Ondo Teenager Remanded Over Alleged Murder Of Mother

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A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, has ordered that 18-year-old Tope Momoh be remanded for allegedly killing his mother, Stella Momoh.

Tope was alleged to have strangled his mother to death during an argument in Ikakumo, a town in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state on September 6, 2022.

The defendant was arraigned before the court on a one count for murder.

The police prosecutor, Nelson Akintimehin, told the court that the defendant strangled his mother to death in the middle of the night for calling him a bastard.

Akintomehin also said adding he the defendant confessed to the commission of the crime two weeks after the deceased had been buried.

According to the prosecutor, the offence committed contravenes Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. II Law of Ondo State, 2006.

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He prayed the court to remand the defendant in a custodial centre, pending the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In his plead, the defendant said, “I did not have rest of mind since my mother has been buried. So, I was forced to confess that I strangled her to death. I want the court to show me mercy.”

The Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunnus, in his ruling, ordered the defendant to be remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, Akure. He subsequently adjourned the case till October 20, 2022.

No State Has Approval For Automatic Weapons – Presidency

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The Presidency has refuted claims that some states have been authorised to buy automatic weapons for their security outfits.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State had alleged that if the Federal Government could allow a security outfit in Katsina State to carry arms, nothing should stop him from doing the same for officers of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

But presidential media aide Garba Shehu on Tuesday, said “there is no state, not Katsina, not any other state in the federation, that has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for their security outfits.

“Under this administration, the President has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them.”

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In a statement, the media aide noted that “Where they fail to do so, the law enforcement agencies have been given clear directives to deal with any such outlaws.

“Under the existing regulations, only the Office of the National Security Adviser can issue such authorization, upon proper clearance by the President and Commander-in-Chief and as it is at this moment, no such approvals have been issued to any state government.”

He explained that “in the specific Katsina State often cited, the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari wrote to explain that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their Vigilantes for a five-day period ‘in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles,’ emphasizing that ‘the Vigilantes were not trained to take over the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria but to assist them.’

“The Presidency appreciates the active involvement of states with security matters. As they continue to expand their capabilities as well as their active collaboration with law enforcement agencies of the federation, the joint efforts continue to yield good results, thwarting attempts of terrorists to wreak havoc and destruction on communities.”

Insecurity: Abductors Of Ondo Travellers Demand N90m Ransom

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The abductors of travellers at Omi-Alafa village, along Owo-Ifon road, in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State have demanded N90 million ransom from the families of the victims.

The victims were abducted on Saturday while they were returning from a burial ceremony in Edo State.

Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo State, Mrs Bamidele Ademola- Olateju disclosed this in Akure on Monday while briefing newsmen on the abduction.

She informed that 18 out of the passengers in the bus were abducted, while nine have regained their freedom.


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“They went for a burial at Ewatota, in Esan local government area of Edo state, one of the buses, a 32 seater coastal bus hired from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo was attacked by suspected kidnappers. The vehicle was ransacked, the people were sarch and dispossessed of their valuables.

“They selected 18 out of the passengers and matched them into the bush. Some of those that were left behind immediately put a call to Amotekun corps which they swung into action.

“Among those who were taken into the bush, Amotekun found seven of them. Out of the remaining eleven, two of them escaped and only nine people are still in captivity.

“Right now as I speak, Amotekun is working with the police, the DSS, and the Nigerian Army to ensure their release,” the commissioner disclosed.

Adding, “Today, the kidnappers have made contact with families of victims and they are demanding ransom of between N3 – N10 million. Investigation of this abduction continues but it’s important to note and commend the gallant men of Amotekun in getting to the scene and rescuing victims.”

According to her, the kidnappers found it easy because the scene borders Edo state, so they strike and run back to Edo because they know Ondo is no longer a haven for criminals.

Ondo Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Killing Grandmother

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The police have arrested a man for allegedly murdering his 66-year-old grandmother in Ondo town.

The deceased, Madam Florence Olaloye, was found in a pool of blood in her room.

The accused was said to be living with her.

Another grandchild of the deceased also staying with her, Pelumi disclosed that on the fateful day, his grandmother who was preparing food sent him to the market to buy snails while the accused was indoors ironing his clothes.

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Pelumi revealed that he came back to meet the lifeless body of his grandmother in her room and quickly raised an alarm.

He reported the incident at the Police Division in the town.

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

She said the suspect and one of his friends have been arrested and are being interrogated by the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Command.

PHOTOS: Peter Obi Meets Mimiko 

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The presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and a former Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, held a meeting on Thursday. 

Mimiko shared photos of the meeting on his official handle and captioned it:  “Pleased to receive my brother, H.E. #PeterObi this morning.”

He, however, did not disclose details of their conversations.


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Thursday’s meeting is the latest in the series of consultations the former Anambra State governor has had with leaders across the country.

Recently, Obi and former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti also met but further details about the event were not revealed.

‘Religion Not The Issue’: Akeredolu Defends APC’s Same Faith Ticket 

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has defended the same faith presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), insisting that competence matters the most. 

The governor spoke on the heels of criticisms that greeted the APC presidential ticket of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, both of the Muslim faith.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the governor maintained that other issues, not religion, should be on the front burner in the lead-up to the presidential election next year.

“If you had listened to my lecture today, I was very clear. I said that religion is not the issue now. We have other issues that should be on the front burner today -restructuring; rotational presidency,” Akeredolu said on Wednesday.

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“When you talk about religion, I am saying religion should have no part to play. Competence, knowledge, and your track record should come to play in this instance,” he added.

According to him, his stance is not influenced by the fact that Tinubu will be on the ballot next year. Rather, he pinned it on power rotation to southern Nigeria.

“If you listen to my lecture, I said if Obi is elected, that would be alright; if Bola Tinubu is elected, that would be alright. For me, it must come to the south,” the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), explained.

He maintained that the country’s power-sharing deal better known as zoning should be respected.

As far as he is concerned, “since 1999, there is an understanding that we move from north to south, rotate the presidency, and that if today, we have people who want to deploy what I will call manipulation of our people on religious basis to think you can change it, then we should not accept it”.

Gunmen Shoot Driver, Abduct Traditional Head And Three Others In Ondo

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Four persons, including a traditional head in Ikare Akoko, High Chief Mukaila Bello have been abducted by gunmen on Thursday evening while traveling from Akure, the state capital, to Ikare-Akoko.

The incident was said to have happened at Ago Yeye axis, along the Owo/Ikare Road.

The driver of the car conveying them was said to have been hit on the head by a bullet from the attackers and he is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Owo.


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The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command SP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident.

She disclosed that the vehicle, a Toyota Corolla car with registration number KAK 818 AE has been recovered while the driver is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

Odunlami added that a team of policemen has been dispatched to the area and have been combing the nearby bush in order to apprehend the kidnappers and rescue the victims.

Gunmen Attack Workers At Construction Site in Owo

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Gunmen have reportedly attacked a construction company in Owo, Ondo State.

Gunshots were said to have occurred at the site of Craneburg Construction Company, Owo on Wednesday evening.

In a tweet, the police confirmed that some people were injured during the attack.

“Tonight, there was a shooting incident at Craneburg Construction Company, Owo.

“Policemen are currently at the scene, victims have been taken to hospital and they are in stable condition.”

The Chief Security Officer of the company, Tubsun Aladeselu confirmed to Channels Television that two of the workers who sustained gunshots injuries during the attack are being treated at a nearby hospital.

He said the attackers, two in number, came in a bus and started shooting sporadically.

They also used an explosive device, he added.

The assailants were said to have arrived at about 9pm while it was raining and most of the workers were indoors.

About two months ago, an expatriate engineer of the company was abducted and a soldier guarding him was shot dead at a site also in Owo.

Owo church attack

Gunmen had killed scores of church worshippers in Owo last month.

The armed men entered St Francis Catholic church in the town of Owo and fired at the congregation during a service to mark the holiday of Pentecost.

The Federal Government has blamed terrorist group Iswap for the Owo church attack, but Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has said such a conclusion is hasty.

“But whatever it is, we stand by the position that it’s a trilogy that is operating in our forests and causing havoc. We just have Fulani herdsmen right in front, followed by these bandits, and again ISWAP; so, the three of them work together and they work separately,” the Governor said while speaking with Channels Television earlier this month.

Ondo State has witnessed significant tension between farmers and herdsmen in recent years.

 

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

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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

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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

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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.