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

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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.

Court Sentences Falae’s Kidnappers To Life Imprisonment

Court Sentences Falae's Kidnappers To Life ImprisonmentAn Ondo State High Court has sentenced the seven persons accused of kidnapping a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae, to life imprisonment.

Mr Falae was kidnapped on September 21, 2015, at his farm in Ilado, a rural agrarian settlement near Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

He was later released by his captors after spending four days with them.

Speaking to reporters, the prosecution counsel, Mrs Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki, said that the prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence.

“Part of the ransom were found inside his (the first defendant) vehicle at Minna where he was tracked to. Also, some of them made confessional statements and there were other evidences that corroborated their statements,” Adeyemi-Tuki said.

The lead counsel to the accused, Abdulrahman Yusuf, however noted that his team would study the judgement to know the next step to take.

“We were able to knock out armed robbery and conspiracy, so they were left with kidnapping and the judgement for kidnapping is life imprisonment. They were convicted for kidnapping and thereby sentenced to life imprisonment, each of them,” he said.

Ondo Speaker, Deputy, Two Others Defect To APC

Ondo Speaker, Three Others Leave PDP For APCFour members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, including the newly elected Speaker have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers are: the new Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun; Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji; former Deputy Speaker, Ayodeji Arowele and Segun Ajimotokin.

Speaking to reporters at the Governor’s office in Akure, the state’s capital, Honourable Oleyeloogun informed that the remaining PDP members of the Assembly will soon join the ruling party.

He assured the people of Ondo State that the lawmakers are ready to work with the executive arm of government to move the state forward.

“We are here to signify our intention to join the ruling party, the APC. The remaining ceremony will be carried out on the floor of the House of Assembly, but let me give you the assurance that our remaining colleagues are also on their way coming to this ruling party.

” I’m giving the people of Ondo, the assurance that all necessary things to be carried out in this state will be done when needed. I assure you that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is ready to work for the state and the legislative arm of government is ready to support him,” the Speaker said.

Dividends Of Democracy

Honourable Ogundeji, on his part, said the decision of the lawmakers to defect to APC was based on the fact that it is the platform where people of the state can enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Our intention to decamp to the ruling party is not because of any other thing, but because of the fact that we know that it is only APC that can deliver the good dividends of democracy to our people.

“The interest of all of us here is the interest of the people that voted us into office, we don’t have any interest that we are representing here other than the interest of the people of Ondo State.

“The party that the people of Ondo State want is the APC and we believe that the only party that we can belong to that can make the dividends of democracy get to the people of Ondo State is the APC,” the Deputy Speaker explained.

The Secretary to the State Government, Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde, who received the defectors into the APC, pointed out that the development was in the best interest of the state.

“This is a welcome development and is a signal that APC is increasing in number and we are getting popular, and this I believe and I’m sure will translate to good governance in Ondo State.

“The more we are, the more confident our Governor is going to be, and the more we will be able to move Ondo State forward. I did this on behalf of my Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu,” he said.

With the defection, the number of APC members in the House has risen to nine, while the remaining 17 members belong to the PDP.