Upsurge of kidnappers: Ondo Amotekun foils security threat

By: our Reporter

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps has alerted the public that there is an sudden upsurge of kidnappers and criminals in Ondo State, following the recent heavy presence of security operatives in Ekiti state.

The Amotekun State Commander Chief Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed this in Akure, while parading 43 suspected kidnappers and other criminals arrested from various operations in the state.

Chief Adeleye noted that the unprecedented high rate of criminalities that were being foiled by security operatives in the last two weeks especially at borders with neighbouring states.

The Amotekun boss, however, warned that the state can never be a haven for criminals, also paraded no fewer than 43 suspected kidnappers arrested in the state within a week.

While saying some of the suspects were arrested with local arms and ammunition, Chief Adeleye said the suspects were not able to justify what they wanted to do with the arms and ammunition.

He said; “the astonishing thing about our parade today is the sudden upsurge in the suspects that we have on kidnapping. About half of the 43 are suspected kidnappers that we have reasonable reasons to question.

“We have over 50, but those that we have reason to question why they were where they were, and what we found of them around the things of kidnap across the state, are these 20 you are seeing today.

“I want to trace this to the heavy presence of security personnel in Ekiti and I want to believe that they are being driven to Ondo State, but we want to tell you that Ondo State can never be a haven for criminals.

“We have risen to the challenge and all of them that we have picked in kidnap scenes, during kidnap, and during attempts to kidnap with credible victims around to identify some of them, are the ones we are parading today.”

The Amotekun boss, however, warned that the state can never be a haven for criminals, also paraded no fewer than 43 suspected kidnappers arrested in the state within a week.

While saying some of the suspects were arrested with local arms and ammunition, Chief Adeleye said the suspects were not able to justify what they wanted to do with the arms and ammunition.

His words: “this week, we have a sharp decline in the number of housebreaking because we have commenced walking, especially on Sundays when people have gone to church and during working hours when people are at work.

“We now walk and trek around the metropolis which I think is one of the reasons we have a decline in the number of shop breaking.

“Against the backdrop of the sharp decline of herders’ destruction of farmland, in the northern part of the state, we have an increase in the number of herders’ farmer clashes and these are the areas where we have security breaches.

“We still have issues with security challenges on our borders, especially the Kogi/Ondo border, and Edo/Ondo border. We are working on it and collaborating.

“As of yesterday morning, a combined team of security men, specifically army from Kogi and Ondo, Police from Kogi and Ondo, and Amotekun from Ondo, joined hands together to try to fish out the perpetrators of the last kidnap around Akunu/Ayere axis in Kogi/Ondo.

“The actual thing that you saw on social media happened in between those two communities and we have been raising the alarm that in places that we don’t have the grassroots local security that we can work with, we have been having issues, but we are happy, however, that they joined and collaborated with us and the search continues.

“We have been able to go this far because the governor specifically gave a directive to fish out all these perpetrators of evil, especially along the border, and he further gave a directive to all security agencies to ensure that this week and next week, we will be honouring our late governor, the father of Amotekun in the Southwest, that there must be no security breach.

“All hands are being put in place to ensure that people come in happily and freely to celebrate the exit of an icon that all of us know.”

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