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.

Again, Five Travellers Abducted In Ondo

Kidnappers have again strike in Ondo state abduting five travellers traveling along Oba-Akoko area of the state.

According to reports yesterday on the travellers’ kidnap, the victims were in their vehicle when the gunmen stopped them on the expressway and took them away. The victims’ identities remained unknown at press time.

Sources claimed that the victims were heading to Abuja from Lagos in a Toyota Highlander SUV, when the gunmen stopped them and diverted them to an unknown destination.

The victims’ identities remained unknown at press time. Sources claimed that the victims were heading to Abuja from Lagos in a Toyota Highlander SUV, when the gunmen stopped them and diverted them to an unknown destination.

The state’s Police image-maker, Femi Joseph, confirmed the development, adding that Police detectives have been deployed to the route, following the incessant activities of kidnappers.

This came barely a week after an about-to-wed couple was kidnapped at Akunnu town in the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state. However, detectives in the state have rescued remaining five victims of the kidnap, including the groom, his best man and three ladies kidnapped on their way to a wedding engagement in Akure.

However, detectives in the state have rescued remaining five victims of the kidnap, including the groom, his best man and three ladies kidnapped on their way to a wedding engagement in Akure.

The team put in place by the new Police Commissioner, Gbenga Adeyanju, swooped on the suspects in their hideout in a bush at Oba-Akoko area of the state and rescued the victims.

The rescued ladies were part of the five persons abducted last week by six gunmen while traveling from the eastern part of the country to Abuja. It was learned that the groom, Moses Yakubu, bride and his friend, who were abducted at Akunnu in Akoko North-East Local Government area of Ondo State, were on their way to Akure for their engagement ceremony.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the victims was coming from Okenne, Kogi State when the gunmen struck. The bride and her sister, according to the father of the bride, Ahmed Amodu, were later released while the groom and his friends were not released.

The State Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the rescue of the victims, said the Police were on the trail of the abductors.

Akeredolu Reveals Blueprint For Ondo Development

The Ondo state Government has unveiled a policy template that will be there to guide the All Progressive Congress, APC-led state government in Ondo State in developing the economy of the state has been unveiled.

The document which is tagged the “Blue Print to Progress, 2017-2021,” followed a report of the Strategic Development and Policy Implementation Committee SDPIC, put up by the state government.

While unveiling the document on Wednesday, at the Dome in Akure, the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said the move signaled the commencement of total transformation of all sectors by his administration.

Mr. Akeredolu stressed the importance of meaningful planning to the success of any government, noting that that was why his government chose to take off on a sound footing based on well mapped out strategies.

“We believe it is more profitable for us to proceed assuredly than to embark on any unorganized pastime which accommodates tokenism and peripheral attention extended to systemic problems of existence in the State,” the governor said.

He directed all state officials to adopt the “blueprint to progress” as a guide to good governance and ensure strict compliance with its contents.

“Consequently, we direct all state functionaries to adopt this compendium of recommendations for the administration of all sectors as a guide for governance,” Mr. Akeredolu said.

“Commissioners, heads of agencies and parastatals are further instructed to ensure strict compliance with the clear provisions of this document as regards their respective portfolios and agencies.”

Mr. Akeredolu expressed his administration’s desire to make the welfare of the people a strategic component of his policy.
He explained that proper planning dictated the pace at which his government moved at inception not minding the palpable anxiety concerning the delay in the appointment of commissioners and advisers until recently.

“An appreciation of the necessity for planning dictated the pace at which we proceeded from inception,” he said.

“It is our fervent hope that the wait will be justified by the quality of performance which all government functionaries will bring to bear on the challenges confronting the state.

He thanked members of the SDPIC for availing their wealth of experience, time and resources to design a roadmap for development for the state.

“Posterity reserves an enviable mention for this imperishable intervention. These people will be remembered for their invaluable service to the people at this crucial period in the life of the country,” Mr. Akeredolu said

Earlier, the Deputy Governor and chairman of the SDPIC Steering Committee, Agboola Ajayi, said the report also provided an in-depth exposure to constraints currently encountered by the state as well as the potentials and possibilities available.

He noted the document would chart a clear course of government activities for the next four years, and stand the administration in good stead in engagements with development partners including World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNIDO, FAO, JICA, USAID.

“While thanking the SDPIC subcommittee members for this great service to Ondo state, I also wish to acknowledge and commend all the members of the Steering Committee, especially the Secretary, Mr Kunle Adebayo and his staff who ran a highly efficient secretariat,” Mr. Ajayi said.

16 Suspects Docked For Murder In Ondo

SIXTEEN persons have been docked before an Akure Chief Magistrate Court, in Ondo State over the murder of the United States of America, USA-based business man, Banji Adafi, who was killed in his Nigerian home.

The suspects were arraigned before the court for armed robbery and murder. But a twist was introduced to the matter when the Police Prosecutor, Martins Olowofeso asked the Court to release five of the suspects for fresh investigation following new findings by them.

But a twist was introduced to the matter when the Police Prosecutor, Martins Olowofeso asked the Court to release five of the suspects for fresh investigation following new findings by them.

The Prosecutor said a sequel to the petition from the family of the victim, Banji Adafi , alleging foul play in his death they requested for further investigation and the Police would want the case to be reinvestigated. The lawyer from the office of the DPP,

The lawyer from the office of the DPP, Mr. A Bamisile, opposed the application on the premise that the Police ought to have come with the written application instead of the oral application moved by the prosecutor.

However, pleas of the accused persons were not taken as the court ordered the case file to be duplicated and sent to Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

 

Source: Vanguard

 

Ondo State In Chieftaincy Tussle Mess

Over 20 houses and properties worth millions was destroyed in a riverine town of Ugbo in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State over the weekend. 

According to reports, the crisis which cost a man his life lasted for two days and was caused by a chieftaincy tussle between two royal families in the town.

The fighting followed attempts by one of the royal families in the town to challenge the selection and appointment of Oba Fredrick Obateru as the Olubo of Ugboland. The clash, sources said, was between supporters of Oba Obateru and a former occupant of the stool, Adebanjo Mafimisebi.

During the fracas that ensued, Daily Sun learnt that buildings, vehicles, boats and other valuables were set ablaze. It was gathered that a middle aged woman, Bidemi Mafimisebi, and others were injured during the clash.

RUGIPO Strike: Akeredolu Blames Dwindling Federal Allocations For Unpaid Arrears

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said that lecturers of the state-owned Polytechnic, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, RUGIPO, went on strike without a formal notice to the state government.

He also said the poor funding of the institution and other government agencies was due to the shortfalls in the allocation from the federation account.

The governor spoke on Wednesday in Akure while receiving students of the Polytechnic who held a peaceful protest at his office while seeking a quick resolution of the industrial dispute.

Mr. Akeredolu said he had called the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, for a meeting with a view to resolving the problem.

According to him, what comes from the federal government is not enough to pay workers salaries and subventions to government agencies and institutions.

Mr Akeredolu enjoined the students to play their own part by paying their school fees so that the government could pay lecturers.

The President of the institution’s Student Union Government, Temitayo Ayeduyo, urged the government to dialogue with the lecturers as quickly as possible so that academic activities could be restored.

The lecturers on Monday began an indefinite strike to protest the state government’s refusal to pay an outstanding N2.1 billion subvention to the institution.

The Chairman of ASUP, Rafiu Ijawoye, had told journalists in Akure that the amount resulted from the slash of the subvention to the institution first, by the Olusegun Mimiko led administration and recently, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

He said the cut in the subvention had caused the inability of the school to pay the arrears of N1.7 billion unpaid salaries of all staff in the institution in the last 10 years.

The Union is also demanding the immediate payment of 16 months consolidated Polytechnic Salary Structure, CONPOCASS, allowance which it said was long overdue.

 

 

 

Source: Premium Times

Akeredolu Sees SAP’s Code Training Boosting Infotech Development

The Ondo State Government is optimistic that SAP’s Africa Code Week initiative will lift Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development in the state.
The Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who said this at a two-day Train-the-Trainer hands-on workshop organised by SAP in partnership with the state, added that the initiative will help to bridge the continent-wide digital divide, as well as being a significant launch pad for youth empowerment in the digital era.

Speaking through his Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, he, appreciated SAP and ACW key and primary partners, (UNESCO YouthMobile, the Cape Town Science Centre, the Galway Education Centre, and Google) for their vision of every African child empowered though ICT.

The Governor considered the workshop as relevant as the time  had come for governments and private sector entities to work together to promote digital access, “improve Information and Communications Technology skills and create opportunities for youths in our ever-competitive and dynamic world.”

The TTT was aimed at imparting coding skills to secondary school teachers across the three senatorial districts in the state, in the run up to Africa Code Week 2017, which will take place from October 18 to 25 across 35 countries.

He said: “It is also gratifying to note that SAP shares this philosophy that we need to join forces to bridge the digital skills and gender gap continent-wide. I am therefore very happy that SAP is deploying their skilled volunteers to train teachers in Ondo State who, will in turn, train the next generation of the ICT savvy youths.”Akeredolu said the government desired that the people of Ondo State participated actively in the new economy, and benefitted from the opportunities it presents.
“To facilitate this, the government is championing many ICT initiatives such as the planned establishment of tech hubs in each of the three senatorial districts, to make governance more effective and efficient,” he noted.

He said: “This will provide an enabling environment for different categories of youths and ICT enthusiasts to acquire and develop different skills in the ICT, which can be deployed for economic gains as ‘techpreneurs’.”

“The ICT has become an indispensable and most effective platform for rapid and sustainable development in the 21st Century. It provides multiple economic and employment opportunities to both urban and rural development, increases productivity, offers easier and cheaper access to financial, educational and health services and generally enables society to function more efficiently.”

Speaking further on ACW 2017, the Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP and Africa Code Week Global Lead, Claire Gillissen-Duval, said: “Leveraging freely accessible teaching materials like Scratch, ACW Train-the-Trainer workshops provide a sound, scalable structure for inter-group knowledge sharing, unlocking people’s potential and desire to serve as resources for each other.“In the knowledge sharing age we live in, this is the key to scaling digital literacy initiatives in a sustainable way, across all communities.”

We Inherited Over N220bn Debt From Mimiko’s Administration – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday said his administration inherited a debt burden of N220.58 billion from the immediate past administration of Olusegun Mimiko.

While speaking during swearing-in ceremony of commissioners and special advisers at The Dome in Akure, the governor said the state’s finances has been over-stretched by the previous administration, advised the people of the state to refrain from acts that could further push the state into deep economic crisis.

However, ex-commissioner for Information under Mimiko administration, Kayode Akinmade punctured this claim by saying that Mr. Mimiko left N20 billion in the kitty of the state government. Akinmade skirted the issue of debt and also did not explain why Mimiko failed to match the N38.64 billion left in the kitty of the state government by his predecessor, Governor Olusegun Agagu.

Mr. Akeredolu said with a debt of more than N220 billion, it was not difficult for anyone to know that the government’s capacity for adjustment to cater for the people had been stretched to its limit.

According to him, Internal Debt of N53.15 billion constituted almost a quarter of the debt legacy.

Others are External Debt, N17.48billion; Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, August to December 2016, N17.27 billion; and January to February 2017, N6,91 billion; Ondo State Pension Liabilities, N4.80billion; Ondo State Gratuity, N15.04billion; Unpaid Local Government Salaries and Allowances, August to December 2016, N9.3billion; January to February 2017, N5.19 billion.

Local Government Pension Liabilities of N25.23billion; Local Government Gratuities N20,96 billion; Contractors’ Liabilities N39.74 billion; Outstanding payment requests in the Office of the Accountant-General without cash backing, N5.45billion made up the rest of the debt profile.

However, Mr. Akeredolu promised to provide the needed leadership to move the state forward and make life more abundant for the people.

“We will continue to strive to keep that vow within the available resources. We can turn things around positively,” he said.

The governor also congratulated the commissioners and special assistants, adding that they should use this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people.

Femi Agagu, who spoke on behalf of other commissioners, thanked the governor for the privilege given them to serve the people.

“We are aware that your administration has a blueprint to transform the state. Collectively, we will take the state to a glorious destination.

“We pledge to discharge our duties faithfully and with the fear of God. We will defend the oath we have sworn to and we will uphold this honour you have bestowed on us,” Mr. Agagu said.

The commissioners are Taofiq Abdusallam, Rasheed Badmus, Solagbade Amodeni, Adegboyega Adefarati, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, Omowumi Olatunji, Donald Ojogo, Yemi Olowolabi and Wahab Adegbenro.

Others are: Funso Esan, Wale Akinterinwa, Emmanuel Igbasan, Olurimisi Ismaila, Femi Agagu, Bayonle Ademodi, Julianah Fagbemi, Timilehin Adelegbe and Kola Olawole.

The special advisers sworn in include Victor Olabimtan, Olubukola Ademosu, Tunji Ariyomo, Tobi Ogunleye, and Akinboye Oyewunmi.

Others are Olawunmi Ilawole, Jibayo Adeyeye, Tunji Fabiyi, Alaba Isijola, and Raheem Aminu.

Former Olusegun Mimiko handed over to Akeredolu on Feb.24, 2017.

(NAN)

Akeredolu Swears In New Commissioners, Special Advisers

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday sworn-in 18 new commissioners and Special Advisers urging them to shun any acts considered to be unpatriotic to the welfare of the people of the state.

Mr. Akeredolu had forwarded 18 nominees to the state House of Assembly for consideration on July 31.

Reports say these names were confirmed at a sitting of the parliamentarians following the recommendation of the Assembly House Committee on Screening and Selection headed by Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

The new 18 commissioners which included two women were not assigned portfolios during the inauguration which took place at the International Events Center,  The Dome.

The new commissioners are:

(1) Femi Agagu, (Okitipupa)

(2) Gboyega Adefarati, (Akoko South West)

(3) Taofeek Abdusalam (Akoko North East)

(4) Yemi Olowolabi, (Idanre)

(5) Wale Akinterinwa, ( Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo)

(6) Wahab Adegbenro (Ifedore)

(7) Solagbade Amodeni, (Akoko South East)

(8) Rasheed Badmus, (Akoko North West)

(9) Omowumi Olatunji (Akure South)

(10) Emmanuel Igbasan, (Irele)

(11) Funso Esan, (Ilaje)

(12) Olurimisi Ismaila, (Odigbo)

(13) Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, (Akure North)

(14) Ojogo Donald (Ese-Odo)

(15) Bayonle Ademodi, (Ondo East)

(16) Lola Fagbemi, (Ondo West)

(17) Timilehin Adelegbe, (Ose)

(18) Kole Olawoye, (Owo)