The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folasade, wanted for failing to appear in court to answer for the N13 billion money laundering charges against them.
Oke and his wife had reportedly travelled out of the country for medical treatment in late January shortly before they were to be arraigned in court.
Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of a Federal High Court Lagos, had on February 7, 2019, issued an arrest warrant against the couple following an oral application by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.
This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade.
Oke and his wife are wanted in connection with the $43 million, £27,800 and N23.8 million cash recovered by the commission from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017.
Under the former DG, the NIA was said to have collected $289,202,382 in cash for special operations from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in February 2015.
The agency had claimed that the funds were meant for covert intelligence operations, but the federal government insisted it was a case of looting.
The federal government subsequently set up a three-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, which indicted Oke and recommended his dismissal.
Criminal charges were subsequently filed against him and his wife in February this year over the cash found at the Ikoyi apartment.
One of the counts read, “That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between August 25, 2015 and September 2, 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly converted $160,777,136.85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to your own use which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”
On Saturday, Senate President Bukola Saraki lost in his bid to return to the Senate.
In the National Assembly elections held in Kwara Central Senatorial District, Mr Saraki, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost to Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The returning officer, Olawole Obiyemi, a professor of human kinetics education at the University of Ilorin, said Mr Saraki polled 68,994 votes while Mr Oloriegbe poled 123, 808 votes.
Mr Oloriegbe was thereafter declared the senator-elect in Kwara Central Senatorial District.
Aside from losing his bid, the Senate president lost all four of the local governments in his senatorial district and could not deliver his local government and state to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Similarly, Mr Saraki’s numerous allies and anointed candidates lost in all of the seats contested in the state as the APC won all three senatorial positions and all of the House of Representatives seats across the state.
Analysts opine that the development puts an end to Mr Saraki’s hegemonic influence in Kwara politics, which began effectively in 2011 after he displaced his late father, Olusola Saraki.
PREMIUM TIMES observes that a number of factors helped the opposition displace the Senate President and his party, the PDP, in the state. This newspaper hereby highlights the factors that triggered his fall in Kwara politics.
1. Unpaid Salaries
By far the most potent weapon the opposition used against the Senate president and his party was the issue of unpaid salaries. People affected include teachers, local government officials and pensioners, among others.
The Kwara State Government has for long had protracted battles with workers in the state over unpaid salaries.
There have been a series of protests in the past over the issue.
In 2017, an advocacy group, Kwara Must Change, claimed that the rate of suicides among Kwara civil servant was high because of unpaid salary arrears.
Last September, teachers In the state threatened to embark on strike over welfare issues.
While Mr Saraki is not the current state governor, having served in that position between 2003 and 2011, residents of the state hardly separate the Abdulfatah Ahmed-led state government’s performance from the Senate president.
In effect, he is widely seen as immensely influential in the decision-making process of the Kwara government. Due to the harsh economic conditions thrown up by the unpaid salary controversies, it was all but easy for the opposition to ride on this wave and convince affected people to vote out the PDP.
2. Kwara South opposition/Oke-Ero bye-election
Offa, a major town in Kwara South, is considered the home of opposition in Kwara politics. From the second republic through the third and the current dispensation, the town is known for standing shoulder high against the Saraki dynasty.
Politicians from the town, notably Sunday Olawoyin, a leading disciple of the late Obafemi Awolowo, were known to have stood in the “progressive” camp, standing as the nemesis of the Saraki establishment.
The struggle that resulted in Mr Saraki’s fall on Saturday is said to have its root in Offa and other parts of Kwara South, beginning with the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal constituency bye-election which the APC won in 2018. But shortly before the bye-election, the anti-Saraki sentiment in the town was however intensified by the Offa robbery debacle of April 2018.
3. Offa Robbery Debacle
In April 2018, police officers, residents and bank customers were murdered in a robbery operation that lasted for over an hour in Offa, Kwara State.
The robbers blew up entrances into the banks with dynamite, before carting away money from about five banks, then killing scores of people.
By June, suspects arrested by the police allegedly implicated Mr Saraki in their confessional statements, Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, said.
A slew of controversial developments, including evidence presented by police, would later raise public concern about Mr Saraki and the Kwara State Governor’s involvement in the debacle.
Offa Omu-Aran, Erin-Ile and other adjoining communities have for years been at the mercy of bank robbers, especially during Yuletide periods. Although the Senate president denied all allegations
it did little to address the negative opinion formed against him by the people, which the opposition latched on.
A resident told PREMIUM TIMES on the eve of the election that, based on the developments, the people are not convinced the Senate president (and Kwara State Government) had no connection with the suspects.
4. Defection to PDP
In July, Senate President Bukola Saraki defected to the PDP, alongside Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed. Mr Ahmed, like Mr Saraki, said he defected “having realised that the All Progressive Congress (APC) can longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations” of his people.
Mr Saraki joined the APC on January 29, 2014, after falling out with the then PDP government, led by President Goodluck Jonathan. Shortly after his defection, a huge number of PDP chieftains in the state defected into the APC en masse.
Mr Saraki’s defection to PDP, analysts said, made him vulnerable in the hands of the opposition APC, which controlled the government at the centre.
5. ‘Federal Might’
In all of the Saraki dynasty’s electoral battles since 2003, it never worked against the government at the centre, except in 2015. In 2003, the late Olusola Saraki supported his son, Bukola, on the platform of the then ruling PDP. The younger Saraki sought re-election in 2007 and installed his candidate, Mr Ahmed, in 2011––on the platform of same ruling party.
In 2015, although Mr Saraki’s political camp worked against the Jonathan-led PDP government, it was widely believed that the people also embraced the APC.
In last Saturday’s election, the absence of federal support exposed the weaknesses of the Saraki camp, especially in Asa Local Government and other places rumoured to be its “rigging stronghold”, which the opposition exploited.
6. ‘ Ilorin’s allied forces’
For decades, one of the reasons why anti-Saraki dynasty electoral battles in Kwara State have always been lost is that they were most often championed by people outside of Ilorin, the state capital. From John Dara through Lai Mohammed to Simeon Ajibola, people outside of Ilorin rarely pull the crowd for reasons analysts opine may be cultural and ethno-religious solidarity.
In the last election, however, many of those considered the backbone of the Saraki winning machinery in the heart of Ilorin were recruited into what the APC called the “struggle to liberate Kwara”.
With Lai Mohammed and APC governorship aspirant, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman leading the pack, Saraki’s ex-loyalists including Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Yinka Aluko, Moshood Mustapha, Cook Olododo and others like Yahaya Seriki, Abdulyekeen Alajagusi were on the ground in the emirate city to deliver for APC.
7. Religious propaganda
Although its use always raises questions, propaganda plays a key role in elections in Nigeria.
In Kwara, one tactic used against the Senate president was to question his Islamic faith. “People think he is not a Muslim but only deceives Ilorin with that identity. Some of our people now call him ‘Gideon’,” a voter who declined to have his name in print told PREMIUM TIMES in Post Office area of the city days before the election.
Ilorin is a deeply religious society and some of the people connected with it and spread the claim, without confirming its veracity.
On the other hand, the APC also appealed to the Christian population, using its “O to ge
mantra. Shortly after the election was postponed, Kayode Alabi, APC deputy governorship candidate visited churches in Ilorin to canvass for support wherein he recited Bible verses containing the “o to ge” mantra.
There are also allegations of being “arrogant”, “aloof” and other character flaws levelled against the Senate president which the opposition amplified.
8 Kwara North revolt
Kwara north is generally considered to be the most underdeveloped part of Kwara State. Besides, the region considers itself the most ‘politically marginalised’ part of the state in its struggle to produce the state governor.
In the buildup to the election, youth in the region were reported to be violent toward the Saraki dynasty. In Kaiama, Ilesa-Baruba and other parts of Kwara North, random videos showed how the people rejected the PDP in its campaign across communities in the district.
Troubled by the rejection the party witnessed across the region, reports said Mr Saraki promised to zone
the governorship position to the region in 2023.
The moves, however, did little to sway voters’ decision as results from the region showed that the people embraced the APC and rejected the PDP.
The party swept all legislative seats with wide margin and residents voted massively for APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
9. Influence of local media
When the history of the fall of Mr Saraki and the PDP in the state is documented, local media especially those owned by opposition politicians would get a mention.
Abu Abdullahi, a member of the APC in the state, told PREMIUM TIMES that affairs of the state have largely been kept in secrecy for years until the opposition had alternative media to air their grievances.
“They (PDP/Saraki) controlled state-owned media houses in the past and people had no access to information that affect them,” Mr Abdullahi said in Yoruba. He added, however, that with the emergence of independent radio stations, the people were informed about “the various excesses of the PDP government,” unlike in the past.
PREMIUM TIMES observed that in Ilorin, Sobi FM remains one popular private radio station
considered the people’s favourite, especially because of its newspaper review programme “Feli-feli”. The station, owned by APC guber aspirant, Lukman Mustapha, has had to shake off allegations of partisanship.
“The opposition didn’t have access to the state government-owned Radio Kwara so they started with Harmony FM, but with many other stations now available, the people are better informed,” Mr Abdullahi added.
10. ‘O to ge’ – The APC ‘revolutionary’ campaign mantra
As far as the 2019 general election is concerned, the Kwara APC “O to ge!” mantra would go down as the most potent campaign mantra.
PREMIUM TIMES observes that one unique aspect of the “O to ge” campaign is the ‘revolutionary’ tone it took, with most politically conscious Kwarans seeing the movement as one meant for “liberation”.
The campaign was so infectious that residents in the state expressed it in different forms, with motorcycle riders and cab drivers popularly using the horn of their cars and motorcycles to make the sound in the city centre.
Although the Kwara APC was careful about labelling the Saraki family largely because of the involvement of Gbemisola Saraki in their campaign, the subtle campaign narrative that appealed to the people centred on the ‘revolutionary’ need to end the Saraki hegemony in the state. PDP’s ‘O tun ya’ response did little to dilute the potency of the mantra.
On Saturday, immediately after Mr Saraki was declared to have lost out in the election, those present at the INEC office ended the session with “solidarity” songs typical of student revolutionary struggles.
11. Corruption Allegations
In August, the APC listed what it called Mr Saraki’s long list of corruption cases. Among the ‘cases’ listed were allegations of fraud which led to the collapse of Société Générale Bank; alleged illegal receipt of salary from Kwara State treasury after leaving office; misappropriation of Kwara State funds; the various revelations in the Panama and Paradise Papers investigations, among others.
Mr Saraki’s political career has been defined largely by allegations of corrupt practices.
Although the concerns could be waved away as inconsequential, random interviews with residents of Ilorin before and after the election showed that some of the people were worried about the allegations and they indeed affected voters’ decision. “Workers who have not been paid salaries hear of billions and millions allegedly ‘looted’ by Saraki in the news and you expect them not to be worried? Something will give in,” said Abdulhakeem Adeyemi, a resident.
The APC also intensified its campaign using these allegations as a bulwark. It eventually succeeded in deepening the anti-Saraki feeling across the state.
12 The secret tape
Another factor that arguably contributed to the dent on Mr Saraki’s image in Kwara was the release of a November 2018 secret tape. In the tape, Mr Saraki was heard attributing his major grouse with President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to the alleged suffering of Kwara State indigenes due to the absence of federal appointments despite committing resources to the president’s electoral success in 2015.
Although the Senate president made the statements to appeal to pity and calm fraying nerves, claims that he paid money for election in 30 states did not go down well with some Kwarans. “Some collected N300 million, while some collected N400 million, some collected N200 million,” Mr Saraki was heard saying.
In the midst of unpaid salaries and grinding poverty, some residents said, such news items had domino effect on people’s perception. That was in addition to his numerous battles with Mr Buhari, whom a significant percentage of the people in the state still consider “honest and pro-poor”.
13. Obscene pension arrangement and alleged Illegal salaries
In May 2016, reports said the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja was informed of how Senate President Bukola Saraki continued to get paid his salary by the Kwara State Government after he had stepped down as the governor of the state on May 29, 2011. Details were also laid bare on the numerous lodgments and transfers made by Mr Saraki and his aide during his tenure as governor of the state, with some occurring several times in one day.
Michael Wetkas, an EFCC detective, claimed that Mr Saraki received monthly salaries from June 2011, when he left office as governor of the state, to August 2015 when he served as a senator. There were also reports of obsecene pension entitlements accruing to the Senate president. All of these were amplified in local media via their newspaper review programmes, often broadcast in Yoruba across radio stations in Kwara. Prominent among the programmes at the time was “PDP Gbode”, aired on Harmony FM, Idofian. When he defected into the PDP and earstwhile members of the party defected en masse into APC, the same programme philosophy was extended to Sobi FM’s prime-time programme, “O to ge!”
Mr Saraki’s perception troubles were compounded by these reports, even as Kwara battle with unpaid salaries A building allegedly owned by the Senate president around the Government House area, GRA, was often pointed at by residents as “proceeds” of the obscene acquisitions. By the time the dust would settle, the people had made up their mind to send him and his loyalists packing. His moves to offset salary arrears owed workers and local chiefs did little to address the concern.
Another chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Yaro Makama, has been arrested.
Makama, a former chairman of the PDP in the state, was arrested on Monday morning by the police for alleged hate speech and was whisked to Abuja.
He was said to have been invited to the Kaduna State Police Command and upon honouring the invitation, he was taken to Abuja after writing a statement.
Makama’s arrest came less than 24 hours after the spokesman of the state PDP Campaign Organisation, Ben Bako, was arrested on Sunday evening by the Department of State Services (DSS) and taken to Abuja.
Bako was arrested for allegedly making inciting comments in a video clip recorded during the PDP campaign rally in Kafanchan, Jama’a Local Government Area of the state last week.
The Deputy Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Danjuma Sarki, who confirmed Makama’s arrest in a telephone interview, said the arrest was part of the grand design by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to clamp down on PDP members before the elections.
Sarki said: “This morning, Makama was invited by the state police command. He honoured the police invitation as a law abiding citizen.
“They accused him of hate speech and was asked to write a statement. We thought that after writing the statement, they will let him go, but surprisingly he was taken to Abuja after writing his statement.
“Yesterday (Sunday), when we addressed a press conference, we said there were plans by the state government to frame and arrest 150 prominent PDP members before the elections.
The suspect, who was paraded with 34 suspected criminals, narrated that he was dismissed from the Force in 2007 for engaging in illegal duty, stating that he has been using the position to assist dealers to ferry cars from the Benin Republic for a fee into Lagos before luck ran out of him.
‘’I was in the Police and was dismissed in 2007 over illegal duty. I left Lagos where I served at Alagbon to Calabar in 2008 and met Glory Etim, my girlfriend, who bought the uniforms for me. I know what I was doing was against the law’’, he said.
However, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the Ikot Akpan-Abia, headquarters of the Command, said the fake senior police officer was never in the service of the Police, but only used it to defraud and threatened unsuspecting members of the public.
He said a search in his house led to the discovery of one English pistol without magazine and ammunition, portraits of Chief Superintendent of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police, three pairs of uniform, belt, fake identification card and other documents.
He added that a serving female officer, who was also paraded, assisted the fake officer to procure uniforms and other paraphernalia.
CP Kimo listed the crimes committed by the suspects to include murder, kidnapping, child stealing, defilement, stealing, vandalism and armed robbery, among others, adding that a total of 213 suspects were arrested during the period under review, while 111 were charged to court, the Command secured 18 convictions.
Akure—A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo State has ordered the claimant to the throne of Ayetoro in the oil-rich Ilaje council area of the state, Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi, remanded in prison custody for alleged robbery, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and arson.Magistrate Mayomi Olanipekun, who gave the order, said it was to enable the court to get advice from the Department of Public Prosecutions, DPP.
The Police had accused Ojagbohunmi of conspiracy to commit a felony to wit robbery and therefore committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 5(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Police prosecutor, Olatunji Kazeem, said the defendant with others at large, armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons rob one Ajimijere Ayodele of a power generator and N160,000 cash.
Ojagbohunmi was also accused of shooting and cutting one Olu Obolo and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 320 (1) of the Criminal Code cap 37 volume 1 Laws of the Ondo State 2006.
When the case came up for mention yesterday, the Police prosecutor said the defendant should be remanded in prison custody since the Magistrate’s Court did not have jurisdiction to adjudicate on such charges.
The FCT High Court in Maitama presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu has again granted bail to Sen. Dino Melaye who was arraigned on an eight-count charge of evading arrest.
The senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, was arraigned on allegations of conspiracy, resistance to arrest, failure to honour police invitation and intentionally giving false information to the public.
Ruling on the application by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Justice Halilu held that the essence of bail could not be overemphasized, saying that it was meant to make a defendant to stand for trial.
According to him, in granting a defendant bail, the court has to consider the nature of the charge, the antecedent of the bail applicant, among others.
He held that the constitution presumes a defendant innocent until found guilty by the court.
The judge, therefore, upheld the earlier bail granted the Melaye on Jan. 18 and added that Melaye should not leave the shores of the country without a written application to the court.
He held that the police’s refusal to release the senator after being granted bail by the court called for serious concern.
Halilu further held that the bail was to ensure that whoever charged was not allowed to suffer while his trail was going on.
According to him, the police and the judiciary were partners in criminal administration in the country.
Halilu, however, directed Ozekhome to warn his client to ensure that he does not comment on the matter before the court in any media.
“This is the only country where people make very unguarded comment on matters that are sub jaundice,” he said.
He then adjourned the case until Feb. 25 for commencement of trial.
While granting Melaye bail last Friday, the judge ordered that the senator provide three sureties, two of whom must show evidence of landed properties in Abuja, adding that the third must be the Clerk of the National Assembly.
According to him, the clerk had to write a letter to the court assuring that the senator would be produced in court whenever he was required.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuaibu Labaran alleged that Melaye conspired with one Silas Omenka on Dec. ,28, 2018 to commit an offence of illegal obstruction of lawful arrest.
This he said was contrary to section 97 of the penal code.
He alleged further that he intentionally resisted lawful arrest, contrary to section 172 of the penal code.
Police also alleged that he tweeted that the Inspector General of Police planned to arrest him and inject him to death which was false, contrary to section 416 of the penal code.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019, Lagosians were greeted with the news of the redeployment of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, to the Force headquarters in Abuja, as Commissioner of Police in charge of the Explosive Ordinance Unit.
In Edgal’s place, it was also announced that Mr Kayode Egbetokun, who was hitherto in charge of the said Explosive Ordinance Unit, would be in charge of the Lagos Command in acting capacity until confirmed by the Inspector General of Police.
Immediate task before Edgal The immediate task before Edgal then was how to deal with ritual killings being brutally spearheaded in the Ikorodu axis by the notorious Badoo cult group and activities of kidnappers who were having a field day perpetrating their illegal trade, especially in the eastern axis of the state.
Lagosians would recall how people were abandoning their abodes due to the activities of the Badoo cult terrorizing the people of Ikorodu. Their modus operandi then was to use grinding stones, mortar and pestle to smash their victims on the head and then flee the scene with the blood of such victims, to be thereafter used for ritual purposes. As a community policing expert and an operational cop to the core, Edgal rose to the challenge and was able to curb the activities of the cult group, as well as generally ensured drastic reduction in crime rate in the state. Till today, the man who is alleged to be the ring leader of the dreaded cult group, one Alhaji Abayomi Kamal Alaka had fled the state and yet to return, having been declared wanted by the police under the leadership of Edgal. Many shrines belonging to the cult group have also been destroyed both in Lagos and even outside the state, especially neighbouring villages in Ogun State, in several operations led by Edgal, which also resulted in arrest of key suspects. Today, one can safely say that Badoo cultists have been degraded in Lagos, while crime rate has also gone down significantly. Indeed, the city-state is now being referred to as the safest place to live in Africa. It is also a common knowledge that Edgal is well known as an officer who does not sit in his office to give directive. He would lead the operation, no matter how volatile the place is.
The issue of human rights of citizens has also been given priority by Edgal, who is also believed to be a no-nonsense CP. The implication of this development is that members of the public now have confidence in the police, while the morale of rank and file of the Lagos Command had considerably been boosted. With the proactive measures and feats attained so far in the state in terms of security, one wonders the motive behind the sudden redeployment of Edgal out of Lagos. The question begging for answer is ‘why should anyone at this crucial point in time come up with such redeployment of a cop that is widely acknowledged to be doing well?’ Why the attempt to replace him with a police officer who is a known aide of a major politician in the state? and why the various and surreptitious attempts to damage his image by some people who are not comfortable with his presence in the state. All hands are pointing towards politics based on the violence that greeted the official flag-off of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state on January 8, 2019, where a chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, was brutally attacked. Several interpretations have been given to it with some party stalwarts accusing the police boss of failing to do enough to prevent the fracas in the first place. But these critics would not tell the world that if not for the prompt intervention by the police the ‘bad boys’ would have had a field day. Characters like MC Oluomo have been known to be working for a certain politician in the state and his political interests across the country. There are also many reports in the public domain that confirm the fact that such people play a major role in elections, but the link to the police leadership in the state is what discerning minds are questioning.
As a fact, this is what is used to rig elections before now in Lagos. It is one of the tools to consummate the hegemony of a certain godfather in the state but this time around, it seems the narrative is changing. However, kudos must be given to President Muhammadu Buhari for sanctioning the reversal of Edgal’s redeployment because, for him, there is need for peace and stability in Lagos as the engine room and commercial nerve centre of the country, and so he has opted to do the right thing. As a seasoned officer with respect for orders, Edgal was said to be preparing to hand over to Egbetokun who was already fully prepared to take charge, packing his vehicle in the space reserved for the CP, and coming with his chair and other personal effects, when another order from above ostensibly from the new Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and approved by the President, directed that status quo be maintained. Agenda of a fundamental change For those pushing the agenda of a fundamental change in security architecture of the state at this critical point in time when major elections – Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and State House of Assembly, are lurking, it is appropriate to admonish them to sheathe their sword in the interest of peace and stability of the polity, as the criminal elements may take advantage of any lapses in security, and thus rupture the tranquility being enjoyed in the Centre of Excellence, Lagos. Thanks goodness, the powers that be at the centre are pragmatic and understand the adverse consequences of any breach in security in Lagos, being the fifth largest economy in Africa and a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. Hence, it behooves on every stakeholder to fall in line. Eboigbe lives in Festac Town, Lagos.
…As Edo police commissioner reads riot act to criminals, personnel
BENIN CITY – IT was tragedy for the people of Ovbiogie community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State last week as they experienced an unusual occurrence when a 35-year-old-man identified as Idehen Uwaila killed his 28-year-old wife, Maureen and two of his children; Derrick aged two years and Desmond who was said to be three years old.
The eldest child, Precious aged six was however lucky as she was said to be playing on the floor while her siblings and their mother were on the bed when their father struck fired shots from his licensed gun. Uwaila is a tipper driver from Orhionmwon local government area but built his house in Ovbiogie where his mother hails from. It was gathered that Uwaila had earlier accused his wife of infidelity but it was resolved after he reported the case to the family of his wife.
However, it was a sober Uwaila who spoke to journalists at the state police command earlier in the week when he was paraded alongside 91 other suspected criminals including suspected cultists, child defilers, kidnappers and others. Uwaila said he did not know what came over him to have killed his “lovely family”. He said “I don’t know what came over me, myself and my family have been together. Where am I going to start from (sobs). I had issue with her before but it had been settled. She always accused me that I don’t come back home on time and I told her she should know the nature of my job that I had to go after our debtors since many of our deliveries were on credit and I had to go and collect the money before coming home late.
But instead of seeing reason with me, she threatened that she would also be going out too and I warned her against it saying it was a taboo. I then drove down to their family house and reported the matter to her mother and it was settled. “I can’t explain what led me to go and carry my gun to shoot at them when I knew that they were there. This is my family, we have been living together for over ten years, I don’t know what happened please help me. “God forgive me because I don’t know what came over me. I had a very severe accident in 2016 and the mark on my face was as a result of the accident. It was only God that helped me and sometimes I have some challenge in my brain” However, the police boss said the corpses of the deceased were still with the police and that “a post mortem will be done on them, then we will hand over the results to the court which will take it from there” The police also paraded a gospel artist, Mr. Anthony Okhoria, aged 49 who was accused of defiling a nine-year old girl. The victim was a daughter of one of his tenants at his house in Ekpoma, headquarters of Esan West local government area. Okhoria however denied having carnal knowledge of the girl saying it was the victim’s mother and sisters who attempted to seduce him.
He said the woman and her children tried severally to seduce him to sleep with them so as not to pay for accommodation again but he refused. The suspect said the teenager he was alleged to have defiled also came rubbing his legs while he was sleeping in his bedroom.
His words: “My wife and children are not around, I did not defile anybody. They rented my apartment in 2017 through the Christ Embassy Church. The mother was trying to seduce me and I refused her. Her first daughter also tried by sucking my breast but I did not succumb. They were supposed to pay their rent this month but the woman and her children started seducing me so that they would not pay. “She came and told me that the church said they could not pay for her again and asked if I did not like her and I said no. I did not agree. It got to a stage she would enter my bedroom after I just finished taking my bath. I would ask her to go but she would refuse and would still be talking. She has four girls and all of them tried to seduce me. “I was shocked when she said I slept with her little daughter. They come to my sitting room to suck my breast, I would report to their mother but she would say they were just playing with me. The nine years old daughter also came to my bedroom and was rubbing my legs but I did not touch her because I am a Christian.” The police boss also launched a new communication strategy to check crimes in the state saying that all police posts and zonal offices would be provided with dedicated lines and would be open to the public for 24 hours.
He said “I shall ensure that members of the public have unfettered access to all police formations in the state to be able to lodge complaint which shall be promptly attended to. One immediate step towards achieving this is the launching of 100 dedicated and permanent telephone lines that cover all the 55 Police Divisional Headquarters, 10 Area Commands, Six Police Posts and other police formations in the state. All the telephone lines have been activated. You are at liberty to call any police station right now and lodge your complaints including passing information on traffic situations and criminal incidents. “I will not tolerate a situation where any Area Commander or DPO will turn himself or herself to a tin god or remain inaccessible to members of the public. I shall remove the mutual suspicion that exist between police and members of the public to let them have more confidence in reporting cases and or giving information to police. I assure that all information rendered shall be treated with utmost secrecy and informant’s identity fully protected”. Odumosu also urged all those who are still in possession of illegal firearms in the state to surrender them to the police. “The presidential order on mopping up of illegal arms and ammunition subsists. It is advised that should there be any person or group of persons who are still in possession of illegal arms and ammunitions to submit them to the police as Edo state Police Command under my leadership will not leave anyone found culpable unpunished”
He said his mission as the Commissioner of Police in the state was to reduce crime and criminality to the barest minimum “through maximum utilisation and deployment of human and material resources available to the command”
LAGOS—THE anticipated change of guard between the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal and his supposed successor, CP Kayode Egbtokun, took a dramatic turn, yesterday, following a directive from Abuja that status quo should be maintained.
Mr. Edgal was expected to handover to his supposed successor, Mr. Egbetokun, yesterday.
As part of the preparation to receive Egbetokun, all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and other Unit Commanders, including the Deputy Commissioners of Police in-charge of Operations, Administration and the State Criminal Investigation, SCI, and Intelligence Department, assembled at the conference hall of the Command as early as 11am, for a formal introduction of Egbetokun, by Edgal. Drama over change of guard Journalists, on their part, assembled, waiting for Edgal and Egbetokun to conclude the indoor procedures before the official handover, as earlier reported. However, at about 1.30 pm, journalists were requested to go to the Commissioner of Police mini conference hall, where they were later joined by Edgal and Egbetokun. But they were taken aback after what was expected to be a handover speech by Edgal, turned out to be the opposite.
In his brief remark, Edgal, said: “As we were about concluding the handing over procedure, we were instructed from our bosses in Abuja to stop action for now. So, there will be no change of guard for now. “I am happy and humbled that you find this serious enough for you all to come and see what is happening here. I consider it an honour.” Also speaking, Mr. Egbetokun said,: “We are government agents and we take directives.” When news of the suspension of the change of guard reached the conference hall where senior police officers were waiting to be briefed, there was jubilation. One of Egbetokun’s aides was seen carrying his boss’s seat, which was brought from his former office, into one of the vans. At about 3.20pm, Egbetokun drove out in his official car which was parked at the designated space for the CP, followed by those of his orderlies. Moments later, Edgal drove out as well as they were both said to be leaving for Abuja.
Other senior police officers also took turns to leave the premises in their respective cars, declining to speak with journalists on the development. A signal via the Police wireless message with number TH.5361/FS/FHQ/ABJ/T.6/538 , reverting the posting , showed that it emanated from the new Police boss, Mohammed Adamu. It read, “ the Inspector-General of Police has reverted the posting of the following Commissioners of Police to command/formation indicated against their names. To CP Lagos State, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal. To CP EODFHQ , Abuja, Ag. Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun Adeolu. Posting is with immediate effect”. Also a statement by the Lagos State by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, read, “ The Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Inspector-General of Police, has graciously suspended the planned redeployment of the CP Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi from the command. The IGP in his wisdom , said the status sqo should be maintained. The CP who is well known for his discipline and respect for orders, was handing over to Mr Kayode Egbetokun yesterday, when he received the directive to suspend the ceremony and await further instructions. “ While humbled by the decision, the CP wishes to assure the people of Lagos that their safety and security remains his priority”.
LAGOS—THE outgoing Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, will today, officially hand over to his successor, Kayode Egbetokun, at the Command headquarters, Ikeja.
The incoming Commissioner of Police, who will be in acting capacity arrived the Command headquarters, yesterday afternoon, with his orderlies. He had a closed door session with Edgal which lasted over one hour.
After the closed door meeting, they declined speaking with newsmen, who were waiting for the official handover. As at 5pm yesterday, Edgal was about taking his successor round the Command. The Command’s spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, later appeared to inform journalists that the official handover would hold today. New CP Egbetokun The acting CP, Kayode Egbetokun was born on September 4, 1964, in Erinja Orile, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State. He joined the Nigeria Police Force on March 3, 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police. He had his initial Cadet training at the Nigeria Police Academy Annex, Kaduna and has attended many other courses within and outside the Police force. He has worked in several Police commands and formations across the country and has held positions at various times. As a Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1999, he served as the Chief Security Officer to the Governor of Lagos State, during which he coordinated the security of the state for the Governor. Before his redeployment to Lagos, Egbetokun was in charge of the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD. He has also served as Commissioner of Police Servicom at the Force Headquarters Abuja, Deputy Commandant Police College, Ikeja, Commandant Police Training School Ikeja, Area Commander Gusau, Zamfara and Area Commander in Osogbo, He was also the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Lagos, Squadron Commander Mopol 5 Benin, O/C Anti-fraud, FCT Command in Abuja.
Egbetokun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer science and MSC Engineering Analysis, all from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He lectured Mathematics briefly at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos before his enlistment into the Police force.
Senator Dino Melaye in hospital as he refuses to leave his hospital bed, claiming to be having health challenges when the police came to take him to Lokoja in Kogi state to for prosecution.
Dino Melaye had last week surrendered to the police after a seven-day siege to his Abuja residence by the personnel of the force.
The personnel of the force had laid siege to the Abuja residence of Melaye to effect his arrest over a case of culpable homicide.
Dino Melaye and his gang were accused of shooting a police officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF), while on duty in Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi.
The Force spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, who confirmed the development on Friday in Abuja, said Dino Melaye opened the door to the house and fell down in front of the waiting personnel of the force.
The Nigerian Army says it is working with the international police to extradite a Nigerian in Diaspora, Perry Brimah back to the country for prosecution.
Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman says Brimah is wanted for launching a criminal fund raising campaign.
The suspect has opened a Go Fund Me Account to plead for funds to feed Nigerian Soldiers.
Usman says the campaign is “to defraud unsuspecting members of the public especially the international community to fund subversive activities and personal life style. “
He also insisted that the Nigerians soldiers across the country do not lack logistics or food and are not in need of any funds.
“We wish to state that the Nigerian soldiers deployed in the North East or elsewhere, neither lack logistics nor food as the fraudster wants unsuspecting members of the public to believe. The Nigerian Army never faltered in providing necessary logistics to troops to the extent of providing extras especially during festive periods. Therefore, this move by Doctor Brimah is nothing but a scam as there is nowhere in the world where troops were fed through donations by members of the public” the statement continued.
“We would like to further state that there has never been complaints of lack of food by soldiers talk-less of starvation. The so called Dr Perry Brimah or his agents do not represent the Nigerian Army or her soldiers. Whoever believes and falls victim to this criminal act does so at his or her own risk. In addition, the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Interpol are working hard to declare him wanted and extradite the International fraudster to face justice. Therefore, we request the general public for any information on the whereabouts of this fraudster.”
The siege by the police to the Abuja residence of Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, entered its fourth day, yesterday, with the police showing no sign of vacating the home. It will be recalled that the Police had already disconnected electricity and water to the premises on 11 Sangha Street, Off Mississippi, Maitama, Abuja.
Melaye, who has had running battle with the police, it was gathered, had promised to report to the police this week.
He had said: “Presently I’m outside Abuja. I’m a Senator of the Federal Republic of Abuja, I cannot run away. I will make myself available as soon as I’m back to town next week (this week). I am not a criminal, I have not done anything wrong.”
The police said Melaye is wanted for a case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide committed on July 19, 2018.
Meanwhile, some lawyers and senators have kicked against the continued siege to Melaye’s home, even as the police insisted on its actions, saying “We will not retreat until Sen. Dino Melaye surrenders himself for arrest and investigation.”
Mr Norrison Quakers, SAN, said: “It is indeed unconstitutional and beyond international standard of law enforcement and in violation of the administration of criminal justice act, 2015. I think the Senator should seek redress in court. We are not in a police state but in a constitutional democracy.”
Another lawyer, Mr Israel Mbaebie said, “What is happening to Dino is a clear extension of what has been the sad hallmark of the excesses of this present government. It is sad. It is demeaning to all Nigerians that we are witnessing what we have never witnessed not even user the military junta years of Abacha. To imagine that we are in a democracy so called makes it all even more bizarre if not brazen.”
Some Senators who took a swipe at the Police over the invasion of Melaye’s, describe the action as barbaric and unacceptable.
Speaking with Vanguard yesterday, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East), condemned the action of the police in very strong terms, saying that this is democracy and must not be truncated in any form.
Senator Anyanwu, who noted that the country was gradually becoming a police state, said: “ Nigeria is turning into a Police State. We believe that our democracy must be guided. Taking over the residence of Senator Dino Melaye is a sad development. The Police must as a matter of urgency, vacant the police.”
Also speaking with Vanguard, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara South) who condemned the action, described it torso witch hunt and political, adding that Senator Melaye was at the National Assembly prior to the holiday and the Police never came for him.
He however, asked the Police to stop playing politics with everything, urging them to vacate the residence with immediate effect.
Senate President Bukola Saraki had earlier faulted the move, arguing that the timing of the action by the police and the claim that Senator Melaye had been invited were not true.
“The general belief now is that the Police action against Senator @dino_melaye is aimed at keeping him out of circulation so that he would not participate in the general elections in February 2019,” Saraki tweeted.
He added, “Though the police in their statement claim that there was a request to the Clerk of the National Assembly, CNA, inviting Senator Melaye to report to the police, my enquiry from the CNA showed that he had no such letter.”
Meanwhile, the police in a statement, by Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer yesterday, maintained their ground, saying “Senator Melaye is wanted by the Police for a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide, committed on July 19, 2018, when Senator Melaye and his armed thugs attacked Police personnel; shot and wounded Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.
“Police operatives with a duly obtained warrant of arrest deployed to arrest Senator Melaye in his residence in Abuja will not retreat until Senator Melaye surrenders himself for arrest and investigation.
“It is on record that the Police investigators submitted a Letter of Invitation July 23, 2018, by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command addressed to the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja, inviting Senator Melaye to report on July 26, 2018 at 1100Hrs at the Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja to answer to a case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command.
“The claim by the Senate President in the media that the Police did not submit a letter of invitation to the Clerk of the National Assembly is therefore, incorrect as can be seen on attached letter with acknowledgment stamp of the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja “July 24.” Despite this, Senator Dino bluntly refused to report himself to the Police till date.
“For avoidance of doubt, attached to this statement are the copies of pictures of the shot Police Officer, Sgt. Saliu, the Police Invitation letter addressed to the Clerk of National Assembly, Abuja and the medical report from the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State, confirming the admission of Sgt. Saliu into the hospital for treatment of the gunshot injury he sustained from the attack by Senator Melaye and his armed thugs while on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State on July 19, 2018.
“The Police Officer, Sgt. Saliu, is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care in the hospital.
“The force will ensure a thorough investigation into this matter while making sure that the rule of law prevails and that no suspect no matter how highly placed, involved in any criminal matter escape justice.
“We will not retreat until Sen. Melaye surrenders himself for arrest and investigation,” he said.
Cults use deception to get people. 60-year-old Prince Peter Adekola Bamigbade would readily tell you that. As a student at the Yaba College of Technology he and some of his friends started the Black Nationalist Movement. That was in 1982. The group was established to fight against the then apartheid government in South Africa. But just like what happened to Pyrate Confraternity founded by Professsor Wole Soyinka, the movement metamorphosed into a violent cult group known as Aye Confraternity. It became a terror.
But by the time Bamigbade became born again he took it upon himself to fight cultism in campuses and across Nigeria. He has written over 20 books on cult related matters one of which has been recommended by the Nigeria University Commission as an antidote to cultism.
A prince at birth, Bamigbade who studied Statistics and mathematics said occult resides in many palaces in Yoruba land. “I was born into it. But was named Peter in the Catholic Church.”He said.
He recalled his first meeting with Prof, Muyiwa Awe (now late) at a forum in Ondo on countering cultism noting, “In fairness to Prof. Awe who along with Prof. Soyinka started the Pirate confraternity and a host of other cult founders on campuses many of the cult groups were formed out of youthful exuberance. When Prof Awe met Christ through the ministration of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, he started his own ministry and began to mentor those who wanted to come out of cultism. He appointed me the secretary of the movement. But with time I started my own ministry too.”
Bamigbade disclosed that no one is ever forced to join any cult noting however that “people are being deceived to believe believable lies and therefore join. Parents carelessly encourage their children to join cults through some of the cartoons they expose them to. Joining cult groups especially the big time cults is not free. People pay to join cults in kind or cash. They use some quiet ways to deceive people to join.”
He explained further, “If you want to join Reformed Ogboni Fraternity they will ask you to stay in a place close to where they are having their meeting so you can observe their activities. They will sing hymns but technically instead of mentioning Jesus’ name they will put onile…(house owner) which meant Satan in their cult but to the outside world they will say that name refers to Jesus because Jesus says he was going to build a mansion for us. They do all that to hook the unsuspecting. Until you join you will not know many things about them. But they will not tell you at the beginning. Nothing comes easy.”
The beauty about Bamigbade’s anti-cultism campaign is that he learnt most of what he knew by doing extensive study coupled with his initial campus experience. Since he began the campaign against cultism his house has become a sort of haven for ex-cultists. He recalled that one time Chief Priest of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity in Ondo State once came to make an inquiry when he got to know he was fighting against cultism. He later became a Christian after he ministered the gospel to him. He wrote a book on the new experience of the Chief Priest in Christ. But he and the man were taken to court by the ROF.
He was threatened with death. But he dared them. “They gave us seven days and said we would die but many of them died one after the other. This happened in 1986. The apena became an evangelist thereafter. One of those who put him to trouble surrendered his life to Christ a few weeks ago. He is now an evangelist.”
He lamented that most of the cult boys are being used by politicians for political gains noting that they have grandmasters that fund them. “I remember the case of one Osita Collins a student cult member. By the time he was renouncing his membership from the cult he had over N30 million in his account. He got this money from sponsors and also from membership fees. There are cults you pay close to N50, 000 before you join.”
Bamigbade who is one of the founding staff of Vanguard Newspapers said there are about 102 church cults in Nigeria. To know a church that has cult elements he says, “Any church that is self centred not Christ centered is cultic. Any church that claims a revelation that is separate from the Bible is cultic. Any church that does anything outside the word of God is cultic”
When reminded some members of the Christ Apostolic Church where he belongs go to pray at the burial ground of patriarchs, he said, “I was ordained an elder in CAC. People who go to pray at the burial site of patriarchs in faith are practicing necromancy. It is the level of their understanding that make them do what they do. It is lack of knowledge. They go to pray in graveyard for lack of knowledge. They believe there is a short cut to get power.”
Bamigbade is the founder of Christ Way Ministry and also the coordinator of the southwest Prison Fellowship of Nigeria. He says, “There is no saint church. They all have their minuses. There is no perfect church there is only perfect Christ. I once wrote: follow Christ way not church way to be wise, safe and holy.”
While noting that many cults seek support from palaces he said there are Christian obas who will not condone that. “The Olu Imasayo of Egbado, Oba Adesola Oni for instance was my prayer partner before he became king. He followed biblical injunctions to be installed. They allowed it because they wanted him to come to the community and develop the place. There was also the case of Oba Williams Ayeni, in akoko, Ondo State the supposed headquarters of witches. He was installed as unbeliever but he gave his life to Christ as an Oba. There was another oba in Ijebu ode who gave his life to Christ and died in Christ on the throne.”
On how to know a cult member he explains, “most cultist are reserved. They are introverts. They read some strange books and withdraw easily. Some children videos have some cultic elements. They are laced with some believable lies. When they share the information they get from the cartoon with their peers that is when they get hooked because their peers may well be a member of a cult group already. In some cases some of their teachers lure them into the cults. Some corpers who are posted to schools are major influencers on young minds.”
He said since 1996 that he started the anti-cultism crusade he has been privileged to influence three governments: Ondo State, Kwara and Rivers. “We have increased awareness about the activities of cultists. Today, people are not bold to come out and identify with cult groups. Most parents encourage their wards to join cults by their actions. Minors who are in universities are easily intimidated and cajoled to join cult groups. There are many cases of cults even in mission universities. But it is common in public schools.”
PSC chairman disowns purported demolition letter By Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor & Evelyn Usman THE Police High Command, Abuja, yesterday, said acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, had not been demoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police, declaring that Edgal remained the state police boss.
The high command’s position followed a letter purportedly written by the Police Service Commission, PSC, addressed to the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, informing that Edgal had been reverted to his former rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. The letter allegedly signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. M.F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mr Mike Okiro, was entitled, ‘Withdrawal of Acting appointment : AP 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga.” It reads in part: “Our letter with Ref No PS/1924/Vol IX/ dated August 22, 2017 conveying the Honourable Chairman’s anticipatory approval for the placement of the above-named officers as Acting Commissioners of Police refers, please. “The commission at its 24th plenary meeting of September 27 and 28, 2017, took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory approval. The officers are, therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).”
However, Chairman of PSC, Mike Okiro, who spoke with BBC stated, unequivocally, that the Permanent Secretary of the commission had no powers to write such letter to the police. According to him, that letter should be ignored. It was not authorized. No such decision was taken even during the last plenary meeting which I chaired. “The man that signed that letter did not even consult the commissioner that is holding brief for me while I am on leave. We have no problem in the commission but when I resume, we will look into the issue and decide what to do to the Permanent Secretary. Edgal still Lagos CP—FHQ However, when contacted, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, said Edgal was still the CP Lagos, in acting capacity. He said: “The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers. But they don’t have the power to demote. They can only demote an officer after the Force disciplinary committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for discipline. They can only authenticate or authorise what the Police take to them. “In this case, acting CP Edgal has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force disciplinary committee has not recommended him for reduction. They cannot demote him and they have no such powers. They should not go beyond their powers. “Nigeria Police Force, NPF, can exist without Police Service Commission, PSC, but PSC cannot exist without NPF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos State has not been demoted.“ LASG reacts Similarly, the Lagos State government has come out in defence of Edgal, in a terse statement after news of his demotion was reported. The state government said the report emanated from “a fake letter being circulated by revisionists who are stunned by the level of progress that Imohimi has brought to Lagos in just few weeks.” The statement further stated: “It’s obvious that a lot of people are unhappy with the major strides the Acting CP has made in such a short time.”
One Mr Amos Abgonifo. Residing at Ovbogie Town. Ovia North East Local Government Area, Edo State, Was Declared Wanted By Government, to Provide the unlawful Secret Cult members of his late Father, Which the Family Claimed they dose not know them,
and there is no way they can find any of them, and their brother Amos is know where to be found too,They said he must join them because that was what his late Father promise them. That his son must be Initiated when ever he died. Amos Abgonifo declined,
because he is a born again Christian and Nigerian Government are Fighting against all unlawful society court in Nigeria. They insisted if he didn’t come to join them, that must kill him. On the 25 day of August, 2015 At About 13:04Hrs pm, His Mother,
Mrs Abgonifo Joy was Murdered in cold blood by the Suspected members of the unlawful Secret Cult society at the Age of 46, After the incident, the matter was reported to the Nigerian Police Force. After a lot of measures have been taken to contain that in human activities, the society people are still threatening fire and Brimstone to look for Amos Abgonifo to eliminate him anywhere he is found to appeals the angry, gods of their unlawful society, Which he disregards. After which News crew went to his Family and asked them about Amos, where about, but they claimed he was no where to be found”.
Video, Mrs Joy Abgonifo was Shot Dead By The Suspected Members, Of the Late Father, Of, Mr Amos Abgonifo.
Edo 2016: 7 APC gov aspirants battle to succeed Oshiomhole
BENIN—AHEAD of the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, there are indications that Mr Godwin Obaseki, the chairman of the economic team of Edo State government may have joined the race for the 2016 governorship election on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.
His entrance in the race will take the number of APC aspirants to seven, five from Edo South senatorial district and two from Edo Central. Those in the race to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole on the platform of APC include the incumbent Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, Commissioner for Works, Osarodion Ogie, former Minister of State (Works), Dr Chris Ogienwonyi.
Others are former governor of the state, Professor Osarhiemen Osunbor, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon and General Charles Airhiavbere, (retd). Obaseki was appointed as Chairman of the Economic Team of the state government by Governor Oshiomhole, when he assumed office in 2009. Obaseki is not a known politician in the state, but it was learned that he is being backed by the popular business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is a close friend of Oshiomhole. Oshiomhole had in May warned the governorship aspirants in the APC to suspend campaigns in order not to disrupt his developmental projects. But Vanguard gathered that the governor may soon lift the ‘curfew’ to allow the aspirants commence political activities ahead of the primaries which is expected to hold in March 2016.
Have you ever been hit from the rear by a motorcycle while driving? If yes, never attempt to alight to check the damages done on your vehicle, or exchange words with the erring motorcyclist, particularly if the rider is not alone. This is because you could fall prey to robbers who have devised such method to snatch vehicles from unsuspecting motorists.
This admonition is coming on the heels of the arrest of four suspected members of a robbery gang who specialised in snatching vehicles from their owners at gun point, by operatives of the Ogun State Command Special Anti Robbery Squad, using such method.
One significant trait about this robbery gang is its penchant for posh cars, preferably Toyota Camry cars and jeeps. Its members who reside in Ogun state, as gathered, travel to other states in the south west region to operate and thereafter, sell the stolen cars at give away prices to ready buyers in Lagos state. Crime Guard gathered that the armed gang stormed Agbara area of Ogun state last month,where they blocked their victim who slowed down on reaching a bad spot,with their operational motorcycle. They thereafter, ordered the fear stricken motorist to get down from the vehicle , pointing a gun at him and thereafter zoomed off with the Toyota Camry car . Barely had they driven off than the vehicle reportedly stopped. While they were contemplating on the next move, a team of policemen reportedly stormed on them. Three of them were said to have fled into the bush, leaving their partner in crime, Olalekan at the mercy of the policemen. Olalekan’s confessional statement reportedly led to the arrest of other members of the gang, including a popular car dealer who resides in Ejigbo area of Lagos, who was alleged to be one of the gang’s receivers. It was gathered that several vehicles suspected to have been stolen by the gang were recovered from the receiver’s showroom in Lagos. Another car dealer identified as ‘Major’, who was also indicted by the suspects , is currently at large. Also, some stolen vehicles were reportedly recovered in his showroom at Abule-Egba area of Lagos. Preliminary investigation as gathered, revealed that three members of the gang were arrested in January 2014, by policemen attached to the Lagos State Police Command, over a similar case and were charged to court, from where they were granted bail. The suspects identified as Isiaka Olalekan, Kazeem Abiodun, Rafiu Ojolowo and Ife , however,blamed their indulgence on unemployment. One of them, 24 year-old Abiodun, a Nigeria Certificate in Education ,NCE holder, told Crime Guard that he had to join the ogboni confraternity in his frantic search for money but never had his desire met . I started with snatching female bags In this interview with Crime Guard the suspects revealed their respective roles,with 25 -year-old Kazeem Abiodun who hails from Otto -Awori , Ojo Lagos, saying: “ I am an NCE holder from Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education , Ijanikin, Lagos. I graduated in year 2011. I have have had several jobs but made no head way. I had to join Ogboni confraternity out of frustration. Yet, I did not make any headway. I started with snatching handbags at bus-stops, from where I met Rafiu Ojolowo. Our major place of operation was Agabra bus-stop. We were into that until wee met Isiaka who introduced us to real robbery where we used arms. I was given a pistol while Rafiu rode the okada”. I graduated from yahoo to robbery -Isiaka “I am a secondary school drop -out. I have tried my hands on many menial jobs without being able to feed myself. Several times, my family have suggested I got married. But no woman wanted to marry me because I have no money. I learnt tiling but could not get money to start a business of my own. I ventured into internet fraud . But because I am not educated, I could not make any thing reasonable out of it. Along the line, I met Ife who introduced me into robbery . I learnt how to snatch cars from where they were parked , using a metal key. Our choice car then was Toyota Camry because it is easy and faster to sell. Anytime we succeeded in moving the vehicles from where they were packed, my job would be to drive them down to Lagos , from where we would hand them over to Major , our receiver. We were initially taking it to Alhaji Balogun who has a show room ,before we switched to ‘Major’ who paid higher. For every car I took to Major, I got N10,000 to N50,000, depending on the model. I was arrested January this year by SARS Lagos,alongside Isiaka, Ife and Bakare, over a stolen Toyota Camry car. I met one Solomon in the cell who gave me Kazeem Abiodun’s contact. Immediately I was released , I went in search of Abiodun in Agabara, from where we formed a gang of three. We initiated Rafiu Olowo, a tailor, who drove our operational motorcycle. I graduated from being the driver to the gang’s hit man ,while Ojolowo volunteered his motorcycle. How we were arrested All was going on well until July 19, 2014. Three of us rode on the motorcycle. When we saw a man with a Toyota Camry coming, we hit him from behind when he slowed down on reaching a bad spot. He alighted and started speaking grammar. Before he knew it, I hit him with the butt of my gun and asked him to lie down . I jumped into the car with Afeez and sped off, while Ojolowo left with the motorcycle. We immediately put a call across to Alhaji Balogun who lives in Ejigbo area of Isolo. But on the way, the vehicle suddenly stopped and before we knew it, we were rounded up by the police”, said the 24 year-old suspect. . However, the forth suspect, Afeez Bakare, claimed he never partook in the robbery. He disclosed rather that other members of the gang mentioned his name to avenge him of a previous offence. According to the Ogun state suspect, “I have never joined them in any operation. One of them, Ife , only called to inform me that he had a RAV4 Toyota Jeep to sell. I never knew he stole it. He told me it was his and wanted to sell it because he had no money. All I did was to get him a buyer , one, Major, based at Abule-Egba, Lagos. I took them in the vehicle to ‘Major’ house in Sango and he bought the vehicle for N270,000. I was only given N10,000 . But two months later I discovered they went behind me to sell another vehicle to Major for N750,000,without my knowledge. I was angry and decided to set them up by reporting to the Police, thereby leading to their arrest . That was a long time ago. I have not set my eyes on them . They only implicated me to revenge” said the 32-year-old suspect. The suspects according to the Ogun State police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, would be charged to court soon, adding that policemen were on the trail of other fleeing members of the gang.