200-Level Ondo Varsity Student Commits Suicide

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It is a black Eid el-Fitri in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko community as a 200-level student of the institution has committed suicide.

20-year-old Feranmi Fasunle of the Department of Political Science was reported to have taken a poisonous chemical which resulted in her death.

According to a source from the university community, the deceased took the poison in her room and started gasping for breath.

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She was rushed to the University’s Health Centre from where she was referred to other hospitals but she died this morning.

The spokesperson of the university, Victor Akinpelumi confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He expressed sadness on the incident, noting that the reasons for her action remained unknown but sources said it might be connected to a failed relationship.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria has the highest suicidal rate among African countries in 2016 with over 17,000 lives lost to suicide.

Ondo Govt Imposes 24-Hour Curfew On Community Over Chieftaincy Crisis

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

The Ondo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of the State as a result of the violent clashes in the town over a chieftaincy title.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo via a statement issued on Wednesday, noting that the curfew takes immediate effect.

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“In the meantime, Government has ordered the immediate suspension of all activities relating to the Olokoja chieftaincy title,” he said.

“In this regard, no one is permitted to parade himself as Olokoja, or engage in promotional activities relating to the title in question. This directive takes immediate effect.”

He warned that anyone who violates or contravenes this order shall face the full wrath of the Law as dire consequences await such defaulters.

Peace Restored In Ondo Community After Chieftaincy Dispute

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Peace has been restored in the Ondo community after gunshots were heard in the town over a chieftaincy title.

Security personnel including the police, mobile police as well as the Army were on Tuesday been deployed to Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The crisis which started on Monday, continued on Tuesday morning, escalating and leading to the use of dangerous weapons like guns.

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Many residents, especially artisans and traders were terrified and forced to close down their businesses and desert the area.

The Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television via telephone.

He noted that the police, army, and other security agents have been deployed to the area to restore peace, adding that normalcy has since returned to the town.

Ikoro disclosed that there has not been any report of casualty recorded during the crisis.

Ondo Govt Orders Evacuation Of 42 Strangers Out Of State

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Ondo State Government has ordered men of Amotekun Corps to escort 42 men apprehended in Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area out of the state.

The men, who were of northern extraction: from Kano and Jigawa States were said to have arrived in the town on Thursday evening.

The arrival of the men created suspense and apprehension among the residents of the town who quickly alerted the security agencies.

When interrogated, the men said they were brought into the state by a non-profit organisation to undergo training as security agents at the Nigerian Army barracks in the town. However, the authorities of the barracks did not give them access because there was no signal to that effect from their headquarters.

Addressing journalists on the development, Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo disclosed that if not for the timely intervention of officials of government, particularly Amotekun Commander and the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security Matters, the situation would have degenerated to the extent of lynching and jungle justice.

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According to him, the 42 men have been escorted by Amotekun Corps to the boundary with a neighboring state, from where they will find their way back to their destinations.

Ojogo advised the people of the state, especially government officials to be careful of their utterances in a security-related situation like this.

“I have the instructions and the directive of Mr Governor to use this medium inform everybody, particularly, government officials, that any security situation we found ourselves, the first point of contact must be security agencies,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Akure-based 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun disclosed that the men were not allowed into the premises of the barracks as they were handed over to the police.

He added that the Army did not have any signal to conduct any form of training in Okitipupa barracks.

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro revealed that following the tip of by residents, the men were rounded up by the police and handed over to the Amotekun Corps.

Amotekun Allays Fear Of Security Threat In Okitipupa Town

A screengrab taken on May 2, 2021, shows a signpost of the operational office of Amotekun Corps in Akure, Ondo State.

 

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps has appealed to the residents of Okitipupa to remain calm following the report of apprehension over a purported security threat in the town after 42 men from Jigawa and Kano states were apprehended.

The Commander of the corps, Adetunji Adeleye, made the plea on Sunday while briefing reporters in Akure, the state capital.

“We feel that we should let the good people of Ondo State know that there is no crisis in Okitipupa Local Government Area,” he said.

There has been apprehension in Okitipupa after reports emerged that dozens of men from the northern part of the country were brought to the town at night.

In a bid to calm the tension, Amotekun operatives were said to have mobilised to the town after which the visitors were moved to the headquarters of the security outfit in Akure for profiling.

Upon interrogation, it was discovered that the persons were brought to the town for employment by a non-profit organisation.

He stated that their sponsors claimed that they were brought to the state for training after which they would be deployed as security officials.

“The mission that they claimed they came for, we found out that it was not too clear and upon profiling, we found out that majority of them do not know how they got to where they got to; all they were told was that they were going for training.

“From detailed investigation, we were able to narrow it down to the sponsors and they also claimed to belong to an NGO. Right now, we look at them as a security risk to the state,” said the Amotekun boss.

He added, “The way it was portrayed, it was as if some militants or hoodlums have taken over (Okitipupa). For the good people of Okitipupa Local Government, we want to assure them that we are firmly on the ground in conjunction with other security agencies.

“There is no problem, and people should go about their businesses normally. We are not leaving anything untouched.”

From the Amotekun office, the visitors were escorted to a boundary with a neighbouring state, from where they were asked to find their way to their various destinations.

Gunmen Abduct Three Construction Workers In Ondo

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Gunmen have abducted three construction workers in Ondo State.

The victims were among those working on the rehabilitation of the Ikaram/ Akunnu -Akoko axis of Akoko North/West and North/East Local Government Areas of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone call on Wednesday, adding that the workers were kidnapped on Tuesday.

He noted that two of the abducted workers are from the southwestern part of the country, while the third one hails from Plateau State.

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According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Salami has ordered a detachment of policemen to the area to search for and rescue the victims and also apprehend the abductors.

The police spokesman explained that other sister security agencies such as the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)as well as local hunters are also involved in the operation.

He appealed to residents of the area and the state, in general, to be alert always and report any suspicious persons they notice to the police in time.

Ondo Election: Tribunal Strikes Out PDP’s Jegede Case Against Akeredolu

A photo collage of Rotimi Akeredolu and Eyitayo Jegede

 

The Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday struck out the case filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the October 10, 2020 governorship poll in the state, Eyitayo Jegede against the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

Jegede had approached the tribunal seeking the nullification of Akeredolu as the winner of the election on the ground of irregularities and invalid nomination of Akeredolu as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election.

The three-man panel led by Justice Umar Abubakar in a verdict delivered on Tuesday via zoom dismissed Jegede’s petition.

The verdict was delivered via zoom as the regular venue of the panel was not open due to the strike action embarked upon by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

The tribunal dismissed all the grounds of the PDP candidate’s petition for lack of merit.

“The issue raised therein in this petition are settled issue of internal affairs and Management of a political party which this Tribunal has no Jurisdiction,” Abubakar ruled.

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Reacting to the outcome, Akeredolu addressed journalists at the Government House, Akure, the state capital on the judgement.

While thanking the tribunal for the judgement and the people of the state for their support, asking the PDP candidate to join hands with him to move the state forward.

The tribunal had last week announced in a notice made available to journalists that judgment had been fixed for Wednesday.

However, in another notice issued on Monday evening by the Tribunal Secretary, parties involved in the case were informed that the date has changed to Tuesday.

Ondo Election: Tribunal To Determine Akeredolu, Jegede’s Fate Today

File photo of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede during a debate prior to the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State.

 

The Ondo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Akure is set to deliver judgement in the case between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This comes as the Tribunal rescheduled judgement in the October 10, 2020 governorship election which saw the re-election of Governor Akeredolu for a second term in office.

Jegede had filed a case challenging the victory of Governor Akeredolu.

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The tribunal had last week announced in a notice made available to journalists that judgment had been fixed for Wednesday.

However, in another notice issued on Monday evening by the Tribunal Secretary, parties involved in the case were informed that the date has changed to Tuesday.

The notice further stated in the judgement will be held online via the Zoom platform

18-Seater Bus Plunges Into Ondo River

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An 18-seated bus has plunged into the Owena River along Akure-Ondo road in Ondo State.

According to an eyewitness account, the bus was commuting from Ondo to Akure but lost control as a result of over speeding and fell off the bridge into the Owena river.

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

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Hassan said that seven of the passengers have been rescued and taken to the hospital.

He added that the number of casualties is yet to be ascertained as men of the corps are still battling to rescue the victims.

Ondo Election: Tribunal Fixes April 21 For Judgement

Rotimi Akeredolu Agboola Ajayi Eyitayo Jegede

 

The Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal has fixed April 21 to deliver judgement on the petition seeking to upturn the victory of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the October 10, 2020 governorship election.

The three-man panel of judges, led by Justice Umar Abubakar announced this through a notice to all parties in the case. The parties had on 25 February this year adopted their written addresses before the Tribunal.

Eyitayo Jegede, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed a petition before the tribunal challenging the electoral victory of Governor Akeredolu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Jegede who faulted Akeredolu’s participation at the poll alleged that he and his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa of the APC were not validly nominated.

Meanwhile, the defence counsels had pleaded with the court to dismiss Jegede’s petition on several grounds.

According to the counsel to Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa, Akin Olujimi and that of the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, the petitioner had admitted in paragraph 12 of its petition the sponsorship of third and first respondents but failed to prove that they were not validly nominated.

Hence, the tribunal reserved judgement to a date that will be communicated to the parties in the case in April 2021, which it finally fixed on Wednesday, 21st April.

Armed Robbers Kill Two Private Security Guards In Ondo

 

Daredevil armed robbers have killed two private security guards working with a filling station located along  Ondo road, in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro told Channels Television on the telephone that the incident was reported to the police by the Manager of the station on Sunday.

Ikoro disclosed that an unspecified amount of money was carted away by the robbers.

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According to him, the remains of the security guards have been deposited in the morgue, and investigation has commenced on the incident,

The police spokesperson expressed assurance that the robbers will be apprehended and prosecuted as soon as possible.

Auto Crash Claims Three Lives In Ondo

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Three persons have died in a lone auto crash along Ondo/Ore road in Ondo state.

The accident occurred around 7am on Sunday.

Three others who sustained injuries in the crash have been rushed to a nearby hospital.

The vehicle was said to be travelling to Akure when the unfortunate incident happened.

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According to an eyewitness account, the crash was caused by overspeeding which led to the loss of control.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo State, Ahmed Hassan confirmed the auto crash, adding that three persons lost their lives.

Hassan said that he is yet to get full details on the auto crash from the officials investigating the incident.