Protest in Ondo over killing of man by bullion van
Some youths in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Friday staged a protest against the killing of one Ibikunle Alonge, crushed to death by a bullion van belonging to a commercial bank in the town.
Alonge was knocked along Ondo Road, at Fanibi Area of Akure, on Thursday. It was alleged that the bullion van and the police escorts abandoned the corpse of the deceased on the road and drove away.
The youths started the protest at Oshinle Area, chanting various solidarity songs, and headed to the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, to express their displeasure over the incident.
They urged the police to reveal the identity of the driver of the bullion van.
Addressing the protesters, the Chief of staff to the monarch, Chief Toyin Aladetoyinbo, appealed to the youth not to take law into their hands, saying the palace would ensure police got to the root of the matter.
A brother of the deceased, Mr Segun Marcel, who described the incident as unfortunate, called on the state police command to launch a manhunt for the hitand-run bullion van driver.
He said, “This is sad. When the incident happened yesterday (Thursday), it took the police over three hours to come over to the hospital and they could not tell us the bank the bullion van belongs to. We are demanding justice and they should ensure justice is done on the incident.”
One of the friends of the deceased, Michael Lawrence, said the driver of the bullion van left its lane to hit Alonge.
He said, “When the bullion was coming, he tried to move aside but they just hit him beside the road. Bullion van drivers are reckless on the road; the government should put a check on this and we want justice to be done on this matter.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying the command had begun investigation into the matter.
“We have yet to get the identity of the bullion van but we are on it. We have commenced our investigation.” the PPRO stated.
Osaka’s Itami airport is setting up a toilet area for travelling dogs, complete with a pole for them to cock a leg on. The toilet, in a fenced-off yard outside the terminal, will also have a shower and water bowls, operator Kansai Airports said. The ‘pee pole’ will flush.
Designed to encourage dogs to relieve themselves before boarding domestic flights, it would be the first such canine comfort facility at a Japanese aiport, Reuters reported.
Service dogs are permitted to use disabledaccessible toilets in the terminal but the mess must be cleaned up.
The town of Ingham in Northern Queesnland has reached ‘crisis point’ after hundreds of thousands of fruit bats invaded the place last month. Things have got so bad that kids are afraid to go to school anymore and rescue helicopters can’t land at the local hospital.
Flying foxes, also known as fruit bats, currently outnumber humans in Ingham by hundreds of thousands. And they are not the only bat species that decided to make the Australian town their home over the last month.
According to local sources, people there have been invaded by four different species of bats, each of which mates at different times, making it really hard for authorities to intervene. To make matters worse, the bats are protected by law, so locals can’t take matters into their own hands either.
“It just seems to me that every bat in Australia is now in Ingham,” Raymon Jayo, Mayor of Hinchinbrook Council, said.
“There’s four different species and because they all have young at different times, there’s hardly a window of opportunity when we can interact with these bats to try and move them on.”
The bat population in Ingham has swollen to an estimated 300,000 in recent weeks, far outnumbering the human population, and they don’t seem eager to move on any time soon.
“Bat tornadoes” have become common around town, and so have fallen trees tore down by the sheer weight of the animals hanging by their branches.
“They’ve totally destroyed their existing roost so they’re looking for new country,” Mayor Jayo told ABC News. Where they want to go is basically beside all our critical areas — that include the schools, the hospital, kindergartens and preschools. It’s beyond a nuisance — the town is at fever pitch.”
Many children at Ingham State School are reportedly too scared to go to classes, as a massive colony of bats has made the school grounds their home.
Bats are known to carry serious diseases that can be passed on to humans through scratches and bites, and some kids obviously don’t want to take any risks.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot authorities can do, as bats are notoriously difficult to disperse, especially in such large numbers. All anyone can do is sit tight and wait for most of the bats to leave, which some experts estimate will happen in April.
While most of the locals complain about the bat invasion, comparing it with a biblical plague, animal experts warn that bats play a vital role in maintaining the natural balance, and that we as a species would be much worse off without them.
“The importance of these animals is completely underrated — without these creatures out there pollinating and creating new life, we may as well pack up and walk away from our ecology,” Amanda Wright from North Queensland Wildlife Care said.