Ondo Police Foil Armed Robbery Attack On Bullion Van

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The Ondo State Police Command has foiled a robbery attack on a bullion van belonging to a new generation bank operating in the state.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Thursday that the driver of the bullion van alerted the police division nearby, leading to the deployment of officers to the scene to dislodge the robbers.

The van which was said to be conveying an undisclosed amount of cash from Ondo town to Akure, the state capital while the incident happened.

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Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro also confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone chat.

He said the robbery attack was unsuccessful, noting that no one sustained injuries in the attack.

This is coming barely two weeks after a similar robbery happened in Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, in which three persons were shot dead by the armed men.

Ondo Poll: Buhari Praises Akeredolu, Asks Opposition To Sheathe Its Sword

In this file photo taken on September 4, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari endorses Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the APC candidate in the Ondo State governorship election.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on his victory at the Supreme Court.

He also commended the judgement of the apex court which upheld the re-election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the October 10, 2020 polls.

The President praised the governor on Wednesday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He urged Governor Akeredolu and all elected leaders of the ruling party to always place the people first in their consideration of development programmes and projects.

President Buhari affirmed that the popularity of the APC would continue to depend on performance and acceptance by the electorate.

He also commended the governor for assiduously working for the development of the state, with reforms that continue to attract the goodwill of investors, and insistence that education, health and security take priority.

The President noted that the Supreme Court Judgement, preceded by that of the Court of Appeal, has further bolstered the strength and reach of the APC and its bright chances of consolidation in coming elections.

He called on the opposition to sheathe the sword, work for the development of Ondo State, and wished the government and people a prosperous future.

A seven-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court had upheld the re-election of Governor Akeredolu after hearing the appeal of Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While four of the justices held his re-election, the three others disagreed with the majority judgement, stressing that Akeredolu’s candidacy in the October 10, 2020, poll was a nullity.

They held that the appeal filed by the appellants had merit and ought not to be struck out by the appellate court.

Jegede and his party had asked the Court of Appeal in Akure, Ondo State capital to sack Akeredolu because his nomination form was signed by a sitting governor, Mai Mala Buni (of Yobe State), who doubled as the Acting National Chairman of the APC.

The appeal was filed in line with the constitutional provision that forbade a sitting governor from holding executive positions outside their statutory position as governors.

But the appellate court struck out the appeal for lack of merit – a decision which made the appellants seek redress in at the Supreme Court.

Anxiety Filled My Camp Days To Supreme Court Judgement, Akeredolu Admits

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu reacts to the Supreme Court verdict of July 28, 2021 at the Government House in Akure.

 

Hours after the Supreme Court ruled on the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has admitted that anxiety filled his camp in the build-up of the apex court judgment.

The governor, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, said when he got wind of information that the legal battle may not go in his favour, he resorted to prayers.

Following Akeredolu’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had asked the Court of Appeal in Akure to sack Akeredolu, saying his nomination form was signed by a sitting governor, Mai Mala Buni (of Yobe State), who doubled as the Acting National Chairman of the APC.

The appeal was filed in line with the constitutional provision that forbade a sitting governor from holding executive positions outside their statutory position as governors.

But the appellate court struck out the appeal for lack of merit – a decision which made the appellants seek redress in at the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, a seven-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court had upheld the re-election of Governor Akeredolu in a majority judgement of four against three.

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But Akeredolu reacted to the Supreme Court verdict, said he never envisaged a problem could arise that might make him forfeit his position as governor.

“The news we had later, few days to this judgement gave us a lot of anxiety. Is it possible for anyone to think otherwise, that the judgment of the Court of Appeal – five of them finding in our favour  – can anybody think he would turn it?” he said.

“When it came out that there was some problem that could happen, there was apprehension and I am not going to deny that fact. We were worried but trusted in the God we believed in.

“Some of us are strong believers; I am a man of faith. And because of that my belief, I trusted in my God. I resumed prayers and knew that God had heard those prayers.”

The governor later added that if the case did not turn out in his favour, he would have packed out of the Ondo State Government House, Akure.

Meanwhile, Jegede has congratulated Akeredolu following the judgement of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and PDP’s candidate in the election, made the gesture on Wednesday despite his loss to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate at the apex court.

“Now that we have explored the grievance procedure permitted by the constitution and the law, it is time to give glory to God,” he said in a statement personally signed by him.

The senior advocate added, “With this outcome, our respect and reverence for the judiciary and our justices of the supreme court has not diminished.”

He also thanked the legal team, led by Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), for their commitment, industry, and dedication to the cause, as well as for their sacrifice.

Jegede commended the people of Ondo for their steadfastness, saying the decision to approach the apex court was for service and the collective interest of the majority of the people.

‘I Appreciate Judiciary For Standing By The Truth’: Akeredolu Hails Supreme Court Verdict

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu reacts to the Supreme Court verdict of July 28, 2021 at the Government House in Akure.

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has commended the judiciary for upholding his victory in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.

The Supreme Court affirmed Akeredolu’s victory on Wednesday, striking out the suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, for lacking in merit.

Reacting to the verdict at the Government House in Akure, the Ondo governor said the judiciary stood for the truth and did not yield to any influence.

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“I have every reason to thank God and to appreciate our judiciary for standing by the truth and for not yielding to any influence. I believe that we can still be proud of our judiciary in this country,” he said.

“I just heard the news of the final decision of the final court on the election petition filed by my brother, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN. The supreme dismissed his appeal on a 4-3 basis and that in essence is that from the Tribunal up to the Supreme Court.

“The justices have affirmed that the petition was most frivolous. As you know 12 Justices have affirmed in our favour and only three supported that petition, three at the Tribunal, five at the Court of Appeal, and four at the Supreme Court.”

Akeredolu was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the October 10, 2020, Governorship election in Ondo State.

The PDP and its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede had earlier approached the appeal court to challenge the candidacy of Akeredolu, insisting that his nomination form was signed by a sitting Governor Mai Buni who doubles as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

The appeal was based on the constitutional provision which forbids sitting Governors from holding executive positions outside their statutory position as governors.

Ondo Assembly Passes Anti-Grazing Bill, Two Others

(File Photo) The Ondo State House of Assembly.

 

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Friday passed a bill to regulate security, rearing and grazing of livestock and establishment of ranches.

The Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, Honourable Taofeek Oladele observed that the bill when passed into law will prevent the destruction of farm crops in the state.

Oladele noted that the law will address clashes between herders and farmers, enhance the growth of livestock farming, prevent control and manage the spread of diseases and as well encourage modern techniques of animal husbandry.

After a thorough debate on the bill, it was considered necessary for approval and the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Bamidele Oleyeloogun ruled in favour of the bill after a voice vote.

The lawmakers also passed two other bills into law: the judicial autonomy bill as well as the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill.

Suspected Armed Robber Mobbed To Death In Ondo

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A suspected armed robber named Emmanuel who has been terrorising the residents of Ayede-Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State has been mobbed to death.

It was gathered that the suspect who had been convicted earlier had been on the watch list of residents of the town after he was released, returned and continued his nefarious activities.

However, the suspect met his waterloo on Sunday when he was trying to escape with four motorcycles he had snatched from their owners but the truck being used to convey them broke down.

He was caught and the residents mobbed him, beating him up mercilessly.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday via a telephone conversation, noting that the suspect had been badly injured before the police arrived at the scene.

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According to Ikoro, the suspect died before getting to the hospital.

Ikoro frowned at the jungle justice done against the suspect, adding that the police is presently investigating the incident.

In a related development, the pastor of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Otamayomi Ogedengbe has been released.

The pastor was abducted last week right in his church premises in Irese community, near Akure, the state capital.

The abductors had reached out to the family of the victim, demanding for a sum of 30 million naira as ransom to secure his release.

A member his church who confirmed the pastor’s release under a condition of anonymity did not disclose whether a ransom was paid before the abductors released the pastor.

When contacted, the police spokesman said that he is yet to be informed that the pastor has been released.

200-Level Ondo Varsity Student Commits Suicide

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It is a black Eid el-Fitri in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko community as a 200-level student of the institution has committed suicide.

20-year-old Feranmi Fasunle of the Department of Political Science was reported to have taken a poisonous chemical which resulted in her death.

According to a source from the university community, the deceased took the poison in her room and started gasping for breath.

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She was rushed to the University’s Health Centre from where she was referred to other hospitals but she died this morning.

The spokesperson of the university, Victor Akinpelumi confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He expressed sadness on the incident, noting that the reasons for her action remained unknown but sources said it might be connected to a failed relationship.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria has the highest suicidal rate among African countries in 2016 with over 17,000 lives lost to suicide.

Ondo Govt Imposes 24-Hour Curfew On Community Over Chieftaincy Crisis

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

The Ondo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of the State as a result of the violent clashes in the town over a chieftaincy title.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo via a statement issued on Wednesday, noting that the curfew takes immediate effect.

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“In the meantime, Government has ordered the immediate suspension of all activities relating to the Olokoja chieftaincy title,” he said.

“In this regard, no one is permitted to parade himself as Olokoja, or engage in promotional activities relating to the title in question. This directive takes immediate effect.”

He warned that anyone who violates or contravenes this order shall face the full wrath of the Law as dire consequences await such defaulters.

Peace Restored In Ondo Community After Chieftaincy Dispute

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Peace has been restored in the Ondo community after gunshots were heard in the town over a chieftaincy title.

Security personnel including the police, mobile police as well as the Army were on Tuesday been deployed to Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The crisis which started on Monday, continued on Tuesday morning, escalating and leading to the use of dangerous weapons like guns.

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Many residents, especially artisans and traders were terrified and forced to close down their businesses and desert the area.

The Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television via telephone.

He noted that the police, army, and other security agents have been deployed to the area to restore peace, adding that normalcy has since returned to the town.

Ikoro disclosed that there has not been any report of casualty recorded during the crisis.

Ondo Govt Orders Evacuation Of 42 Strangers Out Of State

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Government has ordered men of Amotekun Corps to escort 42 men apprehended in Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area out of the state.

The men, who were of northern extraction: from Kano and Jigawa States were said to have arrived in the town on Thursday evening.

The arrival of the men created suspense and apprehension among the residents of the town who quickly alerted the security agencies.

When interrogated, the men said they were brought into the state by a non-profit organisation to undergo training as security agents at the Nigerian Army barracks in the town. However, the authorities of the barracks did not give them access because there was no signal to that effect from their headquarters.

Addressing journalists on the development, Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo disclosed that if not for the timely intervention of officials of government, particularly Amotekun Commander and the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security Matters, the situation would have degenerated to the extent of lynching and jungle justice.

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According to him, the 42 men have been escorted by Amotekun Corps to the boundary with a neighboring state, from where they will find their way back to their destinations.

Ojogo advised the people of the state, especially government officials to be careful of their utterances in a security-related situation like this.

“I have the instructions and the directive of Mr Governor to use this medium inform everybody, particularly, government officials, that any security situation we found ourselves, the first point of contact must be security agencies,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Akure-based 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun disclosed that the men were not allowed into the premises of the barracks as they were handed over to the police.

He added that the Army did not have any signal to conduct any form of training in Okitipupa barracks.

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro revealed that following the tip of by residents, the men were rounded up by the police and handed over to the Amotekun Corps.

Amotekun Allays Fear Of Security Threat In Okitipupa Town

A screengrab taken on May 2, 2021, shows a signpost of the operational office of Amotekun Corps in Akure, Ondo State.

 

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps has appealed to the residents of Okitipupa to remain calm following the report of apprehension over a purported security threat in the town after 42 men from Jigawa and Kano states were apprehended.

The Commander of the corps, Adetunji Adeleye, made the plea on Sunday while briefing reporters in Akure, the state capital.

“We feel that we should let the good people of Ondo State know that there is no crisis in Okitipupa Local Government Area,” he said.

There has been apprehension in Okitipupa after reports emerged that dozens of men from the northern part of the country were brought to the town at night.

In a bid to calm the tension, Amotekun operatives were said to have mobilised to the town after which the visitors were moved to the headquarters of the security outfit in Akure for profiling.

Upon interrogation, it was discovered that the persons were brought to the town for employment by a non-profit organisation.

He stated that their sponsors claimed that they were brought to the state for training after which they would be deployed as security officials.

“The mission that they claimed they came for, we found out that it was not too clear and upon profiling, we found out that majority of them do not know how they got to where they got to; all they were told was that they were going for training.

“From detailed investigation, we were able to narrow it down to the sponsors and they also claimed to belong to an NGO. Right now, we look at them as a security risk to the state,” said the Amotekun boss.

He added, “The way it was portrayed, it was as if some militants or hoodlums have taken over (Okitipupa). For the good people of Okitipupa Local Government, we want to assure them that we are firmly on the ground in conjunction with other security agencies.

“There is no problem, and people should go about their businesses normally. We are not leaving anything untouched.”

From the Amotekun office, the visitors were escorted to a boundary with a neighbouring state, from where they were asked to find their way to their various destinations.

Gunmen Abduct Three Construction Workers In Ondo

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Gunmen have abducted three construction workers in Ondo State.

The victims were among those working on the rehabilitation of the Ikaram/ Akunnu -Akoko axis of Akoko North/West and North/East Local Government Areas of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone call on Wednesday, adding that the workers were kidnapped on Tuesday.

He noted that two of the abducted workers are from the southwestern part of the country, while the third one hails from Plateau State.

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According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Salami has ordered a detachment of policemen to the area to search for and rescue the victims and also apprehend the abductors.

The police spokesman explained that other sister security agencies such as the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)as well as local hunters are also involved in the operation.

He appealed to residents of the area and the state, in general, to be alert always and report any suspicious persons they notice to the police in time.