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Death of OAU student in hotel: Culprits must face full wrath of law – MURIC

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Professor Ishaq Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said that those behind the death of Adegoke Timothy Oludare, a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, must face the full wrath of the law.

MURIC also appealed to members of the public to remain calm and to desist from undue speculations capable of making them jump to conclusions.

The appeal came in the wake of the death of Adegoke, a student of the institution’s Executive Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme in a hotel in Ile Ife.

The director of the human rights organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola made the appeal in a statement on Saturday.

The statement read: “MURIC has come across two audio messages containing passionate appeals made by the owner of a hotel, Dr. Raymond (Rahman) Adedoyin and his wife, Chief Mrs. Iyabo Adedoyin, the Yeyemaye of Ile Ife. The couple appealed to members of the public, particularly the people of Ile Ife, to give them the chance to prove their innocence.

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“The passionate appeals struck a chord in us, and we decided to join them in appealing to the good people of Ile Ife and its environs in particular and to Nigerians in general. The concern of the Muslim Rights Concern is humanity, the milk of kindness that flows from the breasts of caring mothers, as well as our love for justice and fair play. We are deeply worried that the innocent may suffer unduly. We are motivated by social responsibility.

“We appeal to the people of Ile Ife, in particular, to ponder over the popular Yoruba proverb which says, ‘Though several heads are cut off at the shrine, many of them belong to the innocent’ (Ori yeye ni mogun, ti alaise lo po). This is why nobody should jump to conclusions.

“We have faith in the Nigeria police. They have unearthed many crimes in the past and they will crack this too. We, therefore, appeal to all and sundry to allow the police to do their work. Justice will be served and there will be no cover up. It is a dastardly crime and those behind it must face the full wrath of the law. At least civil society groups like MURIC are already monitoring the case. We also call on elders and other stakeholders to continue to calm frayed nerves, particularly among the youth.

“Both the Islamic and Christian scriptures teach us to investigate all matters until we find the truth instead of rushing to judge (Glorious Qur’an 49:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Deuteronomy 13:14). It, therefore, behoves all of us to wait patiently until the police finish their findings.

“MURIC appeals to the Osun Police Command to handle this case with utmost diligence and professionalism. Blackstone’s ratio 10:1 in criminal law affirms that it is better for ten criminals to go scot-free than for a single innocent person to suffer unduly.

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“We commiserate with the bereaved family and pray that Allah will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. We equally remember the Adedoyin family and the families of the hotel staff who are presently in distress. We share your fears and worries in this moment of trial. We charge you to be strong and to have faith. The Supreme Creator is merely testing you (Glorious Qur’an 2:155; 29:2-3; Deuteronomy 8:2; Job 13:9). This cup shall pass.

“MURIC calls on Nigerians to pray for the suspects and members of their families because only Allah knows what really transpired at this moment. It can happen to anybody. Pray that you are not at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Recall that Adegoke was reported missing on November 7, 2021.

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, had described as unfortunate the death of Adegoke.

The Osun Command of the Nigeria Police had disclosed that Adegoke, who was declared missing on November 7, was dead and his corpse had been found.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, did not, however, disclose how he died or where his corpse was found but explained that it was working hard to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death.

Six persons have, however, been arrested in connection with the case while an investigation is ongoing.

Adegoke was an Abuja-based student who travelled to Ife on November 5 to sit for an examination at the school’s Distance Learning Centre in Moro, Osun State.

He was declared missing two days later when friends and family members could neither reach his phone line nor find him at the exam venue.

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FRSC receives 316 new operational vehicles from FG

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has taken delivery of 316 new vehicles procured by the Federal Government to ease its operations nationwide.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated new vehicles, saying they were for effective patrol of highways across the country.

The 316 operational vehicles are made up of 239 patrol vehicles, 49 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and five patrol bikes.

Mustapha said at the inauguration of the vehicles at the FRSC headquarters that they would be mainly for the patrol of new roads just provided by the Federal Government.

He said the provision of the vehicles was to enhance the operations of the corps and ensure safety of road users across the country.

He said the FG would remain consistent in providing improved transport infrastructure and told the regulatory agencies to live up to expectations.

He said, “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the provision of transport infrastructure.

“This is because he believes that it is a key determinant of performance in any nation’s development and growth process.

“Indeed, investment in transport infrastructure encourages economic impact.”

He urged the corps to sustain its leadership role in Africa in making roads safer for economic growth, adding that the patrol vehicles should be deployed to cover the entire country, as soon as possible, while noting that the vehicles would boost the operations of the FRSC and give it more ambiance to carry out its duties effectively.

Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, said the vehicles would help to improve the FRSC field operations through the provision of real-time reports and active support as well as backup to field officers.

He assured of proper deployment and utilisation of the vehicles to all locations, for the safety of motorists.

Biu appealed for improved funding of the Corps to enable it to realise its vision of full coverage of all operational commands nationwide.

According to him, the FRSC operational areas comprise 12 zonal commands, 37 sector commands, 223 unit commands, 58 outposts and 527 station offices.

The FRSC Board Chairman, Bukhari Bello, thanked President Buhari for his support to the corps for efficient service delivery.

Representative of the Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, AIG Operations, Bala Ciroma, pledged a harmonious working relationship with the FRSC for effective traffic management in the country.

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JUST IN: Lagos extends okada ban to Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Kosofe, Somolu

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Lagos State Government has extended its ban on commercial motorcycle (okada) operation to four more local governments, making a total of 10 the number of local government areas where no okada riding will be permitted with effect from September 1.

The government had initially banned okada in six LGAs of the state to curtail the rate of road accidents and crime using motorcycles.

The state government said on Thursday it had added four LGAs and six local community development areas to the list of the routes restricted to okada.

Lagos State Governor, Babajidr Sanwo-Olu, said full enforcement of the ban in the new areas would take effect from September 1, 2022.

The four LGAs and six LCDAs are: Kosofe Local Government (Ikosi-Isherri LCDA

and Agboyi-Ketu LCDA), Oshodi-Isolo Local Government (Isolo LCDA), Shomolu Local Government (Bariga LCDA) and Mushin Local Government (Odi-Olowo LCDA).

Ealier, the state government had restricted the okada riders from operating in Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa local government areas.

With 20 local governments in the state, only 10 LGAs are left for commercial motorcycle operators to do their business.

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No part of Lagos is under any lockdown – Lagos police

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The Lagos State Police Command has denied reports that some parts of the state is under a partial lockdown as a preventive measure against security threats.

Spokesman for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated this in a series of tweets on Thursday in a reaction emanating from a Wednesday’s statement credited to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi.

Alabi was on Wednesday reported to have said that there was a partial lockdown of the state by security agencies due to the threats of attacks by unknown gunmen.

He was claimed to have said this in Lagos during the state stakeholders’ forum on police accountability quarterly meeting and awards.

But the state PPRO Hundeyin in a response via Twitter said, “@LagosPoliceNG Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc only affirmed that entry and exit points are being closely monitored by security agencies to forestall any security breach in the state.

“He gave this assurance while answering a question bothering on police stop-and-search in some parts of Lagos State. NO PART OF LAGOS IS ON LOCKDOWN, PARTIAL OR TOTAL.

“All residents of Lagos State are enjoined to go about their lawful duties without fear; while remaining vigilant and observing situational awareness at all times.”

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