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…

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.