The Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, has detained no fewer than 36 suspected criminals for their alleged involvement in criminal activity in various parts of the state.
The state commander of the Corps, Akogun Adeleye, paraded the suspects at the corps’ headquarters in Akure, the state capital, on Wednesday. He said that while some of the suspects were specifically detained for suspected kidnapping activities, others were accused of other crimes like stealing, burglary, and murder, among other things.
According to him, the 19 suspected kidnappers were picked from the northern senatorial district of the state.
“You will notice that you always find members of the Amotekun Corps in every junction and every major street and this is to prevent kidnappers from entering houses to pick people.
“Today again, we are parading about 36 suspects. I want to place it on record that in the last month, there were three kidnapped activities that we were able to file successfully. This means in the last one month, there have been no successful kidnapping activities in the state.
“Today, a cross-section of these criminals is different from what we normally have where we parade 20 people and 15 of them are kidnaping suspects. Today, we have more we have housebreaking and stealing suspects, and we remain resolute in our determination to flush them out of our society.
“Some of the suspected kidnappers and robbers that we were able to find were due to our intelligence report and we picked about 17 of them in a particular area in the state where we monitored.
“We equally have a suspected murderer, we have about eight cases of housebreaking and shops breaking.”
The commander noted that the arrest was made possible with the assistance of other security agencies in the state.
“I must say that with the cooperation of other state security agencies, we have been able to reduce the criminal activities in the state. The cross-section of these 36 suspects shows that their activities have dropped drastically in the state. We will still continue to ensure that people do their businesses normally and that they are not disturbed now that the state government is resolute in guaranteeing lives and property, we are also determined to ensure that,” he stressed.
He, however, appealed to the traditional rulers in the state to give the corps any useful information that could assist the Amotekun to flush out the criminals from the state.
Our request is for the Olus to notify us right away if they come across any unidentified individuals in the forest. In his speech, he urged the populace to notify the security services as soon as they noticed any unusual movement.
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