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    ‘Prophet’ remanded in prison over missing child in Ondo

‘Prophet’ remanded in prison over missing child in Ondo

An Ondo state high court has remanded Alfa Babatunde, general overseer of Sotitobire Miracle Centre in Akure, at Olokuta correctional centre for 39 days. Babatunde and six others were arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping of a one-year-old boy in his church in 2019. At the hearing of the case on Thursday, the prophet and his co-accused pleaded [...]

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    Akeredolu visits Buhari, demands legalisation of marijuana

Akeredolu visits Buhari, demands legalisation of marijuana

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has asked the federal government to legalise marijuana. Akeredolu made the demand on Tuesday when he visited  President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja. He said his state intends to invest in marijuana solely for the production of drugs in the country. Speaking with journalists after the meeting, the governor said part of the purpose of his [...]

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    EXTRA: Ondo is a poor state, says Akeredolu

EXTRA: Ondo is a poor state, says Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, says his state is poor. Akeredolu said this on Thursday  at the launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed "Amotekun" (leopard), a joint security initiative by south-west governors. Reacting to the absence of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, at the event which held in Ibadan, Oyo state, Akeredolu said his Lagos counterpart wanted to fly [...]

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    75-year-old woman abducted in Ondo

75-year-old woman abducted in Ondo

Gunmen have kidnapped Fehintola Wewe, a 75–year old woman, in Sabomi, Ese Odo local government area of Ondo state. Wewe's abductors took her away late Friday after raiding the community, seizing valuables from residents. A family source said the case had been reported at Igbekebo divisional police station. The abductors are yet to contact the family of the aged woman. Femi Joseph, spokesman [...]

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    EXTRA: Ondo reps appoints 230 personal aides

EXTRA: Ondo reps appoints 230 personal aides

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, member representing Akoko north east/north west federal constituency, has announced the appointment of 230 special advisers, special assistants and personal assistants. In a statement by Alao Babatunde, his special adviser on new media, Tunji-Ojo said the appointments were made from the 300 units and 23 wards of the constituency in recognition of their contributions to his election. The lawmaker, who [...]

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    Court sends Akure pastor to prison over missing baby (updated)

Court sends Akure pastor to prison over missing baby (updated)

Alfa Babatunde, general overseer of Sotitobire Miracle Center, Akure, has been remanded at Olokuta Correctional Centre over Gold Kolawole, the one-year-old boy who went missing in his church. The Department of State Services (DSS) had arraigned Babatunde before an Akure magistrate’s court on two counts of felony and kidnap. He was arraigned alongside six others: Omodara Olayinka Margaret Oyebola, Grace Ogunjobi, Egunjobi [...]

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    Police: Fake news over missing child caused burning of Akure church

Police: Fake news over missing child caused burning of Akure church

The Ondo state police command says it is not true that the body of a missing child was found at the altar of Sotitobire Miracle Church in Akure, the state capital. Irate youths had set the church on fire on Wednesday over a rumour that the corpse of a one-year-old boy declared missing was exhumed in the church. Gold Kolawole, the baby, [...]

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    Catholic priests abducted in Ondo regain freedom

Catholic priests abducted in Ondo regain freedom

Two Catholic priests who were in Ondo state have regained freedom after five days in captivity. The priests: Joseph Nweke and Felix Efobi, from Awka Catholic diocese of Anambra, were kidnapped on Friday evening at Elegbeka area of Ose local government area of Ondo, on their way to Akure, the state capital, for a wedding ceremony. The suspected kidnappers had demanded a [...]

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    N-Power beneficiary to train Ondo fishermen on modern techniques

N-Power beneficiary to train Ondo fishermen on modern techniques

Orioye Gbayisemore, an N-Power beneficiary in Ondo state, has organised a summit "to help fishermen embrace modern techniques". N-Power is a component of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) scheme targeted at addressing the challenge of youth unemployment in the country. Gbayisemore, a graduate of physics education from Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, said the summit will bring professionals to equip the [...]

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    Two Catholic priests abducted in Ondo

Two Catholic priests abducted in Ondo

Two Catholic priests have been abducted along the Owo-Benin expressway in Ondo state. A source told TheCable that the clergymen, who were on their way from Awka, Anambra state, were heading to Akure, Ondo capital, for a wedding when they were abducted. The source said the victims were seized on the eve of the wedding scheduled for Igbatoro road, Akure. "The were seized [...]

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    Fashola under fire for ‘deceptive’ tweet on privately-funded road

Fashola under fire for ‘deceptive’ tweet on privately-funded road

Nigerians are angrily reacting to a tweet by Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, on a six-kilometre road project in Ondo state. In the tweet on Friday, the minister said he visited the state two weeks ago to inaugurate the 6KM road network. He tweeted without mentioning the financier of the project and only said the event marked another completed project in [...]

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    Akeredolu returns to Ondo after five weeks in Abuja

Akeredolu returns to Ondo after five weeks in Abuja

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, returned to Akure, the state capital, on Friday after staying in Abuja for at least five weeks. Akeredolu’s absence in the state had generated criticisms, with some accusing the governor of abandoning the state while others said he was undergoing treatment for an unknown sickness. The governor arrived at the Akure Airport at exactly 5.24 pm and [...]

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    EXTRA: Ondo lawmaker appoints 60 personal aides

EXTRA: Ondo lawmaker appoints 60 personal aides

Ikengboju Gboluga, the lawmaker representing Okitipupa/Irele federal constituency, has appointed 60 of his party supporters as personal aides. In a statement by Israel Fagbemigun, his media consultant, Gboluga said the appointments were in recognition of their contributions to his election. The lawmaker, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the appointees would work with him in providing service [...]

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    Again, lightning kills cows in Ondo

Again, lightning kills cows in Ondo

At least eight cows have been struck dead in Ekan-Ile area of Ikare-Akoko in Ondo state. This comes a month after 36 cows were killed by lightning (pictured) in Ijare community, Ifedore local government area of Ondo state. The cows were reportedly killed after they strayed to a mountain where the monarch of the town makes sacrifices on an annual basis. Commenting on the latest incident, [...]

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    Ondo judge kidnapped on his way from Abuja

Ondo judge kidnapped on his way from Abuja

Abdul Dogo, a judge of the federal high court, Akure, Ondo state, has been kidnapped. Dogo was kidnapped alongside his driver at Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border town between Ondo and Edo states, on his way from Abuja to Akure, on Tuesday. An official of the court, who did not want to be quoted, told TheCable that the kidnappers had contacted the [...]

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    Flooding: Akeredolu orders closure of public schools in prone Ondo communities

Flooding: Akeredolu orders closure of public schools in prone Ondo communities

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has ordered the closure of public schools in flood-prone communities. In a statement released on Friday, Donald Ojogo, commissioner for information and orientation, said the schools are to embark on a three-week holiday starting from Monday, October 14. He noted that the closure will affect public primary and secondary schools in the state. The commissioner said the [...]

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