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Oyo: Family of slain LAUTECH final year student, Adediran plead for justice 

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Family of James Adesoji Adediran, a slain final year student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, who was reported to have hanged himself two years ago have called the Nigerian Police to provide the result of their findings of his death.

A member of the family, Pastor Anthony Jaiyeade Adediran made the call while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during their follow up investigation on the slain final year student of the Urban and Regional planning Department of LAUTECH, who was allegedly killed two years ago.

According to Pastor Adediran, the police have not been able to come out with anything substantial on the matter despite all the promises and this have left the whole family to live in fear.

He recalled that prior to the death of Adesoji, the father who is a clergy man and one of the leaders of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN, a major block under the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN in his local government have received series of threats and warning from different quarters to desist from talking against the government and its policies, especially in the area of safety of lives of the citizens who were constantly being killed and many churches set ablaze by herdsmen and other criminally minded people in various parts of the country.

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Pastor Adediran explained further that Adesoji’s mother, Mrs. Funmi Adediran as a political activist and a member of the Accord Party (AP) had also been invited several times to join the  All Progressive Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), an invitation she had vehemently resisted each time it comes up and this according to him didn’t boil down well with them.

The matter which the police said they have been investigating had not yielded any positive result as no one have been arrested nor invited for questioning by the police. However, this development has shattered the family of Adesoji apart as they now live in perpetual fear as they don’t know who is next on the list of the killers among the family members.

Speaking on the insinuation that he took his life, many of the students of the school who were his colleagues debunked this, saying Adesoji was a jovial easy going gentle fellow who showed no sign of depression or any pressure whatsoever either academically, socially or otherwise.

He was almost done with his final year project and he never complained of anything. We are a clique and we eat together; it was all fun, until we found his corpse”, said his friends.

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It was gathered that the corpse was deposited in a mortuary for autopsy but the family of the deceased revealed that Adediran’s body was released for burial without conducting any autopsy on him.

SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said though investigation is on going on the matter, but he knows little or nothing about it as the incident happened long before he assumed office.

He, however assured that investigation is ongoing on it as the case must have been transfered to the Criminal Investigation Department CID, Iyaganku Ibadan.

Also, officers at the Homicide department of the CID, Iyaganku Ibadan, informed that they can neither talk on the matter nor readily trace the file as they were newly transfered to the section.

But, the command’s spokesman,  SP Fadeyi advised that should the family have any new clue to the matter, they should just come up with it as it will go a long way to assist the police in their investigation.

Adesoji who was described as a jovial, funny and easy going promising young man was murdered in his hostel room on March 18 2017.

The family however concluded by expressing hope that the case of the gruesome murder of the young Adesoji Adediran will not go the way of other high profile killings in the country, such as that of late Pa Alfred Rewane, Chief Bola Ige, Dele Giwa, Marshal Harry, Funsho Williams Dipo Dina among others which had been on for years now without any conclusive investigation or notable prosecution, so that other family members can live in peace.

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EFCC re-arraigns lovers for alleged N17.5m charcoal fraud

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The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, re-arraigned one Alice Peace John, alongside her boyfriend, Fadi Alloush before Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan for fraud in the sale of charcoal.

The duo were dragged to the court on three-count charges of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining the sum of N17, 500, 000.00 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) under false pretences.

One of the charges read, “That you Fadi Alloush and Alice Peace John between the 18th October, 2019 and 23rd December, 2019 at Ibadan, within Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court, did commit an illegal act to wit: stealing of the sum of N17,500,000 (Seventeen Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) , property of Coco-Dor Nigeria Limited and Houssam Nasreddine.”

The offence is contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Laws, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which prosecution counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi, applied for a trial date, while defence counsel, Olukunle Kamisi prayed the court to allow the bail earlier granted the defendants subsist.

Justice Taiwo granted the defendants’ prayer.

According to the judge, “The bail shall subsist and that in the event where there is delay on the defendants’ part, their bail will be revoked.” He adjourned the matter till October 8, 2020 for trial.

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It could be recalled that the defendants were initially arraigned before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court on March 17, 2020 but had to be re-arraigned on Wednesday following the reassignment of the case to Justice Taiwo.

The defendants’ journey to the dock stretched from January to December 2019, when the victim, Houssam Nasreddine transferred a total sum of N17, 500, 000.00 to the account of the first defendant, John, for the purchase of charcoal from Iwere lle, Oyo State for export, which the defendant bought and loaded in containers at the Hapag LLOYD Shipping Company, Apapa, Lagos for exportation, but rather than sell the goods in the name of the rightful owner, she allegedly connived with her boyfriend, Alloush and transferred the ownership of the goods and sold them off.
The petitioner added that all efforts he made to retrieve either the charcoal or his money were frustrated by the defendants.

 

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Ibadan: EFCC arrests brothers, three others for alleged internet fraud {Photos}

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Operatives of the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, have arrested two pairs of brothers : Ayoola Timilehin, Olusola Timilehin, and Oladayo Fayemi, Tolulope Fayemi and three others suspected to be internet fraudsters.

They were arrested at their hide out on Wednesday, at Alaka, Elebu area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The other three suspects arrested with them are Temitope Kumuyi, Babatunde Oyelakin and Olanrewaju Ibrahim. They are all between 20 and 30 years age range.

The suspects were arrested based on intelligence linking them with opulence without any identifiable means of livelihood. Items recovered from them, include: four cars, laptops, exotic phones and a stamp bearing the identity of the bursary section of Queensland University’s School of Medicine, Australia.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

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Dapo Lam Adesina disclaims fake Facebook accounts

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A former member of the House of Representatives representing Ibadan Southeast / Northeast federal constituency, Hon. Dapo Lam Adesina says it has come to his notice of parody Facebook accounts opened in his name.

 

The ex-lawmaker, warned  on Friday through his verified Facebook page  that the two parody Facebook accounts that were opened in his name should be disregarded.

The two accounts are : Hon. Dapo Adesina and Dapo Lam  Adesina .

According to Mega Icon Magazine checks, such parody Facebook accounts were being operated by some fraudulent individuals with the aim of deceiving unsuspecting members of the public

“Kindly be informed that these two Facebook accounts that are opened in my name are not mine and should be disregarded.
“DO NOT HAVE ANY TRANSACTION (S) WITH THE ACCOUNTS PLEASE.
“You can also help to report the accounts so that Facebook can pull them down.
“Thank you for the love always . Have a great weekend ahead”, he said.

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