The Ondo State Security Network Agency, commonly known as Amotekun, has successfully apprehended 36 individuals suspected of involvement in various criminal activities across the state. The suspects were paraded at the headquarters of the security corps in Akure, the state capital, on Wednesday.
According to Akogun Adeleye, the state Commander of the Amotekun Corps, the arrests were made in response to rising concerns of criminal activities in different parts of Ondo State. Nineteen of the suspects were specifically apprehended for their alleged roles in kidnapping activities, with the arrests concentrated in the northern senatorial district of the state.
Adeleye revealed that the remaining suspects were apprehended for offenses such as stealing, burglary, and murder. The Commander emphasized that the diverse nature of the arrests signifies the effectiveness of Amotekun’s operations in tackling a range of criminal activities.
Addressing the press during the parade, Adeleye stated, “Today, a cross-section of these criminals is different from what we normally have where we parade 20 people and 15 of them are kidnapping suspects. Today, we have more housebreaking and stealing suspects, and we remain resolute in our determination to flush them out of our society.”
He highlighted the role of Amotekun in preventing successful kidnapping activities in the state over the past month, attributing this success to the increased presence of Amotekun Corps members in strategic locations across the state.
Adeleye commended the collaboration with other security agencies, noting that the assistance received played a crucial role in reducing criminal activities in Ondo State. He assured the public of Amotekun’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for residents and businesses.
While urging traditional rulers to provide valuable information, Adeleye said, “We want to appeal to the Olu’s, that once they see the connection of unknown people in the forest, they should alert us immediately. I want to encourage the general public that once they see strange movement, they should let the security agencies know.”
The Amotekun Commander emphasized the continued determination to guarantee the safety of lives and property in Ondo State, pledging vigilance in the face of evolving security challenges.