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IGP Alerted on Governor Abiodun’s Alleged Killer Squad in Ogun State

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The New Inspector General of Police (IGP), Egbetokun, has been alerted about the activities of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s alleged killer squad in Ogun State. The former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Ogun state stakeholder, Otunba Segun Showunmi, wrote a letter to the IGP to remind him of the security implications of such activities taking place in the state. Showunmi detailed that a few weeks ago, agents of Governor Abiodun, surrounded the state high court in Isabo and recruited non-state actors, who masqueraded as enforcers of parks and garages personnel.

The agents were reported to be miscreants, cultists and gun runners. Showunmi revealed that the police were present at the scene yet did nothing. He also mentioned that the State Police Public Relations Officer lied about the incident. Showunmi stated opposition elements in a democracy should not be brutalized by the governor’s agents, as no one has a monopoly of madness. He called on Egbetokun to impress on Governor Abiodun and his team that democracy will not yield to criminal manipulations.

Showunmi reminded the IGP that politicians recruiting non-state actors in the northeast led to the madness that cost human and material resources. He questioned if the opposition to Governor Dapo Abiodun will also need to raise such soldiers of fortune. Showunmi insisted that Egbetokun must discourage such attitudes that could endanger democracy in the state.

He also wished to furnish the IGP with the names and telephone numbers of Governor Abiodun’s alleged killer squad to demand that they issue an undertaking that such actions would no longer be tolerated. Showunmi expressed concerns that Ogun has been peaceful until Governor Abiodun introduced his killer squads and appealed to the new Inspector General of Police to act fast to maintain order in the state.

Showunmi concluded by congratulating the IGP on his appointment as the Inspector General of Police of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that he wished him the best as he assumes his duties.

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Ogun State Contemplates Establishment of a Dedicated Court for Cult-Related Offenses, Proposes an Amnesty Program

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A Special Court is to be established by the Ogun State Government to try cult-related cases.

Also to be set up is a Joint Anti-Cultism Security Task Force comprising all major security outfits, with the mandate to rid the state of the menace of cultism.

The state is also proposing an amnesty programme for would-be cultists who may wish to surrender their weapons.

These decisions were arrived at after a joint security meeting, held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that Governor Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday hinted that his administration would enact a law that would pronounce the death penalty on anyone caught engaging in cult activities in the state.

The governor spoke during a visit to the palace of the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, following days of cult-related clashes in Sagamu, which left many dead and others injured.

The meeting, according to Governor Abiodun, focused on providing adequate measures to eradicate cultism in the Gateway State.

Prince Abiodun said: “During the Joint Security meeting that took place today (Wednesday), we engaged in fruitful discussions regarding the implementation of measures aimed at combating cultism in Ogun State.

“Our primary focus was on establishing a special court, forming a joint operational force comprising various security agencies, and implementing a death penalty for cultism offences.

“In addition to these measures, we also deliberated on the possibility of introducing a period of amnesty. This would allow individuals who wish to surrender their weapons and renounce their affiliation with any cult-related groups and activities the opportunity to do so without fear of prosecution.

“As an administration deeply committed to fostering a peaceful and violence-free society, we are dedicated to providing the Special Court and Joint Anti-Cultism Security Task Force with the necessary logistics and tools to support their operations effectively.

“The overall objective of our conversation is to address the issue of cultism through a multifaceted approach. This will include legal and enforcement measures, rehabilitation efforts, and community engagement through our respected traditional leaders.

“In conclusion, we are determined to tackle the menace of cultism in our state head-on. By employing a combination of legal frameworks, law enforcement strategies, rehabilitation initiatives, and community involvement, we believe we can bring about lasting change.”

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Ogun CP Visits Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, Commends PCRC’s Role In Combating Crimes

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Group Managing Director of Adron Homes and Properties, Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing with CP Abiodun Alamatu during CP’s visit

The Commisioner of Police Ogun State, CP Abiodun Alamatu earlier today the 14th of September visited the Ilishan-Remo Ogun State palatial country home of the Real Estate businessman and Group Managing Director of Adron Homes and Properties, Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, the Otun-Akile of Remoland.

The visit was to strengthen his bond with leadership of the Police Community Relations Committee PCRC Ogun and South West Chapter.

Aare Adetola, who is the Grand Patron of the South West PCRC, received the crime buster and his men in his home amid pomp. CP Abiodun thanked critical stakeholders, opinion leaders, and the good people of Ogun State for their cooperation since his assumption as Commisioner of Police months ago. Abiodun highlighted that; the success he has recorded was orchestrated by support from people like Aare Adetola, who have supported the state command with basic needs to ensure their combat against crime is won easily making Ogun state safer for all sundry.

“I am excited about this meeting today and also here to thank you for your continued support since I was posted here as CP. It has been a very good experience with the Ogun PCRC and the South West PCRC chapter, which made work easier for me. I am here with this goodwill message and to help me tell them that I will never take their support for granted. I run an open door policy. Without their support, we would not have succeeded in our fight against crime, making the state safe. I thank you especially and appreciate you also.” He disclosed.


The Adron Home boss also thanked CP Abiodun for the courtesy visit and reiterated his commitment for continued support of the police by maintaining a healthy Police and community relationship. He, however, highlighted the need for more reorientation about the police to people and charged the CP to ensure his boys are friendly and cordial while discharging their duties.

“I am most delighted to have you in my country home. It shows how committed you are and how you hold the PCRC in high esteem acknowledging their contribution to the ease of reducing crime. I want to tell you that, on behalf of myself as the National Patron and Grand Patron of South West PCRC and my company Adron Homes, we will continue to support you and remain committed when you need us.”


“I appreciate the great work you are doing and how you are changing the perspective of Police service among the people. I want you to intensify your effort and also ensure your men are more friendly and convivial while discharging their duties. This will further create positive perception about the police and it will boost the confidence people have in them. With you here, I am sure the fight against crime will be won convincingly. I appreciate you once again. Keep the good work.” Aare Adetola divulged.

Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing used the opportunity to thank the IGP, Kayode Egbetokun Psc, for his recent initiative to recruit 20 young Nigerians in each local government throughout the federation to strengthen the number of the Nigeria Police force in community policing nationwide.

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Joint security forces engage notorious criminal gang in Kogi, neutralise leader

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Weapon recovered from the notorious gang

A joint security operation carried out by the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, on Thursday, launched a full-scale manhunt for a notorious criminal gang in Kogi State, led by one Kabir Bala.

Addressing a press conference at the headquarters of the Kogi State Police Command in Lokoja, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Akeem Yusuf, narrated how Bala, popularly known as Okwo and his gang members opened fire on a joint security team at about 4:30am on Thursday upon sighting the operatives.

Yusuf disclosed that the security team engaged the hoodlums, noting that Kabir Bala was neutralised in the process, while other members of his gang escaped with varying degrees of injuries.
According to the security agencies, the operation was carried out following the decisions reached at the State Security meeting on the upsurge of criminal activities in the state.


The police boss said the Kogi State Government had, in October, 2018, granted Bala pardon in prerogative of mercy as part of efforts to rehabilitate the notorious gang leader in Ejule, Ofu Local Government Area of the state, but added that Bala had turned an unrepentant criminal with many atrocities traced to him.

He said Kabir Bala and his gang attacked troops of the Nigerian Navy and dispossessed them of four (4) rifles at Alloma village on 4th March, 2022.

He however said the firearms were later returned to the Navy following high-powered intervention.

CP Yusuf further disclosed that the State Security Council meeting held on 20th June, 2023, took a decision to revoke the state pardon granted to Kabir Bala based on his rising criminal activities, which he listed.

Unraveling the plethora of criminal activities linked to the suspect, the police chief said, “It would be recalled that the Kogi State Government in October, 2018 granted pardon in prerogative of mercy as part of rehabilitation to one notorious gang leader named Kabir Bala alias (Okwo) in Ejule, Ofu LGA.

“However, the said Kabir Bala remained an unrepentant criminal with lots of atrocities traced to him which includes; dealing in illegal arms, Kidnappings and killings in the State. Several cases had been traced to him such as burning alive of Mrs Salome Abu, a PDP woman Leader in Ofu LGA in her residence on 18th November, 2019 at Ochadamu; killing of two (2) Igala youths – Umoru Areh and Unekwu Sule on 20th April, 2022 at Ejule; killing of five (5) Fulani herders namely – Ibrahim, Haruna and Shuaibu along Alloma Road, Ofu LGA in April, 2022 and Muhammed and Dauda at Imoko in Ofu LGA on 3rd March, 2023.

“Other crimes committed by Kabir Bala and his gang are attack on troops of Nigerian Navy and dispossessed them of four (4) rifles at Alloma village on 4th March, 2022. Though, the Firearms were later returned to the Navy following high-powered intervention; attack on Elisha Aya, Pastor and founder of Kingdom Faith Assembly Ejule on 18th March, 2022, who later paid 1 Million naira to Bala as levy for establishing a Church; Invasion of Egane Fulani settlement, burning 213 huts, rustled 122 cows on 25th December, 2022; Assault on the Lord’s Chosen Church, Ejule on 29 January 2023 for disturbing his hotel with their service, during which Joy Abuh, a worshipper sustained gunshot injury on her left hand.”

“He was also responsible for seven (7) kidnappings along Itobe-Anyigba highway from 5th to 28th May 2023,” he added.


While giving further details of the decision reached at the Security Council meeting, Yusuf noted that the Security Council reached a decision that known agents of Kabir Bala in criminal activities must be apprehended to face the law; all illegal arms in the possession of criminals in that area should be recovered for peace of the State; and that Joint Operations should be set up, comprising the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, DSS, Civil Defence, to arrest the established criminals and recover the arms in their possession.

“Today, 22nd June 2023, at about 0430hrs in pursuit of the above, the Kabir Bala and his gang members on sighting the Joint Security team opened fire on them and started shooting sporadically. The team engaged the hoodlums; the said Kabir Bala was neutralized in the process while other members of his gang escaped with varying degrees of injuries,
Items recovered from his premises include one (1) AK 47 rifle with three (3) fully loaded magazines; six (6) locally fabricated weapons; two (2) phones and charms,” the police boss submitted.

He, however, promised that the force would sustain ongoing onslaught against criminal activities to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state.

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