Ogun Traders, Farmers Lost Millions Of Naira To Fire
Traders and farmers in Ogun State lost billions of naira in two separate fire incidents that occurred in the state in the second week of the year.
On Tuesday, some farms located at Siun, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, were gutted by fire.
The cause of the inferno, which lasted for almost four hours remains unknown at the time of filing this report.
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One of the farmers who were badly affected by the fire was a former Nigerian Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi, Mrs Folake Marcus-Bello, whose plantation of 10 hectares of palm trees and other crops was consumed by fire.
The former ambassador, who said she committed millions of naira to the Folake B Farm, lamented the huge loss.
“This is disturbing and worrisome. I am short of words and it was difficult to believe, just as we are looking forward to harvest, the inferno caused havoc destroying millions of naira farm products,” she lamented.
Tragedy struck again in the state two days later at the popular Odi Olowo Market in Sabo, Sagamu, which was razed by fire. The fire incident, DAILY POST learnt, started in the early hours of Thursday, destroying goods and properties worth millions of Naira.
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It could be recalled that the same market caught fire in January 2020 and was renovated by the Ogun State Government.
Meanwhile, victims of the inferno have called on the state government for assistance, saying the fire has dealt a devastating blow to their sources of livelihood.
BREAKING: Anti-Tinubu Protesters Ground Abuja, Demand Interim Govt, Fresh Polls
Fresh protests, on Thursday, rocked the nation’s capital, Abuja, over the just concluded elections, with protesters kicking against the May 29 inauguration of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and instead demanding the invocation of an Interim National Government, ING.
They asked Presidential Muhammadu Buhari to put the ING in place before he leaves office on May 29.
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The angry Nigerians, who protested on the platform of the National Youth League for the Defence of Democracy, NYLDD, also demanded the immediate sack and arrest of the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu by the Department Security Services, DSS.
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Armed with various placards with different inscriptions, they also asked several foreign embassies in Nigeria to immediately revoke the visas of 15 INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs.
The RECs they want to be sanctioned are those of Lagos, Rivers, Borno, Zamfara, Niger, Jigawa, Kano and Imo. Others are Ebonyi, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Katsina and Edo States.
Addressing journalists at the Unity Fountain, where the protest started, one of the leaders of the group, Dr Moses Paul, said the interim government is expected to appoint a new INEC chairman and conduct a fresh election that will produce a befitting President for Nigeria.
He said; “We are citizens of Nigeria, lovers of Nigeria, standing on the path of our constitution and citizens’ rights.
“We are here particularly to address the greatest crime that has happened in the history of the world and in Nigeria.
“People were burnt in Kano, people were shot in Rivers, and we have seen the greatest inhumanity happen in Lagos state in the course of this election.
“Two demands we are making; we are asking the President of this country to immediately arrest and prosecute the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who has committed the greatest fraud in the history of humanity.
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“We need him arrested and prosecuted.
“Our number two demand is that we are asking that an interim government be put in place. We are saying that, because we do not want President Muhammadu Buhari to continue, his tenure is ending, so as a father he should put in place an interim government so that the interim government will now appoint another INEC chairman who will conduct a free and credible election and produce a befitting President for our country.”
When asked to provide other options if the two demands were not met, one of the co-conveners, Anngu Orngu, said they are harmless Nigerians “but we will use every other civil and lawful means to make sure that our demands are met”.
“We are here as frustrated Nigerians and the fundamental rights of Nigerians have been trampled upon by Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC and we are here calling for his immediate resignation.
“We have also requested that DSS should arrest him, and he should be prosecuted by the EFCC.
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“We have been to the US Embassy, we have been to the British Council in Nigeria, and we have also submitted a letter to the French Embassy, calling on them to advise the Nigerian government that the Nigerian people are not happy.
“We the young people of this country are not happy over what is happening in our country. We may be peaceful now but when you push even a goat to the wall, the goat may bite,” he added.
In one of the letters made available to journalists and addressed to the United States Embassy, the protesters called for sanctions against the INEC Chairman.
MNJTF Neutralises Bandits, Recovers Arms, Ammunition
The Multi-National Joint Task Force said it had continued its on-slaught for the total defeat of the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists in the Lake Basin.
Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, Chief Military Public Information Officer, in a statement on Thursday, said the troops, in conjunction with local vigilante groups, conducted ambush operations on BHT logistic suppliers in the general area of Maroua and recovered six bags of assorted foodstuffs and ten bicycles, adding that the recovered items were handed over to the local authorities for further action.
“Similarly, troops of Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) deployed at Gajiram, while on patrol along Main Supply Route Monguno, rescued suspected BHT family members of nine women and eight children. The rescued persons are currently receiving medical treatment and profiling,” the statement said.
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Also, it said on 18 March 2023, troops, in conjunction with local vigilante (Civilian JTF), arrested a BHT collaborator at Federal Government Girls College Mongonu, adding that the collaborator named Umar Goni, who is an indigene of Kukawa, was arrested while trying to cast his vote in the recently held elections in Nigeria.
He said during the preliminary investigation, he confessed to being an errand boy for the terrorists in Kukawa.
He added that the Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic) troops continued to dominate their Area of Operation, saying that between 12 and 13 March 2023, the troops intercepted 20 BHTs around Tegyessa.
He added that troops of the same sector, while on patrol, intercepted 36 BHT members in the southern zone of Tamour.
“During a joint operation named Operation KOUKOURI conducted by the Sector alongside Nigerian troops of Sector 3 dominated Kanama, Bula Buni, Maine, Tam Match 1 and Forest Matali 2.
“Other areas covered included Dutchi, Cetomani Forest, Alagurno Forest and Guma Saigala, where 20 terrorists were neutralized while 63 suspected BHTs were captured alive.
“Items recovered included three AK-47 rifles, one PKM Metal Link with 19 rounds of ammunition, two Improvised Explosive Devices making items, 121 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm ammunition, three military uniforms, one pair of Ranger kits and two magazines,” he said.
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“Items destroyed included two motorcycles, 60 solar panels, five motorcycle fuel tanks, among others were destroyed,” it added.
It will be recalled that the Force Commander, Maj Gen Abdul Kalifa Ibrahim, has charged the sectors to maintain their operational tempo and adopt an aggressive posture in dealing with the remaining insurgents to deny them freedom of action.
“The Force Commander commended the troops for this feat and reiterated his commitment in providing necessary supports to defeat the remnant of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists,” it said.
DSS Arrests Ogun Assembly Member-elect Over Sagamu Mayhem
An Ogun State House of Assembly member-elect representing Sagamu constituency 1, Damilare Bello, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of Security Service.
Bello, a Peoples Democratic Party candidate is alleged of masterminding the Sagamu mayhem that left several banks vandalised during the naira scarcity protest.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspects had turned down several invitations by the DSS.
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Bello popularly known as Dre was said to have been on the run since the incident till his election on Saturday
A source at the DSS disclosed to our correspondent on Wednesday, that Bello’s arrest was carried out following the protest which took place on 20th February 2023 in Sagamu town, in Sagamu local government area of the state.
During the protest, some irate youths vandalised about 10 commercial banks and other public infrastructures.
A source in the DSS command said, “On March 21, 2023, at about 14:30 hours, the command apprehended one Oluwadamilare Bello over his alleged complicity in the act of economic sabotage.
“Preliminary investigation has commenced and the suspect may be prosecuted for a crime relating to arson and disturbing of the public peace, amongst others upon conclusion of an investigation.
“The suspect is being investigated on economic sabotage /crime of national security dimension, arson, and disruption of public peace among others.
“The arrest is not politically motivated as it was being reported.”
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu, has reportedly visited the state office of the service.
The source told our correspondent that the PDP had sent three different delegations led by its chairman, Sikirulah Ogundele and other chieftains to mend fences with the command.
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The source said the visit was used to clear misconceptions of the service over the invitation and the eventual arrest of the suspect.
The source said, “Adebutu himself visited the command Wednesday, with a view to mending fences with the service and as well clear the past misconceptions about the office and realised that the service is a credible institution that must be reckoned with.
When contacted for confirmation, Adebutu’s media aide, Afolabi Orekoya, said his boss was at the DSS office.
Orekoya, however, declined further comment on why his boss visited the command 24 hours after the party held a protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Abeokuta.
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