#3 Kelvin 22-07-2017 10:28
THREE members of a six-man kidnapping gang allegedly
used by a private driver to abduct his madam are now guests of the Special Anti Robbery Squad
(SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command.

Narrating how Wahab allegedly used the gang to kidnap the woman, one of the
suspects, Rasheed Ramon, a 30-year-old indigene of Oyo town, said: "I know Mohammed very well as a street friend. We were street boys. Ahmed is a carpenter on Lagos Island. He called me on the phone and said Wahab had given him a job to kidnap his (Wahab’s) boss.

"Wahab was a driver to the woman. He was sacked and he became a commercial bus driver.
He said he would pay me good money.

"So, sometime in November 2012, six of us, namely Ramond, Rasheed, Ahmed Salau, Lekan, Agbenu, Ahmed Ajanu and Wahab, went to Awoyaya, after Ajah, a suburb of Lagos.

"The victim deals in designer clothes. Ahmed called the woman and told her that she wanted
to give her a job. When the woman arrived at Awoyaya, Ahmed
kidnapped her. All of us assisted Ahmed because we came out from where we
were hiding and pointed a gun at the woman.

"Although Wahab used to be the woman’s private driver, on that fateful day, the woman drove herself to the scene of the incident. I wanted to tie the woman’s face with a red cloth but they advised me to leave her like that so that she would not die of shock if she mistook us for ritualists. They said it was better for her to see what we were doing so that she would not develop hypertension, which could result in stroke or sudden death."

The second suspect, Olalekan Apena (28), a native
of Epe, a suburb of Lagos, said: "I am a private driver to a woman. To be a driver to a woman is the worst job, no matter how much you are paid. Not only will you not be paid well, you will be treated like a houseboy, an errand boy and a rag.

"It was Wahab who opened our eyes to how to pay back women who
treat us as slaves. There are two kidnap cases here. The first one was organised by Wahab to kidnap his madam.
The second operation was organised by me, but it was in the same area, the same method and the same hideout.

"Ahmed Ajanu organised the kidnap of Mrs Owoduni Bukky. She is an insurance worker. She is my madam. I drive her every day and she pays me N30,000 monthly with no free accommodation or feeding.

"I am a mere domestic driver to her. She uses me as she likes.
Even to go to market, she would call me to drive her.
She would ask me to carry anything she bought to the car.
I alone would do the loading and offloading. I work for her from 6 am to 10 pm.

"I was the one who brought the job. I told Raymond to kidnap my madam and I revealed to him that her husband has a lot of money but both of them are very stingy. Any time I begged them for money, they refused, even when I had pressing problems.

"To show you how heartless they are, the woman travelled abroad one time and the husband drove
me away from the house. He told me to go and do something to
help myself since his wife had travelled abroad and would stay for more than one month.
He said I would not be paid anything for the period she would not be around.

I had to find my way to keep body and soul together.
That led me to go to the place where I started driving caterpillar.

"Although I was paid N30,000 monthly for driving caterpillar, the pains my body experienced are worrying me till today. There was no way the woman cared to help me as her private driver. She does not even pick my calls whenever I call her for financial assistance, knowing full well that her husband has a lot of money.

"On that fateful day, Ahmed called the woman on the phone and said there was
a job he wanted to give her, which would yield millions of naira.
When she came, Ahmed told her to wait for the men who would give
her the job. When the men arrived, they turned out to be kidnappers who
held her and forced her to follow them to Ebowo area, a
community in Ogun State.

"Ahmed later called the husband with the woman’s phone. The husband brought two point something million naira. We later released the woman and shared the ransom. I got N300,000, Rasheed Ramoni got N400,000, Ahmed Salau got N300,000. I lent them N40,000 earlier for mobilisation, which they refunded.

"It was along Ijebu-Ode Road that they dropped the money for us to
pick. The second kidnapping job was brought by Wahab.
He is a private driver to a woman. It was the same system we used because it was the same gang that did
the job. Knowing that the victim deals in cakes and meat pie,
Ahmed called her and told her that there was work for her.

"When she came, all of us came out and Ramon showed her a gun and told her to comply with our instructions. It was Olalekan who took over the woman’s steering and we drove to Ibowo side and dumped the woman in a bush.

"We spread a mat for her after clearing the bush to make the place neat.
She refused to eat the delicious food we bought for her, thinking that we wanted to drug her.

"When Ahmed contacted her husband on the phone that night, he said he would call us in the morning. After two hours, we suspected that keeping his response till morning might be a ploy to contact the police to arrest us despite the warning issued to him not to contact the police if he wanted to see his wife alive. In order to avoid any surprise attack from the police, we decided to relocate to a place unknown to her husband.

"As we started to move out of the place, the vigilance men on duty saw us and suspected us.
When they asked us to identify ourselves, the woman shouted: "They are kidnappers! Save me! They have a gun! As she was shouting, the vigilance men locked the tube and tyre, making the car to be motionless. Before we knew it, three of my members had dashed into the bush and disappeared. Those of us who could not escape were arrested and handed over to the police in Epe and later to Akodo Police Station before we were later transferred to SARS. SARS operatives later arrested Olalekan.

"It was by the grace of God that I survived the beatings from
vigilance men. I did not know that I would survive because they beat
Ramon and I like antelopes who had missed their way. They
used iron and hard wood to hit us all over the body, not minding
whether we would die or not. We were bleeding profusely before they handed us over to the police."

The third suspect, Olalekan Apena (27), said it was only one operation that he participated in. Said he: "We were six in number.
When the woman shouted that we were kidnappers, I knew that the vigilance
men would come after us and could slaughter all
of us if we allowed them to capture us. As she was shouting, I jumped out
of the car into the bush and ran for my dear life.

"Unfortunately, my colleagues who were arrested were handed over to SARS. I became afraid and did not know where to run to. I was arrested in my house after I had spent three days at Awoyaya".

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#2 Herbert 16-07-2017 06:18
The Edo State authorities, in collaboration with Siemens AG,
has deliberate to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity.

This, in accordance with it, would complement the anticipated energy from Azura, Osiomon and
UNIBEN energy plants within the state.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who spoke at a stakeholders’ discussion board
aimed toward figuring out the challenges in the facility
sector of the nation and proffering options to
them, tasked the stakeholders to supply solutions to
how the state may keep away from the restrictions of the previous and
study from the experiences of different states and energy builders, particularly in the realm of entry
to enough gasoline provide.

He additionally urged them to determine the challenges and options of income restoration to traders
and builders, discover how the state might interact
the federal businesses in growing Impartial Energy Tasks (IPPs) for
the state, and to additionally spotlight probably the
most optimum financing choices accessible to stakeholders.

Additionally, the governor restated his dedication to guaranteeing that the state generates a quarter of
the country’s energy provide, particularly given the strategic geographical location and place of
the state within the transmission community
and provide of gasoline assets.

Nevertheless, Siemens AG’s Head of Operations in Edo State, Onyeche Tiffase, mentioned that the discussion board was pursuant to a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Siemens and the
institution of a joint growth committee to generate 1,000 megawatts
of electricity over the subsequent 4 years to complement ongoing investments in the ability sector in Edo State.

However Managing Director of Benin Distribution Firm (BEDC),
Mrs. Funke Osibodu, mentioned that out of Nigeria’s
energy provide alternating between three,000mw and three,700mw,
roughly 9 per cent of that was equipped to Edo State.

She, nonetheless, famous that the state wanted a provide of not less than 500mw, however that it additionally had the capability to
distribute 1,800mw as a result of the required services to perform that,
together with transformers, have been already in place.

In one other improvement, the Edo State authorities has referred to
as on communities to strengthen their vigilance teams to complement the efforts of safety businesses to curb the menace of killer-herdsmen and kidnappers.

The Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, said this whereas addressing elders and folks of the
agrarian group in Elele-Uzairue in Etsako West Native Council over the brutal homicide of
a pregnant lady and mom of seven, Mrs. Magdalene Wilson Tunner, by armed
males suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

He additionally stated the federal government had resolved to
crush any particular person or group of individuals that poses menace
to undermine its agricultural revolution coverage.

The deputy governor mentioned no stone could be left unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of the
dastardly act, including that the neighborhood must be at alert and be cautious of individuals they keep as associates.
He urged them to not hesitate to report any unusual particular person of their
midst to legislation enforcement businesses.

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#1 Christoper 15-07-2017 08:25
However his willpower to create wealth and generate income for authorities, via agriculture
is yielding fruit.One issue that has assisted the state in boosting the
agric sector is the truth that majority of Osun persons are farmers, coupled with
considerable arable land to domesticate meals and money crops.
Agro-allied industries and different alternatives in the realm
of meals processing have since been thriving.

With a imaginative and prescient to make the state the meals basket of the area, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed to The Guardian that it has to this point achieved the eight main issues
within the imaginative and prescient he laid out six years in the past when he took the mantle of management on November 27, 2010.

The eight areas embody; exporting of over 50,000 tonnes of cocoa
yearly; creating over sixteen,000 jobs for indigenes; development
of over 700km rural roads to scale back value of transportation and improve entry to markets; development of
over 30 bridges, with entry given to areas reduce-off from civilisation; over
N2.8b mortgage given to farmers; over eleven,000 farmers supported with direct money transfers; 5,000 farmers’ co-operatives registered; and authorities intervention to over 71,000 farmers.

Presently, the state has commenced funding partnership with Ag Vest Greenhouse on Industrial
Horticultural Tasks, in the realm of producing tomatoes, pepper and candy
melon below greenhouse circumstances in industrial amount.

The governor, his deputy, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori,
and different members of his group lately visited considered one of the foremost rice farms collaborating with the state authorities to supply Ofada Osun Rice.

If the partnership matures, it is predicted to interrupt the country’s
reliance on imported rice, generate extra revenue for the state and in addition create job alternatives,
as individuals from each a part of the nation could be coming into the state to transact enterprise in rice worth chain.

The Guardian’s go to to one of many farms in Songbe borders, close to Ogbagba in Iwo space
of the state, attested to the drive. Although the
rice has simply been harvested, the plan is to domesticate 450 hectares
primarily for rice in the subsequent three weeks, for the brand new planting season.

The Guardian learnt that the transfer is a part of the holistic agricultural coverage of the state,
which has positioned it on the inexperienced map of the Southwest inside the area
of six years; making it one in every of the most important suppliers of agricultural
produce to markets in Lagos and different Southwestern states.

Government Chairman of ajogbe group, Bosoye Olalere, who's partnering the state,
mentioned the goal for the brand new planting season is
to do lots greater than final 12 months, noting that further
land has been acquired to realize the dream.

Whereas disclosing that youth, below the state fashionable agriculture methods can be built-in into
the system, the place they could be given acres of
land to domesticate and handle, he added that 35 staff are on the pay roll of the farm, noting that throughout harvest
advert-hoc employees can be employed, as one other means of making employment.

"The concept of the farm is to run an built-in farming system. There's a plan to construct the processing plant, which is the second section of the challenge for processing of rice paddy."

Lately, the governor led a delegation to Germany in search of recent insights on fashionable agriculture.
Germany has up to now 4 years skilled over forty younger folks from
the state in trendy agriculture strategies corresponding to ‘40days
Goat Fattening’, amongst others.

This initiative, which varieties a part of the state government’s insurance policies on agriculture is positioned at Oloba Farm Settlement, Iwo,
the place 1,500 hectares of land has been acquired, and a 78
hectares cattle ranch established for the fattening of cattle and
goats.O-Beef, because the programme is known as, would
see the state dominate the provision of beef to bigger markets
in Oyo, Lagos and different elements of the southwest.
The ranch has the capability to provide 10,000 cattle.

Owned by the state, however managed by Mr. Sola Omidiran, who took over the
place, a 12 months in the past, the main focus of the cattle hub is
to make it a spot the place individuals can purchase cattle with
out going outdoors the area.

Apart the forty youths who educated in Germany, one other set of two,806 Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) cadets, had been additionally skilled in trendy agriculture practices on the OREAP Youth Academy, Odua farmers Academy,
and Leventis basis.

Omidiran disclosed that 5 of the youths despatched to Germany have been despatched
to the farm to practicalise what they learnt and to additionally garner extra expertise in breeding animals,
including that by means of the GEMS four venture,
the state will even practice 2,000 farmers,
to increase the scope of the farm to assist them rear
extra animals.

The Guardian learnt that different trainees who
arrived from German in 2016 are additionally breeding pigs,
utilizing trendy methods at Leventis basis fattening centre, Ilesa.

As well as, the state authorities has secured 2,000 hectares of land for an additional cattle ranch in Ede and Ejigbo native authorities areas.
N40m mortgage assist was additionally granted to registered pig farmers’ cooperative
society to spice up their manufacturing.

The Germany skilled farmers mentioned the primary batch of
fattened goats could be prepared on the market in varied markets throughout the southwest.One of many governor’s aides, Kikiowo Ileowo
instructed The Guardian that the state has established a Commodity Buy Scheme together with Unicapital Restricted for maize and soyabean; established agro enter distribution scheme with Unicapital restricted on the operation of farmers enter provide and companies firm (FISCO); and in addition executed
over 1,200 subprojects together with boreholes, entry roads, mini dams, abattoir, poultry pens, pig
farms, agro-processing, agro-forestry had been executed in seventy two communities with 15,000 individuals, via
the FADAMA three venture, as direct beneficiaries.

"Under this administration, Osun forestry reserve has grown to ninety,000ha; Sixty five farm enter distribution centres established to ease entry throughout the state; 5000 tonnes of fertilisers bought to farmers at 50 per cent subsidised fee; and over 10,589Ha of land sourced for agricultural land financial institution. Extra 5,000 new farmers’ cooperatives have been registered; Eleven,500 farmers have been financially supported, by means of which sixteen,000 new jobs have been created. Over N2, 601,669,532 have been given to farmers as loans."

He disclosed that over 33,200ha of land was allotted to 950 farmers throughout the state;
development of one hundred twenty cribs; two business
and 6 smallholder feedlots; new vet clinic in Ejigbo and eight-room (Vet centre) kennel in Osogbo; and centralised fashionable abattoirs at Iwo, Osogbo, Ilesa and Ile-Ife, to help varied group of farmers.

"We acquired 10 units of cassava processing tools; 10 units of cassava chipping machines; three units of yam flour processing gear; 4 units of multi-grain threshing tools and 20 rice harvesting tools had been equally offered to farmers. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Worldwide Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for the institution of a demonstration farm (204.39 Ha) at In the past Owu Farm Settlement for coaching on greatest farming practices.

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