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.

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Police Arrest Two Men Accused Of Killing Boss, Daughter

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


The Ondo State Police has arrested two security guards who allegedly killed their boss Kwakye Kwaku Richard, 71; and his daughter Kwakye Tope, 27.

After committing the crime, the men were said to have hidden their remains in an uncompleted building in Akure, the state capital.

The State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday, while parading the suspects, Ayuba Idris, 20; Taisu Abubakar, 23; and three others at the commands headquarters in Akure.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Ayuba was arrested in Kano State on May 16, 2019, while the GSM phone and the suit of the missing man were recovered from him.

Subsequently, he led the detectives to a building in Ojomo Akintan Estate, Olu Foam, Ilesa/Owo Expressway, Akure where the decomposed bodies of the two missing persons were found and evacuated to the mortuary.

The other guard and suspect, Taisu, was later tracked down in Sokoto State with the laptop, computer and clothes belonging to Kwakye.

Also paraded was one Lawrence Adebayo, 54 and Martins Adetoye, 47, who reportedly broke into a car parked at the premises of a bank in Akure and stole a sum of N450 thousand.

Suspected Ritualists Abduct 60-year-old Woman In Ondo

Suspected Ritualists Kill 50-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


A 60-year old woman, Mrs Rukayat Abodunde has been abducted by two suspected ritualists who invaded her home in Ayetoro street, Ondo State.

The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the mysterious abduction, said that the incident was reported by a family member who noticed the unusual disappearance of the woman.

He stated that the police has commenced investigations into the abduction.

“The incident was reported at the police station by one Omotola Oseyemi, while the police swung into action to ensure the release of the abducted woman.

“We interrogated the people in the area but it was unfortunate that members of the family are not showing enough interest in the disappearance of the woman.”

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He said that some family members of the missing woman made some demands during a visit to the command.

“Some family members visited the station to notify the police they are no longer interested in the case but will like to handle it in a traditional way”.

Channels Television gathered from a family source who pleaded anonymity, explained that the woman who sells fish beside her house was abducted by the two gunmen who pretended to have come to patronise her.

The source said the two men started shooting sporadically into the air to scare away people and dragged Mrs Abodunde into a waiting vehicle.

The source explained that the incident was reported at the police station in Ondo, while men from the command visited the house to investigate the incident.

The PPRO, Joseph, however, said the police are still investigating the criminal act, with a promise to unravel those behind it.

Ondo Kidnap: Pregnant Doctor Regains Freedom

20 Feared Killed By Fire In Ondo Road Accident


One of the three health workers of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State abducted days ago by armed men has been released.

The Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph, confirmed the release.

The victim, Jumoke Ayeku a medical doctor, was said to have been set free as a result of her being heavily pregnant.

A staff of the hospital who also confirmed Ayeku’s release to Channels Television noted that an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom to secure her release.

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The two other abducted workers have, however, remained in captivity and Joseph says the police is working tirelessly to secure their release.

The health workers were kidnapped on Wednesday, while on their way from Akure, the state capital, to Owo.

A colleague of the victims in a phone interview with Channels Television said the abductors had demanded a sum of N50 million as ransom.

Ondo Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Deputy

20 Feared Killed By Fire In Ondo Road Accident


The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached Hon. David Oleyeloogun as its speaker, as well as his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji.

They were impeached on Friday after 18 out of the 26-member House, signed the notice.

Shortly after, Honourable Olamide George was elected as the new Speaker while Abimbola Fajolu was elected as the deputy.

Addressing newsmen at the assembly complex the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Fatai Olotu, said the former leadership was removed as a result of financial impropriety, incompetence and high handedness.

Police Arrest Cook Accused Of Killing Boss, Ope Bademosi


A cook, identified as Sunday Akfobale, who was accused of killing his boss, an Ondo High Chief, Ope Bademosi, has been apprehended by the Ondo State Police Command.

The suspect, a citizen of the Republic of Benin, was arrested on Friday and brought to the headquarters of the Ondo State Police in Akure, along with two other suspects in connection to the crime.

He was said to have committed the offence at the Lagos home of the deceased after which allegedly ran away.

The police, thereafter, declared him wanted.

Murder suspect

Addressing journalists on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, said the suspect had started divulging useful information which will help to unravel the facts connected to the crime.

Joseph, however, prevented journalists from interviewing the suspect saying he will be transferred to the Lagos State Police command where the crime was committed for proper prosecution.

Bademosi who was the Chairman of Credit Switch Technology was murdered in the early hours of Wednesday, at his Onikoyi Lane, Parkview Estate.

Man Hacks Farmer, Policeman To Death In Ondo

20 Feared Killed By Fire In Ondo Road Accident
Photo: Nigerian Muse


A middle-aged man has allegedly hacked a 75-year-old farmer, Mr Olusegun Oyadele and a police officer to death in Ondo State.

The suspect identified as ‘at-all-at-all’, was said to have attacked the septuagenarian with a cutlass in the early hours of Saturday while he was drying his cocoa seeds on his farm.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said four officers of the command were immediately deployed to the scene after the case was reported by one Veronica Olawale.

However, according to him, in an attempt to arrest the suspect, he also hacked one of the policemen to death.

The police spokesperson said it took the combined efforts of a vigilante group and the police detectives team led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, to eventually arrest the suspect after a 13-hour search in the forest.