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Fake Civil Defence Recruitment Officer Nabbed In Ogun

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The suspect has denied all the allegations.

A man claiming to be a recruitment officer with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Obanle Ishola, has been arrested in Ogun State.

The 40 year old suspect was arrested in Ilaro,Yewa -South local government area of Ogun State by the NSCDC surveillance team.

Confirming the incident and arrest, the Command Public Relations Officer, Kareem Olanrewaju, said the suspect claimed to be a clerical officer at the Yewa South Local Government.

The command’s spokesperson said the suspect duped several people, including Babatunde Ogunlana and Jimoh Ilo, of money as much as N93,000 with the promise of giving them a civil defence job.

Mr. Ishola had also issued fake appointment letters, purportedly sourced from the NSCDC in Abuja, to “successful” applicants.

The victims had petitioned the NSCDC after finding out that their appointment letters were fakes.

“Upon receiving this information, the corps officers were on the trail of the suspect who was already on the run, having gotten a clue that the civil defence were looking for him,” Mr. Olarenwaju said.

However, the suspect denied the allegations to the NSCDC, saying that the victims had paid him for something else, not for recruitment as alleged.

According to Mr. Olanrewaju, the suspect however agreed that he knew two of his accusers and that they had discussed issues relating to civil defence employment.

Meanwhile, the State Commandant, Aboluwoye Akinwande, has given the go-ahead for preliminary investigation into the matter. He warned the public, especially job seekers, to be wary of fraudsters and not to act on any information without first confirming from the civil defence authority.

PDP lawmakers want adequate security for Osun election

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Lawmakers ask Mr. Jonathan to rescue Chibok girls.

The Forum of South-west Peoples Democratic Party State Lawmakers has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to provide adequate security towards the August 9 election in Osun State.

The lawmakers made the plea on Tuesday in a communique issued after their meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State. They said adequate security was necessary to avoid violence and bloodshed before, during and after the election.

Signed by 15 PDP lawmakers from Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo States, the communique also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to rescue the abducted Chibok girls, using the best option that would not put the lives of the girls in danger.

The Forum advised the National Working Committee of the PDP to put measures in place to fast-track a genuine reconciliation process across the South-west and all other states in order to make impact in the forthcoming 2015 general election.

“We need to reconcile everybody. Even in Ekiti that we have just won election, we want to reconcile everybody,” the lawmakers said.

While pledging their loyalty to the party, they expressed willingness to support the president in his second term bid and commended Mr. Jonathan for appointing people from the South-west into positions at the federal level.

PDP, Labour Party alliance will defeat APC – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor elect

Mr. Fayose spoke against the imposition of candidates.

A leader of the South-West Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ayodele Fayose, has disclosed that the party in Ogun State would team up with the Labour Party, LP, in the state to “flush out” Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the All Progressives Congress, APC, come the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Fayose, the governor-elect of Ekiti State, said this on Thursday at the South-West PDP rally held at Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He appealed to all the aggrieved factional leaders of the party in Ogun State to shift ground in the interest of the peace and success of the party at the next poll.

He said as part of efforts to ease out the APC from office, he had met with ex-Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, the leader of Labour Party in the state, and had equally reached out to a former minister and aggrieved leader of PDP, Jubril Martins-Kuye, to appeal to him.

“Let me confess to you, Labour Party is going to team up with Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress. I have met with Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who is now the leader of Labour Party, and also going to meet our leader in PDP, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye as well as other stakeholders,” Mr. Fayose said.

He expressed optimism that the feat recorded by the PDP in Ekiti State, which saw him emerge as Governor-elect, would be repeated in Ogun State at the next poll.

He appealed to the leaders of the party in Ogun to provide a level playing ground for all aspirants and there should be no imposition of candidates.

“I gave them 16-0 in Ekiti State. Even former Governor Segun Oni of no fixed address lost in his base. They were taken by storm. For me, my address in South-West is PDP. I am an advocate of no imposition; there should be no imposition in PDP. I will do a disservice to this party that gave me the opportunity of a second term if I come here and play games with your future. I am an advocate of no imposition. There should not be imposition in the PDP,” he reiterated.

He disclosed that any office-holder who had left the party would lose their appointment in the next one month.

“The moment you defect, you cannot continue to enjoy our benefit. This party is not going to allow that to happen,” he said.

HORROR!!! Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, killed by own son

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A 21-year old university undergraduate, Tolani Ajayi, has killed his father, chopped the body to pieces, before dumping the remains in a bush near their home in Ogun State, the police said.

The suspect has since been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command.

A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that the attack occurred Tuesday after an argument between Tolani and his father, Charles Ajayi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN. The late lawyer had reportedly questioned his son over his attitude and refusal to follow Biblical teachings.

The suspect, a 300-level student of the Department of History and International Relations at Redeemer University, RCCG Camp, Ogun State, became infuriated when his father slapped him.

Tolani retaliated by stabbing his father with a knife. He then hacked the body to pieces, packed the mutilated corpse in a box and dumped it in a nearby bush.

The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident which he said occurred at the Redemption Camp along the  Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

“The shattered body of Barrister Charles Ajayi, 60, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was seen and recovered in a nearby bush at Canaanland Street in the RCCG Camp, in a box after he had been killed by his son,” Mr. Adejobi said.

He said Tolani, the suspect, was arrested at his father’s home after the corpse was discovered.

Mr. Adejobi told PREMIUM TIMES that the Divisional Police Officer of Redemption Camp, Olaiya Martins, had led a team of detectives and some members of the community to where the body was found. The community members had earlier noticed the strange attitude of the suspect while he dumped the box.

Following the drag marks made by the box, police officers traced the suspect to his home.

Mr. Adejobi said upon interrogation, the suspect lied that his father had gone on evangelism. He later confessed to the crime, Mr. Adejobi said.

He said the exhibits, including the knife and cutlass the suspect used in the attack, were recovered by the police while the corpse had been deposited at a morgue in Sagamu.

Mr. Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, had sent a team of detectives, led by the officer in charge of the Homicide section of the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran Abeokuta, to assess the situation and take over the matter for further investigation and necessary action.

The commissioner also sympathised with the family of the deceased.

Amosun approves N58 million retirement benefits for ex-Gateway Hotels staff

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

N2.5 million would be paid on a monthly basis until the benefits are fully paid.

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday approved the payment of the N58.1 million outstanding retirement benefits owed the managers of the three defunct Gateway Hotels in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ota.

The managers were relieved of their appointments by the Gbenga Daniel administration in 2004.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the payment was sequel to an appeal made on behalf of the 34 workers by the Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association and followed an agreement reached with the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria in a meeting held on February 25 with representatives of the government, led by the governor.

Mr. Olaniyonu said N2.5 million would be paid on a monthly basis until the benefits are fully paid.

“The Trade Union Congress had at the recent meeting held with the governor, appealed for the payment, as it will go a long way in relieving the hardship being faced by affected workers,” the commissioner said.

He revealed that the workers had, following the settlement/agreement reached with the government, withdrawn a suit filed at the Industrial Arbitration Panel.

He said that the Daniel government, after disengaging the managers, had reneged on a 2006 agreement to pay the sum of N2.5 million monthly till the outstanding balance of the terminal benefits were paid in full.

Mr. Olaniyonu said Mr. Amosun’s gesture was in line with his government’s “welfarist” policy, which not only recognised the selfless services of the serving public officers but also appreciated the untiring sacrifices of those who served the state.

The commissioner also said the governor noted the death of some of the managers while they awaited their terminal benefits.

Ogun traditional council gets new chairman

Ibikunle Amosun

The outgoing chairman asked the state governor to review the salaries and allowances of traditional rulers.

The Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers on Tuesday inaugurated Michael Sonariwo, as its new chairma.

Mr. Sonariwo, who is the Akarigbo of Remoland, was inaugurated to oversee the council affairs for the next one year as prescribed by the ubsisting law of the state.

He took over from his predecessor, the Awujale of Ijebu, Sikiru Adetona, at a ceremony held at the Obas
complex,Oke-Mosan,Abeokuta,which was presided over by Ogun State Governor,Ibikunle Amosun.

The ceremony was witnessed by a number of traditional rulers and diginitaries across the state including the Deputy Governor, Segun Adesegun; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, Head of Service, Modupe Akindele and Chief of Staff, Ganiyu Olatunde.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Sonariwo promised that his tenure as chairman will be a memorable one. He also solicited for the support and cooperation of his colleagues towards taking the council to a greater height.

He added that the council shall continue to discharge its duties in local governance and advisory capacities to the state through the instrumentality of the state council of traditional rulers. He also assured the governor of the council unalloyed support in implementing the five cardinal programmes of the administration.

“Your Excellency should note that all the traditional rulers in Ogun State are solidly behind you because your determination to make Ogun State a force to be reckoned with in terms of infrastructural development, improved qualitative educational system, good and affordable healthcare services and a host of others,” Mr. Sonarinwo
said.

“We shall continue to discharge our duties in local governance and advisory capacities to the state through the instrumentality of the state council of Obas and the four traditional councils of Egba,Ijebu,Remo and Yewa,” the chairman said.

“I promised that my tenure as the chairman of the council will be a memorable one as the council proceeds to commence its inaugural sitting shortly after this inauguration ceremony,” he stated.

Earlier in his own valedictory speech, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona, noted that the change in leadership marks the sixth ceremonial inauguration of the chairmanship of the council which started in 2009.

The immediate past chairman said the state council of traditional rulers under his leadership has performed beyond imagination in promoting peace in the state as a whole especially in all four traditional council areas

Mr. Adetona expressed optimism that his successor’s tenure will witness a laudable record of achievements that will translate into good governance for prosperity, peace and security of lives and properties.

Mr. Adetona asked the government to support the council through exposure of royal fathers to National summits on good governance as well as review of salaries and allowances in view of the ever increasing cost of living in the nation.

We are not threatened by Ekiti PDP victory, Ogun APC says

Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun APC says it is confident that Mr. Amosun’s policies will lead the party to victory.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State said the party’s loss in Ekiti State does not pose a threat in Ogun.

The party said this on Monday in a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary, Sola Lawal. The party said the statement became necessary to refute reports that the party is now jittery over the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, victory in Ekiti.

“In the aftermath of the outcome of the Ekiti State governorship election of June 21, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State is not worried about the loss of the party to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ayo Fayose,” the APC said.

Mr. Lawal said the party is confident that the infrastructural development as created by the Ibikunle Amosun administration would be translated into electoral triumph for the APC.

The Ogun APC said refuted suggestions that the Mr. Amosun’s administration embarked on panicky welfarist measures following the trouncing of APC in Ekiti State, saying that all recently executed policies of the administration have been long planned.

“For instance, the public distribution of severance gratuity cheques to more than 200 past political office holders by the administration on Tuesday June 24, barely 48 hours after the Ekiti election, could not have been planned, processed and executed in such a limited period of time if it was informed by the outcome of Ekiti election,” the party stated.

The party recalled that at the occasion, the governor pointed out that the exercise was delayed by the insistence of the administration to ensure payment of backlog of pension and gratuity of civil servants before turning to past political office holders.

Mr. Amosun’s administration, the APC said, has always paid salaries promptly, including the extra one month salary every December.

The party said “On the educational front, massive investments in schools’ infrastructure, such as intra-school road network and new modern classrooms have been effected, while bursaries have been astronomically increased and promptly paid apart from scholarship and grants to challenged students”.

Housewife arraigned for stabbing husband’s mistress

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The victim also had urine poured on her.

A 28-year-old housewife, Temitope Ajayi, was on Thursday arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State for allegedly stabbing and pouring urine on her husband’s mistress.

The court was told by the prosecutor that the accused stabbed one Ganiyat Yusuf on the head for cooking for Mrs. Ajayi’s husband while she was away.

According to Banji Sangotokun, the police prosecutor, the housewife stabbed and poured urine on the victim, a development which subsequently led to Ms. Yusuf being hospitalised.

Mr. Sangotokun said the accused committed the offence on June 24 at about 2 p.m. in Adigbe area of Abeokuta.
The prosecutor disclosed that the accused and the victim were neighbours. He said that Mrs. Ajayi had moved to her husband’s family home to take care of her father-in-law who was sick. She later found out that Ms. Yusuf was cooking for her husband in her absence.

”The offence committed is contrary to and punishable under section 335 of the criminal code laws of Ogun State, Nigeria, 2006,” Mr. Sangotokun said.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of stabbing levelled against her. The presiding magistrate, Anthony Araba, granted her a N50,000 bail and one surety in like sum.

The case was adjourned to August 25.