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DSS stops June 12 rally, arrests three in Ibadan

Men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday stopped a mass rally organised by the Yoruba Summit Group in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The group, an amalgamation of some sociocultural and self determination groups in Yorubaland such as Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders, Yoruba Koya Movement, Yoruba Unity Forum, Oodua Peoples Congress, Atayese and Voice of Reason, had converged to discuss the insecurity in the country especially the South West region.

The summit was billed to take place at the Agodi Government arcade before it was stopped by the secret security outfit.

DAILY POST gathered that security operatives in about five buses and clad in their black uniform, arrived the venue around 7am and condoned off the area to ward off the rally.

Three people including the sound system operator contracted to provide services at the event, were whisked away to the State headquarters of DSS at Alesinloye in Ibadan.

A public affairs analyst and state coordinator of Oodua Coalition Against Insurgency and Kidnapping in Yorubaland, Dr. Tunde Hamzat and another lady activist, simply identified as Princess Oyeronke, were among those arrested.

But in order to prevent what could escalate into crisis, leaders of the various rallying groups prevailed on their followers not to overstretch the issue just as they dispersed only to reconvene at another location few hours later where they addressed a press conference on the state of the nation.

National Public Relations Officer of the Odua Peoples Congress (New Era), Comrade Adesina Akinpelu, who confirmed the arrest, decried the development he likened to infamous happenstances during the military junta.

Akinpelu said, “We got all the necessary approval but we were surprised to see men of the DSS arriving much earlier, even before the coalition members, with the intent to stop the rally.”

He alleged further that the officials are still on the look out for other notable leaders of the coalition for possible arrest and detention.

Akinpelu said the botched rally was tagged “O to Ge’ to commemorate June 12.

“It was called to address the issue of insecurity in the land and safeguard Yoruba people who are becoming endangered in the land through incessant kidnappings and wanton attacks on their farmlands.

“We don’t want to take laws into our hands and that’s why we called the meeting to drum it to the hearing of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari that aside declaring June 12 democracy day, he should also tackle the issue of insecurity in our land,” he said.

He disclosed that all entreaties by leaders of the Yoruba Summit Group fell on deaf ears of the security operatives who claimed to be acting on “orders from above”.

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EFCC arrests seven ‘Yahoo boys’ in Ilorin [PHOTO]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office, on Tuesday arrested seven persons for offences bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related crimes.

The first four among the suspects, namely: Kayode Obanewo a.k.a Samantha James, Muhammed Ademola a.ka Catherine Smith, Yusuf Rasheed a.k.a Rebecca Moore and Apata Oluwakayode a.k.a Hanna Cole, were arrested on June 11, 2019 at Mandate Estate Phase 2, behind Irewolede area of Ilorin following intelligence reports.

Obanewo, during interrogation from officers of the Commission, confessed to engaging in ‘Yahoo’.

According to him, “I was arrested at Mandate Estate Phase 2, but before the day of my arrest, I met a friend who introduced me to internet fraud. He gave me a laptop which was the reason behind my arrest. I saw one email address on the laptop and started using it to chat with some people at night when I come back from work.”

The Commission also arrested three other persons for similar offences in Agric Estate, Ilorin.

They are: Olorunwa Okikiola, Olurunfemi Olamide, and Ogungbemi Sogo.

Items recovered from the suspects include: laptops, phones and sim cards of different network providers among others.

The anti-graft agency stated that the suspects will soon be charged to court.

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Fani-Kayode reacts to kidnapping of Buhari minister’s son in Oyo

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation minister, has reacted to the abduction of the son of ex-Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Dayo by unknown gunmen.

Dayo was waylaid at gunpoint in his farm at Iroko, near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State at about 6pm.

Although there were some staff with Dayo, the abductors took him away to an unknown destination.

A source was quoted as saying: ” The villagers were alerted by the staff who survived the ordeal. Local hunters were mobilised by the Oniroko of Iroko.

“The hunters were said to have located the car of the abductors along the road to Iware village near Iroko.

“But they are yet to locate Dayo’s whereabouts. It was suspected that the kidnappers might have changed their vehicle following persistent announcement on radio after Oniroko had raised the alarm on air.”

Reacting, Fani-Kayode prayed for the release of Dayo and others abducted across the country.

In a tweet, Fani-Kayode wrote: “My heart goes out to the Buhari’s Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole whose son, Dayo, has been kidnapped at gun point on his Ibadan farm. My prayers are with him and all the other victims of kidnap in our country.”

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300-level UNIBEN student commits suicide ‘over breakup with boyfriend’

The corpse of Miss Christabell Omoremime Buoro, aged 21, a 300-level student of the department of Medical Laboratory student, University of Benin (UNIBEN), was on Tuesday evening discovered in her hostel flat at Plot 4 Uwaifo lane, Newton street, Ekosodin area, behind the university fence.

A source in the compound (name withheld) told DAILY POST, that the dead body of Miss Christabell was discovered after she allegedly took some deadly substance to end her life. It was gathered that the undergraduate linked her suicide to her breakup with her boyfriend.

The source disclosed that an empty sachet of Klin detergent was found in the spot where she took her life.

According to him, “A small girl of that age will take her life all because of one boy. The policemen that came to evacuate the body were very angry after reading out laud the note she dropped.

“Thank God that she even dropped a note, if not the roommates would have been in hot soup, because investigation would have began from that point.”

Meanwhile, police officers at the Ugbowo police station have invited the two person for questioning over the content of the letter.

Rumour circulated yesterday that Christabel mixed the deadly insecticide, popularly called Sniper with Sprite drink, and reportedly left a suicide note where she stated that she was about taking her life because the guy she loved didn’t love her in return after her boyfriend broke up with her.

When contacted on the phone, the university PRO, Mr Michael Osasuyi, told DAILY POST exclusively that the institution is waiting for a detailed briefing concerning what really happened since the incident did not happen within the school premises.

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