Death Of Middle Aged Man Causes Sadness In Idanre Town

The hilly town of Idanre in Ondo State, South West Nigeria was thrown into sadness when the news of the gruesome murder of a middle aged man, Oriola Akinduko filtered into town.

Our correspondent who visited the town learnt that  Oriola, a carpenter was allegedly murdered by another man, Olusola Akinnifesi while the victim was having carnal knowledge of  one Aina Afolabi, a married woman who was a concubine to both of them.

The first port of call by Channels Television’s crew in Idanre was the residence of the husband of Mrs Aina Afolabi, an octogenarian, Mr Felix Afolabi located along Ojota road where some sympathisers were gathering to mourn with the family.

The elderly man has been bedridden with an undisclosed ailment that has rendered him almost totally inactive.

At the residence of late Oriola, where sympathisers were equally gathered, his widow, Aina Akinduko in tears narrated in Yoruba that she was at home on the fateful day when a friend called her that her husband has been slain to death.

She said she saw her husband in a pool of his blood with deep cuts on his head.

Our crew went further to the very house where the incident happened, located far in the bush, in a new area named Temidire in the outskirts of Idanre.

This uncompleted building belongs to Aina Afolabi. The blood stains on the floor here are those of Aina and late Oriola.

Aina, we learnt was lucky to survive the attack and is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Ile Ife; but unfortunately, Oriola died on his way to the hospital, and his corpse deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital in Idanre.

A resident of Idanre, Tunde Akinwa told Channels Television that officers at the Idanre Division of Nigeria Police engaged in a search and was able to arrest the suspect who escaped after committing the offence. He is now being detained at the Station.

When contacted on phone, the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Mr Wole Ogodo said he was not in the state, but confirmed the incident, saying further investigation is on-going on the case.

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.

Wole Soyinka is 78 today

Play writer, Nobel Laureate and Poet , Prof. Wole Soyinka turns 78 today.

Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria.

After preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, he continued at the University of Leeds, where later in 1973 he took his doctorate.

During the six years spent in England, he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London 1958-1959. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama.

During the civil war in Nigeria, Soyinka appealed in an article for cease-fire, for this he was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels, and was held as a political prisoner for 22 months until 1969. Soyinka has published about 20 works: drama, novels and poetry. He writes in English and his literary language is marked by great scope and richness of words.

Soyinka has been influenced by, among others, the Irish writer, J.M. Synge, but links up with the traditional popular African Theatre with its combination of dance, music, and action.

He bases his writing on the mythology of his own tribe-the Yoruba-with Ogun, the god of iron and war, at the center. He wrote his first plays during his time in London.

Soyinka’s poems, which show a close connection to his plays, are collected in Idanre, and Other Poems (1967), Poems from Prison (1969), A Shuttle in the Crypt (1972) the long poem Ogun Abibiman (1976) and Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems (1988).