Gunmen Invade Palace, Abduct Traditional Ruler In Ondo

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, have abducted a traditional ruler, Oba Clement Jimoh Olukotun, the Oloso of Oso-Ajowa, in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the palace of the traditional ruler on Thursday night and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

A source from the community told Channels Television on Friday that the gunmen shot sporadically and destroyed the monarch’s main door to gain access into his residential building.

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He added that the gunmen shot and damaged doors to force their way into the palace but no one was injured.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone chat on Friday.

She stated that police from the nearest division in Oke-Agbe, the headquarters of the local government have been deployed to the area to rescue the traditional ruler.

Meanwhile, gunmen have attacked a mosque in the Ughelli area of Delta State

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, Bright Edafe confirmed the attack on Friday.

According to the police, the gunmen attacked the Central mosque, located along Okoroda street in Ughelli in the early hours of Friday while the Muslim faithful were doing their morning prayers

It is still unclear the number of persons injured during the attack but the police spokesman assured that the incident is being investigated.

Three Secondary School Boys Gang-Rape Junior Student In Ondo

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Three male secondary school students have been arrested by the police for the alleged gang-raping of a 14-year-old SSS 1 girl in Ondo State.

The three suspects are identified as Idris Matthew,17, Olawale Tobi, 18, and Ajayi Micheal, 17

The Suspects were said to have committed the crime at Akure High School in Akure, the state capital.

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It was gathered that the victim went into the bush near the school to defecate when she was accosted and raped by the suspects.

After the incident, the victim was said to have entered the classroom with bloodstains on her uniform.

The incident was reported to the school authorities which reported at the nearest police station.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

Odunlami stated that the three suspects have been arrested and are presently in police custody.

Gunmen Kidnap Akeredolu’s Ex-Aide In Ondo

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted Richard Omosehin, a former aide to Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

The victim was said to have been kidnapped at his residence in Igbekebo, the headquarters of the Ese- Odo Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about six came to the community on a speed boat and went to the house of the victim and whisked him away in the boat.

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According to a resident of the community, the gunmen arrived the victim’s house at about 2am on Saturday to kidnap him.

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

She disclosed that investigation had commenced on the incident, adding that a team of policemen had been drafted and are currently on the trail of the gunmen.

Odunlami expressed hope that the hoodlums would soon be apprehended and the victim rescued unhurt.

Gunmen Abduct BEDC Staff Along Owo-Benin Highway In Ondo

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Gunmen have abducted a staff of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, along the Owo-Benin Highway in Ondo State.

The victim, Seun Emmanuel who is a driver and the manager in the BEDC Ondo Region was attacked by the armed men while traveling from Ifon, the headquarters of the Ose Local Government Area in the state, to Akure on official assignment.

It was gathered that the duo ran into the gunmen who barricaded the road just before Elegbeka town along the Owo-Ifon Road and shot at their BEDC-branded Hilux van.

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One of the vehicle tyres was hit by a bullet, the driver lost control, and the vehicle swerved into the nearby bush.

The manager was said to have become unconscious and the kidnappers left him, believing he had died but abducted the driver. It was also learnt that the boss was rescued from the scene after the hoodlums had left.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command,  Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation. She revealed that the anti-kidnapping unit of the state command had taken over the case and would ensure the victim regains his freedom.

She appealed to members of the public with any relevant information that could lead to the rescue of the victim not to hesitate to notify the police.

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.

Mutilated Body Of Missing Ondo Civil Servant Found

The late Gbenga Olofingboyegun

 

The remains of a senior civil servant in Ondo State, Mr. Gbenga Olofingboyegun, who has been declared missing since last Thursday have been found in Akure, the state capital.

The deceased, who was a director in the Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, was beheaded and his intestines removed. His decomposing body was discovered in a classroom at Saint Theresa’s Primary School, Oyemekun Road in Akure.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

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Odunlami says a family member of the deceased has identified him with the suit on him which he put on to the office on the day he was declared missing.

The Police PRO noted that investigations into the dastard incident have since commenced, hoping to arrest the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Olofingboyegun’s remains have been deposited at the mortuary.

Gunmen Abduct 32 Travellers In Ondo

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted 32 travellers around Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The victims were said to be returning from a burial ceremony in Edo State on Saturday when the incident happened.


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It is not yet established whether the kidnappers have reached out to the families of the victims for payment of ransom to secure their release.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo Police SP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the abduction to Channels Television in a telephone chat.

Odunlami however disclosed that one of the victims has been rescued and is now giving the police useful information regarding the incident, in a bid ton rescue other victims.

Ondo Govt Places N50,000 Bounty On Kidnappers

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As part of measures aimed at improving security, the Ondo State Government has placed fifty thousand naira (N50, 000) as a reward for anyone who exposes or reports incidents leading to the arrest of kidnappers or other criminals in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, stated this on Wednesday after the weekly state executive council meeting in Akure.

According to her, the development was to further encourage citizens to give useful and timely information about criminal activities in any part of the state.

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“From now on, anyone who reports a crime and we follow the trail, and it leads to a successful prosecution of the criminal, that person will be offered a reward of fifty thousand naira,” she said in Akure.

“We want people in Ondo state to say something when they see something. We want our people to be proactive in the area of security to rid Ondo State of criminals, bandits, and terrorists”

“The toll-free line is 0800-555-5555. Anybody can call to give security tips and report any criminal activities in his or her area,” the commissioner added.

She appealed to the public to give timely reportage of criminal activities, assuring that the government would protect anybody who does so.

19-Year-Old Ondo Monarch Graduates From Secondary School

A 19-year-old traditional ruler, the Arujale Ojima of Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Oloyede Adeyeoba Akinghare ll.

 

A 19-year-old traditional ruler, the Arujale Ojima of Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Oloyede Adeyeoba Akinghare ll, has graduated from secondary school.

The young traditional ruler took to Instagram to share photos from his graduation ceremony, appreciating those who helped him achieve the feat earlier this month.

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“Congratulations to me as the journey of 6 years in secondary school finally ended today thankful to God Almighty, my parents, my sisters, my chiefs, my friends, well-wishers, and the entire citizens of Okeluse Kingdom for all the support everyone of you has rendered throughout the 6years of being in a boarding school,” he wrote.

“My journey into adulthood begins now with the numerous tasks ahead of me and I implore every single lover out there to support me as I can’t do this alone.

“I will continue to strive for the development of my kingdom, my people, and elevating the stool of my forefathers into greatness. HRM Oba Oloyede Adeyeoba Akinghare 11, Arujale, Ojima of Okeluse, Kingdom.”

Oba Akinghare is said to be the youngest ruling Yoruba monarch. Following his father’s death in 2019, the teenager was crowned king at 16.

Amotekun Nabs Suspects Over Kidnap Of Ondo Traditional Head, Others

The men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, the Amotekun, have apprehended six persons suspected to have abducted a traditional head, High Chief Mukaila Bello, and three others along the Owo/Ikare-Akoko Road.

The victims were travelling from Akure to Ikare last Thursday when the assailants attacked them around Ago Paanu village, shooting the driver of the vehicle in the head and abducting the other occupants of the vehicle.

Parading the suspects at the head office of Amotekun in Akure, the Commander of the Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, told newsmen how the suspects were apprehended.

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“We were able to recover clothes, beads, and shoes of the victims from two of them who led us to the hideout of the remaining four,” he said.

“We still have about three others, according to them, at large. But we have been able to successfully find out the location of the remaining culprits and as we talk now, the victims are alive and in good condition.”

Also paraded are two men suspected to have abducted a man from his residence in Ore, Ondo State.

Amotekun Intercepts Over 160 Travellers In Ondo State


Over 160 persons, mainly youths of northern extraction, have again been apprehended by men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, the Amotekun.

The men were hiding in two trucks, under some cows and motorcycles conveying them from the northern part of Nigeria. The invaders, this time around 168, are mainly middle-aged men. Some charms were recovered from the invaders by Amotekun Corps.

Parading the invaders at the Head Office of Amotekun in Ondo state, the Commander of the agency in the state, Adetunji Adeleye noted that they were hiding inside the trucks in a suspicious manner.

“On careful observation, we found out that they concealed about 40 motorcycles with over 100 persons lying beneath them,” he said

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He said after interrogation, the suspects could not give a satisfactory reason for coming to the state.

Adeleye appealed to residents of Ondo State to always be on alert and notify the Amotekun of any strange persons in their vicinity.

The Chairman of the Hausa Community in Ondo State Bala Umar dissociated himself and his members from the invaders.

“There is no leader in Ondo State that know about their coming and there is no well-meaning Nigerian that should not be bothered about the influx to this place,” he added.

“If you look at them, they are very young boys who can cause havoc and run back. It is very embarrassing.”

He said on several occasions he had warned against the influx of such persons without a mission to the state.

It would be recalled that last week, the Amotekun Corps apprehended 151

invaders from the northern part of the country hiding inside two trucks loading bags of beans in Akure.

Ondo Amotekun Intercept Over 150 Suspected Invaders Who Hid Under Rice Bags

 

Men of the Ondo State security network agency, the Amotekun Corps, have apprehended over 150 suspected invaders of northern extraction in Akure, the state capital.

The persons were intercepted around 6:30 am on Thursday, along the Akure/Ado-Ekiti Highway during a stop and search operation by the corps.

The drivers of the two trucks conveying the invaders claimed they are coming from Abuja, Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa states to Ondo State.


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While addressing newsmen in Akure about the incident, the Commander of Amotekun in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed that they hid under bags of rice and beans in the trucks, noting that they could not tell their mission in the state.

He added that some charms and photographs were found on them while the motorcycles in their possession did not have valid papers.

Adeleye explained that the travelers will be interrogated and profiled before sending them back to their bases.