… rival cult group leaders arrested
By Yemisi Ajayi, Ibadan
The Oyo state police command at the weekend parade two suspects who specialises in trading in human heads for ritual purposes.
The suspects, Saheed Adeyemi, 33 and Micheal Edemba, 60, alongside 75 other suspects were paraded by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi at the state headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Other notable criminals paraded included the leaders of the two notorious cult groups, One million boys and Abe igi boys who have terrorized some parts of the capital city metropolis for weeks.
Saheed, a herbalist, residing at Awosonso village, Apata, told journalists that they (and Edemba) bought the human head for N15,000 at a shop in Abiodogun junction, Omi-Adio from a yet-to-be-identified woman for the purpose of making money rituals
While lamenting that he has never engaged in such practice before, Saheed said that he only wanted to help Edema, who was passing through hard times, which was also the same reason he agreed to be paid immediately the ritual turns out well.
The cultists, Moshood Oladokun a.k.a. Ekugbemi, Adebayo Saheed and Adeleke Wasiu had been on the wanted list of the police for various violent clashes in the Ibadan metropolis
Recently, violent clashes which erupted between the two groups led to the death of two persons as an aftermath of a carnival organised in the Born-photo area.
According to the CP, Ekugbemi was responsible for the spate of violence in places like Beers, Born photo, Isale Osi, Mapo, Ido Aro and several other parts of Ibadan.
The CP said, “During such violence leading to arson, looting, destruction of valuable property, maiming and senseless murder using dangerous weapons with which the miscreants inflicted pains and caused apprehension to innocent people in the affected areas.
“However, through intensive investigation arising from high level intelligence, Ekugbemi was located in his criminal hideout at Ajah area of Lagos”.
He noted further that leaders of the rival cult groups and their hatchet men escaped afterwards and had since been elusive.
Ekugbemi however told newsmen that he was part of those that organised the carnival that led to the recent crisis.
He said, “We organised a carnival and some people fought there. They arrested the people but the other group staged a reprisal.
“That time, I was at my workshop in Lagos. I only heard of the incident. But, to my surprise, the police came to Lagos and arrested me.”
The police arrested other members of the rival groups. They were identified as Mutiu Lawal, Habib Oladiti, Akinkunmi Abioye, Marouf Kolapo, Abiodun Omoyeni, Azeez Fatai, Mustapha Rasheed, Ismaila Soliu, Sarafadeen Gbadamosi and eight others.
Items recovered from the groups include a burnt motorcycle, expended cartridges and 20 pellets.
Also paraded were different gangs of armed robbery suspects including two women who were alleged armourers of a notorious gang.
Ajimobi prays court to dismiss case brought in by butchers
The Oyo state Government has prayed the court to ?dismiss a case brought before it by some butchers accusing the group of not having the right to sue the state government.
The case which is before Justice M. O. Fadeyi, Court 14 of the state high court, Ring road, Ibadan with suit number 1/1209/2014 is challenging the decision of the government to move all the butchers and abbattoir operators in the state to a central location
In his submission, the state counsel, Mr. Najeem Abiodun asked the court to dismiss the case between the butchers and State Governor.
The claimants are: Abdul Lateef Salau for? himself and on behalf of all butchers in Egbeda local government and Muritala Babalola from Ona Ara local government,
Others are: Sulaiman Adesola from Lagelu Local government, Yekini Olaiya from Oluyole local government and Alhaji Taju Oni from Ido local government while the state government is defendant
It will recalled that on December 17th, 2014, the Oyo state government during the first term of the Governor Ajimobi led administration commissioned a bigger and modern abattoir in Akinyele local government area of the state.
The Governor had also given a directive that all the butchers from across all the 33 LGs should relocate to the ultra-modern facility to access the facility and improve hygiene and other health-related matters.
The butchers had however flouted the directive and challenges the government decision in the court of law
Counsel to the claimants, a former attorney general of the state, Mr. Micheal Adelana? in his submission said a state government has no power of establishment or maintenance of slaughter slabs, slaughter houses or markets in the state.
The state counsel however told the court to dismiss the application insisting that the claimants have no right to sue the governor, and or his government on the matter.
According to the counsel to the claimants, Mr. lana who was represented by Mr. Babatunde Akinola proffered a counter argument in support of their action suggesting that their action is competent and that the judge should refuse the application ?of the state counsel
In his ruling, the judge however adjourned the case till March 30,2017 for further hearing on the case