Few hours before state government in Oyo assured residents of the state that the Ibarapa area of the state was now safe for people to move without fear or intimidation, motorists in three cars were attacked by suspected herdsmen in Eruwa, capital of Ibarapa East Local Government area of Oyo state, Nigeria.
The incident was said to have taken place at a location known as Okolo in Eruwa.
The Commandant of Oyo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun Corps), Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), had earlier declared that Ibarapaland was safe and free of killer herdsmen and kidnappers.
The Commandant, who made this known in a statement made available in Ibadan, said he would volunteer to lead anyone interested in touring the parts of Ibarapaland earlier hit by herders/farmers’ crisis.
Amotekun Commandant also denounced some video and audio posts on social media, which tend to raise what he called “clearly unfounded alarms” about the Ibarapa security situation, saying he had been moving in and out of the area for days now.
According to him, farmers and the law-abiding people in the area are going about their usual businesses without molestation or harassment.
But an eyewitness told NairaGists in Ibadan that the attack on the people of Eruwa on Sunday morning led to burning of the Fulani settlement in Eruwa.
He said many travellers who sustained injuries during the attack, have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, but however added that nobody was killed during the attack.
Further on, the state government on Monday said the Ministry of Health in the state had commenced the treatment of three victims of herdsmen attacks in Igangan area.
Dr. Bashir Bello who is the Commissioner for Health, spoke to newsmen in Ibadan, said that the three persons were currently receiving treatment in a government hospital in Ibadan and in stable condition.
Doctor Bello stated that the decision to relocate the victims of herdsmen attacks to Ibadan was taken by Makinde during his visit to Igangan last week.
He said that the governor had directed the state’s Ministry of Health to arrange for the state government to foot the hospital bills of the three victims.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the commissioner as saying that all necessary biomedical and laboratory investigations had been conducted on the three victims.
He added that the trio, namely Isaiah Seun, 26; Emmanuel Aderogba, 71; and Adekola Adeyemo, 65, have been attended to by both orthopedic surgeons and specialists, and that they are all doing well at the Ring Road State Hospital, Adeoyo.
He maintained that the cost of all the investigations done, laboratories’ investigations and the x-rays were borne by the state government, adding that the hospital management hds been given the mandate to give the victims everything required without paying any bill.
According to Bello, Makinde gave his word at Igangan that the victims would be taken care of, even if it required tertiary health facilities’ attention, noting, however, that upon evaluation, it was discovered that the three cases could be managed properly by secondary health facilities.
He said: “Following the directive of His Excellency that the ministry should take charge of the three victims of herdsmen attack at Igangan. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, the Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board and a team of medical doctors went down and combined with the chairman of Ibarapa North-West LCDA, and brought the three victims; one is Isaiah Seun, a 26-year-old bricklayer and commercial motorcycle rider before the injury occurred. He had a head injury and was fairly conscious and alert when brought in.
“The second was an elderly man of 71 years, Mr. Emmanuel Aderogba, with a fractured right radius. He is also being hospitalised. The third man is 65-years-old, Mr. Adekola Adeyemo, also with a head injury. He was a tree-felling machine operator.
“All of them have been taken care of; X-rays were done for those with fractures and head injuries. All necessary biomedical and laboratory investigations have been conducted. They have been attended to by both orthopedic surgeons and specialists necessary and they are all doing well now in the hospitals. They are all at Ring Road State Hospital, Adeoyo.
“I must mention that all attentions given, investigations done, laboratories investigations and the X-rays were free because the costs were borne by the state government.
“They will also be very happy to report on their state of health and the hospital management has been given the mandate to give them all that is required, that is, without any bills. All bills will be settled by the Hospital Management Board and the Ministry of Health.
“The governor gave the word that he will take special care of them even if it will require tertiary attention. But by our evaluation, it is a case that the secondary health care facility can properly manage. We thank the governor for the very positive action taken and we also thank him for his concern for the welfare of the citizenry entirely.”
Abuja Police Reiterate Commitment to Clamp Down on Criminals
The Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) Police Command has reiterate its commitment to clamp down on all criminal elements within the state while issuing a serious warning that those caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Commissioner of Police, CP, Babaji Sunday made this known during a press conference at the command’s headquarters, Abuja.
The commissioner who reiterated the commitment of the command in ensuring that criminal activities are removed from the FCT, also warned those flaunting the ban on the use of tinted vehicles and covered number plates to desist from such acts.
He assured residents of Abuja that the Command is providing enough security for the protection of lives and properties particularly in the ‘Ember months when criminal activities are believed to be on the increase.
He said, “I want to sound a note of warning to criminal elements within FCT to desist from their nefarious activities or face the full wrath of the law. Also, I wish to reiterate the ban on the use of tinted vehicles and covered number plates within the FCT, as all violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“I want to use this medium to reassure FCT residents of the command’s unwavering commitment toward the protection of lives and property within the Federal Capital Territory.
“In addition, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Inspector-General of Police IGP. Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, FDC, the Honorable Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello for their unflinching support towards the FCT command.
“I also want to appreciate Gentlemen of the Press and all those who volunteered useful information to the command in its fight against crime within the FCT”.
Police Indict Man for Allegedly Defrauding Pastor N1.2m
The Lagos state police has indict one Taiwo Awopetu (45-year-old man) before Magistrate Court at Badagry, for allegedly defrauding one Pastor Felix Ogoh of N1.2 million.
Taiwo Awopetu, whose address is still unknown, is facing a two-count charge (fraud and stealing).
The prosecutor, ASP Ikem Uko, told the court that the defendant (Taiwo Awopetu) committed the various offence sometimes in January 2021 at Ajara, Badagry area of Lagos, Nigeria.
Uko said the defendant allegedly collected the sum of N1.2 million from the complainant under the pretext of selling a Toyota Corolla 2006 model to him.
He told the court that the defendant converted the money to his personal use.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
The defendant was granted a bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum by the Chief Magistrate, the person of Patrick Adekomaiya.
The Chief Magistrate said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
The chief magistrate then adjourned the case until Nov.23, for mention.
NDLEA Arrests Nursing Mother for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into Prison Cell
A nursing mother, with the name Mariam Drissu 35-year-old has been arrested at the Edo state Command headquarters of NDLEA Agency for trying to smuggle drugs into the prison cell for a suspect in custody.
….Arrests another fake soldier with drugs; woman who attempted to smuggle skunk hidden in wraps of akpu (cassava food) into Agencys cell for suspect in custody
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted over 2,060 kilograms of assorted drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis, tramadol and rohypnol in operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos as well as Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and some courier companies.
Two consignments of heroin weighing 4.40kg and 550grams were intercepted on October 6 and 15 respectively at the cargo shed of the MMIA, Ikeja. The first was seized at the SAHCO import shed of the airport when it was discovered inside bags of granulated sugar and flour from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa to Lagos on an Ethiopian Airlines flight. Two suspects; Chukwuemeka Ugochukwu, a freight agent that cleared the consignment and one Kabiru Aminu, a stock keeper that was to collect the cargo for onward distribution to recipients were arrested for further investigation. In a follow up operation on 9th October, one Adeoya Segun Joy who was to collect the luggage from Kabiru Aminu was arrested at Ajao estate while Enahoro Emmanuel Annointing who was also assigned to collect the consignment was nabbed in Abuleegba area of Lagos. Both were acting on instructions from their partners in South Africa.
The second consignment discovered at the SAHCO export shed and concealed in walls of 10 cartons laced with tailoring materials, was heading to Malaysia via Addis Ababa on Ethiopian cargo airline, while a freight forwarding agent, Ekpe Samson Victor was arrested in connection with the illegal export.
Attempts by another freight agent, Igwe Okoye Onwukwe to export two consignments of cannabis to the United Kingdom have been foiled by NDLEA operatives. The first attempt was made on October 15, when Igwe Okoye Onwukwe presented a carton of 16.55kg cannabis for export to UK at the NAHCO export shed where he was promptly arrested. Curiously, another consignment of 15.85kg cannabis also heading to UK and intercepted on 20th October, was traced to Onwukwe as the owner even while still undergoing investigation in custody.
In Ondo state, two persons; Uchenna Obodo Ali, 22, and Tochukwu Eno, 20, were arrested with 302kg of cannabis when operatives raided a warehouse in Emure forest, Owo LGA on Friday 22nd October.
In Kano, a 45-year-old driver Mohammed Haruna was arrested with 10,161 sachets of Tramadol and Rohypnol tablets and capsules while conveying the illicit drugs in a bus for distribution. Likewise in Kaduna, another suspected fake soldier, Abiodun Ademoya, from Akure south in Ondo state was arrested in Zaria with 11.6kg of cannabis.
Also in Plateau, operatives intercepted a Yola bound mass transit bus, with registration number FKY 341 ZA belonging to Gombe Express coming from Lagos, along Jos-Abuja Road, within Riyom LGA. One of the passengers, Ahmad Musa Musa, 32, was found in possession of 22 pellets of compressed Cannabis Sativa with a total weight of 15kg concealed inside a black bag.
In a most audacious move, a nursing mother, 35-year-old Mariam Drissu was arrested at the Edo state Command headquarters of the Agency on Thursday 21st October while trying to smuggle drugs into the cell for a suspect in custody. Officers on duty had while searching the food brought by Mariam for her relation in custody discovered two cups of “Loud” cannabis weighing 13grams buried inside the food (akpu) meant for the suspect in custody.
In the same vein, officers of the Edo State Command also on Thursday raided a Cannabis farm measuring 3.210691 hectares, in Ayegunle forest, Akoko Edo area of the state, destroyed the plantation and evacuated 100 bags of harvested cannabis weighing 1,639kg, while a suspect, Samuel Ochonogor was arrested in the forest with 66.7kg of cannabis.
At some courier companies in Lagos, over 4.5kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in palm fruit tins, artwork, bottles of cashew nuts, auto spare parts, and picture frame going to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Qatar were intercepted by operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, of the Agency.
Commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna and Plateau Commands as well as DOGI, for their resilience and tenacity, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) urged them and others across the country to continue to keep their eyes on the goal until all the drug cartels in the country are totally dismantled.