Police Nabs Driver-Turned-Thief Trying To Sell Car Worth 4 Million

NigerianPoliceThe long arm of the law has caught up with a 25-year old driver named Kehinde Ajayi who stole his boss’ car in Akure and was about to sell it in Lagos.

The thief was said to have stolen the Honda Accord car otherwise known as “Evil Spirit” with plate number: MUS 328 BZ where it was parked at the premises of a church in Akure and driven it to Lagos.

He had used a small knife to remove the number plates on the car which also had in it the owner’s personal belongings – laptop computer, phones and documents.

The car owner, a female lecturer in a tertiary institution in Ondo State, who chose to remain anonymous, reported the theft on June 2 at the Okuta- Elerinla, Akure Division of the Nigeria Police Force, Ondo State Command.

Detectives were able to locate the car with the aid the car tracking device on it.

According to the detectives who effected the arrest, the thief was caught in Bode Thomas area of Surulere in Lagos where his attempt to sell the car worth 4 million Naira for just 1 Million Naira failed.

Lamenting his action, Kehinde told reporters that he decided to steal the car after considering what to do in order to make it in life.

He pleaded for mercy and forgiveness from God and his boss, the owner of the car.

The spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command, ASP Wole Ogodo, appealed to members of the public to always ensure they employ people that are trusted, stressing the need  for a surety for such employees.

Police said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as possible.

Technical Aid Corps Recruits 1,500 Professionals As Volunteers

The Directorate of the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) has commenced its 14th biennial orientation course for approximately 1,500 volunteers who will be traveling to different part of the world.

The volunteers who are professionals specialized in different fields would be sent to 43 less developed countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, for two years.

They will work in various fields of endeavour, to impart some Nigerian expertise to their host countries, as part of efforts to contribute to these countries’ development.

Speaking at the opening session of the orientation course in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Director-General of the Directorate of the Technical Aid Corps, Pius Osunyikanmi, commended the Federal Government for showing renewed interest in the programme by increasing the number of participants from 200 to over 1,500.

He added that the volunteers were chosen through a competitive process that was purely merit driven.

The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, however advised the volunteers to see the programme as an opportunity for them to learn from the practices in those countries. He also highlighted the possibility of building relationships that would add value to their future plans.

“Some of you who are smart would make lifelong contacts that will change your lives completely, in terms of opportunities”, he said.

The Technical Aid Corps, TAC, was established by the military administration of Ibrahim Babangida in 1987. Volunteers are recruited strictly on the basis of request from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, ACP.

Ondo APC Members Reject Akeredolu As Harmonisation Committee Chairman

Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State have rejected the inauguration of the Harmonisation Executive Committee of the party held in Akure, the state capital.

At a news conference in a hotel in Akure, the Chairman of the defunct CPC  in the State, Mr Lekan Obolo, insisted that the names of the committee members were different from names submitted by the three parties that formed the APC namely: the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

He accused the National Vice Chairman, South West zone of the party and former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Niyi Adebayo of having doctored the original list.

Another Chieftain of APC in the State, Mr Bola Ilori, also claimed that the major stakeholders in the three parties that formed APC were not happy with the arrangement.

However, the candidate of the ACN in the October 2012 governorship election in the State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has been inaugurated as Chairman, Harmonisation Executive committee of APC in the State.

Ondo Launches New Health Scheme Centred On Adolescents

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has launched a new health programme centred on the adolescents and youths in the State. It is termed the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for the Adolescent and Youth Friendly Health Programme.

Speaking at the occasion in Akure, the State Capital, Governor Mimiko disclosed that the programme is a product of tremendous hard work that had been done in detailed planning in reflection of his administration’s commitment to offering the young people healthcare that matches global best practices.

He also emphasised that in order to achieve the goal of empowering the youth, they need to be vibrant and healthy.

He added that government had become more enlightened on the challenges facing young people in the area of health and development such as unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortion.

According to him, this programme will give the young ones the unrestricted access to quality health services.
The event, held at the Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium, Akure, had in attendance top government functionaries, politicians, health workers, students in health training institutions, youths, adolescents and members of the public.

NCAA Suspends Operations Of Associated Airline

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operations of Associated Airlines, following the crash of its aircraft in Lagos on Thursday, which killed 13 people.

The Director General of the NCAA, Mr Fola Akinkuotu, announced this during a visit to the survivors of the air mishap at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

This is coming barely a day after the aviation regulatory body said The Embraer 120 plane which crashed in Lagos was certified fit to fly, and had a current certificate of air worthiness valid till October the 22nd, 2013.

The Director, Consumer Protection, NCAA, Mr. Adamu Abdullahi, yesterday said from its records, the airline was certified fit to fly by its flight maintenance engineer, who was also aboard the flight, when it took off.

He did point out also that the airline possesses an air operators’ certificate, an air worthiness certificate, valid till October 22nd this year, and an insurance policy valid until June next year.

In the briefing, Mr. Abdullahi said the airline last operated the aircraft on August 22nd this year, with no hitches, and refused questions from reporters, because he said the NCAA is also under investigation.

An Associated Airlines plane conveying the remains of the former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Agagu to Akure for his official lying-in-state crashed at about 9:30 am on Thursday, with 20 passengers on board the chartered flight a few minutes after take-off, at the Lagos Airport cargo shed.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) began rescue efforts shortly after the crash with the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian fire service, and the Nigerian Air Force alongside the army, the Lagos state emergency agency, and all made efforts to rescue the survivors and retrieve corpses of the dead.

The flight recorder of the plane was recovered and handed over to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).


Crashed Associated Airline Plane Was Airworthy – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has revealed that the Brazil made Embraer 120 plane which crashed in Lagos, on Thursday morning, was air worthy.

Speaking during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s flagship breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, the agency’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Yakubu Datti, said that the aircraft “had a current certificate of air worthiness till October 2015” as well as “an insurance policy till June 2014.”

Mr Datti further disclosed that the 30 passenger capacity aircraft which was registered in Nigeria on the 22nd of May, 2007, last operated on the 22nd of August, 2013 before the ill-fated flight which led to the loss of lives  on the 3rd of October.

“The aircraft was certified fit for flying by one of the airlines aircraft maintenance engineer prior to the fatal flight,” he said. The engineer was also on board the plane.

Speaking on conflicting reports of the number of survivors, which has been pegged at 7, Mr Datti explained that “survivors were rushed to three different hospital locations”

As at yesterday, we were able to confirm that seven persons survived, though 6 are responding to treatment, one is still unconscious”.

He admitted that the agency’s fire fighters had a major challenge of crowd management but they were still able to extinguish the fire within two minutes of arriving at the scene.

He further attributed the ability to save some lives to the fire fighters’ efforts at the scene of the crash.

However, “one must commend the Lagos state government and also the Nigerian police and Air force who were able to ensure that the road was free to convey the surviving victims to the hospital location”.

Following speculations that the aircraft may have attempted to return to the airport after take-off, Mr Dati said information available to the agency revealed that the plane crashed barely two minutes after.

“It was actually in the process of taking off”.

He confirmed that there were no ground casualties as the “plane actually landed on the fence of Joint Users Hydrant Installation (JUHI) premises”.

FAAN’s spokesman said the agency “has contacted some of the families of the victims and we are making concerted efforts to reach other families”.

He commended the rescue efforts of all agencies as well as Lagos state officials involved in the rescue operation.

Commenting on the response time to the accident, Mr Datti said it took just two minutes to get to the crash site, adding that, “immediately it happened, our control tower activated the crash alarm and immediately the relevant agencies moved to the site”.


I Am The Only Youth Council President – Abdulmajeed

The president, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Abdullahi Abdulmajeed has cleared the air on the crisis that is happening in the congress, stating that he is the only “Youth Council President”.

Mr. Abdulmajeed who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily explained that the whole issue started with the cancellation of an Akure Congress, then proceeded to Markudi congress where the executives were dissolved, stating that no mandate was given.

He said another congress was held in Minna from August 21st to 24th where he was elected as the president of the congress.

Contrary to conflicting reports that Yakubu Shendam is the president of the congress, Abdulmajeed said that Mr. Shendam was purported to have been elected at the Markudi congress”, stating that there were no elections held at that congress.

He stated that the minister after dissolving the congress in Markudi announced a list of 23 excos, which he said the minister didn’t have the right to do as it is “unconstitutional”.

Referring to the “purported winner” at the Markudi congress, he stated that there was no form of swearing-in ceremony or issuance of return certificate.

Referring to the congress at Minna, he said he was sworn in by a chief magistrate, in the presence of the media and a certificate of return was issued, after an election where he claims to have scored 200 votes out of 305 total votes cast.

ICT Is The Fastest Growing Sector Of The Economy- MInister

The Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson on Thursday identified ICT as the fastest growing sector of the Nigerian economy.

She also added that “there are still tremendous opportunities for growth, job and wealth creation which various Stakeholders in the sector can tap into”.

The Minister stated this in her keynote address at the meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology holding in Akure, Ondo State Capital.

She noted that the Council acts as a consultative body for the Governments of the Federation in matters pertaining to ICT with a view to achieving some degree of uniformity in the sector.

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko in his opening speech commended the efforts of the Minister in ICT development.

He however called for the bridging of the gap of access to ICT between the rural and the urban populace as well as the poor and the affluent in the society.

Goodwill messages were delivered by few key Stakeholders at the meeting, including the Chairman House of Representative Committee on ICT, Hon Oyetunde Ojo and the President of Nigeria Computer Society, Prof David Adewumi.

Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju in a chat with Channels television explained some of the areas in which ICT has been applied in the State’s health sector.

This is the second meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology, coming after the first and inaugural meeting which was held in Abuja last year.

The National Council on Communication Technology is a forum for interaction of Stakeholders in Information and Communication Technology in Nigeria.

Ondo Jail Break: Police Re-Arrests 54 Prisoners

Officers of the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have re-arrested 54 out of the 175 prisoners who escaped from the Olokuta Medium Security Prison, Akure when some gunmen attacked the prison few days ago.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. Wole Ogodo, who stated this in a statement, also denied a newspaper report that 10 travelers were shot and killed by the gunmen during the attack.

According to the Police Spokesperson “The attack on the prisons was carried out by some armed robbers mainly aimed at liberating some members of their gang who were in prison custody.

“No death was recorded either on the side of the security agents, inmate or any traveller.”

Meanwhile, security has been beefed  up in Akure and its environs; and other towns such as Ondo, Idanre and Owo by security operatives who have launched a search party for the prisoners still at large.

175 Prisoners Escape in Ondo Prison Break

The Medium Security Prison of The Nigeria Prisons Service located in Olokuta, along Ondo Road Akure, Ondo State Capital has been broken into leading to the escape of about 175 inmates.

According to the Controller of Prisons in Ondo State, Tunde Olayiwola the attackers arrived at about 12:05 armed with guns and explosives which they used to break the prison wall, which led to the escape of the inmates.

It all started when gunmen, numbering about 30 at about 12:05 this morning, attacked the Medium Security Prison, Olokuta, Ondo Road, Akure, shooting sporadically, with bullets penetrating the fortified walls, gates, and floors.

They gained entrance into the prison by using explosives, which shook the foundations of the prison to blast the wall when they could not enter through the steel door at the main entrance.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Wole Ogodo in an interview with newsmen in his office allayed the fears of the people of the State.

The Police image maker however noted that the attack has nothing to do with terrorists’ attack such as Boko Haram.

The State Police Commissioner Mr Patrick Dokumor and The State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Eyitayo Jegede were part of top public officials that visited the prison this morning to assess the situation, where bullets and the explosives the armed men used for the operation still littered the whole vicinity.

The prison which was built in 1989 was meant to accommodate 160 inmates.

FAAN Insists They Have No Business Dealings With Rivers Government

The spokesman of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati has responded to issues surrounding the private jet owned by the Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi, which was claimed to be grounded; stating that theyhave no business dealings with the Rivers state government because they are in talks with the owners of the plane, Bank of Salt Lake City, Utah.

While speaking on Channels Television’s Breakfast Show Sunrise Daily, Dati explained that the private plane applied to come into Nigeria from America and was given clearance on the 27th of March to leave on the 2nd of April; the application was made by the owners of the aircraft.

He added that it was wrong for a foreign registered aircraft to fly into the country and embark on domestic shuttles without notifying the aviation authorities.

Dati also said the authorities had no information that the Rivers government was operating on the said aircraft.

He said investigations show that the aircraft had flown to airports beyond Owerri and Akure that were not captured in the documentation they submitted while coming into the country even after the expiration of the permit.

Kidnapped Journalist Freed

The journalist with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in Akure, Olubunmi Oke, who was kidnapped on Thursday, has been released.

Mrs Oke was reportedly returning from her office located along Ondo Road, Akure to her residence in Oba-Ile Housing Estate at the time of the incident.

“I confirm that she has been released. I spoke with her early this morning shortly after she was set free by her abductors,” Rotimi Obamuwagun, the vice president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, said.

“She is hale and hearty and happy to be back home,” he said.

Mrs Oke’s baby and maid were with her when she was kidnapped but were later released by her abductors, who took her alone to an unknown destination.

“She was set free and abandoned in a bush near Ondo town, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Akure from where she boarded a lorry home,” Mr Obamuwagun said.

It is unclear if any ransom was paid before she was released. The abductors had demanded N8million.