Lassa Fever: Death Toll Rises In Ondo State

At least nine death cases have been recorded in Ondo State following a recent outbreak of Lassa fever.

Governor of the state Rotimi Akeredolu made s statement to the people informing them of the steps that have been taken to stop the spread. Confirming the casualties rate, the governor said nine persons have been confirmed dead and 102 others under watch.

Akeredolu said: “A total of 102 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been reported in eight local government areas of Ondo State. Out of the figure, 36 of the 79 cases with laboratory results have been confirmed, including nine deaths.

At present, 127 Hospital Contacts and 308 Community Contacts were line-listed in all the affected local government areas while 30 have completed their follow-up.

He said patients are being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while confirmatory tests are done at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

To contain the spread of the disease, Akeredolu said, an Emergency Preparedness and Response Team has been reactivated at both the state and local government levels in addition to active surveillance and contact tracing in the affected council areas.

He added that sensitization and community mobilization are going on in all council areas for traditional rulers, religious leaders, political leaders, market women and other stakeholders.

“Publicity is also ongoing through radio jingles, radio and television discussions in our media houses.

“Information, education and communication materials such as handbills, flyers and posters have been produced and these are being distributed,” he said.

He also said vehicles have been dedicated for transportation of samples and referred patients to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospitals, Irrua, Edo State just as the Infectious Disease Isolation Unit at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo has been expanded through support of his administration.

“Some Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, Drugs, and hospital beds were donated to FMC, Owo to support the management of the patients,” the governor said.

 

NSCDC Nabs 4 Suspects, Destroys 200,000 Litres Of Petroleum Products In Ondo

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command says it has arrested four suspects, destroyed 200,000 litres of diesel in the state.
Mr Pedro Awili, NSCDC state commandant, who said this in a statement issued by Mrs Ajoke Pelemo (ASC I), command Public Relations Officer on Saturday in Akure, said the command also confiscated 2,710 litres of the product.
According to Awili, the suspects are Akin Akinyele, 42, Alao Yusuf, 40; Aremu Saidi, 35 and Hassan Jimoh, 37.
Awili said the suspects were arrested on January 31, for illegal dealing in diesel along Lagos express way.
He said that the raid was carried out by anti-vandal operatives of the state command in Ajibandele area where it was discovered that a lot of shops along the road were being run by illegal marketers.
He said that the suspects were still under investigation and would be charged to court immediately after the investigation.
NSCDC boss explained that illegal marketers were financiers and sponsors to those who break the right of way of either NNPC or SPDC to siphon crude oil and locally refine them in the creeks within the state.
According to him, illegal dealings in petroleum products is at the detriment of the public because it damages machinery and cause a lot of problems in the society due to the inflammable nature of the adulterated products.
Awili, therefore, implored the good citizens of the state to be security conscious and also report to the security agencies any illegal dealings in petroleum products.
He assured the general public that the corps would put more effort in bringing an end to illegal oil marketing in the state.
The commandant also warned individuals to desist from dealing in Illegal Petroleum products or face the wrath of the law.

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Ondo Plans Stringent Measures On Herdsmen Menace

Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared that his administration will apply force to arrest the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the state.

This was said by the Government in Akure on Sunday, during an event to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

“We have been using security agencies to engage the herdsmen to carry out their business peacefully but when engagement fails, we will use force. We will confront the herdsmen with all we have,” the governor said.

He vowed that his administration will do everything to protect the people of the state, adding that all the security agencies have been put on red alert to monitor the activities of herdsmen.
He condemned the recurrent clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country, adding that his government will ensure such does not occur in the state.

“I must not fail to make a statement on the unfortunate recurrence of clashes between the farmers and pastoralists otherwise known as herdsmen. Our state has had her share of the crisis but not on the horrendous scale whose odious effect continues to reverberate throughout the country. Our Administration is taking proactive steps to ensure that this obnoxious phenomenon is nipped in the bud,” he said.

While encouraging those who want to visit the state to come, he warned that those coming to perpetrate crime under should avoid the state or face fire. The governor noted that farmers in the state have suffered crop losses on account of the activities of herdsmen and their livestock, a trend his administration is minded to stop.

Mr. Akeredolu condemned the repeated attacks on the farmland of Mr. Olu Falae, former Secretary to Government of Federation, by the Fulani herdsmen.

“We will not tolerate any act of brigandage. We will defend the right of our people to engage farming without let of any hindrance of any sort. We will sanction with impassioned severity any acts which seek to tilt the balance of harmonious coexistence in the state towards anarchy. The full weight of the law will be brought to bear on criminal elements” the governor vowed,” said the governor.

He urged farmers in the state to go about their business and ensure they report suspicious movements in their areas to security agencies.

Oke Denies Plans To Return To PDP

Following emerging rumours of his plan to dump the Alliance for Democracy party after running unsuccessfully on her platform for the Ondo 2016 gubernatorial elections, Chief Olusola Oke has denied entertaining such plans.

Oke, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said he never planned to go back to his former party.

He said, “Recently, he met with his supporters in the state and it was resolved that they remain in AD, so there is nothing like the issue of PDP, it was not even on the table.”

Oke left the PDP in 2015 and defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly after the Presidential election, won by the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also left the APC in 2016 after losing the governorship ticket of the party to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu at the September 3, 2016 primary of the party before contesting the election under the platform of the AD but lost the election to Akeredolu of the APC.

Earlier, a report claimed that Oke had been meeting secretly with the leadership of the party in an effort to return to the party.

26 Vehicles Stolen In Lagos, Recovered In Ondo – Police

The Onikan Zone 2 Police Command in Lagos said 26 cars stolen in the last eight months in the Oworonshoki, Bariga and Somolu areas of Lagos State have been recovered by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad.

The state command said the cars were stolen in the communities by members of a syndicate, who usually sneaked into the neighbourhoods with master keys to open cars, adding that the vehicles were sold to buyers in Ondo State.

Arrested members of the syndicate are Joshua Adeleke, Moses Ofoke, Oluseye Arokoyo, Ahmed Ali, Folorunsho Ojowuro and Samuel Bolanle.

The police said it recovered 13 Toyota Camry, three Toyota Corolla, one Toyota Sienna, one Nissan Sunny and one Nissan Almera.

Others are three Honda Accord, two Toyota Sienna, one Nissan Pathfinder and one Mazda 626.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the command, Adamu Ibrahim, said the police got information about the gang on October 6, 2017.

He said, “We learnt the robbers snatched a Toyota Camry big daddy from Lagos around 2.45pm on that day and were heading towards Sango Ota, Ogun State.

“A team of ZIS operatives was detailed to track down the hoodlums and three of them were arrested. They confessed that they specialised in removing vehicles by roadsides and that they operated in the Bariga, Oworonshoki and Somolu areas of Lagos State.”

The suspects, who were paraded at the ZIS office at Obada Oko, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, said difficult situations of life pushed them into crime.

The leader of the gang, Adeleke, said he took 11 cars from the Oworonshoki and Bariga areas between March and October 2017, adding that he sold them for between N100,000 and N300,000.

He said, “I started doing this job after I lost my job as a driver at a company on Victoria Island, Lagos. I was sacked because I stole N200,000. A friend introduced me to this work in

March 2017. I have stolen 11 vehicles in Oworonshoki and Bariga.

“A man made a master key for me and my gang members. We bought the key for N2,000. What we do is to go out by 2am. We open cars parked by roadsides and start the vehicles with the master key. We don’t rob at gunpoint.

“We send the cars to Ondo State where we have ready buyers. The first car we took to Ondo State was a Nissan product, which we sold for N100,000. We also sold a Toyota Camry for N200,000.

“We were four members of the gang; my wife does not know this is what I do for a living.”

Another member of the gang, Ali, an indigene of Ogun State, said he became a member after Adeleke assisted him with money.

The 23-year-old barber explained that he followed the gang leader to Ondo twice to sell some of the stolen vehicles.

The third suspect, Ofoke, an indigene of Izzi, Ebonyi State, said he joined the gang after he lost his job as a private security guard.

One of the receivers of the stolen cars, Ojowuro, said he bought seven cars from the suspects, adding that while he resold some for profit, he converted the rest to private use.

The Igbokoda, Ondo State indigene, denied knowing that the vehicles were stolen until he was arrested by the police.

“They told me that the vehicles were seized from smugglers by customs. One of the boys said he was a soldier and he wore military camouflage to deceive me. The cars I bought for N100,000, I sold for N250,000. The ones I bought for N300,000 I sold for N400,000,” he said.

The AIG said the suspects would be soon be arraigned

Ondo Govt. Frowns At Unapproved Structure

The Ondo State Government has shown his displeasure against unapproved buildings, especially filling stations in the state.

Mr. Solagbade Amodeni, the Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, said this on Wednesday in Ikare, headquarters of Akoko North-East Local Government of the state.

Amodeni made the statement shortly after leading a team on inspection to many proposed sites for filling stations in Ikare Akoko and environs to ascertain the level of conformity with the physical planning laws.

The commissioner encouraged all developers to always make recourse to the ministry before altering their initial approved plans.

“It is part of government’s effort to restore sanity to the state and make the environment hazard-free. “We moved to sites to confirm the compatibility of proposed intentions with the existing land-use and environment.

“We visited a site intended for a gas station at Ikare to confirm its recommendation status and we considered it feasible and functional for the proposed intention going by its location on the outskirt of the town.

“Also the site is free from the built-up environment and does not in any way pose threat to lives,’’ he said. The team also inspected another existing site in Owo, where the developer who had already been granted approval for a petrol station.

Amondeni advised people to always abide by the rules and regulations guiding building plans in the state.

Lawyers Donate Boreholes in Honour of Governor Akeredolu

The alumni of a law firm where the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) was a principal partner has donated two boreholes to two different communities in Owo.

Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm alumni made the donations to Iwoye, a farming community around Zonal Headquarters of ADP and Methodist Grammar School, Owo High Court Area.

Speaking at the ceremony, an alumus of the Law Firm who is the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Mr Ojo Adebayo said the project was  embarked upon to symbolically honour Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and to appreciate the people of his country home for voting him as Governor of Ondo State.

Mr Adebayo said himself and his colleagues gained positive values and experience at the Olujimi & Akeredolu firm, such that they are now respected within the bar and the bench in Nigeria.

A representative of the Iwoye Community, Mr Olusanya Ogundele who appreciated the kindheartedness of the donors said the borehole would serve the water needs of the people.

The Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State, Honourable Justice, Olutoyin Akeredolu who expressed delight at the project described it as a rare gesture which could only have come from lives which have been positively impacted. She also noted that the act of giving back to the society is an appreciable way of serving humanity.

The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who commissioned the borehole projects for the use of the two communities appreciated the honour done him by the alumni of Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm.

He assured that he would continue to serve with the values of integrity synonymous with law practice with which everyone who had passed through Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm had been mentored.

Dignitaries at the ceremonies include: Hon. Justice N.S Adeyanju;  Secretary to the State Government, Hon Ifedayo Abegunde; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale and the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industries & Cooperatives, Hon Timehin Adelegbe;

Others are: Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters, Mr Alaba Isola, Chairman of Owo Local Government, Hon Ganiyu Omoluka; Chairman APC in Owo, Chief Sydney Ogunleye;  a friend of Mr Governor, Mr Wole Aina and about twenty members of the Alumni of Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm.

Ondo: The Hidden Wealth Of A Nation

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the hills spread across the towns showing a magnificent view of the horizon, sitting on the densely forested planes that characterize southwestern Nigeria. What and where are we talking about? It is the Sunshine state, Ondo. The domain of intellectuals that harbors human capital and natural resources- the habitat home of the rich, wealthy and prominent; the natural environment for animals, plants and other organisms; and a blessed large deposit of natural resources of oil, rubber, rock, tourism among others. The state is predominantly occupied by the Yorubas who speak various dialects of the language such as the Akoko, Akure, Apoi, Idanre, Ijaw, Ikale, Ilaje, Ondo and the Owo. Ondo State, which is indeed a miniature of the Nigerian nation, is blessed with resourceful, industrious and hospitable people.

Her crop of the educated elite has led to its being classified as one of the most educationally advanced states in Nigeria. With a population estimated to be 3,441,024 based on preliminary 2016 census figure; comprising 1,761,263 males and 1,679,761 females. The state’s economy is basically agrarian with 65 percent of the state’s labor force in the agriculture sub-sector –like farming, fishing, and trading. From the commercial city of Lagos, its geographical location serves as a gateway of economic movement and activities to the northern part of the country including the federal capital territory by Akoko-Ikenne-Lokoja road that links to the North which also situated many stop-overs, hotels, and brothels for travelers and commuters. The same also can be said of Benin-Ore road-the busiest after Lagos-Ibadan express road- to the Eastern and Southern-riverine states. And presently, the administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has commissioned the construction of a 50km road project from Araromi area in Ilaje Local Government, Ondo State to Akodo in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government in Lagos State that would open up the villages that could benefit from coastline huge development spinning off from Lekki Free Trade Zone.

 

The life patterns of the people represent an embodiment of culture, ranging from the local foodstuff to the way of dressing, dancing, wood crafts, such as carved house posts and decorated doors. The arts and other manifestations of human intelligence of the people achievement speak volumes. Antiquities and artifacts are also preserved in palaces of traditional rulers some of which have been declared as National Monuments at Owo which houses the wood and ivory carvings, brass and bronze works, excavated at Egbaren Estate, Owo in 1971. The state has a land mass of about 14,788.723 square kilometers (km2) and it geographically lies entirely in the tropical belt. The tropical climate of the state is broad of two seasons which are the rainy season between April and October and a dry season between November and March. A temperature throughout the year ranges between 21 °C to 29 °C and humidity are relatively high. The annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm in the southern areas to 1,150mm in the northern areas. The state enjoys luxuriant vegetation with high forest zone (rain forest) in the south and sub-savannah forest in the northern fringe.

Ondo State is richly blessed with varied and favorable ecological and climatic conditions with vegetation ranging from mangrove swamps to southern coastal riverine areas through the rainforest of the Midlands to derived savannah in the northern part of the state suitable for cattle grazing. Idanre Hill(s) listed in UNESCO world heritage sites, is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Ondo State and Nigeria. Located in Idanre Town, about 24 kilometers from Akure, the state capital, the flora, fauna and the topography of the place is a great virtue of mankind creating excitement to fun lovers of nature witnessing a spectacular view of the town. Igbokoda Water Front, Iponle-Iloro Waterfalls, Oko Marie Hills at Oka-Akoko, Ebomi Lake at Epinmi-Akoko are other interesting places to visit in the state. By and large, the Ondo people relatively peaceful environment when compared to other Niger-Delta states. In this fourth republican government, the state has gone through smooth transitional transient of power from one party to another without rancor or breakdown of law and other showing how civil and enlightened the people of the state are. This alone has pushed the state to be one of the highest rates on investment returns in Nigeria by providing enabling an environment for investors knowing fully well that security is one of the catalysts of development.

 

This fact makes her a most viable investment destination for agro-allied industries. There is the cultivation of high varieties of arable and fruit crops such as cassava, rice, maize, sugar cane, cashew, maize, mangoes and tomatoes, cocoa, oil-palm produce, and rubber. The state is also the largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria, responsible for about 40 percent of the country’s production. The state possesses wide ocean fronts and the longest untapped coastline in Nigeria about 180km, bigger and larger than that of Lagos that can gross in millions of revenue for private investors and government like it does in Lagos. The wide variety of fish deposits account for the core of economic activity in the riverine area of the state. The presence of a large deposit of stockfish offers remarkable opportunities for potential investors. Ondo state contributes 12 percent of the entire oil production and has one of the largest gas reserves in Nigeria. Bitumen deposit in the state is the largest in Africa and 2nd largest in the world with over 42 billion reserves and probably of the highest quality.

Taking a break from this path, now, a number of big oil companies accept that in future they will probably invest less in oil and more in natural gas, as well as in renewable energy and batteries. The world economy is shifting away from oil production as predicted by Rabah Arezki, head of commodities at the IMF, that oil may “at the onset of the biggest disruption in oil markets ever.” Ending the oil era and putting more effort to fossil fuels, because oil is an exhaustible resource, new sectors need to be developed so they can take over as the oil and gas industry dwindles. While some countries have ample reserves, hydrocarbon resources in a number of Arab countries could be depleted in the foreseeable future. However, even non-oil activities in many oil-exporting Arab countries are to some extent dependent on funding from oil revenues. The same cannot be said of ours. Nigerian oil reserved has been depleted on white elephant projects creating a lot of confusion. It is time to look away from oil and follow the trend of diversification.

 

The Ondo State newly revitalised airport aside the daily Lagos to Akure Air Peace passenger flight, has the potential of being a major cargo hub in West Africa with key partners in subsector include- passenger terminal completion and equipment installation, runway rehabilitation and expansion, airport facilities development, construction of cargo terminal, bond warehousing and refrigerated spaces for perishable goods and maintenance hangers for planes. Also, immense potential to be a maritime hub in West Africa, advantages to investors include: two Free Trade Zones both of which have made accommodations for ports in their master plan; over 100km of coastline with natural depths of 14m – 18m allowing for the construction of deep sea ports capable of handling the largest class of container vessels thereby saving costs for Ship-to-Ship activities -less than 40km via the coast and inland waterways to Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest market. The facilities on the state’s coastline are closest to three major oil fields in the country; ABO, BONGA, and ERHA.

It is an incontrovertible fact that crude oil has contributed substantially to Nigeria’s revenue, ever since its discovery in 1956 while admitting a paradigm shift away from oil, the federal government has shown commitment to diversify the economy of the nation to other sectors of the economy. It will be highly beneficial for foreign and private investors to look inward and see the potential of the Sunshine State.

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Police: Boko Haram Commander Captured In Ondo

Military Authority on Tuesday announced that a high-value target in the Boko Haram war has been captured by the police in Ondo State.

Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the director of Army Public relation made the statement in Maiduguri.

According to the spokesman, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, is identified as number 156 in the Boko Haram wanted list. Babawo, 42, who also goes by the name Idoko or Nagada, was captured while trying to evade arrest.

Newsmen report that the capture indicates that the renewed push by the military to clear the insurgents from the North East is yielding dividends. Kukasheka said that the jihadist had since been handed over to the military.

“The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police on Sept. 24 at about 2: 00 p.m., arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorist, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, believed to be number 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorist list.

“He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army at about 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 25 by the Ondo State Police Command,” Kukasheka said that preliminary investigations showed that the terrorist hailed from

Kukasheka said that preliminary investigations showed that the terrorist hailed from Chinade village in the Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State. He said that Babawo escaped from the North-East because of what he described as

He said that Babawo escaped from the North-East because of what he described as a sustained military onslaught on the jihadists. Boko Haram staged a bloody insurgency in northern Nigeria in 2009 in a bid to establish an Islamic Caliphate.

But the military has decimated the group, forcing the insurgents to resort to attacking mainly soft targets in parts of northern Nigeria. At least 2.7 million people have been displaced by the insurgency, especially in Borno and Adamawa States, the epicentre of the bloody campaign.

Soldiers Apprehend Cannabis Dealers In Ondo

Soldier Men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State, have incarcerated two men suspected to be cannabis dealers.

Captain Ojo Adelegan the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the brigade said the suspects were arrested at the Owena military checkpoint.

He said the suspects were inside a black Toyota Corolla with number plate, Lagos KSF 492 AS, filled with 15 bags of cannabis when they were arrested.

He said, “As they (suspects) approached the checkpoint, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop; it took the effort of our men on sentry duty, who fired a round of ammunition, to stop the driver, who abandoned the car and ran into the bush.

“Our soldiers recovered 15 bags of Indian hemp (cannabis) and N71,354 cash from the car. The suspects said the Indian hemp was purchased at Ogbese town and was being moved to Lagos.”

Adelegan stated that the suspects and other items recovered had been handed over to the Ondo State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Man Murder 65yrs Old Woman For Allegedly Stealing

Mary Ogundiran a 65years old woman was murdered by a cocoa farmer (name withheld) for the stealling cocoa pod in his farm Ofosu, Idanre area Ondo state.

The suspect has been arrested and has been detained by the police for more questioning.

It was gathered that the suspect supposedly killed the deceased for going into his farm to pluck cocoa without authorization.

The suspect was among nine others, including kidnap, robbery and murder suspects paraded by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, in Akure.

The suspect accused the deceased of regularly stealing pods from his farm even after several warnings. He reportedly hit the deceased with a stick on her head after finding her again on his farm and it reportedly resulted in her death.

The suspect was later picked by detectives after a formal complaint was made by the relations of the victim, who absolved her of stealing as alleged by the suspect. They reportedly accused the suspect of murdering the victim.

Meanwhile, also paraded were three members of a cult group, known as Arobaga. One of them, (name withheld ), who claimed he was forcefully initiated into the confraternity, was arrested for raping a 17-year-old girl.

The Police Command also paraded two notorious robbers and a serial burglar and recovered from them a single-barrelled gun and two pump action rifles.

The Police Commissioner said the Command is doing everything possible to rid the state of criminals, adding that the suspects will be charged to court after completion of investigations, to serve as the deterrent to others.