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  • Updated: April 10, 2024

Ondo: Amotekun apprehends, parades 45 criminals

Ondo: Amotekun apprehends, parades 45 criminals

The Amotekun Corps, also known as the Ondo State Security Network Agency, has detained forty-five people who are allegedly terrorising different areas of the state.

Adetunji Adeleye, the state's Amotekun Corps commander, revealed that 14 kidnappers were among the suspects who had been taken into custody.

Adeleye disclosed during the suspects' parading on Wednesday at the Corps headquarters in Akure, the state capital, that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa had ordered the release of 28 of the suspects to their families since they were first-time offenders.

He said, “We are parading 45 suspect criminals that were picked up in the acts in the 18 LGA. A couple of weeks ago, we reassured the people of their safety during this festive period.

“We have 14 kidnappers, one dangerous driver, five burglary cases, two anti-grazing cases, four destructions of public peace, stealing, and buying of stolen goods. We have a particular case where we were able to break the kidnapping syndicate in Akoko LGA.

“The two kidnapping victims are present, as is the bike the kidnappers were supplied with. In our strive to bring them out, the kidnapper who already confessed was matched in several places by his fellow kidnapper, who wanted to cover up the crime.”

Meanwhile, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, the chairman of the council of Amotekun corps commanders in the Southwest, has called on governors in the region to urgently embrace and support the formation of state police to address the security challenges in the zone.

Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital during a lecture organized by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Thursday, Adeleye emphasized the need for decisive action to tackle criminal activities by investing in local and grassroots policing.

Acknowledging the support of the six governors in the region for the operations of the South West Security Network (Amotekun), Adeleye stressed the importance of cooperation from stakeholders, including traditional rulers and residents, in providing timely and adequate information on suspicious activities.

He highlighted the limitations of existing security agencies in effectively addressing kidnappings, killings, and other crimes due to bureaucratic processes and other factors.

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