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Son in law threatens mother in law over custody of defiled kids



Unending controversy over alleged defilement of two minors as the father in the center of the storm also allegedly disappears with the kids in contempt of court. The NGIJ team of OLUWASEGUN ABIFARIN and OLAWALE ABIDEEN write

Since Monday 3 June 2019, Queen Elizabeth Iluyomade, a widow, has been crying and praying to wake up from her nightmare. A call she received on her phone that evening shattered her peace as the caller broke the news of an ‘okada’ accident in Ile Zik, near Ikeja, that took the life of her first daughter Modupe, married to Oluwaseun Olomo, 41, residing on 3, Banire Close, Egbeda, Lagos.

She rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, but the deed had been done. Modupe is dead. Mrs. Iluyomade wailed; cried bitterly. Then the nightmare began.

Modupe’s death had led to a lot of controversy, suspicion and intrigues before it eventually culminated in a case before Magistrate B.O Osunsanmi of Ikeja Magistrate District, Ogba, Lagos.

Immediately after the burial, Iluyomade, Olomo’s mother-in-law contended that the children (Fiyinfoluwa, 5 and Folakemi, 2) had to reside with her after the death of their mother to stave off the post-death emotional trauma.

After few days with her, she started noticing a strange bowel movement and behavior patterns of the children and decided to carry out medical examination on July 5, 2019 at the General Hospital, Isolo.

While this was on, the “war over the custody of the children” began.

“My opinion was that since Olomo, my son-in-law is an Uber driver, who will not be available to take care of the children, it will be proper to have custody of the children for now,” she said.

Olomo refused and instead allegedly brought members of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, to threaten his mother-in-law, and also petition the Police in Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos.

While the dispute was spiraling, Iluyomade approached the Lagos State Office of Public Defender, OPD, concerning the health of the children, from where she was referred to the Mirabel Center at the Lagos State College of Medicine, LASUTH, Ikeja.

The Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice was established on July 24, 2000 to provide qualitative legal aid through free representation in court and legal advice to promote respect for rights and freedoms, the law and constitution and to ensure that all persons resident in Lagos State irrespective of means, sex, tribe or religion have access to justice.

Several tests conducted at Mirabel Center later revealed that the two year old Folakemi had been penetrated severally and serially from her vagina and anus.

It was also discovered that the five year old boy, Fiyinfoluwa had been penetrated through his anus.

According the report signed by Dr. Jideuche Onyememnam “and his team” on 7 August, 2019, it was discovered that two-year old Folakemi had an “apparently nominal female extended genital and there was “a generalized hyperemia of genital mycoses” and “bruises on either sides of vestibule is seen”

According to the report, “the hymen is obliterated with rough centered edges and there is easy visualization of the distal, posterior of the virginal canal.”

Dr. Onyememnam concluded the report that “the genital findings are in keeping with frequent blunt penetration/trauma to the vaginal.”

Also, “the anal finding is in keeping with trauma to this region.”

In his interview, Onyememnam found out that the father was “described as being too eager for the clients to return to his house with him.”

After the test, Iluyomade said an alarmed team advised her to go and bring the other child for examination too.

The result of Fiyinfoluwa, examined by Dr. Alagbe Oyedeji, on 14 August, 2019, was not less tragic. The team found out that there was a “reduced anal sphmiriteric bone which revealed healed anal bruises globally.”

Oyedeji concluded that the “anal examination findings on client are consistent with repeated forceful, blunt penetration into his anus.”

Armed with the medical report and the video evidence where the boy allegedly confessed that the act was done by their father, the OPD referred the matter to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command since according to them, “the matter has morphed into a criminal offence in which Olomo, the father of the children is a prime suspect.”

The confession and the suspicion, according to Iluyomade were reinforced by the fact that the kids live with their parents only; there was no house help; the mother will leave early for work and the kids will be left with the father who is at home.

The case, Iluyomade alleged was subjected to a lot of manipulation at the Gender Unit before the Muazu Zubairu, Lagos Commissioner of Police at that time, who ordered the IPO at the Gender Unit, Olakunle Orebe to file “an Action right away”.

Eventually, Iluyomade maintained that when the application for Remand Order was heard, Magistrate Osunsanmi granted the suspect bail, according to her, because “there was no sufficient evidence before her to link the suspect to the crime.”

The Magistrate, also held that the statement for the arrangement of the children filed by the Respondent (Olomo) is more credible and acceptable to the court that filed by the Applicant (Iluyomade).

It also held that the independent investigative report from the Social Work department showed that the Respondent is a responsible man.

Maigstrate Osunsanmi therefore ruled that Olomo be granted the custody of the children while Iluyomade was granted access and visitation right once a month.

The judgment has however sparked fresh controversy as Mrs. Iluyomade is suspecting a lot of foul play and therefore crying for justice.

According to her, “upon inquiries made after the day’s proceedings, I discovered that the IPO Orebe, had altered evidence in his affidavit in support of the remand application, giving evidence contrary to the true facts he told the commissioner of Police. Furthermore, he did not bring the video evidence to the attention of the Honourable court, all which have fuelled my suspicion that the IPO is bent on perverting justice in this case.”

Specifically, Iluyomade petitioned the Lagos Ministry of Justice “to take over and investigate the case involving the defilement, sodomy and abuse of the two minors

She also want the Ministry to “investigate the very suspicious and unclear circumstances of the death of my daughter on the 3 June, 2019 with a view to unravelling the truth.”

Iluyomade also wrote to the Inspector General of Police to investigate the threat to her life by one Benedict Olomo, a Superintendent of Police and DPO of Ilasan Police Station.

According to her, on the 19 August 2019, whey the parties were invited to write their statements at the Lagos Police command, Benedict “suddenly emerged and threatened that he is going to kill me for smearing his family name in the mud…and that he has the power and the means to do that.”

Since then, Iluyomade said he has been receiving “strange calls repeatedly.”

Severally months after her petition and several trips to the Ministry, nothing has been done concerning her case.

But Kayode Oyekanmi, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice explained that the Ministry must have “done something behind the scene, and advised Mrs. Iluyomade to go back to the OPD for further action.

On the allegation against the police, the Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkanah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, explained a case in court has gone beyond the police.

He added the Iluyomade’s petition against the infraction by Olakunle Orebe and the threat to life by Benedict Olomo should have been addressed to the Lagos CP instead of the IG.

“If the petition had been directed to the CP, I could have been in a position to monitor the people involved in the investigation and give an answer. You said the man involved is a SP; who is a SP before a CP?” Elkanah said.

Frank Mba, the Force PRO in Abuja did not pick the calls made to him and did not respond to text messages sent to him.

All calls made to Orebe on 0816-397-4001 and his boss at the Gender Unit office, Mrs Williams on 0802-300-7799 last week were not answered.

Another twist is that two weeks ago, when Mrs. Iluyomade went to check the children as ordered by the court, Olomo has vacated his Egbeda address with the children without telling the court and Iluyomade in defiance of court order which granted her access to the children once a month.

She also alleged that all calls made to his known phone numbers did not go through last week.

A disillusioned Mrs. Iluyoade went back to the OPD last week to relay her predicament, wondering while the body did not appeal the judgment of the Magistrate in the first instance.

Mahmud Taiwo Hassan, OPD’s Head of Public Affairs advised the woman to come back to the center with all her documents for a possible fresh proceedings especially on what looked like a contempt of court.

A lawyer in the Center also counselled that the next moved would be to approach the court afresh.

With no concrete response from the OPD, she has approached her lawyer to file an appeal or a fresh charge of jumping bail against Olomo.

Meanwhile, Oluwaseun Olomo, the man at the center of the storm declined to speak to our correspondent last week and instead referred him to his lawyer, J. Fadesere Esq and Co who insisted that his client has not run foul of the law.

According to him, the judgment was that Iluyomade must got the clearance from the Care Officer at Agege Local Government, who will call Olomo before Iluyomade can access the kids.

Iluyomade however countered that the instruction of the Magistrate was that she should only report to the Care Officer if Olomo denied her access.

On the present abode of Olomo, Fadesere said “he could not divulge such information.”

Iluyomade added that she had been calling the Care Officer severally to report the infraction, but the calls were not picked.

Her trip to the Agege office yielded no fruit as the office was said to have gone on a seminar.

But Mrs. Grace Ketefe, Executive Director of the CeceYara Child Advocacy Centre that provides a child-friendly safe environment for children to disclose sexual abuse maintained that it is the culture of impunity that is fuelling the present growing cases of child molestation and defilement across the country.

She urged Iluyomade to go on appeal against the judgment at the magistrate court.

A distraught Iluyomade still believe she will get justice.

“I cannot lose my daughter in a very suspicious circumstances like that and now don’t even know the whereabouts of my grandchildren after the facts on ground. It is sad. This is pure wickedness and crass injustice. Nigerians should come to my aid,” the distraught woman said.

“My life and that of my family are under threat. My life and that of my children are not safe, Nigerians must come to my rescue,” Iluyomade added.

While she waits and hopes, the nightmare continues.



Plateau Govt Confirms 22 Dead, 132 hospitalised In Jos School Building Collapse




The Plateau State Government has confirmed 22 dead and 132 persons injured in the Jos collapsed school building.

Musa Ashoms, the Commissioner for Information, said six of the injured were in critical condition.

Ashoms said that those injured were receiving treatment in various tertiary health facilities in the state, while the bodies of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuaries.

NAN reports that a two-storey building of Saints Academy, a secondary and primary school located in Busa-Buji community of Jos North Local Area, had collapsed, trapping students, teachers and others.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 am on Friday when the students were writing their third term examination.

Meanwhile, Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has described the incident as a tragic and monumental loss to the state.

Mutfwang stated this in a statement issued by Mr Gyang Bere, his Director of Press and Public Affairs, on Friday in Jos.

The governor, who sympathised with the families of the affected victims, further described the incident as heartbreaking and unfortunate.

“This is tragic, unfortunate, heart-wrenching and a gloomy situation. We appreciate the timely intervention of the search-and-rescue team, as well as members of the public, who rushed to the school premises to assist in evacuating some of the surviving students and staff,” he said.


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Tinubu Renames National Theatre After Wole Soyinka




President Bola Tinubu has renamed the National Theatre in Lagos after Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

JomogNews reports that President Bola Tinubu has renamed the National Arts Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos, after Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.

This online news platform learnt that Tinubu announced this in a tribute he wrote to celebrate Soyinka in commemoration of his 90th birthday.

The tribute dated “Professor Wole Soyinka at 90: Tribute to a national treasure and global icon,” was personally signed by the President and made available to journalists on Friday.

Tinubu expressed his delight to join admirers around the world in celebrating Soyinka, adding that July 13 would be the climax of the series of local and international activities held in his honour.

Tinubu wrote, “Professor Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Literature Prize in 1986, deserves all the accolades as he marks the milestone of 90 years on earth. Having beaten prostate cancer, this milestone is a fitting testament to his ruggedness as a person and the significance of his work.

“It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us. I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.”

Tinubu stated that Nigeria not only celebrates Soyinka’s remarkable literary achievements, but also his unwavering dedication to the values of human dignity and justice.

“When he turned 80, I struggled to find words to encapsulate his achievements because they were simply too vast. Since then, he has added to his corpus with his series of Interventions, which have been published in many volumes.

“Professor Soyinka is a colossus, a true renaissance person blessed with innumerable talents. He is a playwright, actor, poet, human rights and political activist, composer, and singer.

“He is a giant best riding not just the literary world but our nation, Africa, and the world,” he averred.

According to the President, Soyinka is one Nigerian whose influence transcends the Nigerian space and who inspires people around the world, explaining that since his youth, he has been a vocal critic of oppression and injustice wherever it exists, from apartheid in South Africa to racism in the United States.

“Beginning from his 20s, he took personal risks for the sake of our nation. His courage was evident when he attempted to broker peace at the start of the civil war in 1967. Detained for two years for his bravery, he narrated his experience in his prison memoir, ‘The Man Died.’

“Despite deprivation and solitary confinement, his resolve to speak truth to power and fight for the marginalised was further strengthened.

“Our paths crossed during our struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election,” Tinubu stated.


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FG Reaches New Agreement With IOCs On Crude Supply To Dangote, Local Refineries




JomogNews Nigeria reports that the Federal Government and crude oil producers in Nigeria have committed to working towards a sustainable supply of crude oil to local refineries under a market-determined pricing system.

This Nigeria news platform understands that both parties said the commitment aimed to ensure that while the operators (crude oil producers) do business optimally, the refineries are not starved of feedstock.

Accordingly, the industry regulator, the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission has directed oil refiners in the country to provide monthly price quote on crude supply.

This came as the $20bn Dangote Petroleum Refinery is reportedly ramping up the importation of crude from the United States, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, Nigeria’s upstream regulator stated that oil producers under the umbrella of the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at a meeting called by NUPRC, agreed to concede to a framework that would be mutually beneficial with the aim of ensuring that local refineries are not strangulated due to off-the-curve prices.

“The focus of the meeting held at the instance of the Commission Chief Executive, Gbenga Komolafe, was on the status review of the Framework for Seamless Operationalisation of Domestic Crude Oil Supply Obligation Template.

“It was part of efforts to effectively implement key sections of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, especially the issue of pricing and crude supply to the domestic refineries,” the commission stated.

In the statement, Komolafe said President Bola Tinubu is fully committed to providing a level playing ground for producers and refiners to do business in the industry.

He expressed the need for a rule of engagement to ensure that the pricing model from the oil producers does not hinder the domestic refineries.

He directed producers and refiners to provide the NUPRC with cargo price quotes on crude supply and delivery for effective monitoring and regulation of transactions among parties. “We need to have the price quotes monthly,” he directed.

The NUPRC boss pointed out a convergence between the Domestic Crude Oil Supply Obligation and the nation’s energy security, indicating that his team is re-engineering its regulatory processes to address the challenges.

“We allow all our processes to be transparent. While the Federal Government targets the implementation of the regulation, all parties must submit to the rules of engagement as a guide for operation,” Komolafe stated.

He said NUPRC is committed to driving the willing buyer/willing seller provision.

“We have to discuss pricing, especially as parties have committed to respecting their domestic crude oil obligation. As the regulator, we don’t want the upstream sector to be operated sub-optimally through cost under-recovery.

“So, the regulator is very alive to that. In crude pricing we will never allow price strangulation to disincentivise our domestic refining capacity optimisation. The regulator does not support cost under-recovery in the upstream sector, and we will continue to work to ensure that crude supply profiteering as a negative factor that can strangulate our domestic refining capacity optimisation is disallowed,” Komolafe declared.

Dangote raises alarm

Last month, the Vice President of Oil and Gas at Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, had accused International Oil Companies in Nigeria of plans to frustrate the survival of the new Dangote Petroleum Refinery.

Edwin had said the IOCs were deliberately and willfully frustrating the refinery’s efforts to buy local crude by hiking the cost above the market price, thereby forcing the refinery to import crude from countries as far as the United States, with its attendant high costs.

“Recall that the NUPRC recently met with crude oil producers as well as refineries’ owners in Nigeria, in a bid to ensure full adherence to Domestic Crude Oil Supply Obligations as enunciated under section 109(2) of the Petroleum Industry Act. It seems that the IOCs’ objective is to ensure that our petroleum refinery fails. It is either they are deliberately asking for a ridiculous/humongous premium or they simply state that crude is not available.

“At some point, we paid $6 over and above the market price. This has forced us to reduce our output as well as import crude from countries as far as the US, increasing our cost of production. It appears that the objective of the IOCs is to ensure that Nigeria remains a country which exports crude oil and imports refined petroleum products.

“They (IOCs) are keen on exporting the raw materials to their home countries, creating employment and wealth for their countries, adding to their Gross Domestic Product, and dumping the expensive refined products into Nigeria – thus making us to be dependent on imported products. It is the same strategy the multinationals have been adopting in every commodity, making Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa to be facing unemployment and poverty, while they create wealth for themselves at our expense,” Edwin had stated.

But on Thursday NUPRC emphasised the imperative for appropriate pricing to drive willing buyer willing seller referencing guided Fiscal Oil Price published by the commission in line with the provisions of the PIA.

“NUPRC is committed to attracting the needed investments to boost upstream development and optimisation of our hydrocarbon resources just as we want sustainability of domestic energy supply in the midstream and downstream sector.”

Crude importation

Also on Thursday Bloomberg reported that Nigeria’s Dangote mega-refinery was ramping up the importation of crude oil from the United States, stating that the Lagos-based refinery had created a new flow of long-haul crude from the US, as inflows of American feedstock could be about to rise further.

The report stated that the Dangote mega-refinery was lapping up ever more US crude, bringing the barrels thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

It stated that Dangote bought more than 16 million barrels of West Texas Intermediate crude oil so far this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

In August and September, the proportion it will take from the US — as opposed to Nigerian barrels — may be set to rise, based on tenders for new supply seen by Bloomberg.


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