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News - South West - Ondo Updated: January 31, 2024

Pupils abduction: Ondo Amotekun deploys 100 personnel to secure release of abductees

By Francis Ezediuno
January 31, 2024
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100 personnel of the Ondo Amotekun has been deployed to the neighboring Ekiti state to aid the release of the five abducted pupils.

Five pupils of Apostolic Faith Group of Schools, Emure Ekiti, and four staff members were abducted by gunmen on Monday.

Amotekun commander in the state, Adetunji Adeleye,said in Akure, that th security outfit was acting on the order of the Ondo state governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Adeleye said this while parading 31 suspected criminals arrested in the state.

"The governor of our dear state, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa has ordered that we deploy Amotekun personnel to work with their counterpart in Ekiti to secure the release of the pupils and arrest the killers of the monarchs.

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“A couple of hours ago, we had an unfortunate incident in Ekiti and the governor of Ondo State directed we moved in the interest of brotherliness to assist in the security situation in Ekiti State. We deployed 100 personnel to assist Ekiti command.

“We’ve been there in the last 48 hours. Some arrest have been made and we will continue until the perpetrators of such dastardly act are arrested.”

Adeleye assured residents of Ondo State that Amotekun will continue to everything possible to ensure that lives and property are protected.

“You will recall that in the last three months, we’ve been on this. We want to reassure the people of Ondo that the state, security -wise is intact.

“We will continue with our 24 hours patrol, we will continue to track all criminals from the cities to the forestry reserves and ensure that travelers can move unmolested.

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“So, I want to assure the good people of Ondo State that there is no problem. The state is safe. But, they have a duty to report any suspicious movement in their environment to us on time, so that we could be proactive and ensure that before it gets out of hand, this is nipped in the bud.

“We have a sudden upsurge of visitors coming in from different parts of the country, in the name of hunting. The state government had made it clear that anybody that will carry out any activity in the forestry reserves must take permission."

Speaking on the suspected criminals, the Amotekun boss said that “Across board, we have suspected kidnappers, those we arrested for illegal possession of firearms, especially those arrested in the forest reserve.

“We have those that specializes in breaking shops and houses. What we had assured the public is that the Ondo State Security Network Agency will not relent in its efforts in getting raid of criminals from our societies.

“The governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has directed that to the last criminal in Ondo State must be checked out.

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“This is because the government is resolute in its determination to ensure that investors, farmers, residents, commuters carry out their businesses without molestation.

"A cross section of the suspected criminals we have here today will show that there is a serious decline in the number of suspected kidnappers in the state.

“However, until the last of them is arrested and face the full wrath of the law, all security agencies in the state will not relent.

“I want to also let you know that all this efforts being achieved are due to collaboration of Amotekun with the police, DSS, the Army, and the Civil Defense.”

Speaking on how the current wave of crimes across the federation could be tackled checked, Adeleye called on the federal government to approve creation of state police.

According to him decentralisation of the security system in the country, will allow states adequately manage their own security affairs.

He said that State police as the only panacea to Nigeria’s security challenges.

 

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