Ondo Youths Protest, Demand Stiffer Punishment For Rape

Youths in Ondo State protest against the rise in rape cases across the country in Akure on June 5, 2020.

 

 

A group of youths on Friday stormed the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital in protest against the recent rise in cases of rape in the country.

The youths who were dressed in black and carrying placards with various inscriptions called for justice and stiffer punishment for rapists.

Some of the inscriptions on their placards read: ‘no justification for rape’, ‘real men don’t rape’, ‘no to female brutalisation,’ and ‘end violence against women’.

This followed a series of reports of rape and defilement of minors in the last few weeks in parts of the country.

One of the protesters who spoke with Channels Television, Tolulope Akinfiresoye, decried the increase in the rate at which such crimes were committed.

She appealed to the government at various levels to take the issue of rape seriously by ensuring offenders do not escape justice, to serve as a deterrent to other offenders.

Akinfiresoye, however, called on girls and women to always dress properly to prevent them from getting attracted to rapists.

 

Another protester, Ayanfe Adeyemi, called for the creation of awareness on the dangers and consequences of rape in the society.

He insisted that indecent dressing by some ladies was not an excuse to be raped as people should learn to control their sexual desire.

On his part, Joshua Ogunmola was of the opinion that anyone found to have committed rape should be castrated, saying this would definitely put an end to the heinous act in the society.

Ondo FRSC Intercepts Truck Conveying 13 Youths

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.
The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of ‘northern extraction’ was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

 

The Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday said it intercepted a truck conveying no fewer than 13 people of “northern extraction”.

The visitors were hidden in the midst of goods in a truck, entering Akure, the state capital before they were intercepted at FUTA junction, the FRSC said.

This information was contained in a statement made available to Channels Television by the Head of Operation, FRSC in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, and signed by the state Sector Commander, Mr Rotimi Adeleye.

In the statement, Adeleye explained that the patrol team of the command, who promptly responded to the call of a sensitive member of the public, intercepted the vehicle at South gate junction of the Federal University of Technology, Akure on Saturday.

The statement reads in part: “Today Saturday, our patrol team intercepted a truck conveying about 13 male youth from outside the state into Akure the capital of Ondo state.”

According to the statement, “The driver of the vehicle claimed to have picked the boys suspected to be of Northern extract on his way from Ibadan, Oyo State.”

It also noted that “the Nigeria Police and Ondo state COVID-19 monitoring team were invited and the boys were handed over to them.”

“The Nigeria Police and state task force on COVID-19 promised to lead them out of the state accordingly.”

Few days ago, the Ondo state task force on COVID-19 apprehended about 20 people, including men, women and children coming all the way from Sokoto State in Akure.

 

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The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

Akure Explosion: Akeredolu Visits Scene, Explains Cause

The explosion reportedly occurred around 1 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
The explosion reportedly occurred around 1 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Photo: Ondo State Government

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on Saturday visited the scene of an explosion that rocked a suburb of Akure, the state capital.

Residents of Iluabo were shocked by an explosion that occurred in the area at about 1 am on Saturday.

The explosion made a large excavation on the road and the impact was felt kilometres away from the scene. Residents trooped towards the scene.

According to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, the explosive belonged to a construction company based in Edo state.

The Governor confirmed the commissioner’s explanation, adding that the convoy had been transporting the explosives to “a storage facility in a neighboring state.”

While en-route, “security personnel and other individuals transporting the ordinances noticed smoke from the vehicle,” the Governor added.

“After several attempts to extinguish the resulting fire failed, the vehicle and its consignment ignited causing a massive explosion that was felt in Akure and its environs.”

 

Akeredolu noted that efforts are still being made to ascertain if there are casualties.

“Following my visit to the scene, I have directed that the area be cordoned off to allow the explosive ordinance department/bomb squad to extricate the vehicle buried underground because it is unclear if there are still explosives that are yet to be detonated.

“Everything is under control and I will be updating the public on any new developments.”

Family, Prophet Trade Blame Over Disappearance Of Minor From Ondo Church

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The family of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, has accused the general overseer of a Christian worship centre in Akure of negligence following the disappeared of their son.

Gold was declared missing on November 10, during the service at the children’s section of Sotitobire Praying Ministry in the Ondo State capital.

The boy’s mother, Modupe, narrated how the incident happened to Channels Television, as well as efforts made so far to find and bring him back home.

She explained that on that fateful day, she took him to the children’s section of the church where over 100 other kids were being taken care of.

On her return to the section, Modupe lamented that she found out that her son had disappeared.

She added that none of the 14 members of the church at the section could explain his whereabouts.

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The baby’s mother said this was the beginning of their trouble as the entire family has been in serious confusion, searching for little Gold.

She noted that the matter has been reported to the police who she said have swung into action to ensure the boy was found.

Modupe, however, accused the leadership of the church of negligence and not helping out in searching for her son.

On his part, Gold’s father, Temitope, told Channels Television he was attacked and beaten by thugs along with his wife when they went to the church to plead with the pastor to assist in the matter.

He denied the claims that he abducted his own son and demanded N10 million as ransom from the pastor of the church.

After persistent calls and messages, the prophet, Babatunde Samuel, narrated his side of the story to Channels Television.

Samuel, who chose the title ‘Alfa’ for himself, accused the parents of gold of not cooperating with him to find their missing child.

Rather, he alleged that the boy’s father and mother have been going about to destroy his reputation.

The prophet also claimed that Temitope mobilised thugs with dangerous weapons to attack him in the church.

He, therefore, appealed to the police to investigate the circumstances that led to the disappearance of Gold and bring anyone found culpable to justice.

The Commissioner of Police in Ondo, Undie Adie, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said the allegation by the parent of the missing child that the pastor was harassing them with the police was untrue.

Adie disclosed that the police were already investigating the incident and have been inviting some people for interrogation.

He gave assurance that the boy would be found and appealing to residents to help the police with relevant information relating to the incident.

Fire Guts Property Worth Millions Of Naira In Ondo

 

Property worth millions of naira have been destroyed by an inferno which occurred at a residential building in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

According to residents of the apartment, the inferno, which was noticed at about 9:30 pm was caused by an electric spark from a room in which the occupant had left his generator on, locked the door and went out.

It was the landlord of the building next to it that was said to have alerted the residents of the inferno.

Subsequently, the door of the room was forced open but before the fire could be put out, it had spread to other rooms and burnt all the property of the occupants.
The victim was also said to have lost a sum of N250,000 to the incident.

PHOTOS: Three Dead, Two Injured In Ondo Road Accident

A photo from the scene of the accident in Akure, Ondo State.

 

 

Three people have been confirmed dead and two others in critical condition at a hospital after an early morning road accident in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The accident which occurred on Friday involved a Lexus car said to be on top speed and carrying five passengers.

The vehicle lost control and collided with a stationary truck along Oyemekun road in Akure city, sources told Channels Television.

Officials of the Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) arrived early at the scene of the accident to evacuate the victims and the car.

The Corps Commander, Rotimi Adeleye, who confirmed the casualty figure to Channels Television, explained that the command was alerted of the accident at about 5AM.

He said investigations revealed that the vehicle was on top speed and the occupants were drunk.

According to Adeleye, three passengers including the driver died on the spot while and the other two occupants were in critical condition.

He, therefore, appealed to motorists and other road users to always exercise caution on the road.

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UPDATED: One Killed, Two Injured In Ondo Bank Robbery

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo

 

Armed men believed to be robbers have attacked a commercial bank in Ondo State, south-west Nigeria.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

The bank, according to him, is located at Iju in Akure North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Contrary to the conflicting reports on the number of casualties, Mr Joseph said one of the staff members of the bank was shot dead.

He added that two others were injured during the attack and have been taken to a hospital for treatment.

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The Command’s spokesman also said operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad quickly moved to the scene and engaged the robbers in a gun duel.

He noted that this forced the attackers to flee, saying they escaped through a nearby bush.

The robbers were said to have abandoned the two vehicles they used to convey themselves for the operation.

Mr Joseph, however, informed stated that it has not been ascertained if the robbers succeeded in carting away money from the bank.

According to him, normalcy has since returned to the area and security has been beefed up.

The Police Public Relations Officer also said the Command has sent operatives after the suspects with a view to bringing them to justice.

Bus Driver Kidnapped In Ondo

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo

 

A bus driver has been kidnapped along Ikere/Akure Road in Ondo State.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Undie Adie, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via telephone on Wednesday.

He said contrary to news making the rounds on some social media platforms that 10 passengers were kidnapped from the 18-seater bus conveying passengers from Ikere-Ekiti to Akure, only the driver was kidnapped on Tuesday.

The vehicle was said to have been blocked by suspected hoodlums at about 4:00 am at a spot close to the NYSC camp in Ita-Ogbolu, after which the driver was whisked away.

According to the CP, men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad (SAKS) of the Command have since started combing the nearby bushes in order to rescue the victim and also arrest the hoodlums.

Fire Destroys Shops, Property In Akure

 

A midnight inferno has destroyed several shops at a shopping complex located beside the palace of the traditional ruler of Akure in the Ondo State capital.

The fire was said to have started at about 1:00 am on Thursday and the cause of the inferno has yet to be ascertained.

Scores of shops were razed while property, including computers, photocopying machines, typewriters, printers, bindings machines and other valuables were destroyed.

Some of the victims and sympathisers told Channels Television that officials of the Ondo State Fire Service said they do not have water to quench the fire when contacted.

They further called on the government to come to their aid as their sources of livelihood have been totally consumed by the inferno.

See pictures of the aftermath of the fire incident below;

Rising Stars Of Akure To Recruit New Players

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Rising Stars Football Club of Akure says it will hold trials on Monday to recruit players below the age of 19 for the club.

The Manager of the team, Seun Betiku, gave the hint during a press conference on Saturday in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

According to him, the emphasis on players at the U-19 level was to ensure that talents were discovered and nurtured in their prime.

Betiku, however, noted that the trial was for young footballers residing in the state.

“The team is being refocused to discover talents, sell to Europe and promote to the main team, Sunshine Stars.

“This is also a way to generate IGR for the state from the sale of players to clubs outside the country,” he said.

Betiku informed that the club’s decision followed the disbandment of the players who represented the club in the last season’s Nationwide League One (NLO).

“The players we will be needing amongst our old players will be re-invited to the team in due course,” he said.

Ondo Govt. Promises To Provide Conducive Environment For Public Schools

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The Secretary of Ondo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Dr. Mrs Arinola Akinsete has said that various challenges facing the public secondary schools in Ondo state would be taken care of as soon as possible by the state government.

She hinted this while addressing some Education Managers and Teachers during an inspection tour to the public secondary schools where the West African School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) are ongoing.

In a statement issued to newsmen by the Head of Press and Public Relations Unit of the Commission, Mr Goodluck Akinyomi, the Commission’s Secretary stated that one of the priorities of Governor Akeredolu’s led administration in the State is to create enabling environment for standard and uninterrupted teaching and learning process in the public secondary schools.

Akinsete who further stressed that the state government would not cease in committing a handsome amount for the development of the Secondary Education, reiterated the need for regular inspections and monitoring of schools so as to regularly and adequately keep teachers on their toes to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.

She expressed her satisfaction over the good conducts, comportment and arrangement of the students in all the examination centres visited.

The Secretary advised school Principals to always consult with relevant stakeholders for them to assist in developing the schools as government could not do it all alone.

The Principal, Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, Mrs Taye Bola, assured the government of better service delivery, especially now that teachers’ salaries are regular.

Schools visited during the inspection exercise include: Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, Uso Grammar School, Uso, Imade College, Owo, St. Catherine Girls High School, Owo, Victory College, Ikare- Akoko, Mount. Carmel Secondary School, Ikare – Akoko among others.