Amotekun Operatives Arrest Kidnapper, 17 Other Suspected Criminals In Ondo

 

Men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, the Amotekun Corp, have apprehended a suspected kidnapper in the state. 

The suspect identified as Samuel Lucky Akpan was alleged to have kidnapped a four-year-old boy in Akure, the state capital.

The Commander of Amotekun in the state, Adetunji Adeleye, while parading Akpan said that he confessed to the crime, noting that he was planning to sell the boy for N200,000.

He said he was a family friend and the boy comes to play with him from his mother’s shop.

The Commander of the security agency also paraded 17 other suspected criminals arrested in various parts of the state.

They were accused of various offences which include; kidnapping, internet fraud, and cultism.

Addressing journalists at the Command’s Headquarters in Akure, the Amotekun Commander disclosed that the arrest was in continuation of the Command’s determination to rid the state of criminals threatening the lives and peace of residents.

Chief Adeleye further said the cultist was arrested following the aftermath of a clash he had with some persons in his community, adding that he brought out a pistol and threatened the lives of people around the area.

“Investigations revealed that the 27-year-old robbery suspect and cultist, Sola Ogunyemi, just got out of jail six months ago.

“An English revolver pistol which he claimed belonged to the leader of ‘Eiye Confraternity was recovered from him,” the Commander said.

Other suspects who were apprehended for internet fraud were nine middle-aged young men, ages between 18 to 30 years.

They include; Adegboro Opeyemi, Taopheek Yusuf, Micheal Olawole, and Sadiku Kehinde.

Others are Sule Kabiru, Adetula Ayodeji, Olatokunbo Taiwo, Suleman, and Ayuba Imoleayo.

The Amotekun boss disclosed that the suspects would be charged to court after concluding investigations.

Ondo Govt Will Reject Money To Trace Grazing Routes – Governor Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said his state would reject funding to trace grazing routes. 

The governor stated this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“Ondo State has not received any money. But if money is being given out to trace grazing routes, you can be sure that Ondo State will not receive that,” he said.

“There is no grazing route anywhere; we are not going to allow that to happen. We have seen modern animal husbandry. That is what should be our concern now. We are not to allow routes; routes to where?”

Grazing In The Open?

Clashes between herdsmen and farmers have been an age-long issue in Nigeria. LUIS TATO / AFP

 

Ondo, the Sunshine State, is one of the states that have signed the anti-grazing bill into law.

On August 31, Governor Akeredolu assented to the bill after it was earlier passed by the Ondo State House of Assembly.

He explained that the development is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its meeting in Lagos where September 1 was set as the deadline for members to enact the anti-open grazing law.

Despite criticisms from several quarters, Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the forum, maintains there is no going back on the law.

He explained his state is encouraging ranching to cater for livestock, rather than open grazing.

“We are saying you will not graze in the open. We have passed the law. So, there is no route we are going to allow anybody to trace in Ondo State.

“What we have said is very clear. But if there is money for us to have ranches, we are encouraging ranching. There is nothing wrong with it. I have always argued this point,” Akeredolu insisted.

Amotekun Rescues Three Remaining Travellers From Abductors In Ondo

File photo of Amotekun operatives.

 

Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps)have rescued the three remaining victims out of the 12 that were kidnapped by gunmen along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani Road.

The victims were travelling from Abuja to Lagos when they fell into the hands of the kidnappers. However, the prompt intervention of the Amotekun corps led to the earlier rescue of nine of them.

The remaining three were rescued on Friday night after a rigorous intelligence gathering and searching of forests in the area.

While addressing journalists on Saturday, the Amotekun Commander in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, said his men engaged the kidnappers in a hot chase forcing them to flee and abandon the victims.

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“After we were able to secure the release of the first nine, operatives still continued in the forest and we were combing the forest that is so massive,” he said.

“It is the same forest that extends to some parts of Kogi so we started tracing them. Once they started maintaining contacts with their (victims) families, we also started tracing and tracking up to the point where we gave them a very hot chase.

“To the glory of God, we were able to secure their release. For now, we have not made any arrests but we are tracking and working on them.”

He explained that the rescue efforts were in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives and men of the Ondo State Police Command.

Victims’ Ordeal

On their part, the victims narrated their ordeal, saying they trekked for hours in the forest without food.

Three of the rescued kidnapped victims – Benjamin Ojoga, Omolara Fajana and Faith Sunday – confirmed that they were coming from Abuja and going to Lagos when the gunmen attacked their vehicle on the road and shot into the air before taking them to the forest.

Gunmen Kidnap 18 Travellers In Ondo

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Gunmen have abducted 18 travellers in Ondo State. The victims were abducted on Wednesday night along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani road in Akoko South East Local Government Area of the state.

The abductors were said to have fired gunshots into the air to scare the passengers before taking them into a nearby forest.

The Commander of Ondo State Security Outfit, codenamed Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.

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Adeleye, however, said 14 of the victims have been rescued by men of the agency while efforts are ongoing to rescue the rest.

The police have yet to confirm the incident.

More to follow…

Policeman, Civilian Killed As Robbers Attack Bullion Van Again In Ondo

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Dare-devil armed robbers have attacked another bullion van on the outskirts of Ondo State along the Lagos-Ore expressway.

The robbers were said to have opened fire on the bullion van at about 1pm on Wednesday, while on its way to Araromi-Obu in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo from Edo State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo, Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

She stated that the robbers killed two persons – a policeman attached to the van and the driver of the vehicle.

Odunlami added that two other policemen on the team sustained gunshot injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

She disclosed that the remains of the policeman and the driver killed have been deposited at a mortuary in the state.

The command’s spokesperson also confirmed that the robbers succeeded in carting away an unspecified amount of cash from the bullion van.

She said a detachment of policemen has been drafted to the area and the operatives were on the trail of the robbers.

Wednesday’s robbery comes a week after a bullion van was attacked at the Emure-Ile Junction along the Akure-Owo Highway.

A policeman was also shot during the incident which occurred on Wednesday last week, although the bullion van was not conveying any cash when it was attacked by robbers.

My Election Victories In Courts Are Miraculous – Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

 

Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has described his victories from the Election Petition Tribunal to the Supreme Court as miraculous deeds of God.

The governor spoke on Sunday in a special thanksgiving service held at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew’s Anglican Communion in his hometown, Owo, saying he owed his victory at the apex court to God Almighty alone.

“The most important thing to do now is to thank God. God made it possible, not anybody. We won at the Tribunal, we won at the Court of Appeal and we also won at the Supreme Court. It is good to thank God,” he said.

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While thanking the people of the state who voted him overwhelmingly in the October 10, 2020 governorship election, he said the thanksgiving was a fulfilment of his pledge to God.

He appreciated his legal team for doing a good job while assuring that he will continue his developmental projects across the state.

Governor Akeredolu also solicited the support and prayers of Ondo residents, saying the prayers of the religious leaders and others have always been answered.

The governor was accompanied to the service by his wife, Betty; the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; his wife, Oluwaseun, other top government officials and members of the APC.

Akeredolu was elected for a second term under the All Progressive Congress in the governorship election. He floored Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the tribunal to the apex court.

Army Nabs Suspected Drug Traffickers With 50 Bags Of Cannabis

A map of Ondo, a state in southwest Nigeria.

 

Troops of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army based in Akure, the Ondo State capital have handed over two suspected drug traffickers to officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state.

The suspects; Ezenwa (55) and Stephen (35) were apprehended at Isua-Akoko military checkpoint on Monday, with substances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa otherwise known as Indian Hemp carefully concealed in 50 bags.

They were said to have been arrested in a white colour Toyota Sienna minibus with registration number RBC 334 BG while on their way from Owo to Abuja.

The suspects were masked and dressed in Nigeria Police uniforms while they replaced the original vehicle number plate with a fake Nigeria police vehicle number NPF 1651D.

On behalf of the Brigade Commander, the officer in charge of the provost company at the 32 Artillery Brigade, Major Emontimi Kontei, handed over the suspects with the seized items to the NDLEA.

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.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Upholds Akeredolu’s Victory

“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.