Suspected Herdsmen Kill Three, Set Houses, Farms Ablaze In Ondo

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Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have reportedly shot three persons dead in Molege, an agrarian settlement in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The men were said to have stormed the area at about midnight on Thursday, setting some houses and farms ablaze.

According to sources, the assailants claimed their cows ate poisoned crops and died, hence the need for revenge.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Oyeyemi Oyediran,  led a team of police officers to the area on Friday to assess the level of damage done.

“The CP during his visit to the scene met with the community members, encouraged them, allayed their fears and vowed to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the evil act accordingly,” a statement from the command’s spokesperson, Funmilayo Odunlami, read.

“CP Oyeyemi immediately deployed men of the special squads and police mobile force personnel to the community to ensure the protection of lives and property in the area.”

The commissioner assured the people of Ondo that the police would ensure that their lives and property were adequately protected.

He also enjoined residents to give the police genuine information that would help reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.

Police Dismantle Roadblocks Along Benin-Ore Highway

Police operatives in Ondo State remove roadblocks in the state.

 

Roadblocks are being dismantled along the Ore/Benin Highway in an exercise led by the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Oyeyemi Oyediran.

The exercise, which involved top police officers in the state is sequel to the directive by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba that all be removed to allow easy flow of traffic.

According to the police commissioner, the aim is to ensure that the checkpoints do not become a  nuisance to motorists and other road users.

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“The Inspector-General of Police made it clear that Ore-Benin-Onitsha road should be an easy passage for travellers. We want our policemen to be on the road but we don’t want a situation whereby they will be a problem to the road users,” CP Oyediran said.

“This is the reason why we are on this road today. We have been able to put sanity into what is happening and we shall continue by the grace of God. Please tell others that we will not tolerate indiscipline. Anybody who notices anything untoward on this road should please contact us.”

Gunmen Kill High Chief Of Owo Kingdom In Ondo

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Gunmen have shot and killed a High Chief in the Owo Kingdom in Ondo State, The Elerewe, Tunde Ilori.

Ilori was reportedly killed on Wednesday while returning from where he and other chiefs had gone to settle a dispute.

A yet-to-be-identified chief was also shot by the gunmen and is currently receiving treatment at a health facility in the town.

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Some aggrieved youths in the town in the evening on Wednesday staged a protest, blocking the road and burning tyres at the First Bank area of Owo.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday via a telephone conversation.

She said the police are currently investigating the incident with the purpose of apprehending and prosecuting the murderers.

Amotekun Impounds 50 Unregistered Vehicles In Ondo

A file photo of Amotukn corps during an operation in Ondo State recently.

 

As part of government’s efforts in beefing up security in Ondo State, especially during the yuletide season, the South-West Security Network Agency, the Amotekun Corps has impounded about 50 vehicles with unauthorised tinted glasses.

In a chat with journalists at the headquarters of Amotekun corps in Ondo, Commander of the Corps in the state, Adetunji Adeleye disclosed that the government had earlier given a two-week ultimatum to all vehicle users with tinted glasses to obtain police permit.

He said some hoodlums are fond of hiding under the darkness at night, moving around, using such vehicles to commit evil acts in the state.

According to Adeleye, recently, there was an intelligence report that bandits are about striking and carrying out nefarious activities in some parts of the southwest, and the public was notified of it.

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He noted that subsequently,  there were armed robbery attacks in some of the areas mentioned in the report; one in Ekiti and one in Osun state.

He added that operatives of the Amotekun Corps, the Nigerian Police, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are already positioned on the major roads in the state to enforce the directive.

The Amotekun boss debunked the allegation that some of its officers were going around checking people’s phones and demanding vehicle particulars of motorists on the roads.

He described the allegations as cheap social media blackmail which could not prevent the security agents from ensuring the safety of the residents of the state.

Appeal Court Frees Ondo Prophet Jailed For Life Over Missing Child

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The Court of Appeal Sitting in Akure has discharged and acquitted a prophet, Alfa Babatunde, who was sentenced to life imprisonment over the mysterious disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, from his church.

Justice Hamma Barka delivered the judgement on Friday and set aside the judgement of an Ondo State High Court which sentenced Babatunde.

Babatunde, who founded Sotitibire Praising Chapel in Akure, was arrested by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) after Gold was said to have disappeared during service in November 2019.

He was later taken to court along with six members of the church over allegations that they conspired to kidnap the boy.

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The clergyman and the other suspects have since been remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Facility in the Ondo State capital while the case continued.

In October 2020, Justice Olusegun Odusola of the high court in Akure sentenced the prophet and five others to life imprisonment.

The seventh person was discharged and acquitted as the court held that the prosecution counsel could not prove any case against him.

The defendants were sentenced on two counts of kidnapping, as well as aiding and abetting to kidnap, based on the evidence provided by the prosecutor.

Those charged along with Prophet Babatunde were Olayinka Omodara, Margaret Oyebola, Grace Ogunjobi, Motunrayo Egunjobi, Esther Kayode and Peter Anjorin.

Four months after he began his jail sentence, Babatunde approached the Court of Appeal in February to prove his innocence in the crime.

When the case resumed at the appellate court, the presiding judge, Justice Rita Pemu, reserved the judgement to a date to be communicated to all relevant parties.

At the resumed sitting of the court on Friday, Justice Barka set aside the judgement of the high court on the ground that the evidence presented was not strong enough to convict the prophet.

Alleged Fraud: Arraignment Of Ondo Assembly Speaker Stalled

(File Photo) The Ondo State House of Assembly.

 

The arraignment of the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun at an Ondo State High Court on Tuesday has been stalled.

This is owing to the absence of the Counsel to the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in court

The EFCC had in March 2021 detained Oleyeloogun and the Clerk of the Ondo State House of Assembly, the Lawmaker representing Akoko South-West Constituency 1, Felemu Bankole for alleged N2.4 million fraud.

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Two civil servants attached to the House of Assembly; Olusegun Kayode and Afolabi O. J. were also detained over the alleged fraud.

Meanwhile, journalists who were at the court, located at the premises of the  Correctional Centre in Olokuta, Akure to cover the court proceedings were  barred.

Ondo Principal, Teachers Regain Freedom Five Days After Abduction

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The principal of Auga Community Grammar School in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State, Joshua Adeyemi abducted along with his Vice, Ifedayo Yesufu, and two teachers of the school have regained their freedom after spending five days in the kidnappers’ den.

Initially, the five teachers on the trip were kidnapped by armed men while travelling along the Auga/Ise road, but one of them, who was pregnant, was said to have been released the same day due to her condition.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed their release to Channels Television.

Odunlami disclosed that the victims were released at Imoga community, close to Ibilo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.

According to her, the victims are in good condition and have since reunited with their families.

It could not be ascertained if the families of the victims paid ransom before their release.

Panic Grips Ondo Community Over Killing Of Woman At Church Entrance

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Fear has gripped residents of the Iwaro community in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State over the killing of a woman at a church entrance.

The victim, a middle-aged woman – Mrs. Veronica Dare – was murdered in front of a Deeper Life Bible Church in the community.

She was said to have been murdered while going to the church to perform her duty as a sanitation worker in the church.

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Her body was discovered on the floor, soaked in her blood, with a deep cut on her neck.

The remains of the woman have been deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Iwaro by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident on Monday in a telephone conversation with Channels Television.

She expressed sadness on the wicked act, saying the police investigation has commenced to apprehend the killers of the woman.

Gunmen Abduct Principal, Four Others In Ondo State

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Gunmen have kidnapped a principal, Joshua Adeyemi, alongside four other persons along the Auga/Ise-Akoko Road in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state.

Adeyemi, the principal of Auga Community Grammar School, was abducted together with his vice, Ifedayo Yesufu, and three other teachers in the school at gunpoint.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon as the victims, who were travelling in a Toyota Corolla, were rounded up and taken into the forest by the attackers.

Channels Television gathered that one of the victims – a pregnant lady – Blessing Okeke, was released by the abductors due to her condition after she had trekked for over one hour in the forest.

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It was Okeke that alerted the families of the victims who then reported the incident to the police.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami, who also confirmed the incident in a telephone chat with Channels Television correspondent, said a team of policemen has since been deployed to the area.

She said the team is combing the forest and the entire vicinity to rescue the remaining four victims and apprehend the kidnappers.

Ondo Govt Imposes 24-Hour Curfew Over Killings In Ikare

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The Ondo State government has imposed a curfew on Ikare following the killings recorded in parts of the ancient town.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo, Donald Ojogo, who announced this in a statement, said the curfew was with immediate effect and would last 24 hours.

He explained that the decision of the government became necessary in view of security reports and credible intelligence arising from the situation in Ikare – the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of the state.

According to the commissioner, some deaths were recorded from sporadic gunshots that have spread through the town in the last 12 hours.

While describing the situation as unacceptable, he stated that security agencies have been directed to enforce the curfew and ensure full compliance.

Ojogo called on traditional rulers and religious leaders among other stakeholders in Ikare to support the government’s effort to restore peace in the town.

He also announced that the government has decided to lift the curfew imposed on Igbara-Oke last week.

This decision, the commissioner explained, was taken after the State Security Council reviewed the situation at its meeting on Monday and concluded that while efforts were not spared to sustain the relative peace, it was only appropriate to lift the curfew in the meantime.

Read the full statement below:

Curfew Imposed On Ikare-Akoko, Igbara-Oke’s Lifted

The Ondo State Government has ordered the imposition of a twenty-four-hour curfew on Ikare Town, headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of the State with immediate effect.

This comes on the heels of security reports and credible intelligence arising from the situation in Ikare.

Specifically, some deaths have been recorded as a result of sporadic gunshots that have pervaded the ancient town in the last 12 hours. This is most unacceptable.

Security agencies, especially the Police and Amotekun have already been directed to ensure full compliance and enforcement of the curfew imposed.

All Traditional Rulers, Opinion and Religious Leaders are enjoined to give maximum support to this order just as they are to rein in their subjects and wards.

Meanwhile, the curfew imposed on Igbara-Oke since last week is hereby lifted. The State Security Council at its meeting on Monday reviewed the situation and concluded that while efforts are not spared to sustain the relative peace, it was only appropriate to lift the curfew, for now.

This notwithstanding, all those arrested in connection with the crisis shall be prosecuted accordingly.

Signed

Donald Ojogo

Commissioner for Information and Orientation

Ondo State

November 23, 2021

Akeredolu Appoints Son As Agency Chief, Names 14 Commissioners, Others

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Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has appointed his son, Babajide Akeredolu, as the Director-General of the state’s Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPIMU).

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo, Donald Ojogo, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that the governor has nominated 14 new commissioners-designate and seven special advisers to join his cabinet.

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They include Bamidele Olateju (Akoko South-East), Adefarati Adegboyega (Akoko South-West), Fatai Olotu (Akoko North-East), Dr Julianah Oshadahun (Akoko North-West), and Dele Ologun (Akure North).

Others are Sunday Adekunle (Idanre), Razak Obe (Ifedore), Dr Banji Ajaka (Ilaje), Emmanuel Igbasan (Irele), Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju (Odigbo), Femi Agagu (Okitipupa), Wale Akinlosotu (Ondo East), Lola Fagbemi (Ondo West), and Olayato Aribo (Ose).

Similarly, those nominated for the position of special advisers include Dr Victor Ategbole, Dr Wunmi Ilawole, Tobi Ogunleye, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, Olamide Falana, Dr Francis Faduyile, and Niyi Oseni.

“The names of the nominees, especially the position of commissioner, will be forwarded to the House of Assembly for screening, clearance and confirmation,” said Ojogo.

All nominated/appointed persons will be sworn in at a date to be announced later after the necessary legislative processes. Mr Governor wishes all nominated persons the best of luck.”

Gunmen Kidnap Two Sisters In Ondo

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Some men suspected to be kidnappers have abducted two little girls from their parents’ car in Akure, Ondo State capital.

The incident occurred around 8:00 pm in Leo area of the city on Friday.

The gunmen attacked at the entrance to the house when the mother of the victims was opening the gate to drive into their compound.

It was gathered that the kidnappers came in a car, snatched the car key from the mother of the kids, and fled with the car, abandoning their own car.

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

She noted that the case was reported to the police by the mother of the girls and officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command have swung into action in a bid to rescue the kids and apprehend the kidnappers.

 

Incessant Kidnappings

The spate of kidnappings across the South-West has been on the rise despite the advent of the Western Security Network codenamed Amotekun by the South-West governors.

Last month, 18 travellers were abducted along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani road in Akoko South East Local Government Area while a lecturer of the Department of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University was kidnapped earlier this month on the Akure-Ado Ekiti Expressway.

Also, four members of a family, including a father, his two children, and another family member were kidnapped earlier this month at Iju-Itaogbolu in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state.

In reaction to these incessant kidnappings, some monarchs from Ikaram, GedeGede, and Ajowa, in Akoko Northwest Local Government of Ondo state have cried out over the situation, appealing to the police to draft more personnel to the area in order to effectively curb kidnapping challenges facing the communities.