Lassa Fever Kills 16 People In Ondo

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Sixteen people have been confirmed killed as a result of Lassa Fever outbreak in Ondo State.

The State Chief Epidemiologist, Dr Steven Fagbemi, disclosed this on Tuesday at the governor’s office in the Government House in Akure, the state capital.

Dr Fagbemi made the disclosure while briefing Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as well as the local government chairmen from Ondo North and Central senatorial districts of the state.

He also revealed that 84 cases have been reported so far in the state since January 1, 2020.

According to the epidemiologist, 16 of the patients have passed on as their cases had reached the advanced stage before they were taken to the hospital.

He added that 47 patients on admission were responding to treatment, while 21 others had already been treated and discharged.

The outbreak is said to have affected Owo, Akoko South-West, Akure South, and Ondo West Local Government Areas of the state.

Also confirming the outbreak, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, noted that the disease has been occurring in the state for some years, especially during the dry season.

He, therefore, advised Nigerians to visit hospitals when they noticed symptoms of fever.

Earlier, Governor Akeredolu advised the local government chairmen in the state to deploy cleaners to markets and public places to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

He also called on residents to maintain a high level of hygiene to curtail further spread of the Lassa virus in the state.

Ondo APC Chieftain, Ajulo Regains Freedom

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A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, James Ajulo, has been released he was abducted by gunmen.

Ajulo, a factional ward Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, was kidnapped at his residence in Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that the kidnappers on Tuesday established contact with the victim’s family and made a demand of N10m as the condition for his release.

APC chieftain and former Chairman of Akoko South West Local Government, Tolu Babaleye, confirmed that the kidnap victim has been released in a terse statement.

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According to him, he was released after the payment of N2.5m as a ransom to the kidnappers.

“Hon. Ajulo James has just been released by his abductors at Ado Ekiti after payment of 2.5 Million Naira. We thank God for coming back to us unhurt.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, CSP Femi Joseph, also confirmed the release of Ajulo.

In a related development, a four-month-old baby boy and his 9-year-old brother have been abducted in Okitipupa area of Ondo state.

Fortunately, men of the Ondo State Police Command, in the area have arrested one Nsen Godwin, suspected to have kidnapped the two kids.

The suspect was said to have kidnapped the two kids while playing with them in their home in Omowa Street in Okitipupa. Nsen was said to have lured the nine-year-old kid out of the house, while he carried the baby.

CSP Joseph confirmed the arrest of the suspected kidnapper of the two kids to Channels Television.

He stated further that investigations are ongoing on both incidents in order to unravel the secret behind them and equally apprehend the perpetrators of the crimes.

Ondo Youths Set Church Ablaze Over Alleged Dig-Up Of Baby From Premises

 

Angry youths have burnt down a church in Akure, the Ondo State capital after the corpse of a 12 months old boy was allegedly exhumed from the premises.

The one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, was declared missing on November 10, during church service at the children’s section of Sotitobire Praying Ministry in the Ondo State capital.

The situation turned violent after news filtered that the corpse of the missing one-year-old was found inside the church premises.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that rumours had filtered onto the streets that the body of the missing boy had been exhumed from the church premises which triggered the attack.

Kolawole’s mother, Modupe raised an alarm after he went missing during a church service in November.

Speaking to Channels Television, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Undie Adie, however, said that nobody was exhumed from the church premises.

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He however confirmed that the founder of the church, Alfa Babatunde has been taken into the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) for questioning.

He also confirmed that a number of casualties were recorded during the attack on the church, but insists his men were only on the ground to maintain law and order.

Since the disappearance of the one-year-old boy, his parents and the General-Overseer have been trading blames over his disappearance.

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Police Officer Who Shot, Killed Truck Driver Turns Himself In For Trial

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A police officer who allegedly shot and killed a truck driver at a security checkpoint along Akure/Owo Federal Highway in Ondo state has turned himself in after days of hiding.

The officer, identified as Sergeant Idowu Omosuyi in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph, shot the driver in the head after a heated argument with the policemen at the checkpoint.

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SP Joseph stated that Sergeant Omosuyi surrendered himself on Thursday to a team of investigators constituted by the Commissioner of Police, Undie Adiem, who had ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of the truck driver.

“The Ondo State Police Command is pleased to inform the general public that the erring officer, Sergeant Idowu Omosuyi who shot and killed a haulage driver at a point in Uso, near Owo, a few days ago has turned himself in.

“He surrendered himself this afternoon to a team of investigators Constituted by the Commissioner of Police Ondo State to probe the incident. He is at present undergoing an Orderly Room trial at the state headquarters Akure.”

He also noted that the latest development will help hasten the investigation and eventual arraignment at a court of competent jurisdiction.

“This development will no doubt enable us to conclude our investigation speedily and charge the suspect to court as soon as possible.

“We want to restate our earlier stand that the command and indeed the Nigeria police will never shield any of his personnel that commits any manner of infraction or illegality.”

Ondo CP Orders Investigation Into Killing Of Truck Driver

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The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Undie Adiem, has ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of a truck driver in the state.

The victim whose identity has yet to be known was said to have been shot and killed by a policeman on duty with others at about 1pm on Monday at a point in USO via Owo.

Mr Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo, confirmed the incident in a statement released in Akure, the state capital.

According to him, the police commissioner has ordered a probe into the incident and given assurance that the defaulting officer would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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Joseph said the Ondo State Police Command regretted the unfortunate incident and condemned it in its entirety.

He described the killing of the officer as “barbaric and gruesome murder” and commiserated with the family of the slain driver.

“We want to say that the action of this erring officer does not represent what the Nigeria Police or the Command stands for.

“The Nigeria Police and by extension the Ondo State Command respects the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution,” the command’s spokesman stated.

He added, “Once again, we apologise profusely for any inconvenience or embarrassment this isolated action must have caused anyone.”

The slain driver who was travelling to Abuja was said to have engaged in a heated argument with policemen at a checkpoint before the incident occurred.

This, according to an eyewitness, angered one of the policemen who reportedly shot the driver on the head at close range after which he died.

The incident led to a protest by some tanker drivers, causing gridlock on the Highway while it took the intervention of a detachment of policemen from the command to quell the unrest.

Tension In Ondo As Policeman Allegedly Shoots, Kills Truck Driver

 

There was tension in Ondo State on Monday as one of the policemen attached to a security checkpoint in Uso, along Akure/Owo Federal Highway allegedly shot and killed a truck driver.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred after the driver who was said to be travelling to Abuja was engaged in a heated argument with the policemen at the checkpoint.

This angered one of the policemen who then shot the driver on the head at close range after which he died on the spot.

Consequently, other tanker drivers, began to protest, causing gridlock on the highway.

It, however, took the intervention of a detachment of policemen from the command to quell the unrest.

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

He, however, noted that investigations into the incident have since commenced.

Family, Prophet Trade Blame Over Disappearance Of Minor From Ondo Church

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The family of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, has accused the general overseer of a Christian worship centre in Akure of negligence following the disappeared of their son.

Gold was declared missing on November 10, during the service at the children’s section of Sotitobire Praying Ministry in the Ondo State capital.

The boy’s mother, Modupe, narrated how the incident happened to Channels Television, as well as efforts made so far to find and bring him back home.

She explained that on that fateful day, she took him to the children’s section of the church where over 100 other kids were being taken care of.

On her return to the section, Modupe lamented that she found out that her son had disappeared.

She added that none of the 14 members of the church at the section could explain his whereabouts.

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The baby’s mother said this was the beginning of their trouble as the entire family has been in serious confusion, searching for little Gold.

She noted that the matter has been reported to the police who she said have swung into action to ensure the boy was found.

Modupe, however, accused the leadership of the church of negligence and not helping out in searching for her son.

On his part, Gold’s father, Temitope, told Channels Television he was attacked and beaten by thugs along with his wife when they went to the church to plead with the pastor to assist in the matter.

He denied the claims that he abducted his own son and demanded N10 million as ransom from the pastor of the church.

After persistent calls and messages, the prophet, Babatunde Samuel, narrated his side of the story to Channels Television.

Samuel, who chose the title ‘Alfa’ for himself, accused the parents of gold of not cooperating with him to find their missing child.

Rather, he alleged that the boy’s father and mother have been going about to destroy his reputation.

The prophet also claimed that Temitope mobilised thugs with dangerous weapons to attack him in the church.

He, therefore, appealed to the police to investigate the circumstances that led to the disappearance of Gold and bring anyone found culpable to justice.

The Commissioner of Police in Ondo, Undie Adie, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said the allegation by the parent of the missing child that the pastor was harassing them with the police was untrue.

Adie disclosed that the police were already investigating the incident and have been inviting some people for interrogation.

He gave assurance that the boy would be found and appealing to residents to help the police with relevant information relating to the incident.

Gunmen Abduct Akure Federal High Court Judge

 

A Federal High Court judge, Justice Abdul Dogo has been abducted by gunmen, who are already demanding a 50 million Naira ransom for his release.

Justice Dogo of the Federal High Court Akure in Ondo State was kidnapped along with his driver at the Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border area between Ondo and Edo states, on their way from Abuja to Akure.

Sources say the kidnappers contacted the family members and officials of the Federal High Court in Akure and Abuja to demand the ransom.

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Spokesperson to the Ondo State police command also confirmed the incident but said it didn’t happen within his jurisdiction.

However, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has urged the state police command to synergise with its Edo and Kogi counterparts to ensure the early release of Justice Dogo.

Governor Akeredolu, in a statement, noted that the conflicting narratives on the location of the Judge’s abduction could disrupt proper intelligence gathering.

Four Commuters Burnt To Death In Ondo Crash

 

A road accident which occurred on Thursday along Owo-Benin Expressway, at Oyoyo Camp, Ipele in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State has claimed four lives, while 14 others sustaining various degrees of injuries.

The four fatalities were said to have been burnt to death in the accident.

According to an eyewitness, the crash which occurred around 1:00 p.m, involved a Toyota bus, carrying 18 passengers, with registration number, MKD 341 XA and a Peugeot J5 bus with number BDG 330 AP.

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The 18-passenger bus was said to be heading towards Makurdi, Benue State while the Peugeot bus was coming from Benin, Edo State to Akure, Ondo State.

The eyewitness said “The two buses collided with each other and immediately caught fire. While other victims escaped being burnt, the four unlucky ones got burnt beyond recognition”

The Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph said the injured victims had been taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

Mr Joseph said “It was a case of a head-on collision between the two vehicles involved in the accident. We could not get the names and addresses of the drivers of the two vehicles.”

Also confirming the accident, the Head of Operations of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ondo State Sector Command, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide said immediately the accident occurred, men of the corps moved to the scene of the crash where they took the victims to the hospital.

University Don Abducted In Ondo Regains Freedom

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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.

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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

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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.