Insecurity: Akeredolu Orders All Public, Private Institutions To Install CCTV

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has ordered all public and private institutions in the state to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) devices.

A statement signed by the Governor’s spokesperson, Richard Olatunde, on Saturday said Akeredolu has signed an Executive Order to that effect.

“This becomes imperative in the light of the increased spate of insecurity in the country and the need to ensure security of lives and properties in all public and private institutions and centres throughout the state,” the statement said.

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“The executive order shall be enforced at all religious places of worship, financial institutions (of all kinds), event centres, supermarkets, educational institutions (Schools), Hotels/Motels, Guest House, inns, Restaurants, Clinics and Health Centres, eateries (of all kinds), recreation or vehicular parks and other places regularly used by the public.”

Gunmen recently attacked a catholic church in Owo, Ondo state, killing scores of people and injuring many others.

 

See below the provisions of the Executive Order:

i. That the owners, occupiers, managers and operators of public/private institutions within Ondo State shall mandatorily install, use and maintain CCTV devices and other secret cameras to monitor and keep surveillance on the daily activities in their premises and especially monitor the ingress and egress of people/vehicles at the said places, venues and centres.

ii. That the installed CCTV devices apart from capturing all activities at the public/private institutions must also have data storage hardware and data stored therein should be made available to security agencies whenever it is required.

iii. That public/private institutions shall employ and maintain well-trained security personnel who shall man the entry and exit points to their various facilities/premises.

iv. That where necessary, the owners and occupiers of public/private institutions shall erect a well fortified perimeter fence with a security post at the entry and exit points.

v. That this Executive Order shall be enforced by all security agencies particularly the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun) and the Department of State Security Services (DSS).

vi. That violators of this Executive Order shall be prosecuted in accordance with Section 203 of the Criminal Code (Cap. 37) Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria.

Amotekun Corps Arrest Persons In Connection With Owo Church Attack

A file photo of Amotukn corps during an operation in Ondo State recently.

 

The Amotekun Corps in Ondo State have arrested a number of persons in connection with the massacre of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.

The Commander of the Corp, Adetunji Adeleye made this disclosure while addressing newsmen in Akure, the state capital.

Adeleye, however, did not give the actual figure of the suspects arrested, but the corps leader was optimistic that everyone who was involved in the Owo Attack would be brought to book.

When contacted for confirmations, the Ondo State Police Command through its spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, said the force is not aware of such and arrest.

Nevertheless, it is expected that the Amotekun Corps would hand the suspects over to the police for further investigations and onward prosecution.


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This arrest is the latest development following the attack which left millions devastated across the country.

It comes barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that the attackers who he described as “cowards” behind recent assaults on churches in the country will be punished.

“As for the cowards, they will be punished for their crimes. We will bring them to justice. Rest assured that the full might of Nigeria’s formidable security and intelligence forces are involved in that endeavor,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide Garba Shehu.

“For now, I urge all Nigerians to come together in prayer-whether Christian, Muslim, or any of our great faiths- let us hold the victims and their families in our hearts and minds.

“Let us show the cowards who seek to divide us along religious lines that we will not be divided. Let us show them that Nigerians will continue to cherish what we share while respecting each other’s differences. Let us show them that Nigerians will never be bullied by cowards, extremists, or terrorists.”

According to President Buhari, the country’s religious freedom and diversity are what makes Nigeria great.

NHRC Decries Continued Killings, Wants Owo Church Attackers Arrested

NHRC logo.

 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decried the recent attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State, asking the Federal Government to track down the perpetrators of the crime.

In a statement on Thursday, the NHRC Governing Council charged the Federal Government to step up to its constitutional role of protecting lives and properties.

“Heinous crimes and killings are being perpetrated with impunity as exemplified in the recent Kaduna train attack, the attack at St. Francis Catholic Church Owo, Ondo State, the killing of a young man Ahmed Usman, at the Lugbe axis of the Federal Capital Territory for alleged blasphemy, the stoning to death of Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto also on grounds of alleged blasphemy, the killing of a pregnant woman Fatima (Harira) and her four children, and various others across the country,” the statement partly read.

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Gunmen suspected to be terrorists stormed the church on June 5, killing scores of worshippers while injuring several others.

Four days after the attack, the commission condemned the wanton killing, as well as other attacks by criminals leading to the loss of lives of Nigerians across the country.

While calling for an improvement in the nation’s security situation, the commission urged Nigerians to provide information to security agencies and also tolerate one another.

It also commiserated with the families who have lost their loved ones in various attacks, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear irreparable losses.

According to the NHRC, it is fully committed to playing its role in the promotion, protection and enforcement of the human rights of the citizens of Nigeria as well as all residents therein.

Insecurity: Gunmen Kill Four Persons In Ondo

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Four persons have been reportedly shot dead as gunmen suspected to be cultists and armed robbers attacked the Sabo area of Ondo town in Ondo State.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the Hausa dominated community on Tuesday evening shooting sporadically.

Witnesses say the driver of a J5 bus loaded with tomatoes, coming from Zaria, enroute Ore, was said to have been killed, while his motorboy escaped with gunshot injuries.


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The public relations officer of the Ondo State Police Command, SP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident in a press statement made available to newsmen in Akure, the state capital.

She disclosed that a motorcyclist and a passerby were also hit by stray bullets.

The commander of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo, Adetunji Adeleye also conformed the incident in a telephone conversation with Channels Television.

Adeleye revealed that the gunmen were suspected cultists, adding that investigation into the incident is still in progress.

He vowed that the fleeing suspects would be apprehended and prosecuted as soon as possible in accordance with the law.

There were earlier reports suggesting that the gunmen were bandits, however, the police spokesperson and the Amotekun Commander debunked the claims, noting that further details regarding the attack will be disclosed on or before the investigation is concluded.

Owo Terror Attack: 22 Dead, 56 On Hospital Admission – Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has disclosed that 80 persons were involved in last Sunday’s terror attack at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa street, Owo.

Governor Akeredolu said 22 people lost their lives to the horrific attack while 52 survivors are on admission at the Federal Medical Center, Owo, St Louis Hospital, Owo and the Owo General Hospital as well as some private hospitals.

The Governor disclosed this on Tuesday during a statewide broadcast to the people of the state in respect of the last Sunday terrorist attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa Street, Owo.

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Akeredolu said the attack was an attempt to test the will of the people of the State and indeed, the Southwest.

He added that the dastardly act has the brazenly possible consequence of invitation to national anarchy, saying that “Yorubaland, and Owo in particular, have never been conquered before; and it will never happen.”

He promised to commit every available resource to hunt down the assailants and make them pay dearly, stressing that the state will never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in its resolve to stamp out criminals.

“The site, that is, St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa, Owo presents a gory war-like scene. The Federal Medical Centre, Owo, the St. Louis Hospital, Owo, the General Hospital, Owo as well as some private hospitals in Owo were filled with the injured, most of who were in critical conditions.

“The most unfortunate part is the lives of innocent children cut down in their prime and some severely injured by the mindless attackers.

“At Owo, the anger was palpable. The tension was at an abrasive level just as the urge for reprisals was high. Without doubt too, the ripple impact of this heinous act as well as the understandably angry reaction across the State could not have been different.

“I urge our people to be calm but remain vigilant. Do not take the law into your own hands. Leave the rest for government to shoulder. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I can assure you that security operatives have been deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom.

“May I use this medium to express gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who aside his demonstrated concern, directed his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON to visit the scene of this criminal act.

“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum led by its chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, their Excellencies, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Honourable Minister of Interior and Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State also deserve a special mention for their collective and individual show of love and empathy.

“We will remain eternally grateful to His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his donation of a whopping amount of N50 million to the victims and N25 million to the Catholic Church, Owo. The gesture of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum which donated N50 million to the victims is equally appreciated.

“The donations are to assuage the effects of the attack. In the meantime, I have directed that an account be opened to receive further donations from well meaning individuals and corporate bodies who may wish to assist the victims of the terrorist attack.

“I am particularly enthralled by the wonderful show of solidarity from my brothers across party divides, especially in the State. It is heartwarming that we all have found a common ground to confront these monsters.

“In this regard, I thank the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and the entire PDP family. To all others too numerous to mention, your show of love, encouragement and goodwill are not taken for granted. You have displayed compassion and demonstrated an appreciable level of brotherliness.

“In the same vein, I commend the medical teams of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, the St. Louis Hospital, Owo, the General Hospital, Owo and some private hospitals who showed love and participated in stabilising the victims in the various hospitals.

“We equally appreciate the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and BEDC for their assistance. I convey our gratitude to volunteers who assisted in evacuating the victims and the dead to the hospitals and mortuaries respectively.

“I also thank our people who had deemed it fit to voluntarily donate blood towards the treatment of the victims. They have lived up to expectation within the precinct of the available space and time.”

Many Feared Dead As Terrorists Attack Catholic Church In Owo, Ondo

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

 

Suspected terrorists are said to have attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Emerging reports suggest that many worshippers have died and several others have been left injured following the incident at the church which is situated close to the palace of the Olowo of Owo.

The Ondo Police Command Funmilayo Odulami confirmed the development but said further details would be given later. He said all security apparatus has been put in place to restore calmness to the area.

Several videos on social media showed victims being killed and lying on the church floor in the pool of their own blood.

An eyewitness Ogueze Victor told Channels Television that the assailants were throwing “bombs and shooting” at the same time.

He said about 25 persons were taken to the hospital while about 100 people are feared dead.

According to him, when the gunmen stormed the church, they shot many people in the leg, and others at different parts of the body.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has expressed deep sadness over what he calls an unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street.

In his reaction to the tragic event, Governor Akeredolu said the vile and satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.


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“It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state.

“I have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.

“This is an unexpected development. I am shocked, to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay. We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals.

“I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of the those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack. I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye as well as the Catholic Church,” Akeredolu stated.

The governor urged the people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands, adding that he has spoken to the heads of the security agencies.

Akeredolu  further stated that he has equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom.

Akeredolu Asks CBN Governor To Resign Over Presidential Ambition

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A file photo of CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

 

Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to resign over the latter’s move to join the 2023 presidential race. 

The Ondo governor’s comment came hours after a group of supporters purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form for Emefiele.

In a statement on Friday night, Akeredolu argued that Emefiele cannot combine his work with partisan politics.

“Consequently, we admonish Mr Emefiele to leave the office, immediately, for him to pursue his interest,” he said.

“He cannot combine partisan politics with the very delicate assignment of his office. Should he refuse to quit, it becomes incumbent on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to remove him forthwith.”


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An ‘Illegality’?

The governor said before the purchase of the form, Emefiele had been linked with partisan politics.

“Pictures of branded vehicles, ostensibly purchased for electioneering campaigns, were also posted on social media,” the statement read.

“The audacious moves by those who claimed to be supporting this interest have been unsettling.”

He said while the CBN governor is constitutionally qualified to belong to any group, Emefiele’s position makes the recent move “brazen”.

“There is no gain asserting the obvious. The combined effect of the Public Service Rules, CBN Act, and the 1999 Constitution, as amended, exposes not only the oddity inherent in this brash exercise of presumed right to associate,” the governor added.

“It also confirms the illegality of the act should he proceed to submit the forms while occupying the seat as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Two During Inter House Sports In Ondo

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

A nine-year-old boy was shot and killed on Thursday at the annual inter house sports competition of Agolo High School in Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Two other students sustained injuries from gunshot and were whisked away to a yet to be disclosed hospital in the town while the remains of the deceased were deposited at the morgue.

Sources say the event was going on peacefully with students from other schools in the area, staff as well as old students of the school in attendance.

Suddenly, gunshots rang out and all hell seemed to have been let loose at that moment.

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Tensions grew into fervid panic within the town as parents and guardians ran helter-skelter seeking a way to evacuate their children and wards from the school premises.

The spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, while confirming the incident in a telephone conversation, said normalcy has since returned to the area.

The police spokesperson explained that operatives have commenced investigations into the cause of the incident, adding that before long, the gunmen would be apprehended and prosecuted.

Abducted Ondo Farmers Regain Freedom After Four Days In Captivity

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

 

Ten persons kidnapped at a farm in Ayede- Ogbese, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, have finally regained their freedom.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed this in a telephone conversation with Channels Television in Akure. He said the victims regained their freedom in the early hours of Wednesday.

It was gathered that a farmer, identified as Femi Alawiye, and nine of his workers were kidnapped by armed men on his farm on Saturday evening.

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The kidnappers were said to have lured the victims to the farm under the pretence that the farm was on fire.

A family member of the farmer said that a few hours after the abduction, the kidnappers contacted the family, demanding a sum of N100 million ransom which they later reduced to N10 million naira after much negotiation.

Although, it could not be established whether the family of the victims paid ransom to secure their release.

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.