London Metropolitan Police denies arresting Oyo governor’s wife

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

The London police said it never arrested Mrs. Ajimobi.

The London Metropolitan Police has denied it ever arrested the wife of the governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, as reported in some newspapers on Tuesday.

“We are not aware of any such arrest”, said Matt Russell, of the Metropolitan Police press office when contacted by our reporter on Wednesday morning.

When contacted by telephone, Mr. Russell asked our reporter to stay on the line while he checked if such an arrest had been made. He got back on the line two minutes later saying they have no such arrest in their records.

Yesterday, PM News, an evening paper, reported that the Metropolitan Police in Lamberth borough of London confirmed the arrest of the governor’s wife, Florence Ajimobi, over money laundering related offences. According to PM News, the unnamed official spoken to over the phone replied with a mere “yes” but declined to give further details of the arrest citing UK law preventing the police from sharing such information over the phone.

However, responding to email sent by our reporter, the Metropolitan Police, Media and communications officer, PC Pete McNamara, says: “I can find no trace of this on our systems.”

PM News had relied on a story allegedly published an online blog, Newsleak.

According to the story, Mrs. Ajimobi was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police two week ago over her involvement in N100m (€400,000.00) money laundering investigation.

The report further said Mrs. Ajimobi was arrested on her 52nd trip to the United Kingdom since her husband in 17 months.

Denial and litigation

The Oyo state government yesterday denied that the wife of the governor was arrested describing the news as “wicked and a figment of the imagination of the writer”.

“Mrs. Ajimobi was never arrested for any offence whatsoever. Even though our investigations have shown that this is the work of some arrowheads of the opposition, it was done in such an amateurish way that beats the imagination of any responsible reader,” a statement released by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Festus Adedayo, stated.

The government didn’t stop there. It has also instituted a N1 billion suit against the Independent Communications Network Limited, publishers of PM News over the report.

Mrs. Ajimobi also denied her arrest in a reported telephone interview with reporters. She reportedly claimed she went to London with her 14-year old daughter who had been schooling in England since 2007 (before her husband became the state governor). No PREMIUM TIMES reporter was at the interview.

“I have a daughter that has been schooling in England since 2007 and if you look at my passport, you will see I have travelled less (than 52 times in 17 months),” the Oyo State first lady was quoted as saying on the telephone.


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  • Governor Ajimobi’s Wife, Florence Arrested In London With £400,000 ? http://t.co/AHzBKAkI

    This woman get liver oooo!Chooi

    Neither Sully nor I reported the story and there was no indication that Sully said the story was true or false. What drew my attention were the kind of questions Babalola Temitope asked him and her use of offensive language such as “sorry for yourself” etc. Therefore, the governor is welcomed to join us in but he will have to prove if we were the ones who broke the story or news in the first place if he so wishes to use the people’s money for that purpose and in that case, using the people’s money is something else that will need looking into.

    However, I am constrained to ask why anyone would make 52 visits from Nigeria to UK within 17 months especially where these travels were probably first/business class and from the people’s money. The question to ask here is that if she was using her own hard earned money or her husband’s hard earned money, would she have embarked in such jamborees? Some pilots and air hostesses do not even fly so frequently and if they do, it is because it is the nature of their jobs. Is the said governor’s wife an air hostess or pilot?

    Nigeria is probably the only country in the world where thieving government officials, government contractors who collect monies without executing contracts and others, fly their wives, children and numerous concubines for whom they buy jeeps and mansions to London, Paris, New York and now Dubai for shopping, first/business class. Some of these wives and concubines are known to even fly out to do their hair during weekends. Some of them have breakfasts in London, lunches in Paris and dinners in New York.

    As for Temitope’s use of language like “mind your business”, “sorry for yourself” etc in a public medium, I would say that it is rather unfortunate. I do not know much about Ajayi Crowther than having heard it is one of the very many private universities that have sprung up in Nigeria in recent years. With the type of fees I hear they charge and described as “an arm and leg”, I should think they find their students “worthy in character and in learning” before they are awarded degree certificates. That was what it was during our days at the University of Ibadan. Yes, you had to be found “worthy both in character and in learning” and that impacted on what we regarded and still regard as values. This is why for example you won’t find many of us use offensive languages even in arguments. You need not do that to put your points and arguments across. One other thing is that you could not be involved in physical fight no matter how much any one might have provoked you. The mere hearing of the words, “you go graduate o” would put you in check because if you engaged in such things, you would be matched to the VC’s office, made to wear the academic gown as if you were graduating and pronto, you were escorted from the university. There were no appeals and there were no today’s thieving SANs (Senior Advocates of Nigeria) who would come out to defend you even if you were the son or daughter of the president, governor, minister, commissioner, general etc. No one ever went that route as today’s SANs do defend pen robbers. No one took such matters to courts and it was not because the people did not know their rights, it was because everyone agreed that it was a good way to mould youngsters. However, today I hear it is different. Students do mike tyson in university campuses and when they do not, they turn to cults and armed with automatic weapons, the types that you cannot even find in the hands of American Special Forces talk less of the “shakabulas” you find in the hands of Nigeria armed forces and police. This is what some use in forcing some hand-outs selling lecturers to pass examinations. It can involve both male and female students. When that is not the case, some female students use skippy dresses and feminine attributes and prowess to lure lewd lecturers to bed to pass examinations. In our days most lecturers were steadfast, incorruptible and of very high moral standards. For example, we had one lecturer in our department whose wife was our class/course mate. His wife failed his course. And what did he say? He said as his wife, she had even more access to him than the rest of us so if she did not understand any topic he was teaching; she had more apple chance and opportunities than the rest of us ask him. Many people reading this will think it’s a joke but this is a true life story. Compare this to what we have today. Some parents allegedly even bribe lecturers for their wards to pass examinations and some rich female and male students do not even have to study or attend lectures to pass their examinations. Many times, it is “cash and carry”. That is the reason you see some modern day Nigerians graduates writes “Florence “have” a mercedes benz car”. The Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Rep “has” many cars assigned to them. The president’s wife “have” not explained in that speech why she went AWOL. (away without leave) The governor “as” many people appointed from his village”.

    “Osono bruwe” “agbadagbruruu”, “sanabrudo”

    Neither Sully nor I reported the story and there was no indication that Sully said the story was true or false. What drew my attention were the kind of questions Babalola Temitope asked him and her use of offensive language such as “sorry for yourself” etc. Therefore, the governor is welcomed to join us in but he will have to prove if we were the ones who broke the story or news in the first place if he so wishes to use the people’s money for that purpose and in that case, using the people’s money is something else that will need looking into.

    However, I am constrained to ask why anyone would make 52 visits from Nigeria to UK within 17 months especially where these travels were probably first/business class and from the people’s money. The question to ask here is that if she was using her own hard earned money or her husband’s hard earned money, would she have embarked in such jamborees? Some pilots and air hostesses do not even fly so frequently and if they do, it is because it is the nature of their jobs. Is the said governor’s wife an air hostess or pilot?

    Nigeria is probably the only country in the world where thieving government officials, government contractors who collect monies without executing contracts and others, fly their wives, children and numerous concubines for whom they buy jeeps and mansions to London, Paris, New York and now Dubai for shopping, first/business class. Some of these wives and concubines are known to even fly out to do their hair during weekends. Some of them have breakfasts in London, lunches in Paris and dinners in New York.

    As for Temitope’s use of language like “mind your business”, “sorry for yourself” etc in a public medium, I would say that it is rather unfortunate. I do not know much about Ajayi Crowther than having heard it is one of the very many private universities that have sprung up in Nigeria in recent years. With the type of fees I hear they charge and described as “an arm and leg”, I should think they do not only find their students “worthy in character and in learning” before they are awarded degree certificates. That was what it was during our days at the University of Ibadan. Yes, you had to be found “worthy both in character and in learning” and that impacted on what we regard as values. This is why for example you won’t find many of us use offensive languages even in arguments. You need not do that to put your points and arguments across. One other thing is that you could not be involved in physical fight no matter how much any one might have provoked you. The mere hearing of the words, “you go graduate o” would put you in check because if you engaged in such things, you would be matched to the VC’s office, made to wear the academic gown as if you were graduating and pronto, you were escorted from the university. There were no appeals and there were no today’s thieving SANs (Senior Advocates of Nigeria) who would come out to defend you even if you were the son or daughter of the president, governor, minister, commissioner, general etc. No one ever went that route as todays SANs do defend pen robbers. No one took such matters to courts and it was not because the people did not know their rights. It was because everyone agreed that it was a good way to mould youngsters. However, today I hear it is different. Students do mike tyson in university campuses and when they do not, they turn to cults and armed with automatic weapons, the types that you cannot even find in the hands of American Special Forces talk less of the “shakabulas” you find in the hands of Nigeria armed forces and police. This is what some use in forcing some hand-outs selling lecturers to pass examinations. It can involve both male and female students. When that is not the case, some female students use skippy dresses and feminine attributes and prowess to lure lewd lecturers to bed to pass examinations. In our days most lecturers were steadfast, incorruptible and of very high moral standards. For example, we had one lecturer in our department whose wife was our class/course mate. His wife failed his course. And what did he say? He said as his wife, she had even more access to him than the rest of us so if she did not understand any topic he was teaching; she had more apple chance and opportunities than the rest of us ask him. Many people reading this will think it’s a joke but this is a true life story. Compare this to what we have today. Some parents allegedly even bribe lecturers for their wards to pass examinations and some rich female and male students do not even have to study, attend lectures to pass their examinations. Many times, it is “cash and carry”. That is the reason you see some modern day Nigerians graduates writes “Florence “have” a mercedes benz car”. The Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Rep “has” many cars assigned to them. The president’s wife “have” not explained in that speech why she went AWOL. (away without leave) The governor “as” many people appointed from his village”.

    “Osono bruwe” “agbadagbruruu”, “sanabrudo”

    Neither Sully nor I reported the story and there was no indication that Sully said the story was true or false. What drew my attention were the kind of questions Babalola Temitope asked him and her use of offensive language such as “sorry for yourself” etc. Therefore, the governor is welcomed to join us in but he will have to prove if we were the ones who broke the story or news in the first place if he so wishes to use the people’s money for that purpose and in that case, using the people’s money is something else that will need looking into.

    However, I am constrained to ask why anyone would make 52 visits from Nigeria to UK within 17 months especially where these travels were probably first/business class and from the people’s money. The question to ask here is that if she was using her own hard earned money or her husband’s hard earned money, would she have embarked in such jamborees? Some pilots and air hostesses do not even fly so frequently and if they do, it is because it is the nature of their jobs. Is the said governor’s wife an air hostess or pilot?

    Nigeria is probably the only country in the world where thieving government officials, government contractors who collect monies without executing contracts and others, fly their wives, children and numerous concubines for whom they buy jeeps and mansions to London, Paris, New York and now Dubai for shopping, first/business class. Some of these wives and concubines are known to even fly out to do their hair during weekends. Some of them have breakfasts in London, lunches in Paris and dinners in New York.

    As for Temitope’s use of language like “mind your business”, “sorry for yourself” etc in a public medium, I would say that it is rather unfortunate. I do not know much about Ajayi Crowther than having heard it is one of the very many private universities that have sprung up in Nigeria in recent years. With the type of fees I hear they charge and described as “an arm and leg”, I should think they do not only find their students “worthy in character and in learning” before they are awarded degree certificates. That was what it was during our days at the University of Ibadan. Yes, you had to be found “worthy both in character and in learning” and that impacted on what we regard as values. This is why for example you won’t find many of us use offensive languages even in arguments. You need not do that to put your points and arguments across. One other thing is that you could not be involved in physical fight no matter how much any one might have provoked you. The mere hearing of the words, “you go graduate o” would put you in check because if you engaged in such things, you would be matched to the VC’s office, made to wear the academic gown as if you were graduating and pronto, you were escorted from the university. There were no appeals and there were no today’s thieving SANs (Senior Advocates of Nigeria) who would come out to defend you even if you were the son or daughter of the president, governor, minister, commissioner, general etc. No one ever went that route as todays SANs do defend pen robbers. No one took such matters to courts and it was not because the people did not know their rights. It was because everyone agreed that it was a good way to mould youngsters. However, today I hear it is different. Students do mike tyson in university campuses and when they do not, they turn to cults and armed with automatic weapons, the types that you cannot even find in the hands of American Special Forces talk less of the “shakabulas” you find in the hands of Nigeria armed forces and police. This is what some use in forcing some hand-outs selling lecturers to pass examinations. It can involve both male and female students. When that is not the case, some female students use skippy dresses and feminine attributes and prowess to lure lewd lecturers to bed to pass examinations. In our days most lecturers were steadfast, incorruptible and of very high moral standards. For example, we had one lecturer in our department whose wife was our class/course mate. His wife failed his course. And what did he say? He said as his wife, she had even more access to him than the rest of us so if she did not understand any topic he was teaching; she had more apple chance and opportunities than the rest of us ask him. Many people reading this will think it’s a joke but this is a true life story. Compare this to what we have today. Some parents allegedly even bribe lecturers for their wards to pass examinations and some rich female and male students do not even have to study, attend lectures to pass their examinations. Many times, it is “cash and carry”. That is the reason you see some modern day Nigerians graduates writes “Florence “have” a mercedes benz car”. The Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Rep “has” many cars assigned to them. The president’s wife “have” not explained in that speech why she went AWOL. (away without leave) The governor “as” many people appointed from his village”.

    “Osono bruwe” “agbadagbruruu”, “sanabrudo”