The Federal Government and Governors of the South West States yesterday agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure on the establishment of the regional security outfit, Amotekun.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with the South West Governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after the expanded National Economic Council, NEC, meeting.
Recall that the AGF had declared the regional security initiative of the South West Governors aimed at curbing security challenges in the zone as illegal.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced that his administration was coming up with Community Policing policy to fight the insecurity in the polity.
Meanwhile, for the second time in about a week, the Federal Government, through the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has declared the Southwest Security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as an illegal entity not known to the constitution of Nigeria and which can never be allowed to stand.
Malami, made the declaration in Abuja in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Dr Umar Gwandu and made available to newsmen yesterday.
Malami maintained that no amount of sentiments would make the Federal Government abandon the path of rule of law and trade of illegality in the administration of Nigeria.
The minister, who maintained that the Nigerian constitution makes no room for a regional army, pointed out that the government was not at war with any of the states of the federation.
Malami said: “No amount of effort to hide the truth will work. People could be carried away by sentimental or emotional inclinations, but the truth remains apparently palpable. The bottom line is that the current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not accommodate the formation of regional security architecture.
“This is a fact which is undisputable and undeniable. Mr Falana was prevaricating and circumlocuting using evasive techniques when he was asked by the media to justify the presence of lacuna within the law which could establish or protect the concept of regionalism in any operation in the country.
The controversy about the launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Operation Amotekun by the six governors of the South West was not unexpected.
The initiative is novel and has attracted different interpretations from different tendencies and cultures. Reason: No geo-political zone has had such security arrangement, where local security initiatives would complement the Police and other paramilitary organisations to fight crime.
When the South West Governors, namely, Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Engr. Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Chief Oyetola (Oyo) and Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos) in June, last year met in Ibadan and decided to put aside their political differences to curb rising insecurity in the region, many discarded their pronouncement as another political statement.
But they were not deterred by the skepticisms of many. The governors went ahead to instruct its intellectual organ,Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) to organise a security summit and later charged it to work on how to make the region safe.
Indeed, all these efforts were reactions to the public outcry over the security challenges facing the region. The region woke up to unprecedentedcases of killings, kidnapping, raping and other life-threatening incidents that made the roads and forests unsafe for travelers and residents.
Many will not forget in a hurry how Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the national leader of pan Yoruba Social-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Rueben Fasonranti was brutally murdered at Kajola, along Ore-Shagamu Expressway.
Also, suspected killer herdsmen on Akure-Ilesa Expressway, Otan-Ile and Imesi in Obokun, Osun State, kidnapped many travelers. It took theefforts of local hunters, vigilantes and O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) members and later the police and State Security Service to secure freedom of less than half of the passengers.
On the same expressway, daredevil bandits attacked the convoy of Ondo Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in June, last year. The bandits bared their fangs in May, when they abducted a Professor of Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Olayinka Adegbehingbe, on the Ibadan-Ife Expressway. The surgeon said he paid ransom of over N5m to regain his freedom.
Similarly, three people traveling between Lagos and Ibadan suffered the same fate in July, last year. It took days for them to regain their freedom. In Ondo and Ogun states, high profile kidnapping incidents, particularly on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, made the headlines.
Curiously, the mere announcement of the proposal had given residents some rest of mind, who have heaved a sigh of relief as noticeable drop in the activities of criminals could be felt. In fact, the perennial clash between farmers and herders has seen a drop.
The collaboration of the Lagos State Police Command and OPC to flush out the dreaded Badoo cult group in Ikorodu and efforts of the local hunters to make Abeokuta/Ayetoro/Imeko road free of constants attacks by killer herdsmen were reference points of the significance of local initiatives in fighting crimes.
The launch of the regional security outfit did not occur without opposition from powerful quarters that mounted pressure on the Federal Government and Police authority to stop it. Indeed, a day to the launch, there were rumours that it had been cancelled but the meeting between the Inspector General of Police and Governor Fayemi was said to have resolved the grey areas and gave the Police assurance that Operation Amotekun would only complement the efforts of the police and would not be used for politics and to disintegrate the country.
Last Thursday, Fayemi, while allaying fears that Amotekun would work against the corporate existence of the country said: “Most importantly, this is not an agenda to undermine the integrity of the Federal Government Republic of Nigeria. Just like some of us are unapologetic indigenes, we are also very proud Nigerians. And we would do everything to protect the integrity of our country. So, there is no conflict. Our primary interest is the security and safety of our people. We would continue to do all within our power to push the frontiers of this collective security initiative.”
He noted that the security of the region had been so bad that the governors had no choice but to respond by starting the regional security outfit.
“And as elected leaders of our various states, our primary responsibility according to the Section 14(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended is the security and welfare of our citizens. And that is what informed the coming together of my colleagues and I to fashion a way that we can utilizeto complement the work of our mainstream security agencies that are quite overstressed in their efforts to arrest the menace that afflicted not just our zone but the entire country at a time having being a relatively peaceful zone that started witnessing this problem. Our people became extremely agitated.
“I am pleased that this idea whose time has come has been embraced by the leadership of our securityagencies because the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has since gone ahead to announce the Police commitment to community policing strategy.
“And Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun is nothing but a Community Policing response to a problem that our people will like to see the back of pending the time that Community Policing Strategy being put together by Nigeria Police Force come to fruition, it is clearly important that we give our people a confidence-boosting strategy,” Fayemi said.
For the Chairman of the South West Governors Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, who was the convener of the programme, the essence of Amotekun was to protect people of the region from, “banditries, terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen/farmers conflicts, ritual killings and cyber crimes.”
Acknowledgingthe efforts of the Federal Government and its agencies in stemming the dangerous tide of insecurity in the polity, Akeredolu said Amoteku is the region’s contribution to “complement to the security architecture that may be put in place by the Federal Government in the future.”
He said: “It is not our intention to erect any antagonistic structure whose operation will be at cross purposes to the existing template. That’s not what we are here for. We want us to work together.”
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, who expressed joy that the launch was successful described the initiative as a bold step to fight insecurity in the region.
He said: “Sometimes, people throw out revolutionary ideas because people either do not understand it or are not willing to understand it. But, as an African proverb says, ‘the brave man is not he who doesn’t feel afraid, but he that conquers that fear.'”
“Six months ago, we met, right here in Oyo State and decided to set up a regional collaborative security agency. And I am happy that we followed through. As governors of these states, it is our priority to ensure that both indigenes and settlers living within the boundaries of our various states can carry out their legitimate activities in a secured environment. The security of their lives and properties should be of paramount importance.
“When we discuss the development potentials of our states and talk about investment opportunities and growing our Internally Generated Revenue by exploring areas of comparative advantage, we remain keenly aware that we cannot achieve anything in a state of insecurity.
“To those who are afraid, I say, when we assumed office, we all took an Oath of Office and promised to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; to follow the dictates of the Constitution and protect the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We have not forgotten our oath.
“Our regional integration, our coming together, should be seen in one light and one light alone: That we are coming together to fight a common enemy. That enemy is not Nigeria; the enemies are the elements among us and their affiliates, who are determined to cause commotion within the borders of our states and threaten our peaceful coexistence,” he said.
The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi thanked the six state governors for putting aside their political differences to form an initiative to fight insecurity in Yoruba land.
The monarch who spoke for all the traditional rulers in the Southwest said he was particularly happy that Yoruba leaders could speak with one voice and fight crimes in their region.
The Leader of Yoruba World Congress,Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye, told The Guardian at the event that, “it is a very good day. It is a sign that our governors are now stepping forward to let the Yoruba people defend themselves. To stop the aggression going on in Nigeria in the face of attempts by small ethnic group to violently subjugate other people of Nigeria. We Yoruba people are fighting to defend ourselves. But it a good thing to have our governors step forward to render very significant help. It’s their duty to do it and they are doing that. We’re very happy about that.”
For a former Commissioner in Osun State and son of the late Chief Bola Ige, Architect Muyiwa Ige: “Amotekun is a step in the right direction. It is a new day in the annals of history of Western Nigeria. We are taking the bull by the horns. I must commend the six state governors for coming together and ensuringthat the project becomes a reality. Interestingly, the Amotekun vehicles coming to towngives everyone a sense of security that somebody is taking charge. Yoruba land has to be where it used to be. People should be able to sleep with both eyes closed now knowing full well that security is assured.”
On fears of the operatives of Amotekun becoming high-handed in the future, Ige said: “There is no such thing. It is a fear of unknown. When other groups launched theirs, how come nobody had any apprehension? This will work. It has come to stay. We should galvanize everyone to come and be a part of it to ensure that it succeeds.”
The National PRO and Commander of Planning, Research and Statistics of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Prof. Nelson Olabamji Fasina, said: “Everything about human existence is about security. We are concerned about the security of the entire nation not just of a region. But then where we find some regions attempting to complement the efforts of formal security agencies, we attempt to cooperate. That’s why the Amotekun initiative is a welcome one to secure this part of Nigeria. We hope other regions will be able to emulate this so that we can have a secured Nigeria.”
Chidimma, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, was kidnapped alongside four others (all male)on Thursday around the J3 forest on Ogbere Road, in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.
She said she was travelling from Asaba, Delta State, in the same commercial vehicle with other passengers when their vehicle was stopped in Ogbere by people she described as Fulani herdsmen and marched into the forest alongside four other travellers.
The RCCG had erroneously stated that all the five victims were its pastors.
Chidimma was the first person to escape from the kidnappers’ den in the early hours of Saturday, while the remaining four victims also regained their freedom unhurt, the Ogun State Police Command said.
According to a pastor with the RCCG who refused to be named because she was not authorised to talk with the Press, Chidimma shared her testimony with fellow worshipers at the RCCG’s ongoing Ministers’ Conference in Redemption Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The minister’s conference holds ahead of the annual Holy Ghost Conference scheduled to commence on Monday.
Our source said Chidimma narrated that immediately after their abduction, the herdsmen marched all the victims into the thick forest and that they all walked for hours, with the herdsmen guarding the victims.
“Almost immediately we reached what appeared to be the camp of our kidnappers, they all fell asleep. Same with the other victims. But I kept awake.
“When I saw how deep everyone was snoring, I braved the odds and made a bid for my escape.
“I walked for about three hours, non-stop, until I made it to the road, where I saw an Okada (commercial motorcycle) operator.
“I explained my predicament to him, and he volunteered to help me to a Police checkpoint not far from where I had emerged from the forest.
“The policemen took me to the Ogun State Police Command, where I provided useful information that led to the rescue of the four remaining victims,” Chidimma was quoted to have told the Church gathering.
The RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, early on Friday had announced the abduction of five persons he had referred to as pastors of the church, and had called for prayers for their deliverance.
However, during the evening session of the Ministers’ Conference that same Friday, Adeboye said investigation revealed that only one of the five kidnap victims was RCCG pastor, noting that the other four are not church members.
He asked the National Prayer Coordinator of the church, Pastor Peter Olawale, to lead the congregation in prayers for God to rescue all the victims from the kidnappers’ den.
Olawale, who is also the Special Assistant to the GO on Prayers, thereafter led the worshippers in fervent prayers.
The Police gave the names of the rescued persons as Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze and Ibelegbo Chidimma.
According to the Police, the abductors emerged from the forest and forcefully stopped a commercial vehicle with the number plate KW 230 XA belonging to Abia LineTransport Company and took the passengers into the forest.
In a statement released to the Press, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, led the rescue team.
By Dayo Johnson, Akure
OUTH West governors yesterday described the statement credited to the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), asking all Fulani residing in Southern parts of the country to return to the north as most unfortunate, divisive and retrogressive.
The governors in a statement personally signed by their Chairman and Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure condemned the call by the NEF.
Akeredolu said “With no intention to engage anyone, it is incumbent on us, as elected representatives of our people in the South West Region of the country, to denounce this divisive and retrogressive statement in the strongest terms possible.
“The South West Governors’ Forum views, with palpable trepidation and outrage, the sustained attempts to fan the ember of discord, seizing every opportunity offered by the current security challenge to undermine the unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“It is appalling, to assert the least, that the tragic incident, which claimed the life of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Pa Fasoranti, the leader of Afenifere, would be used by certain persons to advance the cause of parochial politics.
“We intend to get to the root of the sad occurrence as we await the findings of security agencies on the unfortunate incident.
“The Governors and the people of the South West are working assiduously at the current security challenges with a view to finding lasting solutions to curtail the nefarious activities of undesirable elements bent on wrecking our collective peace.
“We are not unaware of the antics of certain elements, who hope to garner political mileage from the contrived crises in virtually all parts of the country.
The governor said “We are equally convinced that this confusion serves the narrow interests of some persons.
“The country has a rich history; she has had to encounter adversities in the course of her transition to nationhood. She has overcome them all.
“This distraction will also pass. We look up to the security agencies to take cohesive steps to curtail this major challenge of insecurity which engenders hopelessness.
“We can only enjoin all citizens, on our part, to be patient and continue to cooperate with them as they combat the festering crises. We on our part have taken great strides with the hope that great success will be achieved.
“We are, through this medium, reiterating the commitment of the Governors and the people of the South West to the nationhood project, as we continue to address the challenges confronting our people.
The governors promised that they “will promote, with renewed vigour, all activities which encourage amity among our people.
They therefore called “on all persons of Fulani extraction, and indeed all Nigerians from other parts of the country, resident in the South West Region, to discountenance the unpatriotic outburst of the Northern Elders Forum and other self-serving organisations of opportunists.
ABEOKUTA- GOVERNOR Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, yesterday, disclosed that his administration would soon have a world-class ranch in the state, to be created through a Public-Private Partnership.
This came as some prominent Yoruba leaders called on President Muhammadu Buhari to outrightly cancel the RUGA project as a way of restoring the confidence of the people.
The Governor, who disclosed this in his office while receiving a team from Irish Dairy Milk who were in the state to discuss how best they could set up their manufacturing plant in the state, said that his administration was glad about the opportunity the agricultural sector brings to the table.
He said: “We are very excited by the opportunity that the agricultural sector presents; the agricultural sector is one of our biggest pillars. Agriculture for us, we see it as one of our biggest pillars because not only do we believe that through agriculture we can employ our youths, we can guarantee food security, we can also generate revenue.
“At this point in time in this country, there is a lot of discussion on cattle rearing, cattle ranching, for us in Ogun State, besides the fact that we are looking at agric as a sector, we are looking at livestock as well.
We believe that our proximity to other states gives us the advantage of being able to feed them as well via poultry, so we are actually looking at how to set up our own ranches to be owned by the Public-Private Partnership, PPP.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Irish Diary Milk, Global, Samir Boudjada noted that the company chose the state because of its proximity to Lagos state.
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Meanwhile, speaking at different fora in Ibadan, Chief Taiye Ayorinde, Baale of Ekotedo and Dr Kunle Olajide, the embattled secretary-general of Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, argued that it is only when the Federal Government does this that Nigerians would have assurance that the presidency is not trying to favour one ethnic group at the expense of others.
Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
The Ogun State governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has raised the alarm over what he termed “clandestine and well-orchestrated plan” by the opposition political parties in the state, to manipulate the results of the March 2 governorship election.
Isiaka, who declined to mention the parties involved in the alleged plot, disclosed that the “plotters” have perfected four different rigging plans, including unleashing of thugs to precipitate violence in many polling booths and compromise the collation of election results.
The ADC governorship candidate, otherwise known as GNI, rang this alarm bell at a World Press conference held at his campaign office in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
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Speaking further, Isiaka, explained that part of the plans to skew the outcome of the poll in the state, included ploy to declare poll results inconclusive and force a rerun in premeditated polling booths.
He, therefore, warned the newly posted Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ogun State, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Raji and his team not to allow themselves to be used for “the sinister plot of the anti-democratic elements,” just as he expressed his party’s readiness to defend votes freely given to it by the voters.
He also called on security agencies, including the police, DSS, NSCDC and military formations in the state, to be on notice of the alleged rigging plans and intended security breach by certain names loyal to the government of the day.
GNI added that the alarm raised by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on the alleged grand plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the February 16 presidential election, was not a farce, tasking the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities and prevent what he termed “localisation and domestication of APC rigging plan in Ogun State”.
“At this juncture, l wish to – and on behalf of our party – raise an alarm about the clandestine and well-orchestrated plan by known opposition political parties – to manipulate the March 2nd 2019 gubernatorial election. In the last few weeks, we have been inundated with unimpeachable information and security reports about the grand plot by these elements to deliberately compromise that election.
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“They have hatched four different rigging plans. Their first plan is to unleash thugs to precipitate violence in many polling booths and compromise the collation of election results up to close figures and push it to a point of having overall results declared as inconclusive (in a first run scenario) and then force a rerun in premeditated polling booths within a particular senatorial district (name withheld); where they then hope to cement the plot by outright intimidation and harassment of our party members or sympathetic electorates.
“The recent controversial Osun State governorship election comes to memory. The full details and mode of operation of implementing these plans will be kept away from these conference for both security and strategic reasons. However, we must state that these grand plot is their response to an apparent defeat at the polls,” Isiaka stated.
He, however, implored voters in the state to cast their votes for his party on March 2, submitting “Ogun State citizens cannot afford another four or eight years of “a failed rebuilding mission in any guise.”
Husband of the forty-year-old woman said she was at home hale and hearty when he left for work on 15th August this year.
It was, however, discovered that she died after marathon sex with one Kelvin Micheal.
The police said it has started a homicide investigation to determine the cause of her death.
“Police in Ogun State have launched a homicide investigation following the death of 40yr-woman, Monsurat Idowu shortly after “marathon sex” with 28yr-man, Kelvin Micheal in Sango-Ota on 15.08.2018,” police spokesperson Abayomi Shogunle tweeted.
“Husband of deceased said his wife was hale and hearty as he left her at home for work,” Shogunle said.
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta
Ex-international, Chief Segun Odegbami, says education and health will get more attention if he is elected as the governor of Ogun State in 2019.
He said this on Wednesday while declaring his intention to vie for governorship in Ogun on the platform of the Labour Party.
Odegbami, while declaring at the party secretariat at Quarry Road in Abeokuta, promised to give people’s welfare adequate attention.
He said, “Our government, which would be led by the Labour Party, will provide quality education and health care delivery system by building hospitals where necessary. Necessary facilities for proper care, including drugs and personnel, would be provided.
“I believe that only the people with sound health can work and even enjoy amenities provided by the government.”
He noted that hospitals in Nigeria had turned to mortuary because they lacked the necessary facilities they needed to save lives.
Odegbami cited the instance of his mother, who he said the medical doctors had written off and he took her abroad for medical attention and she lived for another 11 years before she died.
On education, the football legend, while berating the falling standard of education in the country, said his government would provide education that would make graduates employable and as well as provide jobs for other people.
The Labour Party Chairman in Ogun State, Mr Abayomi Arabambi, while welcoming Odegbami and other party supporters, frowned on the failure of the All Progressives Congress-led government in the state to solve various challenges confronting the people in the state.]]>
By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA-An acclaimed Pastor of the Holy Gathering Evangelical Church of God, Papalanto, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, Oluwatobiloba Ipense, has been arrested for allegedly killing his secret lover, Railat Sanni, for ritual purposes.
The victim was a 35-year-old divorcee with five kids.
The Pastor, who claimed he was ordained at the West African college, Sango in 2011, was paraded alongside his accomplice, Daniel Sopeju, who also claimed to be a prophet in another church.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, led newsmen yesterday to the crime scene, saying, the suspect beheaded the victim, severed the two hands and buried the decapitated body in his uncompleted church.
When the Commissioner of Police and his entourage, as well as newsmen, got to the scene at Papalanto, thousands of residents of the area bordering Lafarge Cement trooped out to catch a glance of the incident.
Iliyasu, who supervised the exhumation of the decapitated body of the victim in the church located in the bush, said the suspect and his accomplice were arrested last week Monday.
While explaining the process that led to the arrest of the suspects, the police boss said the command received a report of a missing person at its Divisional Headquarters in Ewekoro on Monday 26th March.
He said, “The case was reported by one Adebola Saheed that his younger sister, Raliat Sanni left home since 21st March and was yet to return.
“On the strength of the report, our operatives at Ewekoro Division led by the Divisional Police Officer, OluwarotimiJeje, swung into action and embarked on technical intelligence investigation.”
Iliyasu said the suspect was arrested following a discreet analysis of facts surrounding the disappearance of the victim, as he was the last person that had contact with her.
According to Iliyasu, the suspect was a pastor in charge of Cherubim & Seraphim white garment church, Elebute area of Ewekoro.
He added that in the course of interrogation, the pastor confessed to the killing of the victim and burying her inside his church after removing her head and two hands for reasons only ”known to him and God.”
He also mentioned one Pastor Daniel Sopeju of Iyana Egbado as his accomplice.
Iliyasu claimed that the victim was a ‘secret lover’ to the pastor, who reportedly hacked her to death.
He, however, disclosed that forensic investigation into the case has commenced, adding that the case will eventually be charged to court.
While speaking with newsmen, Ipense denied the allegation that he killed the victim, but said his accomplice, Sopeju, killed her.
Ipense claimed that Sopeju led seven members of an occultic group to his house with the aim of luring him to become a member.
Ipense who claimed to be teaching Accounting and Commerce at Methodist High School (Private), Arigbajo, said, the group had earlier asked him to submit names of his church members from which he alleged they eventually picked Raliat.
He said, “It was not true that I killed a woman, it was one Mr Sopeju Daniel and a woman that wanted to initiate me into their occultic group and they said that they are going to collect a ransom.
“So they collected the names of my members and picked the name of Raliat Sanni. Having mentioned her name, they asked me where she was living and I told them she was living in Wasimi. They later got her and brought her to my church.
” Mr Sopeju brought out a knife and beheaded the woman and after beheading her, he collected her blood and put it in seven calabashes”.
He further explained that the group told him that the severed head and hands would be shared by members of the occultic group.
When asked about his reaction, Sopeju denied killing her, but, however, admitted that they all belonged to white garment churches in the area.
The elder brother of the deceased, Saheed Adegbola said Raliat left home on the 21st of March, 2018 and did not return.
Adegbola said ” But on the 22nd of March, my mother came to meet her pastor to ask for her whereabouts, and the pastor told her if she sees Raliat, she will not know her again because she was owing him N200,000.
“He claimed that she borrowed the money from him. He even told my dad that they should go to Police station together to report, but my mother told him not to worry.
“But on the 26th of March, I went to report the case to Police, and they gave me full support to look for my younger sister.
“Since the day we have been looking for her, she has been appearing to me in my dream. On the 31st of March, I brought Policemen to this church to ransack everywhere. When we got to the exact position she was buried, I told the Police that she was buried there because I was seeing her spirit.
“She was a divorcee with five kids; she was a hairdresser, living in her house with her children in Waisimi. She was 35 years of age and 5th position in the family.”
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested the policemen who allegedly beat up a former headmistress of Top-Teez Nursery and Primary School, Ifo, Mrs. Ayodeji Orojo.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Iliyasu, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the cops had been arrested and detained.
He noted that the policemen would be sanctioned at the end of police investigation.
PUNCH Metro had reported that a stabiliser belonging to the Ojodu Abiodun Divisional Police Officer had been stolen by some hoodlums and the police found the electrical appliance in the compound of a 10-year-old pupil, identified as David.
Six policemen were reported to have stormed the boy’s school where Orojo served as a head teacher, disrupting academic activities in the process.
Orojo, who queried their action, was allegedly beaten up, as her phone was seized after she allegedly attempted to record the attack.
It was reported that the police later released David after his widowed mother, Elizabeth Emeka, paid N19,000 for bail.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had said the police did not know the suspect was a 10-year-old pupil, adding that the DPO had apologised to the school’s proprietress and the matter had been resolved.
Orojo, in a follow-up report, however, demanded that the the cops be punished.
She lamented that her seized phone was smashed and her SIM and memory cards damaged by the police to destroy evidence.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Modupe Mujota, had told our correspondent that the state was investigating the case “from the perspective of it being a part of our educational ecosystem.”
But Nigerians, who reacted to the report on PUNCH Online and some social media platforms, said the matter should be thoroughly investigated.
The CP told our correspondent that the matter was already being investigated, adding that the policemen had been arrested.
He said, “The policemen involved have been defaulted. As I speak to you, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, is on the way to the school. Any policeman that misbehaves will be dealt with. I will not condone such a thing.”
He asked to meet the victim, saying justice would be done.
A senior police source, however, confided in our correspondent that the police had been searching for the headmistress since the incident happened.
He explained that the police were handicapped because the matter was not reported by the victim and the state CP was not petitioned.
The President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Michael Alogba-Olukoya, condemned the alleged brutality of the headmistress, asking the police to apologise to the school and the education sector.
He said, “It is barbaric. It is a show of impunity and I want to appreciate the Ogun State Government for showing willingness to investigate the matter. The fact that they lost a stabiliser should not make them to misbehave.
“The NUT wants the matter properly investigated and all the officers involved punished accordingly to serve as a deterrent to others. The police authorities should as well tender apologies to the school and the education sector in general. That is not the way to go about it and unfortunately, this reflects the character of an average policeman in this country today.”
It will be recalled that the victim had said after the assault that she was rejected by the Ijaiye General Hospital where she was taken to for treatment.
She claimed that the hospital demanded a police report before commencing treatment.
The Chief Medical Director of the Ijaiye General Hospital, Ifo, Dr Kayode Oladehinde, had denied that the hospital received Orojo, saying the hospital’s policies frowned on such.
It was learnt on Tuesday that the affected general hospital was in Lagos.
Orojo told our correspondent that the affected hospital was the Ifako Ijaiye General Hospital.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, in his reaction, said there was no policy in the state that denied medical treatment to anyone.
He asked to speak to the victim, promising to investigate by getting the details of the officials on duty at the time.
“Anybody that has an emergency should not be denied medical care, no matter the situation,” he added.