THE Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan Southeast Local Government area of Oyo state, Hon. Teslim Ajimobi has denied an allegation of involvement in a kidnap saga.
According to the council gaffer, Teslim, the story linking him to an alleged kidnap upon which a Hausa auto dealer in Sabo, named Danladi, petitioned the police, causing his arrest and detention for six hours, was entire falsehood, cooked up by elements seeking to cause needless panic and confusion among Ibadan residents.
He urged his supporters to disregard the entire story as false, malicious, unwarranted, stressing that it was a targeted attempt meant to bring his name into disrepute. Speaking further, brother to governor Abiola Ajimobi, Teslim maintained he had not been to any police station in the last one year, not to imagine being released by one anti-kidnap police squad after 6 hours for partaking in a supposed kidnap saga.
Refreshing your memory, the story which was broken on an online medium two days ago alleged the governor’s brother was arrested after a petition by one Danladi who claimed to have been threatened by Teslim that he (Danladi) would be dealt with.
On why he could be alleged of such involvement, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said, “I am a politician. It must be a design by one of those seeking my fall. But this one seems a joke carried too far”.
“I hereby state categorically that I have never been involved in any crime in my life, whether kidnap or any other one. While I admit I know Danladi, being a friend of my younger brother, I am not aware of any kidnap attempt on him by anyone, least of all by me! As Caretaker chairman of Ibadan Southeast Local Government, I have been discharging the duties of the office without any fear or let.
“My attention was drawn to the story which had been circulating on an online medium by a friend who had read same. At first, I did not understand it, not because of the language, but the fact that I was actually deep into some discussion when my attention was drawn to it, and could therefore not fathom how such a character could be me.
“In the past four or five weeks, there has not been any single day I have not been in the office. I have been engaged most often by issues which have to deal directly with the people of Ibadan Southeast. I cannot therefore imagine spending whole six hours in police custody. This seems the wish of the enemies. Fortunately, it is not the wish of God for me,” Ajimobi continued.
EFCC arrests 3 corps members, 19 undergraduates, 10 others for alleged internet fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Tuesday, arrested 32 “Yahoo boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were apprehended during a raid on their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Officers of the EFCC swept on the location, after diligent analysis of series of intelligence gathered on their alleged criminal activities.
Three of the suspects claimed to be serving members of the National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC), 19 were undergraduates of various universities across the country, while the remaining 10 laid claim to sundry vocations.
The suspects are Oyebamiji Francis; Aremo Jeremiah; Ogbonnaya Prosper John; Anuoluwapo Matthew; Oladele Victor; Mumuni Waliyullah; Olawoyin Abiodun; Okuwatoyin Henry; Arisekola Shina; Babarinde Solomon; Samson Gideon; Joshua Ola Adebayo; Ajayi Joseph Ajibola; Garba Mojeed, Olatunbosun Tobiloba and Azeez Ridwan.
Others are Ajala Timilehin; Adebolapo Bakare; Alaba Gideon; Ogunkeye Olumide; Ogunleke Tolu; Olapade Emmanuel; Adegoke Aanu Abiodun; Job Ayantoye; Oyebode Pelumi; Babayanju Toluwani; Oladele Ayobami; Omonaiye Abubakar; Sattong Baking; Abisoye Kehinde, Iwajomo Nathan and Aniyikaye Tope.
At the point of their arrest, 12 exotic cars, several phones, laptops and some incriminating documents were recovered from them.
The suspects were subjected to thorough screening by medical officials of the EFCC, in line with the Covid-19 prevention protocols.
They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Makinde presents cash donation to Yemi Likedat’s widow
Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has presented a cash donation to the family of the late Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, Comrade Yemi Adeniran (Likedat).
This came two months after the government gave an automatic employment to the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Yetunde Adeniran, at The Polytechnic Ibadan.
The Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, in a statement signed on Tuesday revealed.
Yemi Likedat, as he was popularly known, died in a motor accident in December 2019 on his way from Abuja, shortly after witnessing the Supreme Court judgment on the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State won by Engineer Makinde.
The statement added that Governor Makinde who was represented by his Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye at the event which took place at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan naintained that the administration will continue to identify with the family though nothing could replace the deceased party loyalist.
The governor said: “On behalf of the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, I want to welcome you to the Secretariat. About eight months ago, we lost a friend, a comrade, someone who believed in the vision of this administration.
“We were there together for the service of songs and the burial and we promised to stay with the family. We identified about four steps. This is the second step.
“The governor intends to give succour to the family. There is nothing that the government can do to replace Yemi but, at least, we will continue to do what we should do to identify with the family and ensure that the children, most especially, get the best of education he would have loved to give them.
“We want to show how important he is to this administration and that is why we have few people around to welcome you here.
“So, this government will continue to stand by you. We have taken care of the first step and this is the second one. Insha Allah, the two others will come to pass by the grace of God. So, on this note, I thank you for coming and urge you to continue to stand for the children. We also thank you for honouring us by coming.”
While speaking on behalf of the family, the wife of the deceased Mrs. Yetunde appreciated Governor Makinde for supporting and fulfilling promises he made to the family.
“We appreciate what the Governor did today in supporting and assisting the family; God will continue to provide for the family,” she said.
Government officials at the event include the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr.Taiwo Adisa and the Special Assistant to the governor on Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Kazeem Bolarinwa among others.
Ex-president Obasanjo tests negative for COVID-19
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has tested negative to Covid-19.
The ex- President took the test last Friday, August 7, 2020, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence, Okemosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
His special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, who disclosed this on Sunday explained that the samples of the test, conducted by one Dr. Olukunle Oluwasemowo of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory 54gene, Lagos, Nigeria, was returned negative on Saturday.
The laboratory, as gathered is one of the accredited laboratories approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct the crucial Covid-19 test on both asymptomatic and symptomatic.
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