Abducted Wife Of Akeredolu’s Aide Regains Freedom

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

 

Sade Ale, the wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Olugbenga Ale has regained her freedom.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed this to Channels Television.

The politician’s wife was abducted by unknown gunmen along with another lady in the car last Thursday evening near Owena, along Akure/Ondo Highway.

Ikoro noted that immediately the police got wind of the abduction, a combined team of policemen, military, and local hunters went after the abductors and they were forced to abandon the captives to escape arrest.

He confirmed that the two persons that were kidnapped at Elegbeka Community, along Owo/Benin Highway last Thursday in the convoy of the slain Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi have been rescued.

He maintained that the police are not relenting until the perpetrators of the evil acts are apprehended and prosecuted.

Ondo has been experiencing cases of abduction and attacks by suspected bandits.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

On November 26, a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, was shot by suspected kidnappers.

Mr. Olugbenga Ale’s wife was abducted in the Owena village, along Akure/Ondo Highway of Ondo State on Thursday evening and whisked into a nearby bush by the gunmen.

Channels Television gathered that the woman was abducted alongside another woman while returning from a business trip.

Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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

 

Unidentified gunmen have abducted the wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

The news of the abduction comes barely one day after a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, was shot by suspected kidnappers.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

Mr. Olugbenga Ale’s wife was abducted in the Owena village, along Akure/Ondo Highway of Ondo State on Thursday evening and whisked into a nearby bush by the gunmen.

Channels Television gathered that the woman was abducted alongside another woman while returning from a business trip.

ASP Ikoro said a detachment of police detectives have been searching the nearby bush in a bid to rescue the victims and apprehend the abductors.

 

Robbers Attack Commercial Bank, Police Station In Ondo

Scene of the robbery attack on the branch of the Union Bank in Ode-Irele town in Ondo State on November 26, 2020.

 

Armed robbers have attacked a branch of an old generation bank – Union Bank – in Ode-Irele town in Ondo State.

The bank was said to have come under attack by the armed men numbering about 30 on Thursday in Irele Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

He explained that before the robbers proceeded to the bank, they attacked a police station in the community.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

A branch of the Union Bank in Ode-Irele town was attacked by armed robbers in Ondo State on November 26, 2020.

 

In the process, the robbers blew the armoury of the police facility open with an explosive device and made away with some riffles.

Ikoro revealed that upon arriving at the bank, the robbers destroyed the security doors of the financial facility with an explosive device to gain access.

According to him, they carted away an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank and some persons were shut.

The command’s spokesman insisted that no fatality was recorded in the attack.

He, however, stated that a team of men highly skilled personnel of the command has been deployed after the fleeing armed robbers to apprehend them and bring them to justice.

Bandits Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

A file photo of late Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, who was killed by bandits in Ondo State on November 26, 2020.

 

Bandits have shot a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi who was the Olufon of Ifon.

Ifon is located in Ose Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in south-west Nigeria.

Oba Adeusi was said to be returning to his town from Akure, the Ondo State capital where he went for a meeting with other frontline traditional rulers in the state.

A source confirmed to Channels Television that the incident occurred on Thursday, adding that the monarch was shot at Elegbeka community along the Ifon-Benin Highway.

Another source told Channels Television that the monarch was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, where he died as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He described the incident as sad and very unfortunate, saying the bandits also kidnapped two persons in the convoy after shooting the monarch.

Leo-Ikoro noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami, has directed all police divisions in the area to swing into action.

He stated that the police personnel would work with other security agencies to apprehend the bandits and secure the release of the victims.

Ororo Oil Field: Court Restrains Ondo Govt From Joining Suit Challenging Licence Revocation

A file photo of a signpost of the Federal High Court in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has stopped a move by the Ondo State Government seeking to be joined in a suit challenging the Federal Government’s revocation of the Ororo Marginal Oil Field license.

The state is one of the Shareholders in Owena Oil & Gas Ltd, owners of Ororo field, which was discovered in 1986. It is located within OML 95 in shallow waters offshore Ondo State.

Following the revocation of its license in April, Ondo State through its counsel, Bode Olanipekun (SAN), brought an application seeking to join a suit filed by Owena Oil & Gas.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Guarantee Petroleum Company Ltd were listed as first to third respondents in the suit.

When the application was heard in October, Counsel to Ororo Oil Field, Kemi Pinheiro SAN, argued that the case challenging the license revocation “is totally different” from a shareholders’ case.

He asked the court to dismiss Ondo state’s application.

In his ruling today, Justice Muslim Hassan upheld Pinheiro’s argument and dismissed the application.

The judge held that the state’s action was unnecessary because only a company that has suffered injury can bring an action to redress the same and not its shareholders.

Hassan said: “I have listened to the parties, read all the processes and affidavit in support of an application to be joined. I hold that only a company that suffers wrongdoing can institute an action to redress such an act.

“I, therefore, hold that the motion for joinder brought by the Ondo State government is unmeritorious and ought to be dismissed. Consequently, this application is hereby dismissed.”

Following a request by Counsel to Ororo Oil Field & counsel to DPR, Justice Hassan also awarded them N100,000 each as cost against the Ondo State Government before adjourning further proceedings till January 14.

Ex-Senate Leader’s Wife, Six Others Die In Ondo Accident

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

 

The wife of a former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Amaka, and six others have died in a road crash in Ondo State.

The accident which occurred on Thursday evening along the Ore/Okitipupa Expressway in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state left many other commuters injured.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the accident occurred some metres away from a military checkpoint at Irele junction in Ore.

A truck, two cars, and a coaster bus which belongs to the Sports Department of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), were involved in the crash.

The truck was said to have lost control and swerved off its lane to crush the cars and the AAUA coaster bus, killing four persons in the bus and three occupants of the two cars.

In his reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with Senator Ndoma-Egba and members of his family on the death of his wife.

In a statement on Friday by his media adviser, Femi Adesina, the President said his thoughts and prayers were with the Ndoma-Egba family in their period of grief.

He prayed for divine comfort for the family and peaceful repose of the soul of Amaka and others who died in the accident.

Ondo Govt Asks Residents To Expose Criminals, Bans Vehicles With Unauthorised Tinted Glasses

A file photo of a police van on patrol in Akure, Ondo State.

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called on residents to support the government in ensuring the security of the lives and properties of the people.

He made the call in a statement on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo, while reacting to the spike in crime rate across the state.

The governor urged the residents to take responsibility by exposing the criminals within their environment and issued some directives to check the increase in crime rate.

He banned all vehicles with unauthorised tinted glasses from plying the roads in the state, saying such vehicles without a duly certified permit issued by a relevant security agency should be impounded.

Governor Akeredolu also directed that all commercial motorcycle operators, otherwise known as Okada, should operate within the hours of 6am and 6pm.

He warned that no commercial motorcycle must operate beyond 6pm, stressing that anyone found flouting the directive would have his motorcycle impounded.

A file photo of residents at a market in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Ondo State Government has noted with concern, the worrisome spike in crime rate across the state, and in particular, security reports at the disposal of government are considered signs deserving of serious attention.

“Specifically, the last one week witnessed an unimaginable upsurge in robbery, kidnapping and in some cases, murder. This is no doubt, condemnable,” the statement said.

The state government, therefore, urged all security agencies to come out and confront the challenge, assuring that every necessary support in terms of human and logistics aids would be provided to ensure the safety of residents within the state.

It explained that as a government, one major responsibility was the provision of security, as well as protection of lives and property, stating that it was important to put measures aimed at achieving such goals in place.

According to the government, it is pertinent to reiterate that security enhancement and the war against insecurity must be the responsibility of everyone.

“While the government and the security agencies play their parts, it is expected that the citizens also support by way of collaborating with the relevant agencies of government.

“In this regard, residents of the state are urged to provide useful information about crime, criminal elements, and activities in their immediate environment. Let’s collectively keep our State safe; expose criminals,” the statement added.

Police Rescue 10 Kidnapped Victims In Ondo

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

Officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Ondo State Police Command have rescued 10 of 16 persons abducted by gunmen along the Akure/Owo Highway.

The victims, market women were said to be travelling from Akure, the state capital, to Isua-Akoko in Akoko South East Local Government Area of the state for a meeting when the gunmen abducted them at a point close to Ayede-Ogbese.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Ikoro noted that on getting wind of the incident, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command swung into action and were able to rescue 10 of the victims.

He said efforts were being made by the police to rescue the remaining six still at the den of the abductors, and equally apprehended those behind the wicked act.

The police spokesperson appealed to residents of the state not to panic, assuring them of adequate safety of their lives and property.

Ondo Election: Tribunal Grants Jegede Permission To Inspect Materials

Candidate of the PDP for the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, spoke to reporters on September 5, 2020.
A file photo of the PDP candidate in the Ondo State governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede.

 

The Ondo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has granted Mr Eyitayo Jegede permission to inspect the materials used for the poll.

A three-man panel of judges approved the request of Jegede – the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – at the resumed sitting on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital.

One of the counsels to the PDP candidate, Mr Jamiu Makinde, moved the motion which was granted by the judges.

The Tribunal, led by Justice Umar Abubakar, also granted an order for substituted service on the winner of the election and incumbent governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

On Friday last week, Jegede petitioned the Tribunal to challenge the victory of Governor Akeredolu in the October 10 governorship election.

He filed the petition based on four counts bordering on allegations that the election was marred by irregularities, pockets of violence, and intimidation of voters.

Also joined as defendants in the suit were the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

 

Following the keenly contested poll, INEC had returned Governor Akeredolu and his running mate as the winner of the election.

The incumbent governor, who swept to victory by winning 15 of the 18 local governments, scored 292,830 of the total votes cast.

Jegede, on his part, polled 195,791 votes and was followed by the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party and incumbent deputy governor who had 69,127 votes.

Ondo Resident Doctors To Embark On Warning Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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

 

Resident Doctors at the services of the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals in Ondo and it’s annex in Akure have embarked on a three-day warning strike to compel the state government to pay their five-month salary arrears.

The doctors who staged a peaceful protest at the premises of the teaching hospital complex in Akure lament that they have been subjected to serious hardship as they are not able to pay their bills.

Apart from salaries, the doctors are saying other entitlements such as COVID-19 hazard allowances are not being paid.

Speaking on behalf of the doctors, the Spokesperson of NARD, Dr. Taiwo Olagbe warns that if at the end of the week government refuses to pay them, they will be embarking on an indefinite strike next week Monday.

Addressing the doctors, the Head of the UNIMED Teaching Hospital complex in Akure, Dr. Adesina Akintan sympathised with the striking them.

He noted that the doctors have the right to demand their unpaid salaries, adding that the delay in payment must have been caused by the present economic downtown in the country, which is also affecting the state.

Dr Akintan however informed the doctors that the government is presently working on settling the backlog of the doctors’ salaries.

Ondo Election: Jegede Challenges Akeredolu’s Victory At Tribunal

Candidate of the PDP for the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, spoke to reporters on September 5, 2020.
Candidate of the PDP for the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, spoke to reporters on September 5, 2020.

 

The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Ondo State election, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has approached the Elections Tribunal to challenge the result of the October 10 election.

This was confirmed to Channels Television on Friday by the Spokesperson of Eyitayo Jegede campaign Organization, Gbenga Akinmoyo in Akure, the state capital.

Joined in the petition by Jegede are the Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Congress and the Deputy Govenor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The PDP candidate is challenging the election on the grounds that the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation.

This comes three weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as winner of the election.

Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes to beat Jegede who garnered 195,791 votes and the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi who placed a distant third with 69,217 votes.

Ten Commutters Die In Ondo Auto Crash

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

 

Ten commuters have lost their lives in an auto crash that took place in Akure, Ondo State capital on Thursday. 

The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo State, Ahmed Hassan confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The crash occurred at Olu foam junction, along Akure/Owo highway at about fifteen minutes before nine pm yesterday.

It involved two vehicles, a white Toyota Hiace bus with Reg no usl498xb and a blue truck with reg no kja14xw.

The accident is said to have been caused by wrongful overtaking, which led to loss of control and tyre burst.

18 persons were involved in the auto crash, three died on the spot while seven others died at the hospital.

The remains of the casualties have been deposited at the morgue at the teaching hospital in Akure, while the injured are receiving treatment at a private hospital in the city.