University Don Abducted In Ondo Regains Freedom

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


The University Don abducted by gunmen along the highway at Elegbeka, via Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, Professor Valentine Aleto has regained his freedom.

The Spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

Prof. Aleto a former Vice-Chancellor of the African University in Bayelsa State, is presently a Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

Channels Television gathered that a ransom of 20 million naira was demanded by the abductors from the family of the professor.

The police spokesman could not ascertain whether the ransom was paid before he was released.

He however, informed that the police are still on the trail of the abductors and hope to apprehend them in no distant time.

PHOTOS: Three Dead, Two Injured In Ondo Road Accident

A photo from the scene of the accident in Akure, Ondo State.



Three people have been confirmed dead and two others in critical condition at a hospital after an early morning road accident in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The accident which occurred on Friday involved a Lexus car said to be on top speed and carrying five passengers.

The vehicle lost control and collided with a stationary truck along Oyemekun road in Akure city, sources told Channels Television.

Officials of the Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) arrived early at the scene of the accident to evacuate the victims and the car.

The Corps Commander, Rotimi Adeleye, who confirmed the casualty figure to Channels Television, explained that the command was alerted of the accident at about 5AM.

He said investigations revealed that the vehicle was on top speed and the occupants were drunk.

According to Adeleye, three passengers including the driver died on the spot while and the other two occupants were in critical condition.

He, therefore, appealed to motorists and other road users to always exercise caution on the road.

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Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Vice Chancellor, Demand N20m Ransom

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community



A former Vice-Chancellor of the African University in Bayelsa State, Professor Valentine Aleto, has been abducted by gunmen along Elegbeka/Ipele Road in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Professor Aleto also was said to be travelling from Yenagoa in his personal vehicle along the road at about 6:45 am on Thursday.

The suspected kidnappers reportedly appeared on the road and forced him into a shop before he was taken into the bush.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors have demanded N20 million as ransom from the victim’s family to release him.

Sources said by the time the police got the information about the incident, the assailants had escaped with the professor.

However, the security operatives have recovered the former vice chancellor’s vehicle to the Police Station in Ifon.

The police authorities in Ondo State confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, the police have commenced investigations into the incident.

He said “Yes, I can confirm to you that one professor traveling in his personal car was kidnapped along the Elegbeka Area in Ose Local Government Area of the State.”

But Joseph said he would get the details of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in the area.

He explained that as soon as they got the information, the Command dispatched men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad to the scene of the crime.

The Command’s spokesman added that full-scale investigation was ongoing and was hopeful that the professor would soon be rescued.

Man Allegedly Sets Wife Ablaze In Ondo



The life of a middle aged woman, Dorcas Daniyan has allegedly been cut short by her husband, who set her ablaze in the night in their house located within Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The suspect, Mr Ojo Daniyan who is a welder was reported to have threatened to set his wife ablaze twice before the incident.

Channels Television gathered that on the fateful night, at about eleven O’clock, the neighbours were alerted by Mr Daniyan that their house was on fire.

One of the neighbours is said to have forced the door open and the woman who had already been burnt severely was brought out of the room.

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There are suggestions that the couple have been at loggerheads as a result of Dorcas’ decision to buy a piece of land without adding her husband’s name as co-owner.

The younger sister of the deceased, Bosede Richards and a neighbor, Kehinde Ajayi narrate their versions of how unfortunate incident happened to channels television.

According to Bosede, Mr Ojo had once reported the issue of the land to her, threatening to set his wife ablaze.

Kehinde Ajayi on the other hand disclosed that that Ojo brought some curtains into the house, adding that it was later discovered that underneath the curtains were plastic bottles containing petrol from where the fire started.

She added that the the burns on Dorcas’ body were severe and they lead to her death a few days later.

The spokesperson to the Ondo state police command, SP Femi Joseph speaking on the incident informed Channels Television that the suspect is being interrogated.

He said the suspect is claiming to be innocent, adding that his daughter had made some statements that linked him to the crime.

Late Dorcas Daniyan who is a mother of five, has since been buried, but the family is calling for justice and the police has promised to get to the root of the matter.

‘Strange Thunder’ Strikes Over 30 Cows Dead In Ondo Community


There was serious apprehension in Ijare, a community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State when a mysterious thunder struck and killed thirty-six cows.

The Fulani herdsmen rearing the cows were said to have led them to the top of a hill known as Oke-Owa, a sacred groove where the king of the community performs certain annual traditional rites.

A source in the community described the incident as the wrath of their gods on the herdsmen saying the gods became angry because herdsmen desecrated the sacred groove.

It was gathered that the Fulani herdsmen who were alleged to been have occupying the top of the hill for about five days had been warned by the community’s Chiefs to move away from the hill before the disaster struck.
A local hunter had on Sunday morning alerted the community of the incident.

Speaking on the incident, High Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare kingdom, who described the incident as an act of God stressed that the development is not the first time such will be happening to those who desecrated the grove.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph described the incident as a natural disaster.

Five Children Reportedly Infected With ‘Chronic Disease’ In Ondo

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


There have been reports of an outbreak of a disease suspected to be Schistosomiasis in Irelejare community in Ondo State.

No fewer than five children are said to have been infected with the disease in Irele Local Government Area of the state.

According to some residents of the community – Omosehin Omopintemi and Akinbiola Oyedele, the effect of the disease is already manifesting in the victims who have been urinating blood.

They blamed the incident on the unavailability of drinkable water, saying the situation has exposed the community to some communicable diseases.

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The Head of Irelejare community, Omokaraba Monebi, appealed to the state government to urgently come to the rescue of the people.

At the time of this report, the state government has yet to confirm the incident as the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, could not be reached to get his reaction.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Schistosomiasis is an acute and chronic disease caused by parasitic worms and victims get infected during routine agricultural and domestic activities among others, which expose them to infested water.

In a report published in April 2019, WHO said lack of hygiene and certain play habits of school-aged children, including swimming and fishing in infested water make them vulnerable to infection.

The disease, it noted, can be controlled through periodic and large-scale population treatment with praziquantel.

The organisation added that a more comprehensive approach such as the provision of potable water, adequate sanitation, and snail control would go a long way in reducing transmission of the disease.

Reports revealed that no fewer than 220.8 million people required preventive treatment for the disease in 2017, although over 102.3 million people have been reportedly treated.

Gunmen Kill POS Operator In Ondo

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


Gunmen on Wednesday reportedly shot and killed a yet to be identified lady in the Oke-Ogba area of Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The deceased was said to be operating a Point Of Sales(POS) unit when the incident happened.

Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

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He said the police have immediately commenced investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the murder and to equally apprehend the perpetrators.

He also appealed to residents of the area and the entire Akure city not to panic as the police is ready and capable of handling the security situation adequately.

UPDATED: One Killed, Two Injured In Ondo Bank Robbery

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


Armed men believed to be robbers have attacked a commercial bank in Ondo State, south-west Nigeria.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

The bank, according to him, is located at Iju in Akure North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Contrary to the conflicting reports on the number of casualties, Mr Joseph said one of the staff members of the bank was shot dead.

He added that two others were injured during the attack and have been taken to a hospital for treatment.

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The Command’s spokesman also said operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad quickly moved to the scene and engaged the robbers in a gun duel.

He noted that this forced the attackers to flee, saying they escaped through a nearby bush.

The robbers were said to have abandoned the two vehicles they used to convey themselves for the operation.

Mr Joseph, however, informed stated that it has not been ascertained if the robbers succeeded in carting away money from the bank.

According to him, normalcy has since returned to the area and security has been beefed up.

The Police Public Relations Officer also said the Command has sent operatives after the suspects with a view to bringing them to justice.

Gunmen Kill Police Inspector In Ondo

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


Gunmen have killed a police inspector attached to the Isua-Akoko police division in Ondo State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, when the inspector and one other sergeant were on patrol along the highway linking Ondo with Edo and Kogi states.

He was however shot and killed while the other officer narrowly escaped.

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The spokesperson of Ondo State police command, SP Femi Joseph confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He disclosed that investigations have commenced on the incident in order to apprehend the perpetrators and equally ensure adequate security of lives and property of residents as well as commuters in the area.

The route has been notorious for kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities.


Lawmakers Flee As Snake Falls From Roof Of Ondo Assembly During Plenary


A drama played out at the Ondo State House of Assembly on Thursday in south-west Nigeria.

This followed the appearance of a snake which fell from the roof of the Assembly while lawmakers were holding plenary.

The development forced the members to scamper to safety, leaving Thursday’s proceeding disrupted.

However, the snake escaped.

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As a result of this, legislative activities have been suspended in the Assembly until the complex was renovated.


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Youths Protest Herdsmen Killings In Ondo

Ondo youths protest


Youths in Akure, the Ondo state capital have staged a peaceful protest against the killings of their kinsmen by gunmen.

The protest is coming few days after the daughter of frontline yoruba leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti was shot and killed last Friday while travelling along the Benin/Ore expressway.

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The youths armed with placards with various write-ups spread on the Akure/Owo highway near the residence of Pa Fasoranti were chanting solidarity songs.

The angry youths condemned the killings in their state thereby calling on the Federal Government to address the situation before it gets out of hand.

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Police Arrest Two Suspected Killers Of Fulani Boy In Ondo Community

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo


Two persons have been arrested by the police in Isua-Akoko in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State in connection with the killing of an 8 year old Fulani boy, Kayode Ibrahim.

The Suspects, Alagbara Dele and Alagbara Oluwatunmise were reported to have lured the victim from his house while his parents were not at home and took him away on a motorcycle.

Channels Television gathered that the parents of Kayode who are of the Fulani tribe from Ilorin, Kwara State raised alarm and subsequently, organized a search party for him, and his remains were found floating on a river in the town.

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Some Fulani people within the community were said to be planning for a reprisal attack on the host community, but the Special Adviser to the state governor on Fulani/ Hausa matters, Alhaji Bala Umar quickly invited security men to douse the tension in the agrarian community.

The Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph confirmed the incident to Channels Television, adding that the two Suspects had been arrested by the police.

He disclosed that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Akure, the state capital for further investigation.