A statement released by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command, states that the suspects, Tajudeen Bankole and Fawoyi Rotimi, were arrested following a distress call received from one Ibikunle Idowu that the two men came to his hotel, presented themselves as police officers and demanded for an unspecified amount of money from him. He stated further that the two men were threatening to bundle him into their car should he refuse to meet their demands.
Upon the distress call, the Dpo Ibogun division csp Samuel Oladele mobilized his men and moved to the scene where they met the two men and got them arrested.
On interrogation, one of them confessed to being a dismissed policeman while the other one used to be an informant. They confessed further that they were passing through the area when they discovered that they don’t have much fuel in their car and they decided to extort the owner of the hotel in order to get money to fuel the car.
Recovered from them are two forged police warrant cards.
In a related development, operatives of SWAT in Ogun state have apprehended one Oduola Abiola for impersonating to be a civil Defense officer. The 31 year old was arrested when a stolen phone was traced to him at Ibara area of Abeokuta. He was arrested with a complete civil defense uniform which he claimed to have stolen from a civil defense officer.
A California couple has been fined for digging up and burying dozens of protected Joshua trees to make room for a home they were building, officials said.
Jeffrey Walter and Jonetta Nordberg-Walter, residents of San Bernardino County, have been ordered to pay $18,000 as part of a diversion agreement — the terms they must fulfill in order to have the 36 misdemeanor counts — one for each uprooted tree — against them dismissed.
The couple has opted not to have attorneys in the case, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Douglas Poston told the media.
The media was not able to find contact information for the pair. Poston told the Los Angeles Times that the couple mistakenly believed small trees could be removed.
Poston has worked in San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Consumer Environmental Protection unit for about a decade, and although he’s dealt with cases concerning threatened or endangered wildlife, this is his first prosecution for an offense like this involving trees, he said.
It is “illegal to disturb, move, replant, remove or kill” Western Joshua trees, which are a candidate for species under California’s Endangered Species Act, according to California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. The spiky desert icons, part of the agave family, are native to the Mojave Desert, can grow up to 40 feet high and can live for 150 years on average.
The wildlife department was tipped off to the illegal uprooting by a neighbor who called in February to alert the agency’s tip line, according to Poston and a joint news release from the prosecutor’s office and the wildlife department.
The couple was gone by the time a responding wildlife officer arrived, but he found “what was clearly a freshly dug and refilled hole,” the department said. Using a backhoe, the officer was able to dig up the buried trees, the department said.
The property, which is about an acre in size, is about 5 miles from Joshua Tree National Park, according to Poston.
The couple can move forward with construction of a house on the property, though many protected trees remain, Poston said. As part of the diversion agreement, they will also volunteer at the national park, Poston said.
The married couple was cooperative in the investigation, though they were initially reluctant to admit fault or responsibility, Poston said.
“Most California citizens who reside in Joshua Tree habitat revere these iconic desert species, more so now than ever because of its degraded population status,” said Nathaniel Arnold, deputy chief of the state wildlife department’s law enforcement division.
“We’re pleased to see the citizen tip led to a successful disposition and we hope it serves as a deterrent to others who may think it is acceptable to unlawfully remove Joshua Trees to make way for development,” the release states.
The landowners originally faced a fine up to $4,100 and/or up to six months in jail for each count.
The pair is slated to return to court in December. If they do not comply with all terms of the diversion agreement, the San Bernardino County District Attorney plans to proceed with prosecution, the news release states.
If you kill a Joshua Tree and if the evidence is there we will prosecute. It’s a crime. You don’t have to like the law, but it’s the law and we take it very seriously,” Poston said.
The Pasadena Police Department is looking into an allegation of assault involving Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, a spokesman with the department told the media on Tuesday.
“It is an active investigation,” said Lt. Bill Grisafe.
The attorney for the accuser, Marc Garelick, said in a statement that his client, whom he refers to as “Ms. Hill,” has “sought and obtained an order for Protection from the Court against Mr. Trevor Bauer, under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.”
“The order is a result of a recent assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer where Ms. Hill suffered severe physical and emotional pain,” Garelick said. “Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible.”
Bauer denies the allegations, according to a statement from his agent, Jon Fetterolf.
“Mr. Bauer had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by Ms. Hill beginning in April 2021,” Fetterolf said. “We have messages that show Ms. Hill repeatedly asking for ‘rough’ sexual encounters involving requests to be ‘choked out’ and slapped in the face. In both of their encounters, Ms. Hill drove from San Diego to Mr. Bauer’s residence in Pasadena, Calif. where she went on to dictate what she wanted from him sexually and he did what was asked. Following each of her only two meetings with Mr. Bauer, Ms. Hill spent the night and left without incident, continuing to message Mr. Bauer with friendly and flirtatious banter. In the days following their second and final encounter, Ms. Hill shared photos of herself and indicated that she had sought medical care for a concussion. Mr. Bauer responded with concern and confusion, and Ms. Hill was neither angry nor accusatory.
“Mr. Bauer and Ms. Hill have not corresponded in over a month and have not seen each other in over six weeks. Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications. Any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
MLB is aware of the investigation and looking into the allegation.
“The Dodgers were made aware of the allegations against Trevor Bauer late this afternoon and immediately contacted Major League Baseball, which will be handling this matter,” the team said in a statement. “The Dodgers take any allegations of this nature very seriously, but will have no further comment at this time.”
Bauer, 30, is the reigning National League Cy Young award winner.
A 10-year veteran of Major League Baseball, he pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds before joining the Dodgers in 2021.
Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be set to make a decision on his future after his Portugal side were eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16.
The 36-year-old Portuguese striker came under scrutiny last season after his club almost missed out on Champions League qualification. But that didn’t stop CR7 from topping the Serie A goalscoring charts with 29 goals in 33 appearances, as well as helping his team win both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.
With the Italian club waiting for him to make a decision on his future, both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are interested in his signature.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, an Igbo sociocultural association, has appealed to the Federal government to handle the rearrested leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, carefully as his death at a time like this could lead to the destabilization of the country.
Kanu was arrested on Sunday, June 27, and arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja today June 29.
Ohaneze Ndigbo in a statement released by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, its Secretary-General, said Kanu’s refusal to listen to Igbo leaders’ advice led him to his present predicament. The group advised the Nigerian government to handle the IPOB leader’s case carefully in order to prevent violent revolts from his followers.
“Nnamdi Kanu’s refusal to adhere to the advice of Igbo leaders, elders, and political leaders is the outcome of what had befallen him, he made a lot of enemies especially those that would have saved him and Federal Government will never lose grip on him again.
We don’t think that any Igbo leader will stick out his/her neck for him, his re-arrest will eventually bring peace and stability to the region and averted another civil war that was raging on.
Federal government should handle the situation carefully because his large followers of IPOB wouldn’t resort to violent revolts, his trial should be strictly based on the laws of the land, they shouldn’t kill him because it will destabilise the entire country.”
Tonto Dikeh and her new man, Prince Kpokpogri, looked so in love at his birthday party which took place over the weekend. Prince turned a year older over the weekend and a birthday celebration was held in his honor.
One of the high points of the day was when Tonto presented her man with the keys to an expensive gift. She got so emotional when he received it and gave her a kiss.