Workers and students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Friday jubilated following the dissolution of the university’s governing council by the Federal Government.
The dissolution of the governing council headed Prof. Ndoma Egba was said to have been announced on the Nigerian Television Authority late night Thursday.
The Public Relations Officer of the OAU, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju, also confirmed the dissolution in Osogbo on Friday.
“I also saw the advertorial announcing the dissolution,” Olanrewaju said.
The Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union in the university, Mr. Wole Odewumi, said that members of his union and those of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities had been jubilating following the dissolution.
Odewumi said the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ayobami Salami, had also been nullified.
He said the Federal Government would appoint an acting vice chancellor to direct the affairs of the university pending the constitution of a new governing council which would appoint a substantive VC.
The NASU chairman said workers had shut down the university’s senate building with the aim of preventing vital documents and property of the university from being stolen.
He said, “We are very happy today. We have been jubilating since we heard the announcement.
“Yes, it is true that the Federal Government has dissolved the governing council.
“We are still monitoring activities at the university’s senate building; we don’t want anything to be stolen from the place.”
The Vice-chairman of Gbagi branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Oyo State branch, Alhaji Saheed Tijani aka ‘Omo Olomo’, has been arrested by the Oyo State police command for raping a 28-year-old woman.
The suspect and his cohorts allegedly abducted the victim, Abosede, around 9 pm on Monday, April 4, 2016, while returning home from work.
The state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade disclosed this while parading the suspect and others at the command headquaters, Eleyele, Ibadan on Friday.
According to the police boss, the victim was subdued by the ferocious men who threatened her with a knife, despite her cries for help.
“Having successfully threatened her to submission, she was abducted in the most brazen, commando-like manner and forcibly taken to an hotel where she was drugged and subsequently mercilessly raped till the next day. Soon, the suspect and his accomplice went underground to evade arrest.
“Consequent upon the report made to police, the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command commenced a manhunt for the suspects. After several days of diligent investigation, the rapist was arrested in his hideout somewhere in Ibadan. The suspect has since confessed to the crime,” the police boss said.
Oyebade said investigation revealed that Omo Olomo, until his arrest, was a pain in the neck of innocent citizens, especially women who he has raped in the past.
“The suspect’s illicit sexual escapade was known to many in the Iwo road area, but the victims could not report due to stigmatization and fear of attack by the suspect who was dreaded. This has also earned him suspension from the union on many occasions.”
While speakingon the accusation, Omo Olomo denied raping Abosede. He maintained that the sex was consensual and based on mutual agreement between him and Abosede.
“We are friends and we are having an affair. I did not rape her, she agreed to do it and I give her money whenever we have sex. I am surprised with this allegation she levelled against me,” Omo Olomo said.
However, Abosede insisted that she never met Omo Olomo before the alleged rape took place, maintaining that she was never the suspect’s friend.
“He raped me and warned me not to report him to anybody. He said he would kill me if I did.
But I summoned courage and reported him to the police. I have two kids now and my husband has chased me out of the house because of the incident.”
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) are interrogating a South Africa-based evangelist over 165kgs of narcotics drugs seized at the Apapa Seaport, Lagos.
The 92kgs of methamphetamine and 73kgs of ephedrine were detected inside two containers of foodstuff meant for export to South Africa.
The arrest and seizure are a product on intense undercover operation by the NDLEA. The estimated street value of the drugs is N1.4 billion.
The drugs were hidden inside packs of melon concealed in foodstuff and cosmetics such as gari (cassava flakes), noodles, Knorr and Maggi food seasoning, yam powder, malt drinks, pepper, milk, herbal hair cream and Golden Morn cereals.
Other items in the container are Damatol hair cream, bags of melon, kegs of palm oil, beans, biscuits, sardine and cartons of Orijin Bitters.
During the examination of the containers marked MSKU 388274-1 and MSKU 424717-0, anti-narcotic officials detected 20kg of Methamphetamine and 50kg of Ephedrine inside the first container and 72Kg of Methamphetamine and 23Kg of Ephedrine in the second container.
The total weight of the drugs is 165kgs.
Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd), said that the seizure had significant influence on the campaign against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
He said: “This is a product of careful planning and meticulous tracking of narcotic drugs movement. The consignments were closely monitored by our undercover agents and intercepted at the Apapa Seaport, Lagos, following the detection of narcotics by NDLEA sniffer dogs during screening operation. This will definitely have a positive influence on Nigeria’s drug control efforts”.
The NDLEA boss added that the agency would remain meticulous in detecting drugs and prosecuting offenders.
“I am very happy with the success recorded in this operation. The agency will remain painstaking and professional in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse. We hope to unmask the drug syndicate behind this shipment and make more arrests soon,” Abdallah promised.
Officers successfully traced the illicit consignment to a 52-year-old man who claimed to be an evangelist by name John Vincent Arinze who was arrested in his hotel room in Lagos. A Mercedes Benz Jeep belonging to him was also impounded at the time of the arrest.
The suspect hails from Ara village, Nise in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State. John who had lived in South Africa for over a decade accepted ownership of the illicit shipment.
The suspect, in his statement, said he made a big mistake by taking over the business of his late wife.
“I am an evangelist living in Durban, South Africa. My late wife was into drug trafficking before she died few years ago. I made a mistake venturing into her business. It is all my fault,” he stated.
He will soon be charged to court.
The DSS said it has arrested one Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a graduate of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering ,a known member of IPOB, on 22nd June, 2016 for planning to carry out bombings around Lagos.
“Onwudiwe and his associates within and outside the country , were planning to carry out coordinated attacks against religious bodies/edifices, Police-Check Points and the computer village in Ikeja, Lagos State, with Improvised Explosive devices (IEDS). The suspect was apprehended while making logistics supplies for their nefarious plan.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) yesterday retired the controversial Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu and 20 others.
The affected AIGs were said to be senior to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris .
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said: “The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police who were senior to the new acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, before his appointment.
The other affected AIGs are Bala A Hassan; Yahaya Garba Ardo; Irmiya F. Yarima; Danladi Y. Mshebwala; Tambari Y. Mohammed; Bala Magaji Nasarawa; Musa Abdulsalam; Adisa Bolanta; Mohammed J. Gana; and Umaru Abubakar Manko
Others are Lawal Tanko; Olufemi A. Adenike; Johson A Ogunsakin; Adenrele T. Shinaba; James O. Caulcrick; Olufefemi David Ogunbayode; Edgar T. Nanakumo; Kalafite H. Adeyemi; Patrick D. Dokumor and Sabo Ibrahim Ringim.
The Chairman of the commission, Sir, Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, congratulated the affected officers for their meritorious service to the nation and wished them well in their new endeavours.”
A top source in the PSC said: “The retirement became necessary in order to avert crisis in the police hierarchy because there is no way these AIGs can be taking orders or directives from their junior.
“This is not a new practice, the same yardstick had been applied before in the Nigeria Police.”
It was, however, gathered that some of the AIGs were said to have had their cups full having been linked to partisan politics.
The source added: “Most of these retired AIGs were tested officers, but we have some that had been partisan in the discharge of their duties.
“The worst aspect is that these politically-inclined police officers have shown no sign of remorse for being used by politicians.”
But the decision of the PSC came as a shock to some of the AIGs who were looking forward to their elevation to the office of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
Another source said: “Some of these AIGs sacrificed their lives for the nation. A few of them served in the theatre of war against Boko Haram insurgency.
“The sudden retirement of these good hands might discourage diligence in the service. I think the PSC ought to be more tactical in its retirement benchmarks and decisions.”