Prof Joseph Odemuyiwa, is dead. Odemuyiwa, a Professor of Business Education with a passion for training people in vocational skills, reportedly died on Tuesday in an accident on his way to Ibadan. The lawmaker representing Remo North State constituency, Dickson Awolaja, confirmed the news to our correspondent. Awolaja, who is also from Isara Remo just like the late professor said, “I just confirmed from a friend not long ago. Prof was said to be going to Ibadan when he had the accident. This is sad.” Odemuyiwa, aged 66 was once a lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, as well as Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun both owned by the state government.

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Chaos as hoodlums rob, raze bus carrying East-bound travelers in Ogun

The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed an attack by some daredevil armed criminals who looted a commercial bus at Oke Ado Junction, in Ijebu Imushin, along the Ijebu-Ode-Benin Expressway. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, confirmed that the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday. The passengers were said to be on their way to the South-East geopolitical zone for Easter celebrations when the hoodlums launched the attack, robbed them and set the bus ablaze. “It happened in Oke Ado junction at Ijebu Mushin. A luxury bus of Mercedes Benz was burnt down. The vehicle was coming from Maza Maza (in Lagos State) before it encountered the hoodlums,” the police spokesperson said. The 59-seater bus was said to be operated by Ifesinachi Transport Ltd. In a social media video, some of the affected passengers narrated how they were waylaid by the criminals who stole their belongings and set fire to the bus. One of the passengers said, “Ifesinachi Motors, we were traveling in the night to come back to the East for Easter celebrations, and criminals attacked …

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How father, teenage son beat female neighbour to death in Ogun

A man, Chizoke Obiadada, and his son, Micheal Obiadada, have landed in police net for joining hands to beat their neighbour’s wife, Tope Owoade, to death in the Ogijo Area of Ogun State. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Omolola Odutola, on Saturday. According to the police, the incident occurred after the deceased asked Obiadada not to sit on a table which she used in selling cow skin, popularly known as ‘ponmo’. As a result, Obiadada and his son engaged the woman in a fight, inflicting injuries on her, which eventually led to her death later the same day. The deceased’s husband, Isiaka Owoade, reported the incident. According to the statement, “On the 29th of March, 2024 when he (Isiaka Owoade) returned from a journey, his late wife informed him that on the previous day which was the 28th of March, 2024, at about 2030hrs, one Chizoke Obiadada, ‘m’, 54 years, and his son, one Micheal Obiadada, ‘m’, 17 years, his known neighbours, hacked his wife in fist blows, beating …

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Coco Samba loaded with viagra; likely to damage penis: Health Ministry

SIERRA LEONE- Health authorities in Sierra Leone and Ghana have issued cautionary alerts that the fitness of the herbal mixture, Coco Samba, manufactured by the Bullion Go-neat Global Ltd, Ogun State, Nigeria cannot be guaranteed in terms of safety and quality. In a press release dated February 20, the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone agreed with the Food and Drug Authority of Ghana that the mixture contains dangerous levels of Sildenafil Citrate, confirming previous suspicions on the negative side effects of consuming the mixture which includes complicated health issues and damage to the penis. “The said product confirmed that each bottle of Coco Samba contains heavy dose (193 mg) of Sildenafil Citrate as an adulterant as compared to the usual prescribed dose of 50-100 mg,” the release signed by the registrar of the board, James Komeh, read. “Please be aware that overdose of Sildenafil Citrate has the tendency to cause serious side effects like significant drop in blood pressure which may be life-threatening, visual disturbances, headache, dizziness, chest pain, painful and prolonged erection which may cause permanent damage to the …

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Two Chinese nationals nabbed for illegal mining

OGUN- The EFCC says it arrested two Chinese nationals and a Nigerian for illegal mining. Making the disclosure in a statement on its official X handle on Sunday, the anti-graft agency identified the Chinese as Yang Chao and Xiao Jiang while their Nigerian accomplice was identified as Joseph Osuji. According to the EFCC, 39 year old Messrs Yang, 39, and Osuji, 48, work as a factory manager and machine operator respectively with Cruis Chemical Nigeria Limited in Ogun. Mr Xiao is an assistant manager at John Odiba Multibiz, also in Ogun. According to the agency the suspects illegally mined minerals such as marble stone, white powder, lithium and lepidolite, smuggling them out of the country. The three suspects were also linked to the ownership of the solid minerals conveyed by 41 suspects recently arrested by the EFCC with truckloads of minerals at Share, Banni, Lade, Patigi and Okolowo in Kwara, and Igbeti and Ogbomosho in Oyo. “Acting on intelligence, the suspects were trailed to their mining sites located at Ogunmakin and Ogere, Ogun state, where they were arrested after days …

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Ogun: Another two killed, 11 suspects arrested during cult clashes

Another two persons have been reportedly killed, while several others sustained gunshot injuries, in cult clashes in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The suspects were killed in different parts of Abeokuta last weekend when members of rival cult groups engaged in another bloody clash. Two suspected cultists were killed in Abeokuta last week. This paper gathered that those who died include members of Aiye, Eiye and Buccaneer confraternities. The reign of terror started in the state capital on Thursday with the killing of one popular suspected cultist known as Oloba while another, Tayo Alora, was killed on Sunday. In an interview, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incidents. The police publicist added that another two persons have been killed. Odutola identified one Seun Elewode, who was killed during a shootout between rival cult groups in Adeun area of Lafenwa, Abeokuta, as a member of Aiye cult group. According to her, a suspected member of Buccaneer confraternity was also killed at Akinolugbade area of the town. “One Seun Elewode, a notorious …

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Three police officers dismissed for armed robbery

OGUN- The Nigeria police have dismissed three officers over alleged armed robbery and extortion in Ogun State The officers were identified as Inspector Taiwo Kolawole, Inspector John Ogbe and Cpl Idowu Sunday, all attached to the Ijebu-Ife division. One civilian, Adesiyan Mathew, involved is said to be the driver. The suspects were paraded alongside 27 other suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists at the state headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta on Tuesday. The state police commissioner, Abiodun Alamutu during the parade noted that the three police officers and a civilian were arrested following a report by one Kashimao Emmanuel, a student at Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode. He explained that the complainant reported that while he was driving a Toyota Venza, four armed men accosted him. He said one of them wore a round-neck police outfit while the others were in mufti. Alamutu said, “In the process, one of them fired a shot into the air and that was when he complied. “They entered his car and took him away towards Sagamu expressway. On getting to Ososa, they …

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Palliatives: Again, Senator Yayi Empowers 5,000 Ogun West Market Men, Women

By Chris Udochukwu ABEOKUTA – The Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Adeola Olamilekan Yayi has reiterated that his mega empowerment programme for market women and men in the senatorial district was in support for Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s O’kowo Dapo poverty alleviation programme in the state. Senator Yayi while disbursing financial grants for his 2nd empowerment scheme for market men and women in Ogun West at the Asade Agunloye pavilion in Ilaro on Sunday noted that, the micro financing scheme was to boost the businesses of market men and women in the senatorial district. He emphasized that, the motive was to further impact directly on critical sectors of the society to cushion the effects of the downturn of the economy on the downtrodden. Senator Yayi who had earlier on Saturday donated the sum of N200million as scholarship and bursary awards for 1,600 students in Ogun West maintained that, the micro scheme financing would cushion the effect of inflation trend that hovers around 29% on most of the goods and services the market men and women trades on. According to …

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Ogun couple bag detention over death of 45-year-old man

The Police Command in Ogun says a couple, Mba Moses and Florence Moses, have allegedly killed one Mark Kalu after the victim sustained injuries from a fight between them. This is contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the command, SP Omolola Odutola, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday. Odutola explained that the Divisional Police Officer in the Odeda area of the state, on Saturday at 7:00 am received a report of the death of the 45-year-old man. The spokesperson said that the deceased sustained injuries during a fight that occurred on October 8, 2023, at Osiele Market. “The altercation took place in the market square between the late Mark Kalu and a couple, Mba Moses, aged 50, and his wife, Florence, aged 40, leading to the death of Kalu,” he said. “Efforts were initially made by the Babaloja of Osiele and the Igbo Community Leader to mediate and find an amicable resolution but these failed. “However, the suspects have now been taken into custody for a preliminary investigation into the matter,” she said. She …

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FG committed to tackling building collapse across the country – Minister

OGUN- The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji, says the Federal Government is committed to tackling the menace of building collapse in the country. Nnaji stated this during the 45th Anniversary of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) on Thursday in Ota, Ogun. The minister commended NBRRI for making the country proud by providing solutions to the menace of building collapse, bridge and road failures, housing deficit, engineering materials, among others, since its  establishment in 1978. Nnaji assured the NBRRI that the federal government would continue to support the Institute through more funding as it was one of the agencies showing commitment toward actualising the objectives of President Bola Tinubu. “The institute has consistently organised highly educative and informative fora, which have become rallying points for stakeholders in the road and built-environment construction sector, especially the academia, research and professional bodies,” he said. Nnaji noted that all research institutes were problem solvers, but NBRRI was not just a problem solver but goal getter, solution provider, economic builder, life saver and the country’s image maker. The minister …

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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director

ABEOKUTA- The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi . Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday. According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality. ” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:0803744195508033074371080817750200803406277308032136765. ” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds. Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen. According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money. It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State …

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‘Light won’t blink until…’ — Dapo Abiodun boasts

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has expressed confidence in resolving the power challenges in the state before his tenure ends in four years. He made this known during an appearance on Channels TV Sunday Politics. His words: “The fact is that in the next four years, my target is to ensure we implement our ‘Light Up Ogun State’ project, where before I leave office, the light will not blink in Ogun State “Over 1,000 schools have been rebuilt or renovated in four years,” he said on the current affairs show, adding that his government has also built roads, and hospitals and helped in the creation of job opportunities for the teeming masses. He also stated that Ogun State is one of the few states in the country that can survive without dependence on allocations from the federal government. “I am sure that you are aware of a recent release by Budgit that showed Ogun State as the number one in the most improved for internally generated revenue – by miles ahead of any other state. “At the same time, we …

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Father of three tortured to death over refusal to pay bribe

A father of three, Seyi Oduyiga, has been allegedly tortured to death by the men of the Ogun State Police Command in their custody over allegations of his involvement in cultism. It was gathered that the victim was arrested by the police in a raid on 18th November, around 5:00 pm, when, according to his family members, he went to charge his phone. It was further gathered that, upon the arrest, the deceased and others were taken to Awolowo police station in Sagamu where the police accused him of cultism. Sources in the area who did not want their names in print over the complexity of the matter told reporters that other suspected cultists arrested by the police insisted that the deceased was not a cultist. After Oduyiga was taken to the police headquarters in Eleweran three days after his arrest, his death was later announced to his family after several attempts to see him were rebuffed earlier by the officers. The deceased sister, Mary Oduyiga, insisted that justice must be served. She explained “We pleaded for his release but …

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Missing 12-year-old boy found dead, eyes plucked out, wrists cut in Ogun

ABEOKUTA- The mutilated body of a missing 12-year-old boy, John Soyinka, was on Monday found  in a bush at Kotogbo community in Asero Estate, Abeokuta. Soyinka was declared missing a week ago and the matter was reported at the Obantoko Police Station in Abeokuta. The Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the discovery of the dead body to newsmen on Wednesday in Abeokuta. Odutola said that the gruesome murder of Soyinka, whose eyes were plucked out and wrists cut off, had changed the case to a homicide. She said that the body had been released to the family for burial, adding that investigation was ongoing to unravel perpetrators of the crime A resident of the area, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that the the boy disappeared  after he went to see a customer who had done a transaction at a POS shop where the deceased assisted. “I know the boy very well. He is about 12-years-old and lived with his mother who I guess is no longer with her husband. “His mother does menial jobs like helping …

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Subsidy removal: Covenant University increases workers’ salary by 20%

OGUN- The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun, has approved 20 per cent salary increase for all the staff of the institution. Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota. Adebayo said the decision by the Board to implement the salary increase was to cushion the adverse effect of the removal of fuel subsidy, which led to a rise in inflation in the country. “The VC appreciated the Board of Regents of the University, led by the Chancellor, Dr. David  Oyedepo, in making such a compassionate decision to alleviate the harsh economic situation of the country for the University’s workforce,” he said. According to Adedayo, the salary increase will take effect from September to boost the morale and commitment of the Faculty and Staff of the University. He added that this has also engendered a fresh drive and vigour in the pursuit of its vision of raising a new generation of leaders and the actualisation of its newly unfolded Vision 7-2030 agenda. (NAN)

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Nigerians make unfair demands on lawmakers- Akpabio

OGUN- The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has said that Nigerians make unfair demands on lawmakers. According to Akpabio, of the three arms of government, legislators are the most misunderstood and attacked by Nigerians. The former Akwa Ibom state governor said this at the 100th birthday colloquium of a Second Republic lawmaker, Senator Kunle Oyero, organised by the Abeokuta Grammar School Old Boys Association in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Represented by the senator representing Ogun Central, Shuaib Salisu, Akpabio said; “The one arm of government that people don’t really understand and is always a subject of ridicule and attack is the legislature. In fact, people sometimes don’t think legislators do anything at all. The problem is that the metric of measuring the performance of the legislators by the electorate is different from what is contained in the syllabus. The syllabus will say as a legislator your role is to make laws, perform oversight functions and make appropriations; those are the three things a legislator must perform. But any senator that confines himself to that will not get a return ticket even in …

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