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)

Ondo FMC Workers Lock Out Doctors, Patients From Entering Hospital

Hundreds of casual workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, on Wednesday morning began a protest over unpaid entitlements of about 18 months.

The workers, including cleaners, drivers, gardeners and security men and women, blocked the gates of the hospital, barring medical staff and patients from entering the hospital.

A source told that activities at the hospital had been paralyzed completely since morning.

Details later‎…

Ondo Pastor Who Uses Sexual Intercourse As Spiritual Cure

WITH her eyes wide open, a 32 year old housewife Omotola Akerele seeking spiritual help watched her five year old marriage end abruptly, no thanks to an abortion for a “man of God” who took advantage of her during her trying period.

Findings showed that the “man of God” Matthew Olakunle had also taken advantage of her junior sister Tope and their 60 year old mother, Janet under the pretext of spiritual deliverances.

Olakunle confessed to having sexual intercourse with Tope twice and prayed for their mother twice nakedly.

He also shaved Tope’s pubic and armpit hair before having sexual intercourse with her.

All these were to deliver the family members from one spiritual attack or the other.

Their 60-year old grandmother who introduced her daughters to the pastor said that she started attending the church five years ago denied any sexual intercourse with the pastor but confirmed that her pastor always prayed for women seeking spiritual help in the nude.

However, Omotola also walked into the trap of  Pastor Olakunle, the then head of the Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Itura in Iju town, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State who said he had a solution to her “ spiritual attack”.

Omotola had confided in her mother that she was battling with an acute cough which had defied solution after several medications for over a year.

Findings showed that when she coughs she equally urinates on her body.

Olakunle not only took advantage of her condition but impregnated her and in her bid to conceal the pregnancy from her husband, Elijah Oluwaseun she decided to abort the pregnancy.

The mother, a staunch member of the church introduced Omotola to her pastor who after listening to her story concluded that her matter was a spiritual attack that needed special deliverance which will last for a minimum of one week in the mission house at Ejigbo area of lju.

But the husband, according to Vanguard findings got wind of what happened between his wife and her pastor and that she had taken in for him and had subsequently terminated the pregnancy.

Findings showed that Oluwaseun confronted his wife with the facts and she reportedly confessed to what happened between her and the pastor and she was sacked from her matrimonial home.

The “man of God” prefers spiritual seekers visiting him to be stark naked during deliverance period said “ God answers prayers faster when those afflicted are completely naked before him.”

The victim while narrating her ordeal in the hands of the pastor on a live programme on Adaba FM in Akure, the Ondo State capital said the pastor instructed her to remove all her clothes including underwear before each of the prayer sessions which lasted seven days both day and night.

She said the pastor’s wife was away in Ajowa Akoko area of the state during her deliverance days in the pastor’s two-room apartment.

Omotola said on the radio programme that on the last day of the deliverance session the pastor pushed her to the bed, mounted her and had sexual intercourse with her.

The pastor, according to her, said the sexual contact will exorcise the “evil spirits” dwelling inside her body and the cough and incessant urinating at the same time would cease forthwith.

She pointed out that a month after the sexual romp she got pregnant but later aborted it with N5000 because of the attendant shame it would bring to her if the truth comes out and she could not transfer its paternity to her husband.

She said she came to the radio station to expose the pastor because he was responsible for the break-up of her marriage and more importantly to prevent other spiritual seekers from falling prey to the antics of the fake pastor.

According to her “ I had severe cough and my mother took me to Pastor Olakunle Mathew for prayer in Iju. After praying for me he said I needed a shaving stick and a handkerchief to perform the spiritual exercise which I took to him.

“The pastor told me that he wanted to use my hair to perform some spiritual work that would solve my spiritual problem.

On the night of that first day we got there, he asked me to put off my clothes in the presence of my mother to pray for me in the mission house.

“Since that day, he has been asking me to come for deliverance and when I got there he would ask me to remove my clothes and lie on the bed. He would lie on me nakedly and be praying for me.

“On the seventh day, he shaved the hair of my private part and my armpit hair and put the hair in the white handkerchief. After that, we had sexual intercourse and after the intercourse he asked my to go and bury the hair in the handkerchief   behind the mission house.”

Also speaking on the programme, the pastor confirmed praying for the women of the church in the nude.

He said he had put in over 15 years in the pastoral work in the church and had served in many branches of the church across the country.

Olakunle said that he was able to cure Omotola of the attack after the one week deliverance session.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/08/ondo-pastor-cures-spiritual-attack-sexual-intercourse/

Ondo Commissioner Nominees For Inauguration Aug 30

Following the confirmation of the 18 commissioner nominees by the Ondo state House of Assembly on Tuesday, the inauguration of the newly confirmed commissioners has been slated for August 31, 2017.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye, said the event will hold at the International Event Center, The Dome, Akure, the state capital.

According to him, “as part of the moves to ensure accelerated development in all the nooks and crannies of the state, Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu  will on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, swear in the 18 Commissioners of the state at the international Event Center, The Dome, Akure, the state capital”

Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu has approved the appointment of Rt. Hon. Oluwasegunota Bolarinwa as the Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters. His appointment takes effect from August 31, 2017. He replaces Rt. Hon. Taofeek Abdusallam, who has been appointed as Commissioner.

Also, the governor has approved the appointments of Mrs. Bunmi Ademosu and Mr. Boye Oyewunmi as Special Advisers.

Before this appointment, Ademosu and Oyewunmi were Senior Special Assistants on Public & Inter Government Relations and Development & Investment respectively.

PDP Crsis In Ondo State Still Blows Hot

The long crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State is still ongoing despite the peace movement to reconcile all the aggrieved and warring factions of the party.

For over three years the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been enmeshed in crisis over the party leadership in the state.

The battle to control sole leadership of the party, which forced members into factions right from the units, wards, local governments and to the state levels, is still a thorn that has refused to leave the flesh of some of its belligerent stalwarts.

One faction of the PDP in the state contend that they still control the party despite its hijacking by some defectors who had made names in mainstream politics of the state but did not work hard to build the PDP in the state.

A SaharaReporters correspondent in Ondo State observed that the attitude of these purported “foundational members” has further worsened efforts to make peace in the party.

The genesis of the leadership crisis in the PDP can be traced to October 2014, when former Governor Olusegun Mimiko defected to the party from his defunct Labour Party (LP) and used the instrumentality of the state to take over the whole structure of the umbrella party.

The mass exodus of  Labour Party members into the fold of the PDP in the state sparked an intense power struggle within the party, as many of it stalwarts criticized the impunity and forceful hijacking of the party by Mr. Mimiko.

Mr. Mimiko’s leadership created divisiveness within the party, causing members to split into two opposing factions. One faction was led by Clement Faboyede while the other was led by Biyi Poroye.

The leadership struggle led to the party fielding two candidates in the 2016 Ondo State governorship election. Both Eyitayo Jegede, former state Attorney General, and business mogul Jimoh Ibrahim ran in the gubernatorial race on the PDP ticket.

The Faboyede faction fielded Mr. Jegede as a candidate while the Poroye group filed Mr. Ibrahim as its own candidate of the party. The apex court later authenticated Mr. Jegede as the true PDP candidate after a prolonged court battle with just few days to the poll.

This internal leadership crisis led to a victory for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 26, 2016 Ondo State governorship election.

Furthermore, the leadership crisis of the party at the national level that emanated from the Port Harcourt convention held on May 21, 2016, did more damage to the Ondo State chapter of the party.

The stalemate of that convention divided the party members into two factions at the national level, where one was led by the erstwhile governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, while the former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, led the other.

In Ondo State, Mr. Faboyede belonged to the Makarfi faction while Mr. Poroye controlled the Sheriff group.

The Supreme Court judgment then authenticated Ahmed Makarfi as the national chairman of the PDP after a long, drawn-out legal battle. The judgment also validated Mr. Faboyede as the state chairman of the PDP, causing a deeper rift between the two factions of the party’s Ondo State chapter.

Our correspondent revealed that the party is still divided over the issue, as many party members are still bitter about the party’s loss in the 2016 gubernatorial race due to party infighting.

Others are also still angry over the hijacking of the party by Mr. Mimiko and other former Labour Party members.

A SaharaReporters investigation showed these internal feuds have made the peace and reconciliation moves of the party futile.

Undercover findings by our correspondent revealed that instead of applying a genuine internal mechanism with wide consultation to bring aggrieved members and leaders together under the same structure, some party leaders are applying the carrot and stick approach in mending the broken fence.

This approach, to many party members, is to avenge the wounds of losing the November governorship election to the APC because some group within the party worked against attaining its victory.

And to further worsen the crisis in the party, on July 27, 2017, Mr. Faboyede announced the expulsion of the Poroye-led executive members of the party in a statement issued in Akure.

Mr. Poroye, according to sources who spoke with SaharaReporters, was believed to have sold out by supporting the candidature of Jimoh Ibrahim, which frustrated the chances of the PDP during the electioneering period.

Mr. Faboyede, in his statement obtained by SaharaReporters, said that the Poroye faction was expelled after they shunned an invitation to appear before the State Disciplinary Committee of the party.

Those suspended with Mr. Poroye are Johnson Alabi, Yemi Ajonibode and Ademola Genty.

Mr. Faboyode claimed that the deliberate act of shunning the disciplinary committee shows that the Poroye group has no respect for the party and its constitution.

“We note most disappointingly that the dissolved illegal Poroye-led executive remains irreconcilable, intransigent and disloyal to the party goals.

“This is clearly attested to by the many provocative and irresponsible vulgar vituperations in both the formal media and social media.

“As responsible managers of our party in the state, we feel that these actions cannot be justified or excused, particularly in view of our recent experience,” he added in the statement.

But Mr. Poroye fired back and described his suspension and that of his execution as a nullity while stressing that he still remains the “authentic chairman” of the Ondo State PDP.

He said the battle line had already been drawn, noting that those who carried out his suspension do not understand the procedure of sacking members from the party.

“Don’t forget that they have done it [expelled us] several times, but the question now is how many times would they expel if they actually had the ability to do so by studying the constitution of the PDP very well.

“For instance, if I [Biyi Poroye] want to expel someone from the party, I know surely I cannot because the state structure of the PDP doesn’t have the power to sack someone. The recommendation would have to come from the levels of the wards and local governments before the state.”

Mr. Poroye further described his suspension from the party as an exercise in futility and claimed that some members of the Faboyede faction have called him to show their regret on the action.

Investigation revealed that some leaders of the party seem to have abandoned the PDP for new political parties ahead of the 2019 general poll.

This has been shown in the attitude of the former PDP chairman in Ondo State, Ebenezer Alabi, who spoke to sources very close to our correspondent in Akure.

Mr. Alabi, who has declared his defection to the new Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), said the umbrella party has been taken over by some people whom he referred to as “vampires.”

He noted that the Ahmed Makarfi group of the party were not magnanimous in victory and stressed that some of them could no longer cope with the level of impunity in the PDP.

“I can’t imagine the Makarfi group talking about offering us amnesty in our own party as if we are militants and to my greatest surprise, they have chosen not to be magnanimous in victory,” he said.

Mr. Alabi, who also belonged to the Ali Modu Sherrif group had said the reconciliation move of the party might not see the light of the day if some of the party members still nurse political vendettas to punish those against their plot in the last poll.

Meanwhile, the seeming silence of former Governor Olusegun Mimiko on the activities of the PDP in the state since the guber election had been lost has also dashed the hopes of many members seeking the peace of genuine reconciliation.

Many members and leaders of the party who spoke to SaharaReporters at the weekend alleged that Mr. Mimiko had put up a “Plan B” before the ruling of the Supreme Court.

“Where he [Mimiko] now belongs to is what we don’t know, because his silence since the party lost the Ondo guber poll has further dashed the hopes of many.

“Throughout the leadership struggle in the Supreme Court, the former governor was silent on the activities of the PDP instead of rallying round to support members to boost their Morales

“And instead of maintaining his silence, he was instructing some of his diehard supporters who still want to remain relevant in politics to go join APDA [Advanced Peoples Democratic Party] in Abuja and float it up here in Ondo State.

“Many of them did as the governor had instructed and the party was launched here in Akure.

“One of those close to him [Mimiko] told us that the idea behind it was that there will still be a crisis in the PDP no matter the judgment of the Supreme Court, so it is better to have an option B at hand,” the source said.

Impeccable sources said that the debut of the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) might have also forced Mr. Mimiko to be conspicuously absent in the July expansive meeting of the state caucus of the PDP held in Akure.

The meeting, which had in attendance all prominent members of the party except Mr. Mimiko, was to chart a way forward for the PDP in Ondo State after the court verdict.

But with all the blinking in the PDP, it is not clear how the party will achieve genuine reconciliation by bringing warring factions together under the same umbrella ahead of the 2019 general poll.

With its house still divided, only time will tell if the PDP will get back on its feet in time for the 2019 election.