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.

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.

Appeal Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Former Ondo Deputy Governor

Appeal Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Former Ondo Deputy GovernorThe Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has nullified the impeachment of a former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Ali Olanusi.

The court held that Honourable Olanusi’s impeachment in 2015 by the Ondo State House of Assembly was not done in accordance with the provisions of the law.

In his ruling, Justice Muhammed Danjuma, said Olanusi was wrongfully impeached, and that he was not accorded fair hearing before he was impeached by the State Assembly.

Justice Danjuma ordered the restoration of all the rights and benefits due to the former Deputy Governor from the time of his impeachment from office to the period his tenure ended.

Speaking to reporters on the ruling, Olanusi’s Counsel, Richard Alade, said the releases sought by his client from the lower court have been granted by the Appellate Court.

He commended the industry and effort put into the judgement which he said resulted in a sound idea.

Mr Alade described the judgment as a fantastic one and a victory for the Nigerian people and the constitutional system of the country.

“The Appellate Court has given judgment and the judgment is sound enough and it’s touching on all aspects of law that bother on constitutionality and means to uphold the tenets of justice and legality. This is what has been in place as the justice system must not be brutalised by the powers that be.

“By the grace of God, all the releases being sought by the appellant from the lower court have been granted. Anybody that has the reason to listen to that judgment will be appreciative of the industry and efforts put into it for it to become a sound idea. I will best refer to it as fantastic and a victory for the Nigerian people and the constitutional system of Nigeria,” he said.

The former Deputy Governor, on his part, thanked God and the judiciary, as well as the people of Ondo State who stood by him during the legal battle.

He noted that despite all the charges brought against him, there was no impeachable offence traceable to him.

“We have cause to thank God and we have to thank the judiciary too, judiciary is improving in Nigeria. In a civilised country, such a thing can never happen. They did not see any file where I committed an impeachable offence.

“At last, the truth has prevailed and I’m happy. I have to thank God, the judiciary and the people of Ondo State, they stood by me,” Olanusi said.

He defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress shortly before the 2015 general elections.

Consequently, Mr Olanusi was impeached as deputy to former Governor Olusegun Mimiko by the Ondo State House of Assembly on allegations of corruption and abuse of office.

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.