COVID-19: Ondo Government Orders Workers To Stay Home, Closes Night Clubs

 

The Ondo State Government has directed all civil servants from grade levels 1 to 12 to stay at home in order to control the spread of the COVID-19. 

According to a statement on Monday, the government through its spokesman, Donald Ojogo, banned all political, social and religious gatherings for at least 14 days.

The statement reads, “Government hereby places a total ban on all political, social and religious gatherings in the state for 14 days in the first instance.

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“Gatherings at clubs, pubs are prohibited until further notice.

“All civil servants from Grade Levels 01-12, except those on essential duties as may be determined by their respective accounting officers and chief executives, are hereby advised to stay at home for now.”

The Ondo State Government stated that in its strong resolve to stem the influx of an undeterminable number of persons in their hundreds into the State especially from unverifiable areas, it has already directed the Commissioner of Police and heads of other security agencies to enforce all regulations in respect of crowd control as spelt out by the Government.

Coronavirus: Government Confirms One Suspected Case In Ondo

 

Ondo State Government has confirmed that there is a suspected case of coronavirus in Akure, the state capital, which is being handled at the moment.

Earlier publications on Wednesday suggested that a man named David, who came into Nigeria from Maryland, United States of America, has been taken to a government hospital in Ondo State after being suspected of having Coronavirus.

According to reports, the man is currently being observed at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure, the state capital.

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Confirming the reports, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro urged the people of Ondo state not to panic as the situation was under control.

Adegbenro said “There is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Ondo state as we speak but we are suspecting a case based on the fact that he arrived recently from the United States, and that’s all.

“We are isolating the person already and the blood sample will be taken to Lagos first tomorrow ( Thursday) morning.

“It is not a confirmed case and you are also aware that there’s a confirmed case in Ekiti but here, we are suspecting the old man had just arrived from the US and it was discovered that he has been coughing for the past one month.

We are keeping our fingers crossed and we are not leaving any stone unturned.”

Police Arrest Two Suspected Ritual Killers In Ondo

Two Men Get Death Sentence Over N12,800 Theft And Murder
A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.

 

The Police in Ondo State have arrested two suspected ritualists, namely: Idris Sule and Alfa Alhassan.

According to the police, the suspects were said to have been in possession of a human skull and two roasted hands.

Confirming their arrest to Channels Television, the Public Relations Officer of the command, CSP Femi Joseph, said the suspects were arrested in Ido-Ani in Ose Local Government Area of the state.

He also noted that Sule, a 50-year-old farmer later confessed to the crime which then led to the arrest of Alhassan, an Islamic cleric who was said to have ordered Sule to bring the human parts.

“The suspect confessed to the crime which led to the arrest of Alhassan. An investigation has commenced into the matter and details will be made known to the public soon”.

Four More Suspects Arraigned Over Killing Of Policeman In Ondo

 

Four more suspects have been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, Ondo State capital in connection with the murder of a policeman.

The four young men were alleged to have killed the policeman at the scene of a protest and attack on a church in Akure over a missing one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole.

Gold was declared missing at the children’s section of the church, Sotitobire Miracle Ministry, on Sunday, December 10, 2019, while service was in progress.

Subsequently, a rumor broke out that the remains of the missing boy had been exhumed from the altar of the church.

This sparked up violent protests which led to the burning of the church, looting, as well as the killing of a policeman and a commercial motorcyclist.

Earlier, 14 suspects were arraigned before the court for the same offence.

Speaking to journalists on the development, the spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, CSP Femi Joseph revealed that investigation is still ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

Akeredolu Presents Staff Of Office To Olowo Of Owo

 

The Olowo of Owo, Ondo State, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, has been presented with the staff and instrument of office from the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The ceremony which took place at the premises of the king’s palace on Saturday attracted dignitaries from far and wide who came to felicitate with the Olowo.

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Speaking while presenting the staff of office to Oba Ogunoye, governor Akeredolu stressed that the people of the town will enjoy a reign that will witness peace and development.

He stated that after wide consultation, the choice of Oba Ogunoye is a collective one and the healing process for the town has just commenced.

“The presentation of an instrument of appointment and staff of office to my king Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, as the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, enjoys the approval of God; he enjoys the approval of our ancestors and other aspirants who contested against him.

“This choice no doubt has set the stage for a reign which promises to witness unprecedented peace and development in Owo.

“I know all your concern; I have had discussions with you overtime since you came into this office; I’m sure you are interested in the development of this town and adjoining towns and villages; the healing process has commenced in a town which has experienced a serious crisis in the past.”

Oba Ogunoye in his speech urged the youths to venture into agriculture and address the challenges facing the town collectively.

“I must inform you that these activities were put in place to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the kingdom; Infrastructural provision, lack of unity, unemployment, illiteracy, and lack of skills among our people, prevalent cult activities particularly amongst our youths, abandonment of agriculture, lack of interest in business activities within the kingdom.

“We thank God that unity is being restored in the land and we must consolidate on that. We must encourage ourselves, particularly the youths, to go back to the farms.”

See photos from the event below:

Two Dead, Eight Injured In Ondo Road Crash

 

 

A fatal road crash has claimed the lives of two commuters in Elegbeka village, along the Owo/Benin expressway, ten kilometres from Ifon, the headquarters of Ose local government area of Ondo state.

Channels Television gathered that the crash which occurred around noon involved an Iveco mini tanker with registration number ekp392xa and a Toyota Previa vehicle adk2732w.

According to the head of operations, Ondo state sector command of the federal road safety corps, Olusegun Ogungbemide, the auto crash was caused by overspeeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

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He revealed that out of the 13 persons involved in the crash, two died while 8 sustained injuries.

The FRSC boss noted that the dead and injured victims have been taken to the federal medical centre in Owo; while their goods have been handed over to officers at the Nigeria police, Ipele, Owo division.

Ogungbemide implored all motoring public to be more conscious of the dangers in reckless driving, especially at this yuletide season, urging commuters to speak out when drivers get reckless.

VC Channels Media Group, Sola Momoh Visits Olowo Of Owo

 

The Vice-Chairman of the Channels Media Group, Mrs Sola Momoh, has paid a visit to the traditional ruler of the Owo kingdom in Ondo State, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye.

She paid the visit on Saturday after attending the convocation ceremony of Achievers University in the state.

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During the monarch commended the owners of the Channels Media Group, John and Sola Momoh for their contributions to the media profession and the society at large.

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.

Five Killed In Ondo Road Accident

 

No fewer than five people, including two children, have died in a road crash involving a bus and a truck in Ore Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide who confirmed the incident to journalists in Akure said the accident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

“On September 17, 2019, at about 7:15 am along km 46, Adekunle area in Ore, a bus, Toyota Hiace, marked AKL 930 YY and one articulated vehicle, Man Diesel, marked FGB 747 XA, were involved in a crash,” he said.

According to him, five of the 13 passengers involved in the accident died instantly while seven others sustained various degrees of injury.

The victims were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals.

Ogungbemide believes that the accident was a result of over speeding and an attempt to overtake other vehicles.

He, therefore, warned motorists to be more careful.

Daughter Of Afenifere National Leader Killed By Suspected Herdsmen In Ondo

 

Suspected herdsmen have shot and killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, a daughter of the National Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

She was killed while she was traveling along the Benin-Ore Expressway at about 2:00 pm on Friday.

The news was confirmed by the PRO of Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph.

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According to him, seven other commuters who were abducted along the highway have been rescued by the police.

Details later…

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.

Police Tear-Gas Youths Protesting At Ondo Governor’s Office

Police on Monday teargassed protesting youths from Ilaje local government area of Ondo State who stormed the main entrance of the governor’s office in Akure, the state capital.

The youths had earlier barricaded the entrance of the governors office in Akure, the state capital, preventing entry and exit at the complex.

Among the demands of the youths is the call for full autonomy for Ondo oil producing areas development commission (OSOPADEC), the interventionist agency of government established to develop the oil producing communities in the state.

According to the youths, Ilaje local government is generating the bulk of the revenue accrued to the state from oil production but the people are poor and the communities undeveloped.

The youths displayed various placards with various inscriptions and sang solidarity songs to drive home their demand from government and insisted on meeting with the governor

A large number of both regular and mobile police officers were later drafted to ensure security and avert any violence.

After many appeals by the security officials to the youths to give way fell on deaf ears, the police released some tear gas canisters and chased the protesters away from the area.

The chairman of OSOPADEC, Olugbenga Edema in reaction refuted the allegation that the funds of the commission are being used to finance the pet project of the first lady.

See more photos of the protest below…