The leaders of Ifon community, the headquarters of Ose Local Government Area in Ondo State whose monarch, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adewusi was shot and killed by suspected bandits in November 2020 have called on the police to fish out the perpetrators of the wicked act.
The leaders equally frowned at the invitation of their four elders by the police over the alleged killing of a cow in a nearby settlement.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, the President of the Ifon Development Union, Chief Femi Awani said the police invitation was based on a petition by one herdsman, Abdulahi, who claimed one of his cows was killed last month.
Awani disclosed that those invited by the police were among the community leaders temporarily holding forth following the death of their king. He mentioned the leaders invited to include Chief Ekon, Chief Olijewu, Hon Saliu Omotoso, Hon Olaniyi Eni-Olotu as well as the Chief hunter of the town.
According to Awani, another petition by one Alhaji Usman prompted the police to deploy men from the FIB Tactical Command Squad to ensure the invited leaders go to Abuja to answer the petition.
He revealed that the petition to the Force headquarters, Abuja was not only about killing of cow but alleged criminal conspiracy, a threat to life and attempted kidnapping.
Awani appealed to the Inspector General of Police(IGP) Adamu Mohammed to determine the authenticity of the letter which they saw as a ploy to intimidate the people of the community, adding that it might be a ploy to release some herders who were arrested for kidnapping around the community.
Relatives of a dead patient have beaten nurses of the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo State.
Nurses working at the facility on Monday staged a peaceful protest to show their grievances as a result of the physical attacks on colleagues by the children of a deceased patient in the hospital.
All the nurses at the hospital abandoned their jobs, vowing not to resume work until there is full assurance of the safety of their lives.
Channels Television gathered that on Sunday, three Nurses were attacked at the hospital by the relatives of a deceased patient who was brought into the hospital’s emergency ward in a critical condition.
Narrating the incident, the Chairman of nurses at the hospital, Francis Ajibola, explained that the said patient was brought too late but the nurses and doctors tried all they could do to place the patient on oxygen around 4 am on Sunday.
He said unfortunately, the patient died because the situation had become so critical, and had affected his respiratory system.
Ajibola disclosed further that the death of the patient provoked his children who pounced on the nurses on duty, inflicting serious bodily injuries on them. The nurses are presently receiving treatment at the hospital.
According to him, the nurses were not embarking on strike but have withdrawn their services until the management of the hospital provides adequate security for them while on duty.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Liasu Ahmed, confirmed the incident, saying a detailed investigation into it has commenced.
Liasu assured that the workers of the hospital will be well protected to forestall a reoccurrence of such an unfortunate incident.
He, however, said that the hospital is still open and has not been shut down, contrary to the fake news being spread by some individuals.
Ikoro, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), stated that the police have commenced an investigation into the crime.
He, however, noted that they have yet to establish the real killers of the farmer.
According to sources, the assailants engaged Ibiye in a serious fight on his farm during which they strangled him to death.
Although it has yet to be ascertained if the assailants were herdsmen, chains of related crime in the state have been blamed on herders in recent times.
Disturbed by the trend, Governor Akeredolu had issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate all forest reserves in the state.
In the directive issued on January 18, the governor also banned night-grazing, saying most farm destructions were carried out at night.
He prohibited the movement of cattle within cities and highways in the state, as well as outlawed under-aged grazing of cattle.
While the governor’s action was greeted with criticism, especially from the northern part of the country, he explained that it was aimed at ensuring the safety of lives and property of residents of the state.
The National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) Muhammadu Kirowa on Monday told governors during a meeting in Akure, Ondo State capital that they are a peaceful and democratic group.
Represented by the National Secretary of the Association, Baba Uthman Ngelzama, the Miyetti Allah leader sued for peace and stressed that dialogue is key to ensuring peaceful coexistence.
According to him, poor management of the relationship between herders and farmers led to clashes recently recorded.
As the seven-day ultimatum issued by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves expires, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) would on Monday meet the South West Governors’ Forum.
The meeting would hold in Akure, the state capital.
A source said the meeting was meant to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping, and crises between herdsmen and farmers in the region.
Confirming the meeting with Channels Television on Sunday via the telephone, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo said the meeting would hold by 12:00 noon tomorrow.
The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko has ordered the immediate closure of the institution until further notice.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the university’s acting Registrar, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, students were asked to vacate the campus today.
The statement titled Circular To All Students partly read: “Further to our circular of Saturday 23rd January 2021 and the attendant protest by students on Sunday, 24th January 2021, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof Olugbenga Ige, on behalf of Senate, has directed that the University be closed with immediate effect until further notice.”
“All students are therefore advised to vacate the campus latest by 6 pm today, Sunday 24th January 2021.”
Earlier, the institution had in a statement issued yesterday postponed indefinitely, the examinations scheduled to commence on Monday, January 24.
Men of the Nigerian Army were engaged in a gun duel with suspected kidnappers operating along the Owo-Ifon Expressway in Ondo State around midnight on Thursday.
The soldiers, ostensibly on patrol along the expressway, reportedly rammed into the kidnappers who had barricaded the road, while attempting to abduct some travellers.
The Public Relations Officer of 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Owena Cantonment, based in Akure, the state capital, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.
According to Omojokun, the soldiers were on patrol in the area, and on sighting the soldiers, the hoodlums opened fire on them while the soldiers responded too.
He disclosed that when the hoodlums could no longer resist the soldiers gunfire, they subsequently abandoned the victims and fled into a nearby forest with gunshots injuries.
Some of the soldiers too were said to have sustained injuries and are presently receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.
The Owo/Ifon highway has been a major route where kidnappers operate often in Ondo State.
A first class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi was shot and killed while traveling on the road in November.
An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced a Pastor, John Abiodun to two years imprisonment over a false allegation against the founder of an Akure-based church.
Earlier in 2019, the pastor had been dragged before the court for lying against the founder of the Promiseland Prophetic Ministry, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi.
Abiodun alleged that seven placentas were buried on the church’s altar.
Akinbiyi thereafter dragged Abiodun, a former member of the church, to the court.
Abiodun, alongside a lecturer of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof Lanre Olu-Adeyemi were arraigned before the court on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, publications of false information, perjury, impersonation, threatening violence amongst others.
The second defendant, Olu-Adeyemi, was said to be the administrator of the WhatsApp group, through which the false publication and accusation was circulated.
Delivering the judgment on Thursday, the trial judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe found Abiodun who is the first defendant guilty of count 5 of the charge for contradicting himself while giving evidence on the allegation against him.
The judge listed allegations against the Abiodun to include using different church WhatsApp platforms and other social media to malign, carry out false publication and wrongly accuse the founder of the church.
The court, however, found Abiodun guilty of committing perjury which is punishable under Section 118 of the criminal code, laws of Ondo State.
The judge also held that, in law, anybody found guilty of perjury was liable to life or 14 years imprisonment but due to the plea by the defence counsel, Mr Olanrewaju Adesanmi, who pleaded leniency, the jail term was reduced to two years.
The second defendant, Olu-Adeyemi was, however, discharged and acquitted due to lack of evidence against him.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Kayode Dare expressed satisfaction with the judgement.
Barely 24 hours after Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu directed herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state within 7 days, the Federal Government countered that order saying herdsmen can’t leave the state.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the Presidency said Akeredolu, being a senior lawyer would be the least expected to unilaterally expel thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.
“Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a seasoned lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and indeed, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has fought crime in his state with passion and commitment, greater sensitivity and compassion for the four years he has run its affairs and, in our view, will be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals,” the statement partly read.
“If this were to be the case, rights groups will be right in expressing worries that the action could set off a chain of events which the makers of our constitution foresaw and tried to guard against.
“We want to make it clear that kidnapping, banditry and rustling are crimes, no matter the motive or who is involved. But, to define crime from the nameplates, as a number of commentators have erroneously done- which group they belong to, the language they speak, their geographical location or their faith is atavistic and cruel.”
According to Shehu, kidnapping, banditry and rustling are crimes no matter the motives or who is involved.
Earlier on Monday, Akeredolu explained that the order had become imperative due to the increasing incidents of kidnap cases in the state.
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IN TACKLING CRIME, ONDO STATE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ACT OUTSIDE THE CONSTITUTION
The Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the “orders” by the government of the state, “asking herders to vacate the forests in seven days.”
What is clearly emerging, is a lack of consistency in messaging which in turn leads to various contradictions regarding accuracy and the intent behind the message. There is little to be said other than to call for restraint on both sides and urge the state government and the leadership of the Fulani communities to continue their dialogue for a good understanding that will bring to an urgent end, the nightmarish security challenges facing the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a seasoned lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and indeed, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has fought crime in his state with passion and commitment, greater sensitivity and compassion for the four years he has run its affairs and, in our view, will be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.
If this were to be the case, rights groups will be right in expressing worries that the action could set off a chain of events which the makers of our constitution foresaw and tried to guard against.
We want to make it clear that kidnapping, banditry and rustling are crimes, no matter the motive or who is involved. But, to define crime from the nameplates, as a number of commentators have erroneously done- which group they belong to, the language they speak, their geographical location or their faith is atavistic and cruel.
We need to delink terrorism and crimes from ethnicity, geographical origins and religion—to isolate the criminals who use this interchange of arguments to hinder law enforcement efforts as the only way to deal effectively with them.
The President, who swore to defend the constitution has spoken against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in asking citizens of Northern origin to leave; he did not spare the group based in Sokoto, ‘Muslim Solidarity Forum,’ which asked the Bishop of Sokoto to leave and is prepared to do all that the law permits to protect citizens all over the country in their choice of where they wished to reside and are treated as equal citizens.
The government of Ondo, and all the 35 others across the federation must draw clear lines between the criminals and the law abiding citizens who must equally be saved from the infiltrators. Beyond law and order, the fight against crime is also a fight for human values which are fundamental to our country.