There is rumpus in Osun State over the demolition of a recreation facility, Quality Hotels And Resorts in the state capital midnight Sunday as the owner, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Akinloye Adeyi, accused Governor Ademola Adeleke of vendetta.
Adeyi said Adeleke ordered his goons to bulldoze his facility as a retaliation for exposing the alleged irregularities in the Governor’s academic credentials in the build up to the election.
Adeyi, a retired official of the Directorate of State Intelligence, said his life is in danger.
However, contrary to his claims, NPO Reports was told Sunday evening that the government would no respond to Adeyi to avert being drawn into to the controversy.
Olawale Rasheed, Spokesman to the Governor, told the NPO Reports late Sunday that the PDP chieftain has issues with the real owner of the land on which Adeyi’s Quality Hotels and Resorts was built.
“We have been advised not to even speak on this matter again because it will look like the government has any issue with him. It is a matter between him and the man said to be the owner of the land and that is Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa,” Rasheed told the NPO Reports
Olaoluwa himself is former Chairman of the PDP in the state and once a senatorial candidate of the party for Osun Central.
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While speaking with the NPO Reports, Adeyi made available a copy of the Save-my-soul petition he had written to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone XI over alleged threat to life by loyalists of Governor Ademola Adeleke.
The PDP chieftain, in the petition which was copied to the DSS, said that the current challenges he’s facing was as a result of the petition he wrote during the build up to the party’s governorship primary in Osun State.
He said in the petition he was able to point out some discrepancies in the documents of the then aspirant now Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State over his name and others
He added that, the screening panel headed by Prof Jerry Gana agreed with his submission on the said document of governor Ademola Adeleke
He wrote, “I am compelled to write for the second time in this year to seek for the protection of the Osun State police command and the DSS over several sponsored assaults and threat to my life by some privileged people in the state.
“It is a fact that I exercised my right as a member of the People’s Democratic Party early 2021 when I approached the PDP Governorship Aspirants Screening Appeal Committee with a petition against the academic qualifications and records of Senator Ademola Adeleke.
“The panel agreed that the credentials contained lots of damaging errors and fraudulent claims.The panel thanked and appreciated me and thereafter directed that the Osun PDP and the aspirant’s handlers work on the documents before its final submission to INEC.
“Arising from this, my life has been frequently threatened such that I had to formally complain to the police authority and the DSS also the Osun and Nigeria public.
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“Since then, the threats and attacks have continue unabated. But, I decided to keep my cool, till this moment, the credentials of the Governor still remain a subject of litigation but I have since said what needed to be said and moved on. At this juncture, however, it is apparent that silence is no longer golden.
Adeyi added: “My business place was demolished with bulldozer on Saturday. Before it’s illegal and criminal demolition by Governor Ademola Adeleke’s agents, my business resort spread over four plots of land and its worth was in the several million of Naira.
“To the best of my knowledge, freedom of expression is a constitutional right, and expressing my view about the controversial academic record of Senator Ademola which remains clouded till now is never a crime to warrant the state-backed demolition of my business place overnight.
“The place was demolished and leveled without prior notice were the facilities therein where carted away while some others were left in the open. I have in the last 16 hours examined the situation and can confirm that those who are behind the dastardly act are not done. I believe that the development is just preamble to what is yet to come.
“My life is their target and I hereby appeal that the police and DSS look into the matter and save my life and those of my family members.”
Speaking with the NPO Reports, Adeyi said some of his friends had actually informed him ahead but he never took it serious.
“Some people actually informed me about what they (Adelekes) are planning to do but I couldn’t believe it not until when this happened,” he said
Asked whether he would take the matter up legally, Adeyi said that decision is left to those around him.
“I’m not the only one in this and some people already coming in to see what they can do. Whatever we agree on would determine whether I will take it up legally or not.”
Gani Ola-Oluwa Replies Adeyi
ALHAJI GANI OLAOLUWA ASEJERE REACTION TO THE UNGODLY, FACELESS, INHUMAN AND FRIVOLOUS PETITION OF ONE MR AKINLOYE ADEYI DATED THE 3RD DAY OF DECEMBER, 2022.
Re: Threat To My Life- Save my soul*
We act as Solicitors to Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa Asejere.
- That sometimes in October 2021, our client got to know about the fraudulent attempt of MR. AKINLOYE ADEYI to sell off his piece or parcel of land at Olorunda Local Government Scheme Land, Along Deeper Life Area, Ring Road Area, Osogbo.
- That on the 7th day of October, 2021, our client forwarded a Petition against Mr. Akinloye Adeyi dated the 7th day of October, 2021wherein our client alleged Threat to his life, Conduct likely and Forgery. See Exhibit 1.
- That the gallant Police officer of the State CID, invited Mr. Akin Adeyi for questioning.
- That on the appointed day at the State CID, Osogbo, he, Adeyi appeared with his counsel, Mr. Oluseyi Gbile and upon the request of the Police for the land documents from the Petitioner, our client provided his own original payment receipt, allocation papers etc.
- That Mr. Akinloye Adeyi failed to make available any land documents even if it is a PHCN bill.
- That in order to save his client’s face, Adeyi’s counsel (Oluseyi Gbile) made it clear to the Police that he has the documents in his custody and promised to make them available as soon as possible.
- That Adeyi was released on bail after he had made statement to the Police with his counsel standing in as his surety.
8.It is note worthy to state that series of investigation followed with our client going to the Police Station in company of Olorunda Local Government Land officers but the ‘almighty’ Mr. Akin Adeyi had disappeared into the tin air.
- That the Police put several calls across to him to bring the land documents as he has promised because they were only investigating the allegation of Forgery against him but Mr. Akin and his counsel were no where to be found only for him to re-appear in early January, 2022, with an Application for the Enforcement of his Fundamental Right in Re: Suit No. HOS/M.4/2022., wherein he sued the Commissioner of Police and our client as Respondents. See Exhibit 2.
- That miraculously, our client stumbled upon a case instituted by Adeyi as far back as the 27th day of November, 2020 where himself (Akin Adeyi) and the same counsel sued ‘UKNOWN PERSONS’ in Re Suit No: HOS/M.127/2020…ÀKINLOYE ADEYI VS. UNKNOWN PERSONS.
- That our client mobilized his legal team to stop the ‘Hearing’ of the case on the 3rd day of February, 2022.
- That our client applied for the Certified True Copy of Mr. Adeyi’s case only to discover that he was trying to fraudulently obtain the judgment of the High Court of Justice, Osogbo to perfect his evil plan to disposes our client of his land. See Exhibit 3.
- That Exhibit 3 contains forged land sale Agreement between Mr. Adeyi and our client.
- That Adeyi sworn on oath before the court that he own the land by a way of purchase from our client wherein he also attached fake Land Sale Agreement which was not signed by our client.
- That the same counsel that purportedly prepared the Land Sale Agreement between Mr. Adeyi and our client did not sign same. It is also funny to note that the same counsel even instituted HOS/M.127/2020 for Mr. Adeyi and attached the unsigned Land Sale Agreements thereto.
- That our client immediately filed his Counter Affidavit against Adeyi’s Application for the Enforcement of his Fundamental Right on the 10th day of October, 2022 and attached the CTC of Hos/M.127/2020 as Exhibit and further informed the court that Adeyi’s Application was a fraud of the century…
- On the 11the day of October, when Adeyi’s Application came up for hearing, his counsel quickly withdrew Adeyi’s Fraudulent Application and same was accordingly ”DISMISSED”.
- That our client quickly reacted to Hos/M.127/2020 by filling a Joinder and same was granted on the 26th day of May, 2022 by the honorable court
- That our client filed his Counter Affidavit against Adeyi’s case in Hos/M.127/2020 on the 6th day of June, 2022. See Exhibit 4.
- That upon the receipt of our client’s Counter Affidavit, Mr. Adeyi (as the Applicant) and his counsel abandoned their case in court and resulted to sending in different frivolous excuses.
- That on the 1st day of December, 2022, the court delivered his judgment upon the Application of the Respondents counsel. See Exhibits 5.
The above is just the tip of the ice berg as to the series of attacks Mr. Adeyi and his hoodlums have carried out on our client allies and even on one of client’s counsel, Mr. Lekan Alabi, who has Petitioned Adeyi to the appropriate authorities. See Exhibit 6.
The bitter truth about the whole issue is that Mr. Akinloye Adeyi has been caught in his own webs and he should just submit himself to the course of Justice for necessary action.
In conclusion, Mr. Akin Adeyi has not presented any title document on the land that our client only used to safe his family’s face when he, Adeyi and his wife were abruptly ejected by their landlord some years back.
Lekan Alabi Esq.
DSS intercepts syndicates selling new currency notes
The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has intercepted some syndicates in parts of the country for their involvement in selling the new redesigned Naira notes.
The service disclosed this in a statement on Monday by its spokesman,Dr Peter Afunanya saying that the syndicates were intercepted by operatives of the service during an operation.
“Investigation has also shown that some Commercial Bank officials were aiding the economic malfeasance.
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“Consequently, the Service warns the currency racketeers to desist from this ignoble act.
“Appropriate regulatory authorities are, in this same vein,urged to step up monitoring and supervisory activities to expeditiously address the emerging trends,”he said.
He said the DSS has ordered its commands and formations to further ensure that all persons and groups engaged in the illegal sale of the notes were identified.
The DSS spokesman, therefore, urged anyone with useful information relating to the sales of the new currency to pass the same to relevant authorities.
Accidents: FRSC boss recommends truck barrier on Ojuelegba Bridge, warns against ‘one-way’ driving
The Federal Road Safety Corps has recommended the construction of a truck barrier on Ojuelegba Bridge in the Surulere area of Lagos to prevent articulated vehicles especially trucks carrying containers from using the bridge and falling on other vehicles.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, made the recommendation while reacting to an accident around the bridge on Sunday in which a container-carrying truck fell on a passenger bus, killing nine people including two children.
A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem reported the corps marshal as expressing deep concerns over the fatal accident, which he noted was becoming a regular occurrence.
Biu also spoke on another accident recorded on Sunday that claimed 11 lives on Soka Bridge on the Lagos-Benin Highway and warned against excessive speeding and driving against the traffic popularly called one-way.
The statement said, “Whilst his concerns stem from the reoccurring container crashes on Ojuelegba bridge that has claimed several lives, the Corps Marshal recommends the construction of barricades against articulated vehicles (tankers, trucks, trailers and other heavy duty vehicles) on Ojuelegba Bridge as a permanent solution to the reoccurring crashes.”
The corps marshal who frowned on the incident explained the importance of barricading the bridge against articulated vehicles citing some of the dangers that come with their continuous use of the bridge as he called for efforts to be made towards expanding the connecting roads under the bridge to accommodate all articulated vehicles.
He revealed that FRSC rescue teams in collaboration with other Emergency Management Agencies had cleared obstructions from the crash scenes for ease of movement while the driver of the Mack truck had been arrested and handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.
The corps marshal also reiterated the need for the enactment of laws that will bring justice to victims of these crashes and where such laws already exist, efforts should be made to activate them so that justice will be served accordingly to both the drivers and the victims.
It stated that a preliminary investigation conducted into the fatal crashes revealed that the Ojuelegba crash involved a Mack Truck with a 40ft container with the registration number KJA 380 KD, who apart from engaging in excessive speed, also indulged in an act of wrongful overtaking and a Suzuki mini bus registered as KTU 921 YD; while the Soka avoidable menace involved a truck driven against the traffic and a Macopolo bus.
The statement said, “The container mounted on the Mack truck at Ojuelegba, according to our operatives, fell off the truck and landed on the Suzuki mini bus filled up with passengers which obviously led to the death of 9 of the passengers.
“As at the time of this statement, 11 victims were burnt beyond recognition at the Soka Bridge while the Ojuelegba crash involved 13 people comprising of nine males and four females. Out of the 13 people, nine were killed comprising five male adults, one male child, one female child and two female adults.
“Out of the four victims who survived the Ojuelegba crash, two were rescued without injuries while the remaining two sustained various degrees of injuries.
He urged the public to always use the FRSC toll free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM which are always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.
Oyinlola threatens to sue IG over non-release of report on MTN
A former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has threatened to sue the Inspector General (IG) of Police, for allegedly refusing to release the IG Monitoring Team Report in respect of his petition against MTN Nigeria and others.
Oyinlola in a letter dated January 27, 2023, addressed to the Inspector General of Police, said he had no other choice than to commence the legal action as the refusal of the force to release the said report creates the impression of a cover up.
The expected report which dates as far back as 2013, bordered on investigation of a case of conspiracy, forgery and perversion of the course of justice by MTN Nigeria Ltd.
According to Oyinlola, the police after its investigation had advised that MTN Nigeria be prosecuted in line with Section 167(8) of the Evidence Act, for an attempt to suppress evidence in the case.
Oyinlola had in his petition to the police in 2012, alleged of an unholy relationship between then Justice Ayo Salami and some chieftains of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to pervert the course of justice when Justice Salami presided at the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal involving the ACN and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
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He had claimed that there was a telephone interaction between and among ACN chieftains, its lawyers, Justice Ayo Salami (now retired) and his bosom friend, Tunji Ijaiya, which MTN desperately tried to cover up from the NJC’s Special Investigative Panel.
Amongst the phone numbers the petitioner believed to have held discussions with the then presiding Justice of the election tribunal were 08034240000 and 0802240104, “both numbers, I am certain are/were being used by Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The latter is registered in the name of MTN Director, Tunde Folawiyo. The former is registered in the name of Gbadegesin Ademola, who is Tinubu’s Personal Assistant.
“MTN officials. All four individuals ought to be invited by the police to disclose at what point, ownership of the two subscriber lines changed,” Oyinlola argued.
He added that, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Gbadegesin Ademola (Tinubu’s aide), Justice Ayo Salami, Tunde Folawiyo, Tunji Ijaiya and Rotimi Odusola must appear before the police, “to narrate their roles in the grand scheme to pervert the course of justice.”
However, Oyinlola claimed that the police has since 2013 failed to supply him with the said report after several requests.
The former governor in the January 27, letter titled: ‘Re: Protest at the Refusal of the Nigerian Police Force to Release Report of Investigation Carried Out By IGP Monitoring Team in Respect of Petitions against MTN Nigeria Communications, Certain Staff of The Nigerian Communications Commission and One Simon Egede (REF: CR3000/IGPSEC/ABJ/VOL. 103/603) and signed by his aide, Mr Adeolu Oyinlola stated that, “Given that the police establishment is unwilling to release the said report for reasons we find difficult to fathom, we are now left with no choice than to approach the courts for intervention.”
Before the January 27 letter, the petitioners had written similar protest letters dated January 4 and 26, 2023, and December 20, 2022, wherein they had registered their “surprise and disappointment at the refusal of the police to release to us the report of investigation carried out by the IGP Monitoring Team in respect of petitions” written by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
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“Having written more than 10 letters requesting the release of the aforementioned report in the intervening period of eight years (and counting) acknowledged copies of four of which letters are attached to this correspondence, we have good reason to believe that a cover-up has patently been hatched and is being overtly executed by certain persons in the Nigerian Police Force”, the letter dated December 20, 2022 read in part.
Oyinlola, who claimed to be the only witness during the investigation submitted that there was a manipulation of the Call Detail Records (CDRs) forwarded to the police by MTN at the behest of the National Judicial Council (NJC) sometime in 2013 which necessitated the initial complaint.
According to him, “only the Originating (Outgoing) components were made available, while the Terminating (Incoming) components were witheld in order to conceal the identity of callers.
“The implication of the foregoing is that MTN can (and did) manipulate the Call Detail Records of persons being investigated by law enforcement and security agencies,” he added.
While the letter appealed to the police “to be conscious of the verdict of history and mindful of the judgment of posterity; it implored the IG to use his good office “to cause the release of the report in question to us without further delay.”
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