PHOTOS: Ajibade Ogunoye Installed As 32nd Olowo Of Owo


The ancient town of Owo in Ondo State went agog on Friday as the traditional rites for the installation of a new king kicked off.

The new Olowo of Owo, Ajibade Gbadrgesin Ogunoye is the 32nd paramount traditional ruler of the town.

The palace of the Olowo was not left out as it wore a new look after being renovated in preparation for the crowning of the new king.

Installation rites commenced very early at the Olugbule Palace where the king was given two traditional titles.

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The chiefs from Iloro quarters perform the rites, being the custodian of Owo tradition as they came with the first king of the town all the way from Ile-Ife in Osun State, the cradle of the Yoruba race.

Prayers were also offered for the new king in a small house known as the Arigidi, after which rites were performed at the crossroad near the Olowo palace as well as behind the town hall.

These are procedures that must be followed before a new king is installed after which he will enter the palace.

The rites, however, would continue for 17 days until the coronation day, when the king would be crowned.

Among the chiefs who spoke to Channels Television about the processes are the Ojumu of Owo Kingdom, Olanrewaju Famakinwa, and the Asiwaju of Owo Kingdom, Chief Johnson.

Ogunoye, 53, served as a permanent secretary in Ondo State Civil Service before he was elected as the 32nd Olowo of Owo.

See photos below:

Olowo of Owo, Ajibade Gbadrgesin Ogunoye (man wearing a blue cap).



Ondo Govt. Promises To Provide Conducive Environment For Public Schools


The Secretary of Ondo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Dr. Mrs Arinola Akinsete has said that various challenges facing the public secondary schools in Ondo state would be taken care of as soon as possible by the state government.

She hinted this while addressing some Education Managers and Teachers during an inspection tour to the public secondary schools where the West African School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) are ongoing.

In a statement issued to newsmen by the Head of Press and Public Relations Unit of the Commission, Mr Goodluck Akinyomi, the Commission’s Secretary stated that one of the priorities of Governor Akeredolu’s led administration in the State is to create enabling environment for standard and uninterrupted teaching and learning process in the public secondary schools.

Akinsete who further stressed that the state government would not cease in committing a handsome amount for the development of the Secondary Education, reiterated the need for regular inspections and monitoring of schools so as to regularly and adequately keep teachers on their toes to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.

She expressed her satisfaction over the good conducts, comportment and arrangement of the students in all the examination centres visited.

The Secretary advised school Principals to always consult with relevant stakeholders for them to assist in developing the schools as government could not do it all alone.

The Principal, Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, Mrs Taye Bola, assured the government of better service delivery, especially now that teachers’ salaries are regular.

Schools visited during the inspection exercise include: Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, Uso Grammar School, Uso, Imade College, Owo, St. Catherine Girls High School, Owo, Victory College, Ikare- Akoko, Mount. Carmel Secondary School, Ikare – Akoko among others.

Police Parade Nine Crime Suspects Apprehended In Ondo

police, paraded suspects, ondoThe Ondo State Police Command has paraded nine crime suspects, apprehended from various parts of the state in the last one month.

Addressing newsmen at the state command headquarters in Akure, Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, stated that among the suspects was a telecommunications mast vandal, vehicle thief, fake soldier as well as a kidnapper.

The Police boss said “from the nooks and crannies of the state, from Akure to Ondo to Owo, persons have been robbed of their various articles of trade, personal properties, including vehicles as you can see displayed.

“Some of these persons were arrested ‎for vandalizing an MTN mast.

“Somewhere around the bank too, some other persons were arrested, while locally made pistols were recovered from them as well as an Army camouflage uniform,” she said.

She further revealed that some persons were kidnapped along Isua /Ose Road and three kidnappers were arrested.

Praising members of the public, she said “the Police cannot work without information and intelligence, I must therefore commend all those persons who have found time to inform us.

Mrs Harrison explained to the press that in Ondo State, telephone numbers of tactical leaders and various teams had been circulated for easy access in case of emergency occurrences.

She said members of the public had been responding to the telephone numbers by giving the force useful information that have helped to track and arrest individuals involved in crime.

“I once again want to appeal to members of the public not to get tired of the Police. We are working for you and when we work with you, we achieve better results, that is the essence of community policing,” she urged.

police, paraded suspects, ondoOne of the armed robbery suspects who was apprehended, Gbenga Adewale, claimed to be an auto mechanic as he was caught with a stolen Toyota Camry.

Adewale denied the allegations, claiming that he had personally purchased the car, which is worth over three million Naira.

“I bought ‎Muscle Camry from Tosin, I gave him 650 thousand Naira and he said he wanted to sell it for 1.9 million Naira”.

Another crime suspect, 18-year-old Elijah Okpara said: “I told an elderly friend that I don’t have work and money and he said he would introduce me to a business.

“When I met him, he gave me a bag containing clothes but I didn’t know a gun was wrapped in the cloth.

“The security men in the area suspected our movements, chased us and handed us over to the Police who opened the bag and found the gun in it,” he said.

Ondo Govt. Sensitises Residents On Lassa Fever

Lassa-Fever-in-OndoResidents of Ondo State have been advised to maintain a healthy environment and avoid rats from getting in contact with their food, so as to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, stated this on Thursday at a sensitisation meeting on the management and control of Lassa fever held in Owo town of Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

The meeting comes up after a case of the viral disease was confirmed at the Federal Medical Centre in the town, while two other suspected cases are still being investigated.

The Commissioner had earlier stopped on the highway between Akure ‎and Owo to educate some residents on the need to stop spreading food substances such as cassava and yam flour near bushes, in order to prevent rats from contaminating the food.

He ‎disclosed that the state government had made funds available to procure the equipment for testing the disease, as the victims pass through a lot of suffering which worsens their situation when they are being transferred to Edo State for treatment.

Speaking to reporters, a public health physician, Dr. Olufemi Ayodeji, explained the cause of the disease and how it is transmitted.

He said that the symptoms of Lassa fever include body pains, vomiting and the regular fever just like malaria, saying it could only be diagnosed through medical tests on the victims.

The Vice Chairman of Owo Local Government, Mr Olusola Owadasa and the traditional ruler‎ of one of the towns in the area, Oba Omotunde Adako, voiced their support for the sensitisation programme.

They promised to help disseminate relevant information and also educate their people about the disease.

Ondo Confirms Lassa Fever Case, Suspects Two Others

lassa fever in OndoOne confirmed case and two suspected cases of Lassa fever have been identified in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, made the disclosure on Wednesday in an interview with reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Dr. Adeyanju said the confirmed case, which occurred in Owo, was identified at the Federal‎ Medical Centre located in the town and had been referred to the General Hospital Irrua in Edo State for treatment.

He added that the samples of the tests conducted on the two suspected cases have also been sent to the hospital.

The Commissioner disclosed further that health officers were keeping tab on five contacts of the patients, in order to curtail the spread of the disease that have also been detected in some other states in Nigeria.

He informed reporters that emergency operation centres and surveillance operations across the state have been very active.

Adeyanju noted that widespread sensitisation programmes were ongoing, assuring the residents of the state that there was no cause for alarm.

FMC Owo Resident Doctors Resume Indefinite Strike

Resident Doctors, NARDMembers of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State have resumed their indefinite strike.

The resident doctors had on June 27 2016 suspended their three week old strike as a result of the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara‎.

Addressing journalists at the hospital, the branch President of the Association, Dr. Ahmed Olanipekun, stated that they decided to embark on strike again due to the refusal of the management of the hospital to attend to their demands.

Dr Olanipekun said the demands include the regularisation of the employment of 22 casualised medical officers, replacement of casual officers with qualified resident doctors and the new clause in the appointment of house officers expunged.

Other demands include full payment of salary arrears of resident doctors and consultants from January, 2016, as well as the payment of all arrears of examination fees and upgrading fees.

Responding on behalf of the management of the hospital, the Acting Head of Clinical Services, Dr. Kunle Adesokan, said the corps members are employed based on the requirements of the hospital.

He added that the examination and other fees have been paid to doctors that applied last year and the payment for those who applied earlier are still being processed.

He equally appealed to the doctors to be patient as the fees is their entitlement, which cannot be denied them if available.

Doctors Strike: Patients Plead For End To Industrial Action

Health-workers-strikePatients at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State have called on the Federal Government and doctors to come to an agreement and call off the strike.

Channels Television, during a visit to the hospital, noticed that the usual hustle and bustle was absent, as only the Consultants, Senior Officers and Youth Corp Members were working and the orthopedic ward was occupied with patients, most of whom were accident victims.

The industrial action embarked upon by Resident doctors and the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has resulted in paralytic service at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State.

Nevertheless, the patients expressed satisfaction on the services at the hospital in spite of the strike.

They also appealed to the Federal Government and the striking workers of the hospital to agree so that the industrial action may end and full services returned.

The acting Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Iliasu Ahmed, informed that the hospital has been receiving referrals from other hospitals from within and outside the state.

He added that the few medical personnel have been working hard to cope with the influx of patients.

Their plea came barely 24 hours before the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) called off the nationwide strike.

National President of the Association, Mohammed Askira, made the announcement during a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Saturday, June 25.

While stating that it’s decision was borne out of the need of alleviating the plight of Nigerians, who have been unable to access medical services during the period, he said official duties for the doctors will begin on Monday, June 27.

FMC Owo Doctors Demand Release Of Kidnapped Pharmacist

Resident-doctorsMedical doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo in Ondo State have called for the immediate release of a staff of the hospital, Mrs Queen Adeyeye, who was kidnapped last Saturday by unknown gunmen.

Mrs Adeyeye, who is the Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the hospital, was kidnapped while returning home from a church programme.

Addressing a press conference at the centre, the Chairman of Body of Medical Doctors, which consists of resident doctors and consultants, Dr. Opeyemi Komolafe, urged the state and federal governments to ensure the woman is rescued from her abductors.

They charged President Muhammudu Buhari to tackle the high level of insecurity in the country, lamenting that the lives of the staff of the hospital were no longer safe.

He urged all security agencies to deploy necessary machinery and intelligence to ensure that the kidnapped pharmacist is freed by her captors.

FMC Owo Staff Protest Kidnap Of Colleague

FMC Owo: Staff Protest Kidnap Of ColleagueStaff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State have staged a peaceful protest over the abduction of one of their members.

The workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), demanded the immediate and unconditional release of a Pharmacist, Mrs Queen Adeyeye, who was kidnapped last Saturday in the Southwest Nigerian state.

The aggrieved workers abandoned their duty posts to stage the protest, carrying placards to express their demand.

The woman, said to be a widow, was kidnapped while returning home from a vigil on that fateful day.

The Chairman of JOHESU, FMC, Owo, Joseph Omoniyi as well as other numbers threatened to down tool indefinitely if their colleague was not released.

They appealed to the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of workers of the medical centre, saying their lives were no longer safe.

Police File Five-Count Charge On Suspected Abductors Of Olu Falae

policeThe Nigeria Police have filed a five-count charge against the five suspects, who abducted elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State and freed few days later after a ransom was allegedly paid by his family.

The names of the Suspects are Abubakar Auta arrested In Niger, Idris Lawan arrested in Ekiti, Umar Ibrahim arrested in Ondo, Masahudu Muhammed arrested in Ekiti and Bello Tanu arrested in Ekiti.

However, two suspects – Usman Kato and Babawuro – were arrested in Lokoja by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS)

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include over N823,990, 12 Sim cards, phone used for Chief Falae ransom negotiation and a red Bajaj motorcycle with Reg No; KER 385 QA used for the kidnapping operation and carrying Chief Olu Falae to their camp in the bush near Owo.

Several Banks In Owo, Ondo State Attacked By Robbers

Owo bank robberySeveral commercial banks in Owo, Ondo State have been attacked by armed robbers.

Reports reaching Channels Television say that many people have been killed in the syndicated armed robbery operation in many of the commercial banks in Owo town.

One of the commercial banks is said to have been set ablaze, after the robbers detonated an explosive to gain access into the building.

An eyewitness said four banks were attacked and several people killed.

The eyewitness also sent in some disturbing pictures from the scenes of the attack.

The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke, when contacted via the telephone, confirmed the incident but could not provide much details.

More updates on the story soon.

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Closed Down As Students Protest

Rufus-Giwa-PolytechnicThe authorities of the Ondo State have closed down the state owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo  following a protest by the students against the decision of the authorities to ensure that students who have not paid their school fees will not take part in the unified mid semester test.

Despite heavy downpour on Tuesday, some of the students were seen leaving the campus following the two week break declared by the polytechnic authorities before Channels Television crew got to the institution premises.

The security officials of the institution, despite the rain, conducted Channels TV crew around some of the buildings touched by the angry students.

Some lecture rooms, a commercial bank on the campus and a female hall of residence were touched by the students.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Profession Igbekele Ajibefun, says the mid-semester test which the students were protesting against had been cancelled.

He insisted that the protest was hijacked by some hoodlums who were not students of the polytechnic.

On his part, the Students’ Union President, Akin Ayepala, said the protest was due to the condition the institution’s authority put on the mid-semester test.

Normalcy has since returned to the campus as the management and Students’ Union Government have decided to embark on dialogue to settle the dispute that resulted in the protest.