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GOVERNOR AIYEDATIWA CAUTIONS AGAINST POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN ONDO STATE 

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– Directs security agencies to arrest perpetrators

 

 

The attention of Ondo State Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, has been drawn to reports of alleged attacks on some persons and destruction of campaign materials in the wake of the visit of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the State on Wednesday.

 

This was disclosed in a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan on Thursday.

 

 

According to the statement, the Governor says his administration will not tolerate any form of violence that is capable of threatening the peace and tranquility of the State.

 

As the Governor has said repeatedly, any political campaign that disturbs the peace in the State is unacceptable and must be met with the decisive actions of law enforcement agencies.

 

It is pertinent to make it clear that nobody associated with the Governor or the government of Ondo State was involved in any of the reported activities ascribed to “political thugs” during the President’s visit to Owo and Akure.

 

The Governor has therefore asked law enforcement agencies in the State to arrest and prosecute anyone found to be engaged in such violent activities.

 

The Governor urges politicians and their followers to ensure that their campings are issue based, devoid of blackmail, spreading falsehood, inciting the public and intimidating opponents.

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EFCC Reveals Several Celebrities Are Under Investigation For Naira Abuse

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is investigating several celebrities involved in Naira abuse.

 

The anti-graft commission, in a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, said it is aware of several old videos being uploaded on social media by citizens in the wake of the arrest, prosecution and sentencing of Idris Okuneye, known as Bobrisky, over naira abuse.

 

It added that the EFCC would always investigate and prosecute anyone involved in the abuse of the Naira, and going forward, new videos of such infractions will be investigated and prosecuted.

 

The EFCC added that at the moment, the commission is investigating several celebrities involved in naira abuse, and there would be no sacred cows.

 

The EFCC disclosed that its Special Task Force against Naira Abuse and Dollarization of the economy which commenced investigations in February 2024 is fully active.

 

“On the issue of the works of the Commission against Naira abuse, dollarization of the economy and the enforcement of all extant laws relating to them, the EFCC appreciates the avalanche of public awakening, support and involvement demonstrated so far. Increasingly, members of the public are drawing the attention of the Commission to video recording of abuse of the Naira by Nigerians from all walks of life. These gestures amply demonstrate rising consciousness of the public to the sanctity of our national currency and the need for collaborative engagement to sustain the tempo.

 

“To this end, the Commission will always investigate and prosecute anyone involved in the abuse of the Naira. Old videos being exhumed and flying around for the attention of the Commission are noted as the Commission is sensitive to the fact that its Special Task Force against Naira Abuse and Dollarization of the economy commenced operations on February 7, 2024. However, going forward, new videos of such infractions will be investigated and prosecuted.

 

“At the moment, the Commission is investigating several celebrities involved in Naira abuse. Many of them have made useful statements to the Commission and many more have been invited by investigators working on the matter. The EFCC will not relent in its no-sacred-cow mode of operations and the public should be wary of running afoul of laws against the crime,” the statement read.

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Afenifere Reacts To Invasion Of Oyo House Of Assembly

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The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization, Afenifere, has condemned the recent invasion of the Oyo State House of Assembly in Ibadan by individuals claiming to be Yoruba nation agitators.

NigeriaUpdates reports that some people claiming to be Yoruba nation agitators, on Saturday attacked the premises of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Agodi Secretariat in Ibadan, which is recognized as Yorubaland’s political centre.

According to a viral video, the invaders claimed to have established a ‘Democratic Republic of the Yoruba’ out of Nigeria.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, issued a statement denouncing the agitators’ actions, asserting that their actions do not represent the interests of the Yoruba people.

“Those who took the said step did not act in the interest of the Yorubas whom they alleged to be representing,” Ajayi stated.

The organization firmly refuted the legitimacy of any so-called ‘Democratic Republic of Yoruba’, emphasizing the constitutional implications.

“Yoruba is an important component of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And as is well known, there cannot be a sovereign republic within an extant sovereign republic,” he added.

Despite acknowledging various systemic issues within the Nigerian state, Afenifere stressed that solutions should not involve violent separatism.

Afenifere also expressed support for the current federal administration under President Bola Tinubu, noting efforts to restructure the nation for improved governance and regional autonomy.

“Afenifere is of the strong view that President Bola Tinubu’s administration is taking steps to rejig Nigeria in a manner that would make the country become one that every citizen would be proud of soonest. Restructuring the country is a sure way of accelerating this,” Ajayi said further.

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Panic In Lagos As Hoodlums Reportedly Terrorise Residents 

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Lagosians are not alien to the menace of street urchins popularly known as Area Boys, but the latest dimension to the infamous activities of scoundrels in the state has thrown most residents into panic with all attention turning to the state government to see how it will rein in this fledgling monster before it fully bare its fangs on residents in the state, The Sun reports.

According to the the report carried out, it was revealed that driving in most parts of the state has never been an easy task as motorists have a number of challenges, including gridlocks, poor state of the roads in some parts, harassment by ubiquitous uniformed personnel, as well as the endless extortions on commercial bus operators by narky road union workers popular known as Agbero. Perhaps more worrisome is the latest dimension of extortions by street urchins of stranded motorists in the state.

One of the latest victims of this form of extortion by miscreants in the state is Mr Abdulateef Soyemi, whose vehicle suddenly developed a fault along the old Abeokuta Road in Agege area of state.

Soyemi told Sunday Sun that he was heading for Ilupeju when his vehicle suddenly malfunctioned. “I left the car by the roadside to search for an automobile mechanic. As I was returning with the mechanic, I observed that some people had clustered around my car.

“Before getting close to them, the young mechanic informed me that they wouldn’t allow him to work on the car unless I settled with them. I asked him why I would have to settle them and he replied that that was the latest development in the state. True to his words, I parted with N4,000 before they permitted him to fix the car,” he recalled.

Also, it almost took a violent turn before Mr Nichola Omachi, another resident of Lagos, had a change of heart to give Caesar his due.

Like Soyemi, Omachi was returning from Mushin in the company of one of his friends to his Alagbado residence one afternoon when his vehicle suddenly grounded to a halt before Oshodi.

Moments after getting a mechanic to work on the faulty car, a gang of street urchins swarmed round him to demand for money.

A perplexed Omachi said that he was still trying to figure out why he had to pay them by asking one of them what the money was meant for when his impatient friend suddenly engaged in hot altercations with one of them.

But for the mechanic, who obviously was aware of this illegal practice and the consequence of daring these hoodlums, Omachi and his friend would probably have had it worse than just parting with money to them.

“While my friend engaged in a shouting match with one of them, the young mechanic called me back and advised me to give them something, saying that is the practice. Until that day I had never had such experience. It was after the incident that I started to hear from people who had had similar experience in the past,” Mr Omachi revealed.

By conceding to ‘settle’ these gangsters, Soyemi and Omachi saved themselves from a bigger headache.

Findings by Sunday Sun revealed that most motorists who refuse to cooperate with these hoodlums stand the risk of getting their vehicles vandalized in addition to being rough handled by these miscreants.

An auto electrician, Afolabi Sunday, said that he lost his working tools to these touts on one occasion when one of his clients refused to settle them when they accosted the vehicle owner and demanded money for repairing his car in their zone.

Afolabi said that he was accompanying the owner of the vehicle to Ladipo Spareparts Market to purchase a vehicle part when the vehicle developed a fault along Capitol Road.

“As I was working on the vehicle, some boys, about seven or eight, emerged from nowhere. I took them for granted by continuing to work on the vehicle on the assumption that the man would settle them and allow them to go. But he did no such thing. Rather, he threatened to get them arrested and this led to a major brawl with the man.

“In a short while, one of them smashed one of the side mirrors and before we could say jack, they all disappeared. By the time the dust would settle, I discovered that they had made away with my tools while the man also lost his phone,” Afolabi revealed.

Those who are familiar with this ugly trend liken it to the menace of Omo Onile, which the government has relatively succeeded in checking haven plagued the state for a long time.

These miscreants, Sunday Sun gathered, often claim to be street lords of their area of operations and will, therefore, demand to be paid for ‘securing’ the area.

A resident and community leader at Oko Oba Agege, who pleaded anonymity, described the trend as a time bomb capable of consuming the state if not accorded the urgent attention it requires.

According to him, “the trend is not a new development to people like us who live in this part of the state. But most people think it’s new because it is now getting more rampant and happening in several other parts of the state. I, as a person, have fallen victim a couple of times. These boys will only ask you for money during the day time. But at night, it will be outright robbery; they will take anything and everything they can take, including the removable part of your car such as the car battery.”

The source suggested that this criminal trend is better tackled by community policing which many have advocated.

“It is always easy to blame the police for every form of crime in society. But this particular crime is better dealt with by the community itself. These boys (criminals) are well known in the community. They are always careful to make sure that their victims don’t know them. If a vehicle breaks down now they will first send one of them to find out the identity of the owner. If their emissary comes back to inform them that the person is a known face, they will steer clear. But if the person is a stranger, they will march down to the place and extort the person,” he said.

Apart from extorting stranded motorists, Sunday Sun gathered that these miscreants have other approaches.

One of them is to beg their victims for money. They follow their would-be-victim begging and praying simultaneously in similar ways beggars do until they get what they want.

Sometimes, they turn back if their persistence yields no result. On some occasions, however, they might decide to resort to verbal abuse of their victims, who risk being attacked and robbed especially in isolated areas, if such person attempts to reply to them.

Areas notorious for this tactics, according to sources, include Agege, Toll-Gate, Iyana Ipaja, Mushin, among others.

Similarly, there has been an uproar among residents who had been compelled to pay ‘ransom’ to get their phones returned to them after their phones had been forcefully taken away from them.

A video clip which lends credence to this claim trended recently with many residents confirming the veracity of this claim.

A security expert, Folarin Awofisibe, described this development as worrisome and called for increasing policing of the state.

“This is another indication that there is a need to beef up the security architecture not only in the state, but across Nigeria.

“The hardship in the country is piling more pressure on our security system and except the government shows more will power in addressing the security challenge, criminals will continue to devise new approaches such as this,” Awofisibe said, adding that, “the current calls for multi-layer security system, will go a long way in easing the nation’s security challenge if acceded to.”

Via The Sun

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