Treat Ibadan mayhem perpetrators as criminals, Ajimobi tells Police

Ibadan Mayhem

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has tasked the police in Oyo State to be harsh on perpetrators of the mayhem in which 20 houses and 30 shops were razed in Ibadan at the weekend.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, made the demand on Monday when he paid an on-the-spot visit to the affected areas.

He called on the police to fish out the arsonists and let them face the full wrath of the law.

Also in the company of the deputy governor for the inspection was the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, who confirmed that 11 suspects are already in police custody in connection to the dastardly act.

A gang of street boys had wreaked havoc on some parts of the metropolis in what was suspected to be a reprisal mission.

The act was said to have affected the structures on both sides of the road from the Idi-Arere to Sakapena where goods worth millions of naira were either looted or consumed in the inferno.

Some of the affected structures in the areas included clothing retail outlet, pharmacy, soft drink sellers, electronic shops, ware houses, frozen foods retailer shop, tailoring shops and hairdressers’ shop.

According to eyewitnesses, the arsonists first looted properties from the affected structures before burning them down.

While calling for calm as the police continues with its investigations, Governor Ajimobi urged politicians not to use the unfortunate incident to play politics, saying the state has enjoyed unprecedented peace since the beginning of his administration.

He also promised government’s assistance to victims of the incident.

“One of the cardinal programmes of this administration is securing the lives and properties of the citizens and we will leave no stone unturned to see that peace and security is sustained. These hoodlums are inhumane, callous and barbaric and they should be treated as such. The State Government will do all within its reach to ameliorate the pains of the affected persons and the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to book in due course.

“We want to appeal to our citizens to be vigilant and provide useful information to the law enforcement agents. Also, our parents should take care of their wards and warn them against being agents of destruction. The government will not hesitate to enforce its power on whoever is bent on causing crisis in the state,” Governor Ajimobi added.

Man commits suicide at UCH premises in Ibadan

A man suspected to be in his early 50s jumped to his death from the 5th floor of the Administrative Building of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday.

The yet-unknown man’s action stunned the people around as they only suddenly saw him landed on the floor with a thud on the cemented floor outside the Mortuary department of the hospital.

Dressed in blue native Ankara attire with a pair of palm sandals left on the floor before he took the plunge, the deceased whose identity was yet to be ascertained by the police hit his head on the floor, thereby forcing blood to gush out and splattered the floor immediately.

Unconfirmed information alleged that the man left a suicide note, indicating that he decided to opt for suicide after being duped of N30m.

The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Ayodeji Bobade, while confirming the incident to journalists, said the man should not have got any business on the fifth floor where he jumped from, as the floor houses the hospital museum.

He said despite the fact that workers of the teaching hospital were on strike, the management still detailed a doctor to conduct a test on the body and was later certified dead.

The police were later invited to the scene where the officers took some sample tissues before the man’s remains were deposited at the mortuary.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, also confirmed the incident, as well as the fact that a suicide note was found on the deceased, but he said, ‘I have not known the content’.

65-year-old ex-soldier remanded for raping minor

Remanded

A retired soldier was on Thursday remanded in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Mokola area, Ibadan.

Sahibu Ameed, aged 65 years, was ordered to be remanded in prison by an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court pending the time his offence would be properly determined by the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution and be charged accordingly.

While ordering his remand, the Magistrate, Mrs. Olajumoke Akande, said the court lacks jurisdiction to take the plea of the accused who was arraigned on a one-count charge of rape.

Sahibu was alleged to have had carnal knowledge of the girl severally between August and December of 2017 without her consent.

The court had adjourned the case till January 19 for mention.

According to the police prosecutor, Sgt. Femi Omilana, the accused, who lives in the same neighbourhood with the girl at Ago Tapa, took advantage of the young girl when her sister sent her to collect a CD from him.

He said the girl made a statement at the Mokola Police Station where she detailed the event that led to her deflowering and subsequent bout of rape by the man, adding that the offence contravened section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo state 2000.

The girl, according to her statement, said the act continued afterwards because the old man had threatened her never to disclose it with anybody else she would die.

”He started on the day my elder sister asked me to go and bring a CD from his house. He forced me on his bed and raped me. After that he warned me not to tell anybody, because I will die”. she said in her statement.

The  ex-soldier’s unlawful act blew to the open when a neighbour noticed certain changes in the girl’s body and queried her on her menstrual situation which led to reporting to the police.

It was also said that the man corroborated the girl’s account to the police as he agreed that he always gave her N100 or N200 after each ‘session’.