Gunmen Kill Police Officer In Ondo Community

A file photo of two armed men.

 

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have shot and killed a yet to be identified police officer in Oka-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The spokesperson of Ondo State police command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday evening in a phone conversation.

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The incident which happened on Tuesday afternoon around Oke-Maria axis of the town is said to have caused panic among the residents.

According to Odunlami, the gunmen came on a motorcycle, shot the policeman, and fled the scene.

She, however, noted that investigations have commenced to unravel the mystery behind the murder.

Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue in a nearby hospital.

Amotekun Operatives Intercept Bus With 18 Suspected Bandits, Weapons In Ondo

 

The Ondo State Chapter of the Western Nigeria Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun Corps, says its operatives have intercepted three buses loaded with 18 suspected bandits and weapons heading all the way from the northern region of the country.

Spokesman for the security outfit, Adetunji Adeleye, noted that the corps got credible intelligence that three vehicles were coming into the state, loaded with weapons and possible miscreants.

Adeleye further disclosed that Amotekun operatives “laid siege on the road and eventually the three buses came in at about 2am on Thursday.

“We pursued the buses, two of them escaped and we eventually were able to apprehend one after tailing him for about 40km,” the corps’ spokesman narrated.

He added that the driver of the intercepted vehicle was able to cross four barriers before he was stopped in Ondo town where the road was solidly blocked.

“They (suspected bandits) came out and upon investigation, they claimed that the vehicle was loaded with people and weapons, stressing that they were mere drivers and conductors.

“The suspects claimed they didn’t know who actually loaded the weapons they were carrying,” Mr Adeleye further disclosed, adding that when the sacs in the vehicle were opened, the operatives discovered “over 500 different types of knives, swords, cutlasses, arms and charms”.

The Amotekun spokesman said the security outfit intends to charge the suspects to court immediately after interrogations have been concluded.

PDP Governors Hold Closed-Door Meeting With Mimiko In Ondo

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State arrive in Ondo State

 

Four serving Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors are currently meeting behind closed doors with the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

The governors are Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto.

Other politicians present for the meeting include, the immediate past Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi;  former member of House of Reps., Joseph Akinlaja;  Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Jumoke Akindele; former governorship aspirant Banji Okunomo, former Chief Judge of Ondo State, Olasehinde Kumuyi; Chief of Staff to Mimiko, Kola Ademujimi, and others.

Speaking with journalists after the closed-door meeting, the Chairman of the PDP governor’s forum, Aminu Tambuwal noted that the governors were in the state to consult with Dr. Mimiko over their plans to win him back into the PDP and embark on an agenda he termed ‘The Rescue Nigeria Project’.

Mimiko commended the governors for the visit, noting that he will consult further with his associates and supporters and make public his next line of action regarding the possibility of rejoining the PDP.

Farmer Hacked To Death In Ondo Forest

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The corpse of a farmer has been discovered in the forest near a farm settlement in Ajowa Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that there were machete cuts on the body of the deceased when it was discovered on Monday, while a wounded cow was also seen at the scene of the incident.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

Odunlami explained that the residents of the community heard sporadic gunshots in the forest and after combing the forest, the remains of the farmer were discovered.

She disclosed that the corpse has since been deposited at the morgue in a hospital in nearby Ikare-Akoko.

Odunlami noted that the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) in Akure for further investigations.

Four Dead, 19 Injured In Ondo Boat Accidents

A map of Ondo, a state in southwest Nigeria.

 

Four persons have lost their lives while 19 others sustained injuries in boat accidents at different locations in Ilaje and Irele Local Government Areas of the Ondo State.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Olufemi Omole, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, in Akure, the state capital.

According to the statement, the State Commandant of the Corps, Hameed Abodunrin, lamented that the victims died in the mishaps due to their failure to put on their life jackets.

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“A boat mishap at Ilaje Local Government Area claimed the life of one passenger leaving 15 others wounded as a result of over-speeding and refusal to use life jackets,” he said.

In another incident, in Irele local government, a small boat collided with a bigger wooden boat on the high sea in the night, leading to the death of a passenger while four others were terribly injured.

Abodunrin warned that henceforth, the command’s Marine Special Force would be on patrol to arrest boat passengers who refuse to use the life jackets.

Two Nigerian States Try Out COVID Vaccine Passes

A health worker holds a vaccine tube and a syringe as Nigeria commences the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination on August 16, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Two states, Edo and Ondo, are trying to introduce COVID-19 vaccine passes for access to public places and gatherings, in a bid to increase vaccination rates.

Health passes or vaccine passports, required for entry to places like restaurants, gyms and cinemas, are already in place in some European countries though they have triggered protests in France, Greece and Italy as unfair to the unvaccinated.

Introducing similar measures in Nigeria will be complicated in a country that has received less than 10 million vaccines for a population of more than 210 million people.

Southern Nigeria Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki last week gave residents up to the second week of September to get a vaccine or risk being barred from some places, including banks, receptions, churches and mosques.

“We have made adequate arrangements with security agencies to prevent anybody who doesn’t have vaccination cards from accessing any of these places,” Obaseki said.

Nigerians have so far been hesitant about taking the vaccine. As of Monday, only 2.8 million people had received a first dose, according to the agency in charge of the roll-out, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“We would like to encourage governors to continue to provide leadership in the mobilisation of citizens to prioritise the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine,” NPHCDA director Faisal Shuaib said.

“We are particularly enthused by the example shown by the Governor of Edo State,” he added.

Another state in southern Nigeria, Ondo, has also given residents two weeks to take the shots.

“Evidence of vaccination will be the condition to access public places, churches, mosques,” information commissioner Donald Ojogo told local media.

Robbers Attack Bullion Van In Ondo, Shoot Policeman

 

 

Armed robbers attacked a bullion van along the Akure/Owo Highway in Ondo State on Wednesday, shooting a policeman in the process.

Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmi Odunlami, told Channels Television via the telephone that the attack occurred close to Emure-Ile junction along the highway.

The robbers were however unable to cart away any funds as the bullion van was not carrying any cash when they struck, Odunlami added.

Meanwhile, a team of policemen has been deployed to the area to apprehend the armed robbers and the injured policeman is being treated at a nearby hospital.

Plateau Attack: Akeredolu Calls For Calm

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to residents of the state not to take laws into their hands over an attack on indigenes of the state in Rukuba village of Plateau State.

The Governor, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, assured them the situation is under control.

He also appealed to the people to refrain from any hasty colouration of the incident, maintaining that Ondo State indigenes living in Plateau State are not targets of any religion or ethnic crisis.

Some 25 persons had been confirmed killed and 14 injured along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday morning.

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has reacted to the incident in a statement signed by spokesperson Simon Makut.

The Governor condemned the attack and warned troublemakers bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.

The Governor said that attacks on innocent citizens, no matter their background, will never be tolerated in the state and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as a deterrent and restore public order.

The statement added that the Governor has also directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest perpetrators.

The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State, Major Ishaku Takwa, said 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area.

Police Officer, Two Others Shot Dead In Ondo Bank Robbery

 

Three persons have been killed after armed robbers attacked a branch of an old generation bank this afternoon in Ilaramokin, in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Spokesperson to the Ondo State police command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television Via Telephone.

He disclosed that three persons, including a police officer, were shot and killed in the attack.

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According to DSP Ikoro, the robbers were said to have broken the bullet-proof door of the bank with dynamites before they gained entrance into the banking hall.

It has not been confirmed how much the robbers succeeded in carting away and what other valuables were stolen.

The police spokesman however noted that normalcy has since returned to the area.

Police Discover Remains Of Lady Missing In Ondo, Ask Family To Provide Suspect

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

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The remains of the 55-year-old woman, Joke Olaniji, who was declared missing from her residence about two weeks ago at Atoyo area in Ondo East Local Government Area of Ondo State has been found.

It was gathered that the deceased left her residence without telling anyone her whereabouts, leaving the door to her room open.

The deceased’s mother, identified as Juliana, disclosed that when she couldn’t find her daughter, she reported to the police.

According to her, it was the police that informed the family that her corpse had been found naked in a nearby cocoa farm.

The bereaved mother appealed to the police to unravel the cause of her daughter’s death and equally bring the perpetrators to book.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro disclosed that no suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing as the family has not reported any suspect.

Ikoro noted that the deceased has since been buried but if the family comes up with any suspect, the police will commence investigation into the case.

Ondo Police Arrest, Parade 15 Crime Suspects

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The Ondo State Police Command has paraded 15 Crime Suspects arrested in Akure and other parts of the state.

Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Akure on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami, said 12 of them were armed robbers, while the remaining three were arrested for rape.

Salami further disclosed that among the suspects is an eight-man robbery syndicate that specialises in snatching articulated vehicles with its contents at gun-point.

Items recovered from the suspects include nine motorcycles, one pump action gun and one truck and its contents.

In the rape case, three young men namely Ojo Olaniyi, Akinseye Bayo and Akintosoye Ayo were said to have drugged and raped one Ogungbemi Adewumi in Ondo city.

Fielding questions from journalists, one of the robbery suspects, Gbenga Kikiowo, said he started robbery at the tender age of seven.

He said he has never killed anyone before but he has been involved in several robbery operations and has been to jail three times.

He, however, pleaded for forgiveness saying he has repented and is willing to join the security agencies in fighting crime in the society.

The CP said all the suspects have confessed to have committed the crime levelled against them adding that they would be charged to court soon.

Ondo 2020: Appeal Court Strikes Out Jegede’s Petition Against Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

The Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has struck out the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Eyitayo Jegede against the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Rotimi Akeredolu in the October 10, 2020 governor election.

The lead Counsel to the PDP candidate, Oyeachi Ikpeazu, SAN, had earlier approached the Appeal Court, claiming that the APC candidate’s nomination was not constitutional.

The election petition tribunal led by Justice Umar Abubakar that sat on the case had via a virtual platform ruled on April 20 2021 that the qualification of the APC candidate and his deputy were not a pre-election matter, but a constitutional matter, which is not within its jurisdiction.

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Justice Abubakar ruled that “The issue raised therein in this petition are settled issues of internal affairs and Management of a political party which this tribunal has no jurisdiction”.

The position of the tribunal is in line with the argument of the counsels of Akeredolu, the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Subsequently, counsel to Jegede, not satisfied with the tribunal judgment approached the Court of Appeal insisting that the case was not a pre-election matter.